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A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms

By Elizabeth Lewis


330 pages | 79 B/W Illus.

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Architecture 2030; BUG; Biophilic Design; BIPV; Circular Economy; LEED; Passive Design; Solar Chimney; Systems Thinking; WELL; Xeriscaping.

What does it all mean?

The complex and evolving language used in the sustainable design community can be very challenging, particularly to those new to environmentally friendly and resource-efficient design strategies that are needed today.

  • Definitions of over two hundred terms with further sources.
  • Clearly cross-referenced with Sustainaspeak, Theoryspeak, and Archispeak terms.
  • Illustrated throughout with sustainable award-winning buildings by e.g. Behnisch, Brooks + Scarpa, EHDD, KieranTimberlake, Lake|Flato, Leddy Mahtum Stacy, SmithGroup, Perkins+Will, ZGF, VMDO, and McDonough + Partners.

Sustainaspeak: A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms provides a current guide to the sustainable design strategies, terms, and practices needed for the next generation of designers, architects, students, and community leaders to design a carbon-neutral world for future generations.


"Author and architect Elizabeth Lewis, AIA, has tackled a subject and the accompanying terminology that are at once extensive and intimidating. However, Lewis has produced a text that is informative without being preachy or judgmental. Although sustainable design is implicit in both her writing and the architectural examples she references, her text never suggests that 'this is the only way to do things.' Rather she has produced a compendium that provides readers with a combination of technical definitions, practical suggestions and lots of data from multiple sources. Although the text functions as a dictionary, it reads like a story of what has been done to the environment and where we must go from here." - Diane D. Greer, Ed. Ret., AIA Florida Caribbean Journal Spring 2018

Table of Contents

Illustrations. List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. Preface. Introduction. List of Terms. Acronyms for Further Sources. Sustainaspeak. Further Reading. Index.

About the Author

Elizabeth Lewis, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Professor at Florida A&M University School of Architecture, USA, has over twenty-five years of design teaching experience with a research focus on high-performing and net-zero buildings. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, she is active in the profession and AIA leadership, a founder of USGBC Florida Capital Region Chapter, and a contributor to Decoding Theoryspeak.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design