The Environmental Resource Guide / Edition 1

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The architect's best natural resource—now on CD-ROM!

The Environmental Resource Guide (ERG) on CD-ROM gives you instant access to current information on the environmental aspects of building materials. Based on a life-cycle analysis of materials that spans manufacturing, installation and use in buildings, and reuse, recycling, or disposal, it covers both properties and applications of materials—everything you need to make environmentally informed design decisions and product specifications. This edition brings together all of the information from the print version and its supplements in a flexible, user-friendly format that lets you:

  • Review environmentally responsive building projects, from concept to construction and performance
  • Compare alternative materials for specific building applications
  • Examine in-depth environmental profiles of building materials, organized by CSI Masterformat— divisions

With an Adobe PDF format for quick access to documents, plus detailed graphics, a listing of useful resource organizations and publications, and more, the ERG on CD-ROM is fast and easy to use—the natural choice for today's informed architects and design professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

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This guide from the American Institute of Architects is intended to "help design professionals make environmentally informed choices when they select and specify building materials." Divided into three main sections, the guide begins with an overview of building projects that have used environmentally sensitive planning in their designs and shows the goals, strategies, and construction procedures employed by builders and architects. Application reports supply information such as the energy used, worker health, and the like, to compare the advantages of using materials such as drywall vs. plaster. Finally, more detailed data on the environmental impact of the manufacturing process for each building material is given. Presented in a very clear, straightforward format, consumers interested in making environmentally sensitive choices for their own homes will benefit greatly from this guide.
A practical reference for design professionals on the environmental aspects of building materials, produced by the American Institute of Architects and newly co-published with Wiley. With new page layouts, new typography, and restructured sections, this expanded edition presents information in three formats as materials reports, application reports, and project reports. Materials reports provide detailed environmental life-cycle profiles for building materials. Application reports, a new feature, present narrative and graphic information comparing material performance and environmental concerns within product categories. Project reports profile environmentally responsive building projects. Appendixes include the current ERG methodology, updated reference sources, and a new glossary. Annual updates are available. Looseleaf with tabbed sections in a three-ring binder. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471346180
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition description: CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 5.18 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Queen's Building.
Energy Resource Center.
Boyne River Ecology Centre.
Environmental Showcase Home.
Light Framing.
Wall Finishes.
Resilient Flooring.
Brick and Mortar.
Concrete Masonry.
Stone Veneer.
Steel Framing.
Wood Framing.
Glued Laminated Timbers.
Plastic Laminates.
Thermal Insulation.
Asphalt Shingles.
Plastic and Lath.
Gypsum Board Systems.
Ceramic Tile.
Acoustical Ceiling Systems.
Vinyl Flooring.
Stains and Varnishes.
Wall Coverings.
Fabrics for Workstations.
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