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School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up

This title examines green building and eco-friendly architecture and introduces readers to the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's EnergyStar designations. Each of the four chapters focuses on a question: Is eco-architecture beneficial to humans? How does it impact the environment? How can eco-architecture be encouraged? How is it being implemented? Topics include Sick Building Syndrome, a 2400-square-foot straw-bale house, "McMansions," the pros and cons of urban sprawl, and eco-friendly schools and hospitals. The chapters are composed of five or six articles, and each one begins with a short summary and ends with questions to be considered. An outstanding feature is the periodical bibliography appended to each chapter. The volume concludes with "For Further Discussion," an annotated list of organizations to contact, and a good-size bibliography. Sidebars and graphs are scattered throughout. A welcome addition for most collections.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737739978
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 7/18/2008
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Pages: 234
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?     11
Introduction     14
Is Eco-Architecture Beneficial to Humans?
Chapter Preface     19
The Basics of Green Homes and Communities   Bion Howard     21
Eco-Architecture Is Good for Businesses   Rod F. Wille     33
Eco-Architecture Can Be Risky for Businesses   Frank Musica     40
Eco-Architecture Can Eliminate Sick Building Syndrome   Stephen del Percio     46
Sick Building Syndrome Is Due to Job Stress Not Building Conditions   Alexi Marmot et al     52
Periodical Bibliography     60
How Does Eco-Architecture Impact the Environment?
Chapter Preface
Eco-Architecture Will Help the Environment   Jeffrey Kaye     64
Eco-Architecture's Benefits to the Environment Are Exaggerated   Jane Powell     71
Large Houses Can Be Eco-Friendly   Claire Anderson     78
Large Houses Cannot Be Eco-Friendly   Stan Cox     89
Urban Sprawl Can Be Beneficial   Randall G. Holcombe     97
Urban Sprawl Is Not Beneficial   Carl Pope     104
Periodical Bibliography     111
How Can Eco-Architecture Be Encouraged?
Chapter Preface     113
Building Green Is Becoming Easier   Patrick W. Rollens     115
Building Green Remains Difficult   Auden Schendler     123
Eco-Architecture Is Becoming More Attractive   Alanna Stang   Christopher Hawthorne     129
HOAs Often Ban Eco-Friendly Practices as Unaesthetic   Stan Cox     137
The LEED Rating System Helps Create Greener Buildings   Taryn Holowka     147
The LEED Rating System's Effectiveness Is Dubious   Ted Smalley Bowen     155
Periodical Bibliography     165
How Is Eco-Architecture Being Implemented?
Chapter Preface     167
More College Campuses Are Building Green   Timothy Egan     169
School Districts Are Learning the Benefits of Eco-Architecture   Debra Lau Whelan     178
Hospitals Are Going Green to Cut Toxins   Laura Landro     186
Greenwashing Remains a Challenge to the Green Building Community   Philip Mattera     193
Ephemeral Structures Are the Ideal Eco-Architecture   Jo Scheer     203
Periodical Bibliography     209
For Further Discussion     210
Organizations to Contact     212
Bibliography of Books     218
Index      222
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