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Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building Paperback – October 1, 2007


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About the Author

Jerry Yudelson has trained 3,000 people in the US Green Building Council's LEED system, and chaired the steering committee for the world's largest green building conference for three years. The founder of a major green building consulting firm and Sustainability Director at Interface Engineering for four years, he is the author of three books on green building.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715721
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A licensed professional engineer, Jerry Yudelson is a former board member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and chaired the USGBC's annual Greenbuild conference from 2004 through 2009. He was the Research Scholar for Sustainability for the International Council of Shopping Centers, providing research and speaking services for ICSC. From 2001 to 2008, he trained more than 3500 people in the USGBC's LEED green building rating system. He is the author of 12 books on green buildings, green homes and green development, including Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis (2010), Choosing Green: The Home Buyer's Guide to Good Green Homes (2008), Greening Existing Buildings (2009) Sustainable Retail Development (2009), and Green Building Trends: Europe (2009) and Green Building through Integrated Design (2008).

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jane Talkington on December 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've always respected Jerry Yudelson. He is a fixture at USGBC and an active proponent of intelligent green building. Jerry has done the industry a service by writing his book.

This book provides one page on each term so people new to the industry can follow conversations about sustainable architecture and urban planning. It decodes green building terminology. I recommend it for first year architect students or any old AIA dog trying to learn new tricks.

It is even a good title for people who think they know it all, just to make sure they didn't miss anything.
Sometimes we tend to know concepts so well that we can't explain the simplest of terms, A to Z saves the day.

The appendix provides a great list of books and websites. For anyone wanting to shorten their learning curve (like the Regents of Higher Education perhaps?? or city commissioners??) this book is an easy one to flip through and is comprehensive enough to save hours and hours of fumbling around on Google. It is sort of like an abbreviated wikipedia of green building terms.

-Jane Talkington
PhD Student of Sustainability at OSU
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara E. Davies on September 30, 2008
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This would be a great book for non-technical people who have reason to work with building industry professionals on green projects. It provides an easy-to-understand overview of multiple aspects of green building, and explains what makes a building green, including various certification processes such as LEED.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane77 on April 19, 2010
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This was a good overview of basic terms. It didn't have much technical detail. What it can give a reader is some familiarity with the terms. It included some pretty cheesy items, like feng shui and other new age-y stuff. An easy read you can get through in an afternoon.
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This book provides you with basic knowledge of green building standards and sustainable design. This book is written in a very simple language and it good reference guide for anyone to get familiar with different designs and materials for the green building design.
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I consider myself to be pretty green and I bought this book before I started my job at a sustainable design engineering firm. It definately laid down some basics and was a good precurser to studying for the LEED exam, which I recently passed!
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