Green Deck Guide

Decks, porches, and patios can boost the living space of a small house without the extra cost of walls, roof, and utilities

Yes, green building is about tight envelopes, water efficiency, and indoor air quality. But what if you want to build a deck so that you can enjoy the morning paper with coffee, or a cold beer in the evening, how do you make a deck green?

Begin by reviewing this collection of green deck building articles, advice, insights, and opinion.

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Encyclopedia Articles
Decks and Porches
Pier Foundations
Remodel Project: Outdoor Add-Ons

Construction Details:
Deck Ledger connection at band joist
Deck Ledger with manufactured support bracket

GreenSpec Products:
FSC-Certified Wood Decking
Reclaimed-Wood Decking
Wood-Plastic Composite Lumber
Solid Plastic Decking
Preserved-Wood Decking
Wood Treatment

Green Homes Articles
A Durable Deck Ties This Home to the Landscape

Green Building Strategies
Use naturally rot-resistant wood outside
Choose recycled wood-plastic composite lumber for decks and railings
Consider a patio instead of a wooden deck
The deck-house connection

Patio or Deck? -- Expand Your Living Space Into the Outdoors


Fine Homebuilding:
Deck Planning Center
Deck-Fastener Options

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