Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building

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Green building is the fastest-growing trend to hit since the Internet, bringing with it an enormous range of new products, systems, and technologies. Green Building A to Z is an informative, technically accurate, and highly visual guide to green building, for both decision-makers and interested citizens. It begins with an introduction to the importance of green buildings and a brief history of the green building movement, outlines the benefits and costs of green buildings, and shows how you can influence the ...

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Overview

Green building is the fastest-growing trend to hit since the Internet, bringing with it an enormous range of new products, systems, and technologies. Green Building A to Z is an informative, technically accurate, and highly visual guide to green building, for both decision-makers and interested citizens. It begins with an introduction to the importance of green buildings and a brief history of the green building movement, outlines the benefits and costs of green buildings, and shows how you can influence the spread of green buildings. The book touches on key issues, such as enhancing water conservation, reducing energy use, and creating a conservation economy.

The book examines all aspects of green buildings, including:

  • Architecture 2030
  • Locally sourced materials
  • Natural ventilation
  • Solar energy
  • Zero-net-energy buildings

More than just a reference, this book emphasizes the importance of green buildings and green developments for a sustainable future. It will be an invaluable resource for businesspeople, homeowners, product manufacturers, developers, building industry professionals, and government officials.

Jerry Yudelson is a professional engineer with an MBA. He has trained three thousand people in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, and has chaired Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference, for the past four years. The founder of a green building consulting firm, he is the author of three books on green building marketing and an advisor to manufacturers, venture capital firms, design firms, and developers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865715721
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Jerry Yudelson has trained 3,000 people in the US Green Building Council's LEED system, and chaired the steering committee for the world's largest green building conference for three years. The founder of a major green building consulting firm and Sustainability Director at Interface Engineering for four years, he is the author of three books on green building.
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Table of Contents


Preface     xiii
Foreword     xvii
Green Buildings Today
Green Buildings in a Global Context     3
Resource Depletion and Carbon Dioxide Emissions     7
Green Building History     9
Current Situation     10
Understanding Green Buildings     10
Who Is Using LEED?     12
What is a Green Building?     15
Becoming a Green Building Advocate     19
In Your Office or Workplace     19
In Your Home or Apartment     21
Your Town City or State: The Power of Local Initiatives     22
Your College or University     24
Green Building: A to Z
Green Building Terms     28
Architecture 2030     29
Access to Transit     30
Bicycle Commuting     32
Big Picture     33
Biodiesel     34
Biophilia     35
Brownfields     36
Building Codes     38
Carbon Dioxide Monitoring     40
Carbon Neutral     41
Carpet     42
Certification     43
Certified Wood Products     44
Charrettes and Eco-charrettes     46
Comfort     47
Commissioning     49
Controllability of Systems     50
Construction Practices     51
Cool Roofs     53
Costs of Green Buildings     54
Cradle-to-cradle Design     57
Daylighting     59
Density     60
Design     61
Displacement Ventilation     63
Eco-efficiency and Eco-effectiveness     65
Ecological Footprint     66
Education     67
Energy Conservation     69
Engineering (a Sustainable World)     70
Feng Shui     72
Furniture and Finishes     73
Global Warming     75
Green Globes     76
Green Guide for Healthcare     77
Green Home Building Guidelines     78
Green Power     80
Green Products     81
Green Roofs     82
High-performance Buildings     85
Historic Preservation     86
Homes, Green     87
Hybrid Vehicles     90
Incentives     92
Integrated Design     93
Interior Design     95
Investing in Green Buildings     97
Justice, Social     99
Knowledge     101
LEDs (Light-emitting Diodes)     103
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)     104
Life-cycle Assessment (LCA)     108
Life-cycle Cost     109
Light Pollution Reduction     111
Lighting Design     112
Living Buildings     113
Locally Sourced Materials     115
Low-flush Toilets     116
Microturbines     118
Measurement and Verification Systems     119
Native American and Native Canadian Ways of Living     121
Nature, Design with     122
New Urbanism     123
Onsite Sewage Treatment     126
Operations and Maintenance Practices     127
Ozone-layer Protection     128
Paints, Low-VOC     130
Paradigm Shift     131
Passive Solar Design     132
Permeable Pavement     133
Photovoltaics     135
Platinum Buildings     133
Post-occupancy Evaluation     140
Productivity     142
Question Authority     144
Radiant Heating and Cooling      146
Rainwater Reclamation/Reuse     147
Rapidly Renewable Materials     148
Recycled-content Materials     150
Renewable Energy     151
Renovation, Building     152
Restoration of Sites     154
Return on Investment     155
Right-sizing Systems     156
Salvage Materials     158
Schools, Green     159
Solar Thermal Systems     162
Stormwater Management     163
Sustainable Design     164
Sustainable Sites     166
Technology, Green     168
Thermal Energy Storage     169
Triple Bottom Line     170
US Green Building Council     172
Unbridled Enthusiasm!     173
Urban Heat-island Effect     174
Vastu Shastra     176
Ventilation     177
Views of the Outdoors     178
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)     180
Water Conservation     182
Water-free Urinals     183
Wetlands, Constructed     184
Wind Power     186
Xeriscaping     188
Zen     190
Zero-net-energy Buildings     191
Part III
Resources     197
Endnotes     203
Index     213
About the Author     219
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    An indispensible and accurate guide for green building!

    As a national trainer and a former national board member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Jerry Yudelson is a nationally recognized leader and expert in green building. He summarized his many years of professional experience with green building design and renewable energy systems in 'Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building.' 'Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building' covers the history, importance, benefits and costs of green building. It also covers some key elements of the LEED building rating system in plain English, such as water conservation, reducing energy use, solar energy, locally sourced materials, natural ventilation, zero-net-energy buildings and creating a conservation economy, etc. 'Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building' has 240 pages packed with useful information. It is an indispensible and accurate guide for anyone who is interested in green building!

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