Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery

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John Wiley & Sons, 2008 - Architecture - 407 pages
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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, overview of the entire process of green building, covering the theory, history, state of the industry, and best practices in green building. Kibert uses not only the dominant LEED assessment system, but includes such newer ones as Green Globes and several noteworthy building assessment systems from other countries. Sections introduce the background of the green building movement and walk you through such aspects as the background of high-performance green building design, green-building assessment, the green building process, and ecological design.

Broad enough to cover the needs of faculty and students in architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, interior design, and construction management, yet focused enough to serve as a reference for building owners and buyers of construction services, Sustainable Construction is a comprehensive look at an emerging process that is environmentally sounds while making good economic sense.

Content from this book is available as two online continuing professional education courses at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-320255.html#life_cycle_assessment and http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-320255.html#green_building.  WileyCPE courses are available on demand, 24 hours a day, and are approved by the American Institute of Architects.

 

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How I dislike this book, let me count the ways. I purchased this book as required for a sustainability course at my university, and I was miserable every time I had to read any part of it. In the most basic sense, this book is not qualified to be a text book. The writing is terrible. The glossary is not functioning. There is no clear hierarchy of information. At times, the grammar is questionable. The information is not updated to reflect the latest LEED standards. Many topics that are still in debate, such as global warming, are presented as fact without reference to the questions surrounding them. After reading this book, my enthusiasm for sustainability has decreased significantly, and I have Charles J. Kibert to blame for it. Please, before purchasing a book on sustainability, do you research. 

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A useful book for Going Green and Green Building Design and Delivery
Going Green is "the Next Big Thing" after the invention of the internet. It is one of the most important trends of this century
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As Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment, and a professor in the M. E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Charles J. Kibert, PhD, PE, made an important contribution to the revolutionary trend of Going Green with "Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery."
"Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery" covers the background, the history, theory, trend and development of the green building movement, and the process and best practices in green building. It discusses not only LEED, but also Green Globes and several other green building rating systems.
It includes 3 parts and 14 chapters:
Introduction and Overview
Part I Green Building Foundations
Background
Green Building Assessment
The Green Building Process
Ecological Design
Part II Green Building Systems
Sustainable Sites and Landscaping
Energy and Atmosphere
The Building Hydrologic System
Closing Materials Loop
Indoor Environmental Quality
Part III Green Building Implementation
Construction Operation
Building Commissioning
Economic Analysis of Green Building
The Cutting Edge and Beyond
"Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery" has 432 pages. It is a useful book for Going Green and Green Building Design and Delivery.
Gang Chen, Author of "LEED AP Exam Guide" & "Planting Design Illustrated." LEED AP, AIA
 

Contents

Chapter
3
Defining Sustainable Construction
6
Chapter
9
Chapter 2
21
Major Environmental and Resource Concerns
38
References
53
Green Building Assessment
55
The Integrated Design Process
85
HighPerformance Building Water Supply Strategy
223
Notes
236
Closing Materials Loops
239
Design for Deconstruction and Disassembly
258
Connection to LEEDNC
271
HVAC Systems
287
Connection to LEEDNC
300
Subcontractor Training
315

Chapter 5
99
Future Ecological Design
113
References
126
Sustainable Landscapes
141
Connection to Green Globes v 1
157
Building Envelope
174
Electrical Power Systems
189
Connection to LEEDNC
208
Notes
316
The Business Case for HighPerformance Green Buildings
329
Tunneling through the Cost Barrier
343
Articulating Performance Goals for Future Green Buildings
362
Appendix
377
Appendix
381
Index
399
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Charles J. Kibert, PhD, PE, is Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment, and a professor in the M. E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He is a board member of the Green Building Initiative, the Florida Green Building Coalition, and the Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. He is the cofounder and chairman of the Cross Creek Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization established to accelerate the implementation of sustainability principles in building design, construction, and operation. He teaches and supervises master's and doctoral students who are majoring in the sustainable construction program that he developed at the University of Florida.

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