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Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection and Specification Hardcover – November 9, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470538043 ISBN-10: 047053804X Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047053804X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470538043
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

To properly select and specify green building materials, successful architects need authoritative, real-world advice on how to select and use nontoxic, recycled, and recyclable products, and how to integrate these products into the design process in order to capitalize on the many practical and economic advantages of "going green." Green Building Materials, Second Edition is the most reliable, up-to-date resource to meet today's green building challenges–from reducing waste and improving energy efficiency to promoting proper code compliance and safeguarding against liability claims.

Written by two nationally known experts on green building methods and materials, Green Building Materials, Second Edition offers in-depth, practical information on the product selection, product specification, and construction process. This new Second Edition is an excellent hands-on guide to today's newest range of green building materials–what they are, where to find them, how to use them effectively, and how to address LEED requirements. Organized by CSI MasterFormat® category for fast access to specific information, it features:

  • New sections on commissioning and construction of waste management
  • Important guidance on how to evaluate the "greenness" of building materials, including a section-by-section specification summary of environmental issues
  • Helpful sample forms to aid in selecting and specifying green materials
  • A brief history of relevant environmental legislation and the evolution of environmentally conscious design
  • An appendix listing useful sources of additional information
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ross Spiegel, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, is Senior Specification Writer with the Connecticut based architectural/engineering firm Fletcher-Thompson, Inc of Shelton, CT. He has been a member of the Construction Specifications Institute since 1978, where he has served in numerous positions on the chapter, region and Institute levels. In 1994, Ross was appointed as CSI's liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council, a position he continues to serve in today. Ross served on the U.S. Green Building Council's Board of Directors and is currently chairing the Steering Committee for the Council's International Green Building Conference & Expo.

Dru Meadows, AIA, CSI, CCS, is cofounder of the GreenTeam, Inc., a strategic environmental consulting firm that specializes in building industry issues. The firm's clients primarily include Fortune 500 corporations and governmental agencies. She is a board member of the Oklahoma State University–Environmental Institute and chair for ASTM International's Committee on Sustainability in Building. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Ross G. Spiegel, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED® AP BD+C, is an Associate and Senior Specification Writer with the Connecticut based architectural / engineering firm Fletcher-Thompson, Inc. Ross is responsible for creating written construction documents as well establishing technical standards and processes for the firm. Ross is also responsible for the LEED Certification process on Fletcher-Thompson projects and leads the firm's Green Team.

Ross has been a member of the American Institute of Architects for over 10 years and has been active with AIA Fort Lauderdale, AIA Florida, and most recently, AIA Connecticut. Ross is currently a member of AIA Connecticut's Committee on the Environment.

Ross has been a member of the Construction Specifications Institute since 1978 and has served in numerous positions on the chapter, region and Institute levels and is a Former President of the Institute.

In 1994, Ross was appointed as CSI's liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council, a position he continues to serve in today. Ross has served on the U.S. Green Building Council's Board of Directors, the LEED Steering Committee, chaired the Steering Committee for the Council's Greenbuild International Green Building Conference & Expo, and several USGBC committees and task teams. In addition Ross has chaired the Green Building Certification Institute's (GBCI) Credentialing Steering Committee since August 2008.

In August 1999 John Wiley & Sons published Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection and Specification written by Ross and his co-author, Dru Meadows, AIA, FCSI, CCS. The revised and expanded third edition was published in November 2010.

Ross is a registered architect in Connecticut, Florida and New York, is NCARB certified, a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), and a LEED® Accredited Professional with Specialty.

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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolute MUST-HAVE addition to the libraries of every firm and organization that deals with designing, constructing, maintaining, or restoring commercial and public buildings. It should be required reading in every architectural school. It also offers much value to residential builders, even though they seldom use the sophisticated specification systems of the commercial building trade.
For some three decades, articles and books on environmentally-sound architecture have focused on the design side. And most have focused on residential construction. Spiegel & Meadow's new book breaks new ground in two respects, by dealing with the product/material side of (primarily) commercial buildings.
The specification aspect of green construction -- in which the appropriate materials and products are prescribed -- has been largely unaddressed. This is partly because the commercial building industry, in general, has culturally been behind the curve in terms of concern for the environment, but also because even the most conscientious firms have serious difficulty finding and obtaining green building products.
There are two reasons for this difficulty of specifying green materials: 1) Few architects receive any meaningful level of training regarding specification in their schooling, preferring to focus on the more glamorous process of design; and, 2) Neither the commercially-available master guide specifications (such as SpecLink and MasterSpec) nor the product catalogs (such as First Source, SpecData, and Sweets) have figured out how to provide a useful and accurate means of helping specifiers compare the greeness of one item over another.
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By Robert A Michel on March 3, 2014
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This book came in the expected amount of time and in new condition so there is not much else one can ask for when ordering a textbook.
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By Michael on March 9, 2009
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This book gives great detail to the open ends of the negative effects of our market, and where to turn to correct them.
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