Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability

Overview

Buildings are the nation's greatest energy consumers. Forty percent of all our energy is used for heating, cooling, lighting, and powering machines and devices in buildings. And despite decades of investment in green construction technologies, residential and commercial buildings remain stubbornly energy inefficient. This book looks beyond the technological and material aspects of green construction to examine the cultural, social, and organizational shifts that sustainable building requires, examining the ...

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Overview

Buildings are the nation's greatest energy consumers. Forty percent of all our energy is used for heating, cooling, lighting, and powering machines and devices in buildings. And despite decades of investment in green construction technologies, residential and commercial buildings remain stubbornly energy inefficient. This book looks beyond the technological and material aspects of green construction to examine the cultural, social, and organizational shifts that sustainable building requires, examining the fundamental challenge to centuries-long traditions in design and construction that green building represents.

The contributors consider the changes associated with green building through a sociological and organizational lens. They discuss shifts in professional expertise created by new social concerns about green building,
including evolving boundaries of professional jurisdictions; changing industry strategies and structures, including the roles of ownership, supply firms, and market niches; new operational, organizational, and cultural arrangements, including the mainstreaming of environmental concerns; narratives and frames that influence the perception of green building; and future directions for the theory and practice of sustainable construction. The essays offer uniquely multidisciplinary insights into the transformative potential of green building and the obstacles that must be overcome to make it the norm.

Contributors
Lauren Barhydt, Clayton Bartczak, Lyn Bartram, Olivier Berthod, Nicole
Woolsey Biggart, Lenora Bohren, Bertien Broekhans, William Browning, Zinta S. Byrne,
Michael Conger, Jennifer E. Cross, David Deal, Beth M. Duckles, Brian Dunbar, Robert
Eccles, Amy Edmondson, Bill Franzen, Ronald Fry, Rebecca L. Henn, Jock Herron,
Stephen Hockley, Andrew J. Hoffman, Kathryn B. Janda, Nitin Joglekar, Gavin Killip,
Alison G. Kwok, Larissa Larsen, Michelle A. Meyer, Christine Mondor, Monica Ponce de
Leon, Nicholas B. Rajkovich, Stuart Reeve, Johnny Rodgers, Garima Sharma, Geoffrey
Thün, Ellen van Bueren, Kathy Velikov, Rohit Verma, Robert Woodbury, Jeffrey G.
York, Jie Zhang

The MIT Press

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What People Are Saying

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"This overview of sustainable building is both timely and critical to the continued forward progress of the green building 'mission.' I am enthusiastic and inspired by the inclusive qualities of the authors' perspectives. Governance and urban policy issues are becoming much more significant to architecture than ever before. This is one of the first books to provide a landscape and a map of this field that will be a true guide to architects." -- Bill E.
Roschen
, FAIA, President, Los Angeles City Planning Commission, and
Principal, Roschen Van Cleve Architects, Los Angeles

The MIT Press

" Constructing Green is a true eye-opener. It demonstrates that, in addition to technology, a new cultural mindset is needed to meet the challenges of sustainability. No other book tackles green building so effectively and in such rich detail." -- Mauro F. Guillén,
Director of the Lauder Institute, Wharton School

The MIT Press

"The challenge of 'constructing green' continues to perplex us. We know buildings are responsible for a significant proportion of our carbon emissions and that we have the technical know-how to tackle this problem. Yet progress appears frustratingly slow. This book demonstrates why this is so and what we might do about it. As such, it is essential reading." -- Simon Guy, Head of
School of Environment, Education and Development and Professor and Director of
Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC), The University of
Manchester

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262519625
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2013
  • Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,416,854
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca L. Henn is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Pennsylvania State
University, doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, and a principal in the firm Celento Henn Architects and Designers.

Andrew J. Hoffman is Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the
University of Michigan, with joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of
Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is the author of
Carbon Strategies: How Leading Companies Are Reducing Their Climate Change
Footprint
and other books.

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