Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, a Vermont company that has been working since 1985 to advance more environmentally responsible building practices, and in early 2012 he founded the nonprofit Resilient Design Institute.

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    With the right construction techniques, homes built for "passive survivability" can stay comfortable for up to seven days with no power.

  • Daunting as the coastal climate can be, the home-building industry has the capacity to construct homes capable of withstanding the ravages of hurricane-force winds, floods, home-crushing waves, incessant rain, high humidity, short drying cycles, scorching sun, and corrosive concentrations of salt. What's needed is the know-how from a number of different sources. The must-have titles gathered here provide a good representation of this collective knowledge and even point the way toward overcoming new perils looming on the horizon.

  • Green may sound simple, but it can be surprisingly difficult to define. An expert in the field explains what green means, and why it matters.

  • Q. My excavation contractor offered to bury my scrap drywall on site, but I've heard buried gypsum can create a harmful gas. I've also read that it's okay to bury small amounts if you disperse it. Is it okay to bury drywall on site at all, and if so, what

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