- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (May 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470114215
- ISBN-13: 978-0470114216
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Introduction to high-performance green building delivery systems
The green building movement has come a long way in a short time. Responding to this exponential growth, with its attendant technological as well as aesthetic developments, 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, and state of the industry and of best practices in green building. Kibert not only uses the dominant LEED assessment system, but also 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 the reader through such aspects as:
The background of high-performance green building design
Green building assessment
The green building process
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, Second Edition is a comprehensive look at an emerging process that is environmentally sound while also making good economic sense.
The following companion Web site complements the book: wiley.com/go/sustainableconstruction
About the Author
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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- Site selection, including how to orient buildings in the most climate-efficient manner under varying conditions and other site-relevant topics
- Glazing and insolation, including techniques to optimizing glazing performance by controlling insolation to best meet climate and seasonal requirements for a variety of building uses
- Alternative climate controls, including a heavy emphasis on natural ventilation, geothermal methods, and operational procedures that optimize indoor climate with minimal energy consumption
- Water conservation, including both bathroom and general areas, as well as rainwater collection, irrigation, and other topics
- Energy conservation, including on-site generation and optimization of lighting and HVAC systems, which currently comprise the majority of energy consumption by buildings
- Material conservation, including the use of emerging material technologies, design-for-deconstruction, and similar methods
I found the greatest fault of this book to be the lack of coverage on implementation, which the earlier reviewers harped on. The majority of techniques covered require significant computer-based modelling techniques in order to be applied correctly. While the detail-level operation of these tools is clearly beyond the scope of the text, it would have been helpful if some software titles and general workflows were discussed. Despite this shortcoming, the material provided more than adequate food for thought to make the book and course very worthwhile.
The book also speaks very highly of LEED certification, which I agree is an important step, but not sufficient alone, in spreading awareness and implementation of green building techniques. It does not, however, provide adequate background for taking the LEED Green Associate or Accredited Professional examinations, for which a purpose-written preparation book would be in order.
Oh, and it is a good textbook if someone wants to study the basics of many areas of sustainable construction, easily supported by additional online research to update with most current news and materials.