This key handbook provides a detailed reference for environmentally concerned purchasers of building products, and complements the Green Building Handbook Vol 1. Following the format of the original, this book discusses current issues in green building before moving on to consider eight building component types: fencing products, flat roofing membranes, glazing products, electrical wiring, adhesives, straw bale building, interior decoration and indoor air quality and ventilation. Invaluable for the specifier, this companion handbook will be useful to all those interested in finding greener ways of designing and making buildings.
From reviews of the Green Building Handbook: 'The Publisher is to be congratulated on this book' - Building.
'An impressive collection' - Architect's Journal.
`…an ingenious and I think effective way of providing information in such a way that specifiers will be drawn to consider more fundamentally benign solutions.' - Scottish Ecological Design Association.
`The book benefits from the range of participating researchers and contributors so that some depth in each area can be represented. At the same time there is a consistency in presentation between the different sections, which is helpful.' - SEDA
`…a great book.' - SEDA
`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.
Winner of Gold Medal, 2001 CIOB literary awards (Building Process category)
`This is a book equally fascinating for professionals and non-professionals with an interest in sustainable development. For non-professionals, it contains clear jargon-free information about sustainable products. For professionals it provides an "at a glance" reference tool and a wealth of detailed information on "green alternatives'. Journal of Architectural Conservation July 2001
`It is easy to read, straightforward and accessible, with a plethora of "never knew that" facts that draw one into the subject. The information provided is surefooted and sturdy without becoming bogged down in wothiness, and it is a great source for both background information and contacts.' Journal of Architectural Conservation July 2001
Part One. 1.Introduction: A Discursive Essay Highlighting Important Trends in Green Building and Explaining the Rationale and Methodology Behind the Handbook. Part Two. How to Use the Handbook. Key to Product Table Headings. 2. Fencing Products. 3. Flat Roofing Membranes. 4. Glazing Products. 5. Electrical Wiring. 6. Adhesives. 7. Straw Bale Building. 8. Interior Decoration. 9. Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation. Further Reading. Useful Information on Relevant Organizations. Index.