Sustainable Design Books

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    150 Best Eco House Ideas

    Featuring an extensive collection of full-color photographs, 150 Best Eco House Ideas features eco-friendly house designs created by internationally renowned architects and designers who have achieved practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and tastes of their clients.

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    Integral Sustainable Design

    Integral Sustainable Design offers practical and theoretical tools for more effective sustainable design solutions and for communicating sustainable design ideas to today's diverse stakeholders.

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    Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings

    A guide to green strategies for preservation and adaptive reuse-and the power of preservation/reuse as a green strategy. Sustainable Preservation takes a nuanced look at the hundreds of choices that adaptive reuse requires architects to make-from ingenious ways to redeploy existing structural elements to time-honored techniques for natural ventilation to creation of wetlands that restore a site's natural biological functions.

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    Integrated Sustainable Design of Buildings

    The book aims to provide a guide to members of design and masterplanning teams on how to deliver sustainable development and buildings cost effectively, meeting current and emerging UK and international statutory and planning requirements. Using a series of international case histories and examples from the author's 10 years of providing sustainability advisory services the book sets out a clear and understandable strategy that deals with all aspects of sustainable design and construction and the implications for delivery, costs, saleability and long term operation.

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    Small Eco Houses

    Fresh perspectives on how good design can create stylish yet ecologically sound living spaces in small-scale homes. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this survey of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale residential designs.

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    Houses: Modern Natural/Natural Modern

    An authoritative volume on the most innovative and environmentally sensitive new residential design. This carefully curated presentation of new and recent houses represents the vanguard of architects creating innovative structures that maintain a sensitive relationship to their natural contexts.

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    This fascinating monograph provides an unprecedented view into the inner workings of Muji, one of the most influential brands leading sustainable design.

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    Green Interior Design

    Award-winning designer and author Lori Dennis proves interior design can be both stylish and environmentally sustainable in this easy-to-use, entertaining guide. Dennis discusses every aspect of interior design-furniture and accessories, window treatments, fabrics, surface materials, appliances, plants, and more-from a green perspective in terms of reducing waste and pollution and turning a home into a healthy, comfortable environment.

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    Sustainable Living

    The book provides extensive and technically detailed documentation of 25 sustainable residential structures in both high-tech and lowtech domain. The examples are chosen from 18 different countries on five continents and come from both rural regions and urban areas.

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    Sustainable Excellence

    In Sustainable Excellence, Aron Cramer and Zachary Karabell tell the stories of the companies who are transforming themselves by responding to these paradigm shifts and in the process shaping the future.

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    Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

    Patrick Condon discusses transportation, housing equity, job distribution, economic development, and ecological systems issues and synthesizes his knowledge and research into a simple-to-understand set of urban design rules that can, if followed, help save the planet.

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    Sustainable Infrastructure

    As more factors, perspectives, and metrics are incorporated into the planning and building process, the roles of engineers and designers are increasingly being fused together. Sustainable Infrastructure explores this trend with in-depth look at sustainable engineering practices in an urban design as it involves watershed master-planning, green building, optimizing water reuse, reclaiming urban spaces, green streets initiatives, and sustainable master-planning.

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    Materials for Sustainable Sites

    This complete guide to the evaluation, selection, and use of sustainable materials in the landscape features strategies to minimize environmental and human health impacts of conventional site construction materials as well as green materials.

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    Green Living

    Green Living is the most thorough overview to be published on environmentally sound building and planning practices and includes project descriptions, photographs, and detailed drawings that demonstrate that sustainability is not just good for the planet, but also offers new opportunities for creativity and innovation.

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    Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning

    Written for architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, public officials, and change agent professionals, this important resource defines the issues of sustainable design, illustrates conceptual and case studies, and provides support for continued learning in this increasingly central focus of architects' and urban planners' work.

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    Ecological Hotels

    This inspiring volume offers a compendium of stylish yet ecological accommodations across the world, each a distinct example of what it means to be green. Careful consideration in the design, construction and maintenance of these properties ensure they protect the planet.

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    The Green House

    The Green House vividly illustrates the emerging collaboration between stylish architecture, interior design, and environmental responsibility.

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    Design and Planning for the Age of Climate Change

    Climate Design: Design and Planning for the Age of Climate Change, written for designers, architects, planners, policymakers, and academics alike, explores the current paradigm shift and illustrates how new thinking can convert investments in urban infrastructure, land use, and development into resilient and enduring support systems for human and environmental prosperity.

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    Guide to Green Building Rating Systems

    Guide to Green Building Rating Systems demystifies complex material, making this book an essential reference for building professionals engaged in, or wishing to pursue, sustainable building practices.

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    LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building

    LEED Materials is packed with critical information on nearly two hundred materials, products, and services. Organized in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat - industry standard in building contracts - this highly visual guide makes sure your material choices and uses will maximize your LEED credits.

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    New Green Homes: The Latest in Sustainable Living

    New Green Homes presents the latest innovations in sustainable architecture and design. Projects include "green" houses, apartments, lofts, and cabins, and explore various aspects of environmentally-friendly design from its ecological and economical benefits to the factors that need to be considered when choosing materials, such as the amount of energy that went into manufacturing the product; its sustainability; the life-expectancy of its materials; and the question of if the materials used can be recycled or safely disposed of if they break down over time.

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    Designing Sustainable Cities

    This book offers practical solutions to achieving sustainable urban design and development, and helps designers communicate these solutions effectively to planners, developers and policy makers.

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    Modern Sustainable Residential Design

    Written for design professionals, William Carpenter's Modern Sustainable Residential Design not only explores the fundamental design principles of sustainable homes, it provides a practical guide to implementing them. This guide offers lessons for architects, interior designers, and builders who want to conceptualize and implement sustainable design strategies in modern residential design.

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    Environment, Technology and Sustainability: Technologies of Architecture

    This second volume in the Technologies of Architecture series - the only series of books tuned to the architectural technology syllabus - explores the environmental influences on building design. Looking particularly at sustainable building, a holistic view is taken, so that the influence of any one set of choices on other areas - such as the trade-off of daylighting against thermal insulation, or the balance needed between heating and ventilation - are not overlooked.

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    Understanding Green Building Guidelines

    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.

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    Alternative Energy Systems in Building Design

    A comprehensive reference for architects and engineers, this GreenSource book provides practical design and installation guidelines for some of the most commercially viable alternative energy technologies. Construction materials, system deployment, typical installations, and environmental impact are covered.

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    Design Activism: Beautiful Strangeness for a Sustainable World

    Design Activism reveals the power of design for positive social and environmental change, design with a central activist role in the sustainability challenge. Design activists seek to fundamentally challenge how, where and when design can catalyse positive impacts to address sustainability. This book collates, synthesises and analyses design activist approaches, processes, methods, tools and inspirational examples/outcomes from disparate sources and, in doing so, creates a specific canon of work to illuminate contemporary design discourse.

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    Design Is the Problem: The Future of Design Must be Sustainable

    Product design can have a tremendous impact on the world in terms of usability, waste, and resources. In Design Is the Problem, Nathan Shedroff examines how the endemic culture of design often creates unsustainable solutions, and shows how to ensure that design processes lead to more sustainable products and services.

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    SustainAble provides the information graphic designers need to be ahead of the curve on sustainability issues, inform them on sustainable applications and to approach the issue of sustainability in the areas of paper, printing, formats, materials, inks, and executions.