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on March 8, 2014
Heather Venhaus has done a remarkable job of explaining sustainability for small-scale sites in a manner which is practical and relevant. The book is clear, thorough and beautifully illustrated. It contains scores of references for further exploration. If you own, build, design, maintain, finance, regulate or legislate housing, this book is an eye-opener. If you want your next landscaping or gardening project to be earth-friendly, this book is a great tool. Even if you do not plan to pursue a Sustainable Sites certification, I still recommend this book. It is full of practical approaches and the science behind them. You will also find tips that will actually save you money over the "because that's the way we've always done it" construction methods.

This book, as well as the Sustainable Sites initiative in general, provides a key ingredient in the building process which has largely been missing from Western construction methods -- holistic assessment and planning. As a veteran of real estate development for 35 years, I know that very few houses or communities are planned with the full lifecycle impact of the site in mind. The developer, builder and landscape contractor will be gone in a few months -- the house in 50-100 years. This book will help you create a house and landscape which will perform sustainably and comfortably throughout it's lifetime.
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on August 30, 2012
What a great resource! This book gives practical and applicable principles through detailed case studies with proven results. As a landscape architect designing and developing projects for the last 15 years, sustainability is always the forefront going into every project, but budgets typically "value engineer" out these "ideas" early on. Now I have the "proof is in the pudding" to back up our ideas as well as integrate new ones with our projects and our clients!
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on September 2, 2013
As a professional engineer and sustainable land developer I am constantly looking for ways to design and build better neighborhoods. I found this book to be full of valuable examples and ideas for the design and implementation of sustainable sites. Even more valuable was the discussion about the interrelated nature of the design team to meet the project objectives. This book is a MUST READ for anyone engaged in the field of sustainable site design.
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on December 3, 2013
It is a complex subject and this is good coverage but difficult to just read. I guess it is like a textbook which makes it a resource I hope to use more in the future.
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on February 22, 2015
Excellent examples. I bought a second copy for my nephew who is a civil engineer.
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on April 15, 2013
This book is just ok for learning not what I expected. Has more examples of completed projects and less 'how to' detail for construction of the landscape using sustainable methods. They should have been more specific on the specifications aspect of design.
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