Green building has gone through the exciting realm of “it’s cool if you can afford it” as a marketing strategy for products, technologies and special services, as the “tree Hagger” concept, and eventually moved to its rightful place as a way to build better, smarter, and more useful buildings.
Ray Anderson of Interface Flooring Company calls this a “so right, so smart” approach to design and construction. For the authors of this book, and many other people helping to explain green buildings intelligently, it is truly common sense—building well for money looking at long-term goals for building users, environment and budget, as well as looking at the short-term realities of project costs, material supplies and project schedules.
The song of our class at the university is: “The future is so bright, I had to wear shades.” “Unfortunately, our current world is a bit different from the one we assumed more than 20 years ago. It is a little tougher and more cautious about money, and from this point of view, our future world is very much discussed.
Green building, or sustainable building, has experienced rapid growth since the publication of the second edition of this book and have matured in four years. At the heart of this movement is the now clearly established economic benefits of building green. Large and small businesses, education, healthcare and other institutions, government facilities at all levels, and home builders/ home owners benefit from increased resource efficiency, comfort and productivity.
As design and building experts, together with product manufacturers, have found ways to achieve upfront cost savings, the generally held belief that green buildings needed higher initial costs, has proved a false assumption.
This third edition has been revised and updated with particular emphasis on the most applicable green building guidelines and standards that have evolved significantly over the past few years.
2new chapters have also been added: On the added value of wind energy and green building to commercial real estate. Other chapters have been updated to include topics that focus on several costs and technologies, such as economic incentives, funding sources, software programs, and other methods used to assess the costs/benefits of green methods.
The book also includes efficiency tables for HVAC equipment and requirements for evaluation systems, including checklists for LEED. The case study in part 4 of this book is entirely new—a diverse collection of building types and green strategies. Most of the projects have been completed in the past 3 years and have achieved USGBC LEED ratings. Case studies include project goals, special challenges, materials, system overview and cost breakdown.