Guide to Green Building Rating Systems: Understanding LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star, the National Green Building Standard, and More / Edition 1

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Overview

The one-stop guide for choosing a green building rating system

Today, sustainability is a growing concern for the architects, designers, builders, and owners of commercial and residential buildings. Meeting the requirements of a rating system provides a metric to evaluate and set priorities. But the variety and complexity of methods available to assess the eco-friendliness of a building can seem overwhelming. Guide to Green Building Rating Systems informs readers about the rating system selection process. Comparing essential issues such as cost, ease of use, and building performance, this book offers solid guidance that will help readers find the rating system that best fits their needs. This easy-to-follow reference includes:

  • An overview of the major national rating systems, including LEED®, Green Globes®, the National Green Building Standard, and ENERGY STAR®
  • An in-depth look at each rating system, including its evolution, objectives, point structure, levels of certification, benefits, and shortcomings
  • How the ratings systems work for different types of buildings—commercial, multi-family residential, and single-family residential construction
  • Illustrated case studies from different climate regions with project descriptions, cost data, and lessons learned by design teams, constructors, and owners
  • An overview of local, regional, and international rating systems

Guide to Green Building Rating Systems demystifies complex material, making this book an essential reference for building professionals engaged in, or wishing to pursue, sustainable building practices.

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"Guide to Green Building Rating Systems offers a one-stop guide for choosing a green building rating system, reviewing major national ratig systems from a broad and in-depth perspective and discussing how these rating systems work differently for different types of buildings." (The Midwest Book Review, Summer 2010)
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Meet the Author

Linda Reeder, AIA, is an architect practicing in New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to starting her own firm, which is focused on residential projects, she worked on the design of commercial, multi-family, and institutional buildings. The former editor for Building Performance for the AIA's Architects Knowledge Resource Web site, Reeder has taught classes in sustainable design and construction in the Construction Management program at Central Connecticut State University and the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1 RESIDENTIAL RATING SYSTEMS: A COMPARISON.

Chapter 2 COMMERCIAL RATING SYSTEMS: A COMPARISON.

Chapter 3 ENERGY STAR FOR RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS.

Chapter 4 LEED FOR HOMES.

Chapter 5 NAHB MODEL GREEN HOME BUILDING GUIDELINES.

Chapter 6 NATIONAL GREEN BUILDING STANDARD.

Chapter 7 LOCAL AND REGIONAL RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS.

Chapter 8 ENERGY STAR FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS.

Chapter 9 GREEN GLOBES.

Chapter 10 LEED FOR COMMERCIAL NEW CONSTRUCTION.

Chapter 11 LOCAL AND REGIONAL COMMERCIAL PROGRAMS.

Chapter 12 INTERNATIONAL RATING SYSTEMS.

Examples of International Rating Systems.

Resources.

Notes.

Index.

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