Green Building: Project Planning and Cost Estimating / Edition 2

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Since the widely read first edition of this book, green building has gone from a growing trend to a major force in design and construction. The chapters, case studies, resources, and cost data in this book give you the whole picture on green building, including the latest on: 

  • Green building approaches, materials, systems, and standards
  • Energy efficiencies – with energy modeling tools
  • Health, comfort, and productivity-goals and techniques
  • Evaluating the cost versus value of green products over their life cycle
  • Specifying green building projects – complete with a list of often-specified products/materials and a sample spec
  • Low-cost green strategies and special economic incentives and funding
  • Assembling the green project team and commissioning the building
  • Deconstruction: a new chapter on this key element of sustainable building


This 2nd edition has been completely updated with the latest in green building technologies, design concepts, standards, and costs. It includes RSMeans' Green Building Project Planning Cost Data CD-ROM at no additional cost. The CD contains: 

  • More than 300 new assemblies (from high-efficiency HVAC and lighting, to living roofs, fuel cells, gray water systems, and much more) 
  • Over 7,000 unit price line items for green materials and products
  • Key word index
  • "Virtual notes" to highlight individual lines
  • Extensive estimating reference tables
  • Localized costs for your geographic area
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876298268
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: RSMeans Series, #68
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Contributors.



Part 1: Green Building Concepts.

Chapter 1: Green Building Approaches.

Resource Efficiency.

Demolition/Construction Practices.


Environmental Sensitivity.


Sewage Treatment.

Designing for People: Health & Productivity.

Green Building Hurdles.


Chapter 2: Introduction to Green Building Materials & Systems.

Green Material Alternatives by CSI Division.

Alternative Materials.


Chapter 3: Effi cient Use of Energy & Other Resources.

Understanding Occupants’ Needs & Expectations.

The Building Envelope & Systems Interactions.

Energy Effi ciency Strategies.

Electrical Power Generation.

Renewable Energy & Distributed Generation Technologies.

Water Conservation.


Chapter 4: Solar Energy Systems.

Background: Energy, Economics, Environment, Health, & Security.

Energy Use in Different Types of Buildings.

The Solar Resource.

Passive Solar Heating.

Cooling Load Avoidance.


Solar Water Heating.

Solar Ventilation Air Heating.


Chapter 5: Health, Comfort, & Productivity.

Indoor Air Quality.

Thermal Comfort.

Quality of Light.

Water Quality.

Noise Management.

Furniture & Furnishings.

Flooring & Wall Finishes.

Carpeting, Rugs, & Mattresses.


Part 2: Designing, Specifying & Commissioning the Green Building.

Chapter 6: The Green Design Process & Associated Costs.

Technology & Information Sharing.

Team Building & Goal Setting.

Cost of a LEED® Rating.

The Cost of Building Green.

The Design Team.

The Building Program.

Design Team Selection Criteria.

Design Team Statement of Work.

Costs of Energy Modeling.

Schematic/Preliminary Design.

Design Development.

Construction Documents.

Bid Solicitation & Contract Award.


Operations & Maintenance.

Measurement & Verification.

Establishing a Green Team in an Existing Facility.


Chapter 7: Rating Systems, Standards, & Guidelines.

Building Component Standards.

Measurement, Management, & Reporting Standards.


Chapter 8: Budgeting & Financing.

Initial Costs.

Future Costs.

Increased Operating Efficiency.

Increased Productivity.

The Value of Innovation & Quality.

Insurance Rate Reductions & Higher Appraised Value.

Marketing Advantage.

External Incentives.

Financing Options.


Chapter 9: Specifying Green Products & Materials.

Building Product Manufacturers & Green Products.

Green Criteria.

Who Selects Green Building Products?

When Are Green Products Selected?

A Green Product Checklist.

Greening Your Firm.


Chapter 10: Commissioning the Green Building.

The Programming Phase.

The Design Phase.

The Construction Phase.

The Acceptance Phase.

The Post Acceptance Phase.


Part 3: Analyzing Economic & Environmental Impacts.

Chapter 11: Evaluating Products Over Their Life Cycle.

Measuring Environmental Performance.

Measuring Economic vs. Environmental Performance.

Overall Performance: Economic & Environmental.


Chapter 12: Economic Analysis & Green Buildings.

Economic Effi ciency.


Study Period.

Uncertainty & Risk.

Measures of Economic Evaluation.

Supplementary Measures of Economic Evaluation.

Basic Steps in LCC Analysis.

Selection Criteria for Supplementary Measures.

Computer-Supported LCC Analysis.


Chapter 13: Evaluation, Analysis, & Data Tools.

Whole Building Energy Evaluation.





Building Systems Evaluation.

Codes & Standards Compliance Evaluation.

Life Cycle Analysis.

Case Studies & Databases.

Project Cost Databases.


Chapter 14: Building Deconstruction.

What Exactly is Deconstruction?

Who Performs Deconstruction?

The Deconstruction Process.

Economic Benefits.

Cost Considerations.

How Deconstruction Rates Among Green Building Approaches.

Chapter 15: Low-Cost Green Strategies.

Construction Materials.

Part 4: Case Studies.


Appendix A: A Cost Estimating Overview.

Appendix B: How to Use Means Green Building Cost Data.

Appendix C: HVAC Equipment Effi ciency Tables.

Appendix D: Additional Information on Standards & Guidelines.




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