Environmentally responsible building involves resolving many conflicting issues and requirements. Each stage in the design process from the fundamental decisions about what, where and even whether to build has implications for the environment.
Evolving out of the success of Green Building Digest, a publication described by Building Design as well-researched, authoritative and exhaustive, this practical new handbook considers the environmental issues which relate to the production, use and disposal of key building products and materials. It is designed to help specifiers and purchasers gain awareness of the potential environmental impact of their decisions.
Chapter by chapter Green Building Handbook looks at a different sector of the trade from flooring to roofing, comparing the environmental effects of commonly available products with less well known green alternatives. A Best Buy section then ranks these products from lowest to highest impact.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction Green Building. How to Set About Green Building. Examples of Green Building. Part 2: Product Analysis and Materials Specification Energy. Insulation Materials. Masonry. Timber. Composite Boards. Timber Preservatives. Window Frames. Paints and Stains for Joinery. Roofing Materials. Rainwater Goods. Toilets and Sewage Disposal. Carpets and Floorcoverings. Further Reading. Useful Organisations. The Organisations Behind the Digest. Index
'Steps forward boldly to present a vast array of information ... stimulating guidance that will enable you to make better informed decisions.' - Building
'An impressive compilation.' - The Architect's Journal
'It empowers the user to contribute local action to the international agenda for environmental change and should be widely read and adopted.' - Sustainable Homes
'Easy to use, interesting and a must for anyone who wishes to design with a lesser impact on our environment and that should be all of us.' - Architectural Technology
'A readable and easily understandable guide to building products and their impact on the environment. Clear definitions, keeping it simple, the book sets out ways to build Green Buildings with six excellent examples.' - In Print EcoDesign Book Reviews
'North American readers would find this book useful as a "state of the art" of green building in Europe, and can help generate interest in products not yet available here.' - The Last Straw, Winter 2000
'The editors successfully undertake the difficult task of providing a wealth of information in a thorough, yet concise manner.' - The Last Straw, Winter 2000