Understanding Green Building Materials

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 2, 2011 - Architecture - 192 pages
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A companion to Understanding Green Building Guidelines, this primer explains green building products—what they are and how to choose them.

From eco-friendly sheetrock to sustainable paint finishes, the green building movement is gaining momentum. But with new products, manufacturers, and standards being introduced routinely, how are architects or designers to know what's best for their projects? This book summarizes what is available and the considerations for selecting sustainable materials.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
What Is Green Design?
13
Green Building Rating Systems
16
Overarching Considerations
25
Labels and Certifications
58
Life Cycle Assessment
77
Structural Materials
94
Wall SystemsFraming Insulation Wallboard and SIPs
99
Countertops
127
MillworkCasework Wall Paneling and Trim
138
Furniture
148
Finishes
155
Future Trends
161
Helpful Acronyms
166
Notes
169
Index
172

Flooring
110

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About the author (2011)

Traci Rose Rider is co-founder and partner in Trace Collaborative, LLC. She received her Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and her Masters in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University where her research looked at factors impacting environmental attitudes of designers. Rider is past-chair of and consultant for the Emerging Green Builders (EGB) Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council, servicing students and young professionals. She was granted the USGBC Leadership Award in Education for 2005 and was included in a group labeled as “The Re-Inventors” in Vanity Fair’s Green Issue, May 2006.

Stacy Glass, an executive of a leading distributor of sustainable building products, lives in North Carolina.

Jessica McNaughton, an executive of a leading distributor of sustainable building products, lives in North Carolina.

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