How to Design and Build a Green Office Building: A Complete Guide to Making Your New Or Existing Building Environmentally Healthy

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Atlantic Publishing Company, 2011 - Architecture - 336 pages
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The heating, cooling, and powering of offices accounts for 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and are responsible for more than 70 percent of the country‚e(tm)s total electricity usage. Office computers consume $1 billion of electricity annually. Moreover, recent surveys demonstrate that employees are fed up with their companies‚e(tm) energy-wasting ways. How can you attract workers and reduce your costs at the same time? By going green; the tips in How to Design and Build a Green Office Building will show you how.

In this book, you will learn how to protect the building occupants‚e(tm) health, how to improve employee productivity, how to use resources more efficiently, how to reduce your impact on the environment, how to select a site for a new building, how to protect and maintain the current landscape, how to use recycled content, how to use natural lighting, how to install high-efficiency lighting systems, how to select heating and cooling systems, how to select materials, and how to use dimensional planning and material efficiency strategies.

You will also learn everything you need to know about water savings, energy efficiency, environmentally-friendly building materials, indoor environmental quality, building shape and orientation, alternative energy sources, dual plumbing, green building guidelines, gray water systems, water-conserving fixtures, the costs and financial benefits of building green, foundations, floors, and roofing. In addition, How to Design and Build a Green Office Building provides you with thousands of low or no cost ways to make your office more environmentally friendly.

Whether you are building a brand new building, remodeling an existing one, or even just looking to make small changes that will have a big impact, you need to read this book. Employing the techniques in this book will ultimately save you money, increase your productivity, and attract more employees.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president‚e(tm)s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.


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The book gives broaden information about one of the most popular topic: How to Design and Build a Green Office Building. And also how to remodel the existing building to improve for greener and healthier. Energy conservation, Sun-Heating and Cooling relation, Energy efficiency, Recyclabeles, Conventional building materials, Green building materials, General ecology knowledge and Financing the projects are the main topics discussed in the book. Also many useful web sites are added to help who wants to build or remodel according to Green Standards at present practices. Unfortunately book is not well designed but a lot of useful information in it. 



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Jackie Bondanza is a developmental book editor and a freelance writer. She has written about real estate, education, entertainment, travel, health, and lifestyle for iVillage, MSN, OnlineDegrees Magazine, Hemispheres Magazine, Southern California Senior Life, Northridge Magazine, and College Bound Teen Magazine. She has a master‚e(tm)s degree in journalism and has written copy for both television and radio. She has also appeared as an education and lifestyle consultant for a variety of national television programs. As a developmental editor, Jackie works with authors to develop books ranging in genre from historical non-fiction and reference to pop culture and literature. In addition to her editorial work, Jackie writes a blog on international aid issues for Globalhood, an international consultancy firm, and she also leads workshops for homeless writers around the country. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and her dog. Visit her at

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