Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren’t Working and What We Can Do About It

Buildings and their associated systems are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the world. The 2030 Challenge aims to produce zero-net energy from new North American construction by 2030 while achieving a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions from existing buildings. With less than 4 percent of commercial and residential structures in the United […]

Earthbag Architecture: Building Your Dream with Bags (Green Home Building) (Volume 3)

Discover how you can build an amazing variety of structures using little more than the earth beneath your feet. Earthbag building is revolutionizing how people around the world are thinking about ways of providing shelter, both temporary and permanent. Such buildings can be remarkably durable and resistant to earthquakes, floods, fires and even bullets. Kelly […]

Green Building: Project Planning and Cost Estimating

A unique cost reference, updated and expanded, for architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, and managers Green building is no longer a trend. Since the publication of the widely read first edition of this book, green building has become a major advancement in design and construction. Building codes and standards have adopted much stricter energy efficiencies. […]

Dynamic Aquaria: Building Living Ecosystems

In its third edition, this praised book demonstrates how the living systems modeling of aquatic ecosystems for ecological, biological and physiological research, and ecosystem restoration can produce answers to very complex ecological questions. Dynamic Aquaria further offers an understanding developed in 25 years of living ecosystem modeling and discusses how this knowledge has produced methods […]

Prefabulous and Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home

Prefabulous and Sustainable dispels the negative myths associated with prefab homes and shows the reader how beautiful and remarkably green prefab homes are. In this guide to prefab home-building author Sheri Koones, demystifies the prefabricated house by using 25 unique homes to showcase how factory-built homes are greener, more efficient, sturdier, and more cost-effective than […]

Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots

After centuries of economic activity based on extraction, exploitation, and depletion, we now face undeniable environmental threats. New business models that save or restore natural resources are critical. But how can we translate that insight into more sustainable practices? Building the Green Economy shows how community groups, families, and individual citizens have taken action to […]

The Complete Guide to Building Affordable Earth-Sheltered Homes: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back to Basics Building)

Earth-sheltered building has existed since the heyday of Skara Brae in Scotland 5,000 years ago, and is used today by people around the world, from the Yaodong of northwest China to the subterranean residents of Coober Pedy, Australia, and even to converted missile silos in America. Contrary to popular misconceptions of being cramped, dark, or […]

The Eco-Home Design Guide: Principles and Practice for New-Build and Retrofit (Sustainable Building)

Essential reading for anyone planning to design an eco-home   Designing an eco-house is as much about working with your natural surroundings as it is about planning to use the right materials for your building. In this book, Christopher Day draws on his extensive experience to explain the key principles of ecological house design. Beautifully […]

The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World: Plan a Campaign, Recruit Supporters, Lobby Politicians, Pass Legislation, Raise Money, Attract Media Attention

If you want to make a significant and sustainable impact on the health of our planet, this powerful and practical guide can help. Author and activist Sharon J. Smith shares proven strategies and lessons learned from the winners of Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards–America’s top honor for young green leaders. Here are all the […]

Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods Earth Plaster * Straw Bale * Cordwood * Cob * Living Roofs

Clarke Snell and Timothy L. Callahan, whose popular Good House Book helped environmentally-minded readers create an earth-friendly home, have returned with a photo-packed, amazingly complete, start-to-finish guide to “green” housebuilding.This absolutely groundbreaking manual doesn’t just talk about eco-friendly building techniques, but actually shows every step! More than 1,200 close-up photographs, along with in-depth descriptions, follow […]

Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, Second Edition

Reflecting the latest developments in the green building movement, and updated to include coverage of LEED 2009,Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, Second Edition guides construction and design professionals through the process of developing commercial and institutional high-performance green buildings in today’s marketplace. In this revised edition, Charles Kibert delivers a detailed, and passionate, […]

Dynamic Aquaria: Building Living Ecosystems

Dynamic Aquaria is the outgrowth of years of research aimed at studying how to accurately model and construct living ecosystems in mesocosms, microcosms, and aquaria. It is a unique book, presenting scientifically sound information for a growing new area of science–synthetic ecology, or the construction of living ecosystems. At the same time, the authors present […]

Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building

“Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building offers an introduction to green building concepts as well as design approaches that reduce and can eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuel use in buildings while also conserving materials, maximizing their efficiency, protecting the indoor air from chemical intrusion, and reducing the introduction of toxic materials into […]

Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery

The leading green building reference, updated with the latest advances in the field Sustainable Construction is the leading reference for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. With broad coverage including architecture, engineering, and construction, this book nevertheless delivers detailed information on all aspects of the green building process, from materials selection […]

12 Unique & Innovative Green Home Designs from The Green Builder (The Learn2Build Green Building a Better Future Series)

When we think about building a home we want something that’s stylish, affordable and that we can live in comfortably for a very long time – but rarely do we think that a green home can be all those things and more. “12 Unique & Innovative Green Home Designs from The Green Builder” shows you […]

Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building

The Fully Updated, Indispensible Study of Sustainable Design Principles Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building is the first textbook to merge principles, theory, and practice into an integrated workflow. This book introduces the technologies and processes of sustainable design and shows how to incorporate sustainable concepts at every design stage. This comprehensive primer takes […]

Sustainable Building Systems and Construction for Designers

This text views building construction and its systems through the lens of sustainability, providing an integrated approach to the principles of sustainable design as the way a building is created. As a practicing architect and interior designer, Tucker covers all systems including construction systems, mechanical systems, electrical and plumbing systems, and interior systems. The technical […]

Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics

The first decade of the twenty-first century has been characterized by a growing global awareness of the tremendous strains that human economic activity place on natural resources and the environment. As the world’s population increases, so does the demand for energy, food, and other resources, which adds to existing stresses on ecosystems, with potentially disastrous […]

GREEN BUILDING DESIGN+CONSTRUC

The LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations and Maintenance, 2009 Edition, is a user’s manual that guides a LEED project from registration to certification of a high-performance existing building. This guide is specifically designed to provide the tools necessary for building owners, managers and practitioners to maximize the operational efficiency of their buildings, while […]

Innovation and Application of Green Building Materials

As a direct consequence of increasing concerns around environmental sustainability, and with a focus on reducing the carbon footprint of any building, architects are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to build responsibly, yet imaginatively. Innovation and Application of Green Building Materials is a comprehensive guide to creating sustainable buildings, using a range of […]

Eco-Home Design Guide: Principles and Practice for New-Build and Retrofit (Sustainable Building)

Essential reading for anyone planning to design an eco-home Designing an eco-house is as much about working with your natural surroundings as it is about planning to use the right materials for your building. In this book, Christopher Day draws on his extensive experience to explain the key principles of ecological house design. Beautifully illustrated, it […]

DIY Guide for Dummies on Building an Eco-Friendly Home: Tips and Hacks: (DIY Building, DIY Books) (Off Grid Living)

Getting Your FREE Bonus Download this book, read it to the end and see “BONUS: Your FREE Gift” chapter after the conclusion. DIY Guide for Dummies on Building an Eco-Friendly Home Tips and Hacks In the present world, when the expenses which a family has to bear reaches at the peak of mountains, there should […]

Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction (Go Green with Renewable Energy Resources)

GREEN BUILDING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION provides a current, comprehensive guide to this exciting, emerging field. From core concepts to innovative applications of cutting-edge technology and the latest industry trends, this text offers an in-depth introduction to the construction of “green” homes. Unlike many texts that adopt a product-oriented approach, this book emphasizes […]