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Books cover sustainable architecture, including green design and building for homes as well as for commercial, industrial, educational, and public structures and developments, renovation, remodeling, interior design, infrastructure, and landscaping. They cover building methods and materials, LEED standards, certification of lumber and forest products, energy and water efficiency, use of natural light and renewable energy, use of recycled materials, prevention of offgassing and indoor air pollution, regenerative design, and unconventional techniques such as straw bale, cordwood, adobe, and rammed earth construction.

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Choosing Green: The Homebuyer's Guide to Good Green Homes. By Jerry Yudelson. Energy-efficient, non-toxic, healthy homes are the hottest trend in the building industry. Homebuilders are constructing them in astonishing numbers. How does a home buyer who wants a green home know what to look for, what questions to ask a builder, which green home rating systems to trust, and what homes are on the market? Nationally recognized green-building expert Jerry Yudelson provides answers. Easy-to-use tables, charts, maps, score sheets, and checklists - everything needed to make a successful search for a green home. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Choosing Green: The Homebuyer's Guide to Good Green Homes

Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change. By L. Hunter Lovins. Embracing efficiency, innovation, renewables, carbon markets, and new technologies is the smartest decision businesses can make. Climate Capitalism shows that the future of capitalism in a recession-riddled, carbon-constrained world will be built on innovations that cutting-edge leaders are bringing to the market today. Climate Capitalism delivers hundreds of in-depth case studies to prove that energy efficiency and renewable resources are already driving prosperity, increasing profits, and producing economic growth. As Kindle | More… | L. Hunter Lovins EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change

Developing Green: Strategies for Success. By Jerry Yudelson. Green building and development projects will increase 30 percent per year during the next five years, making them one of the major development trends in our industry. Developing Green shows you how to build the business case and take advantage of tenants’ and owners’ interest in green development. It includes how to approach the LEED rating system strategically, and it takes you on a tour of sustainably designed commercial projects with a bonus CD. Leaves readers able to respond quickly to the fast-growing green development opportunity. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Developing Green: Strategies for Success

Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis. By Jerry Yudelson. Water shortages are an increasingly serious global problem. Dry Run shows the best ways to manage water resources and handle upcoming urban water crises. Featuring interviews with twenty-five experts, it explains solutions for homes, buildings, facilities, and schools. Examining the linkages between water, energy use, urban development, and climate change, it demonstrates best practices in the built environment, including water conservation in structures, factories, and cities, rainwater harvesting
, graywater reuse, and water reclamation. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

The Dumb Architect's Guide to Glazing Selection. By Jason F. McLennan. While most architects are not dumb, there are certainly many poor choices made when selecting glazing for buildings. The Dumb Architect’s Guide to Glazing Selection will serve as an excellent introduction for architects wanting to make intelligent decisions on how to pick glazing for their building designs in order to lower environmental impact, save money and increase comfort. This glazing guide is the first in a series of books that will teach technical green building subjects in a fun and simple to understand manner. More… | Jason F. McLennan EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Dumb Architect's Guide to Glazing Selection

The Ecological Engineer. By Jason F. McLennan. Showcases the most innovative engineers in North America and describes how they produce functionally outstanding structures, systems and technologies that embrace the emerging philosophy of sustainable design. Organized into three critical sections – Practice, Principles and Projects – the book provides a valuable resource and touchstone for engineers, architects and other design professionals who want to embrace an ethic that is responsible to both people and environment. Volume 1 focuses on a consistently inspiring company, KEEN Engineering. More… | Jason F. McLennan EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Ecological Engineer

Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry. By David Gottfried. Tells the twenty-year story of the global green building movement through the eyes of David Gottfried, the man who helped start it all. Describes how the industry has evolved, and how this evolution has helped fight climate change and prevent further damage to the environment while creating a multibillion-dollar industry. Filled with unique insights and self-deprecating humor, this riveting memoir demonstrates how one person can start a global movement. Winner of three 2014 Indie Book Awards. As Kindle | More… | David Gottfried EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry

Forest Certification in Sustainable Development: Healing the Landscape. By Chris Maser and Walter Smith. Highlights the history, importance, and rewards of forest certification. Discusses the issues involved in mainstream forestry as it is currently practiced, and what can be done to create sustainable forestry. For example, Home Depot has committed to giving preference to selling "certified wood" proven to come from forests that meet certain sustainablility standards. Retailers and vendors can offer wood certified through the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and FSC accredited organizations. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Forest Certification in Sustainable Development: Healing the Landscape. By Chris Maser

Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies. By Eric Corey Freed. Want to build responsibly, reduce waste, and help preserve the environment? This book explains how to build or remodel conscientiously, whether a simple remodel or a brand-new multimillion-dollar mansion. Provides information on all aspects of green building and remodeling, from identifying materials and sizing up potential systems and construction sites, to the pros and cons of popular green building methods. Complete with lists of ten things to do on every project, this is your one-stop guide to planning and building a green home. As Kindle | More... | Eric Corey Freed EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies

The Green Building Revolution. By Jerry Yudelson. Introduces the basics of green building and the projects and people that are advancing it. Shows both why and how to start thinking about designing, building, and operating high performance, environmentally aware buildings on conventional budgets. Outlines the broader "journey to sustainability" influenced by the green building revolution and provides a solid business case for accelerating this trend. Illustrated with more than 50 photos, tables, and charts, and filled with timely information, it is the definitive description of a major movement that's poised to transform our world. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>
       The Green Building Revolution

Green Building Through Integrated Design. By Jerry Yudelson. This comprehensive and well-illustrated guide covers the entire process of building a certified green building. You'll get expert insight into tackling projects, from concept and design, to unifying members of the team, to constructing high-performance buildings on time and within standard budgets. Green Building Through Integrated Design includes case studies and interviews with key leaders. The most complete overview of green building project delivery methods available – a blueprint that every member of the project team will find invaluable. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Building Through Integrated Design

Green Building Trends: Europe. By Jerry Yudelson. The green building revolution is a worldwide movement for energy-efficient, environmentally aware architecture and design. Europe has been in the forefront of green building, and this book provides an overview of their cutting edge ideas and applications. It is a primer on new technologies, systems, and regulatory approaches from Europe that can be used in America, including building-integrated solar, radiant heating and cooling, natural ventilation, climate control and water feature combinations, zero-net energy homes, and zero-carbon buildings. As Kindle | More... | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Building Trends: Europe

Green Home Improvement: 65 Projects That Will Cut Utility Bills, Protect Your Health & Help the Environment. By Dan Chiras. The projects described range from quick, easy, low-cost tasks like insulating a water heater, sealing foundation cracks, or painting with insulating paint, to bigger-ticket items like installing an energy-efficient heating system, energy-conserving windows, or green flooring. For each project, it outlines the steps required, the material and installation options, the cost, the payback, as well as the health, comfort, and environmental benefits. As Kindle | More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Home Improvement

Greening Existing Buildings. By Jerry Yudelson. Explains how to transform existing buildings into more energy-efficient, resource-conserving green buildings. It provides a clear, step-by-step process to help transition building operations and maintenance toward the goal of a green-certified building. Shows building owners and facility managers how to green buildings in a cost-effective way. Includes more than 25 case studies of successful implementation and 35 insightful interviews with industry experts and building owners and managers. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Greening Existing Buildings

GreenSense for the Home: Rating the Real Payoff from 50 Green Home Projects. By Eric Corey Freed. When does a green home project make financial sense? In this information-packed book, the authors walk readers through 50 green home projects and break them down according to the impact they have on the environment as well as on the reader’s wallet. They evaluate insulating pipes, weatherizing doors and windows, composting and recycling trash, installing a solar hot water heater, installing green countertops, upgrading appliances, building with reclaimed materials, installing radiant heat, and other projects. More… | Eric Corey Freed EcoSpeakers Info >>

       GreenSense for the Home: Rating the Real Payoff from 50 Green Home Projects

The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability. By William Reed. The integrative design process offers a new path to making better green building decisions and addressing complex issues that threaten living systems. In this book, design and construction professionals are introduced to the concepts of whole building design and whole systems. With integrative thinking that reframes sustainability, the authors provide a guide for architects, designers, engineers, developers, and builders on incorporating integrative design into every phase of a project. As Kindle | More… | William Reed EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building

Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy. By John Perlin. Unprecedented gas prices, heat waves and droughts, climate change, Solyndra – all make “alternative” sources of energy contemporary areas of activism, controversy, lobbying, and legislation. Yet few know that the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans used solar energy in their architecture; that Galileo and da Vinci both planned uses for the power of the sun; and that by 1918, there were more than 4,000 solar water heaters in California. The history of solar energy gives readers an epiphany-producing sense of its future. As Kindle | More… | John Perlin EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy

Marketing Green Building Services: Strategies for Success. By Jerry Yudelson. Presents information decision-makers need to respond to the fast-growing market for green buildings, design and construction services and products. It examines the important market segments for green buildings. It also presents business case justifications for green buildings that help architects, engineers and builders understand client motivations and respond with appropriate marketing and communications strategies. Includes information that will help manufacturers and product sales teams craft marketing approaches. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Marketing Green Building Services: Strategies for Success

Marketing Green Buildings. By Jerry Yudelson. Engineers, architects and contractors seeking to expand their involvement in the green buildings market need a firm grounding in the marketing strategies and tactics which are being used most successfully. This book explains how to present green design features, sustainable strategies and new products to the potential green building client. It covers how green building marketing is different, what techniques can be used in marketing green buildings, successful approaches to marketing green building-related services, and information on the role of LEED. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Marketing Green Buildings

Next-Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works. By Hillary Brown. Subject to carbon constraints and the impacts of climate change, infrastructure can be made more efficient, less environmentally damaging, and more resilient. With a better understanding of the connections between services, we can reduce disruptions, achieve other benefits, and reduce costs. Five organizing objectives are proposed that, in the hands of decision-makers and designers, can bring about a future of multipurpose, low-carbon, resilient infrastructure that is coordinated with natural and social systems. As Kindle | More… | Hillary Brown EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Next-Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design. By Jason F. McLennan. Outlines the major issues and ideas that have emerged over the last thirty years from the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design. This book is intended as a starting point for anyone involved in the building industry to learn how to build more responsibly. It prompts individuals to understand how the philosophy of sustainable design can affect their own work, lays the groundwork and basis for more technical study, and presents a framework for people to understand why it will become the future of architecture and design. As Kindle | More… | Jason F. McLennan EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Philosophy of Sustainable Design

Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It. By Jerry Yudelson. Buildings and their associated systems are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the world. The green building revolution has failed to fulfill its promise to transform the building marketplace. Reinventing Green Building presents a new approach to certification, designed to radically cut costs while dramatically increasing market acceptance. Combining a unique, insider's critique with a potent vision for the future, it integrates true climate mitigation and better building performance. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It

Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide. By David Bergman. For students and practitioners in architecture and interior design, this guide provides an overview of the techniques available for reducing the energy and environmental footprint of buildings and interiors. It covers everything from the profession's ethical responsibility to create designs that sustain natural resources, to specifics such as rainwater harvesting, graywater recycling, passive heating, solar orientation, green roofs, wind energy, daylighting, indoor air quality, material specification, and green building certification programs. As Kindle | More… | David Bergman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide

Sustainable Retail Development: New Success Strategies. By Jerry Yudelson. Addresses the issue of green retail buildings and development. In a trend seen throughout the developed world, they will grow in importance over the next half-decade. This volume is a practical and comprehensive guide to greening retail real estate, including green building and marketing strategies, corporate sustainability programs, and a 10-point “action program” for greening any retail real estate portfolio. This well-illustrated volume features 30 green retail developments as well as interviews with industry experts. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Sustainable Retail Development: New Success Strategies

Sustainable School Architecture: Design for Elementary and Secondary Schools. By Eric Corey Freed. A guide to the planning, architecture, and design of schools that are healthy, stimulating, and will conserve energy and resources. Written with the needs of architects, construction professionals, educators, and school administrators in mind, the book provides a road map for sustainable planning, design, construction, and operation. Sustainable School Architecture shows how eco-friendly practices for school construction can create an environment that young students will emulate and carry into the world. More… | Eric Corey Freed EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Sustainable School Architecture: Design for Elementary and Secondary Schools

The World's Greenest Buildings: Promise Versus Performance in Sustainable Design. By Jerry Yudelson. Among the thousands of green buildings out there, which are the best, and how do we know? Authors Jerry Yudelson and Ulf Meyer examined hundreds of the world’s highest-rated large green buildings. This book presents an overview of rating systems, practical examples of best practices for both new and existing buildings, and case studies of successful projects that include actual performance data. It uncovers some of the pitfalls that lie ahead for sustainable design, and points the way toward progress. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The World's Greenest Buildings: Promise Versus Performance in Sustainable Design

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