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The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design 2nd Edition

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From the Environmental Building News "this book has a great deal to offer. No serious designer of commercial buildings should be without it."--Nadav Malin

From the Back Cover

REAL-World Design Tool for Sustainable Design

This comprehensive, updated edition of the definitive reference on sustainable design includes extensive new design process information, updated case studies, and post- occupancy evaluations organized to support use of the USGBC's LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. Complete with practical tools and real-world examples, this hands-on reference for architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, interior designers, construction contractors, building owners and operators, and students includes:

  • Eighteen case studies reflecting HOK's own application of sustainable design principles to real buildings, several with postoccupancy evaluations that demonstrate how sustainable design can be practical, cost-effective, and good for both buildings and business
  • "Ten Key Steps" provide a road map for the integrated multidisciplinary design process that is essential to successful sustainable design projects
  • Concise checklists of actions to consider at each step in the process, followed by detailed how-to information and guidance on best practices organized by the LEED® categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, and indoor environmental quality
  • Building type-specific guidance on how to apply sustainable design to airports, convention centers, correctional facilities, health care facilities, laboratories, museums, office buildings, and commercial interiors

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471696137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471696131
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on June 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a property owner considering LEED Certification for a building remodel. As a starting poijnt, I have read the LEED guidelines at the Green Building Council website. However, I was looking for something more substantial to help understand the process. "The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design" fills that purpose.

This Guidebook is written by the HOK Architectural firm which has been one of the leaders in sustainable design. The book has three sections. The first chapters are a check list of design guidelines and questions that one needs to explore during the LEED design process. The second section looks at sustainability issues as related to certain building types and the final section are a series of short articles on LEED projects the firm has worked on.

This Guidebook is on its Second Edition and is invaluable for all those interested in LEED certification. It is well written and clearly organized. It is an expensive book but well worth the price. It is a great introduction into what is becoming an important area of design. Highly recommended.
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Although I normally read books in twos and threes on the same topic to gain varied perspectives, this is the first time I am writing a single review encompassing two books. They mesh together so well that I cannot imagine studying this subject without having BOTH in hand.

The two books are Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 2nd Edition and The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design.

Start with the introduction in the Guidebook, which is blessed with a Foreword from Paul Hawken and see especially page 13 where the cost benefits are shown, with 48% energy savings for Gold, 30% for Silver, and 28% for Certified. See also the illustration on page 15 that I have reproduced in the image I am loading for both books: the old decision model was Cost at the top, with Schedule and Quality anchoring the triangle. the new decision model still has cost at the top, but Schedule and Human Health, Safety, & Comfort are on corners of this new pentagon, and the bottom is achored by Quality and Ecology, or what Paul Hawken would call in his books, "true cost" to the Earth and Humanitas.

NOW shift to the Contents and the Detailed Contents of Sun, Wind, & Light. As one reviewer notes, this is a course book. I did not recognize it as such, I saw it as one of the most gifted complete collection of factors to learn and apply that I have ever seen for ANY topic of study. The content and organization of this book is nothing short of Nobel-level "wow." Finish going through this book.
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By Ian Reves on September 23, 2008
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A fully comprehensive, up-to-date and well organized compendium of sustainable design and construction techniques, this book seems to keep fining its way onto my desk again and again for various projects. There are piles of publications on sustainability, this one however, is profound in its completeness, usefulness and quality of information.
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I am a licensed architect and LEED AP, refocusing my professional career more toward sustainable design and this guidebook seems to be a good library reference with checklists included to break it down. It is slightly out of date with 2006 copyright, but the principles remain the same. Just the LEED ratings systems has been updated since printing. I like the Case Studies, helpful for real world application.
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