Understanding Green Building Guidelines

For Students and Young Professionals

Traci Rose Rider (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

Summarizes the main issues and strategies of the forceful and fast-paced green building movement.

Many professions are increasingly producing tools to assist clients in breaking down and understanding the different elements that reside under the umbrella of the sustainability movement. For the design and construction professions, this unpacking often takes the form of green building guidelines and rating systems.

This book aims to look at a selection of both national and local green building rating systems and guidelines, ranging from commercial to residential. While the goal is to provide students and young professionals with a solid overview of each product, enabling them to understand the differences and select the most appropriate system for their chosen projects, the book provides valuable overviews and comparisons for anyone interested in better buildings: designers, homeowners, realtors, contractors, facility managers, site designers, and more.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73263-4
  • 9 × 6 in / 160 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[A] handy, easy to use book that can be used by students, teachers, and practitioners as their first source of information on green guidelines….With no-fuss, easy vernacular, it explains the rating systems in a way that is easy for the reader to understand the system requirements and how to go about fulfilling them.” — Facilities

“Focusing on a handful of leading green building standards…Rider provides a succinct summary of each with a breezy pace and no-nonsense tone. One of the founders of Emerging Green Builders, Rider is uniquely suited to speak to—as well as for—young green professionals….The compact landscape format fits snugly between your palms and makes a perfect desk reference. Whether you’re young or old, keep a copy close at hand.” — Lance Hosey, Architect Magazine

“[A] welcome addition to any architecture library.” — Sarah Christensen, Visual Resources Collection, Wellesley College, ARLIS/NA

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