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3rd Edition

The Green Studio Handbook
Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design

ISBN 9781138652293
Published January 22, 2018 by Routledge
436 Pages

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Book Description

The Green Studio Handbook remains an essential resource for design studios and professional practice. This extensive and user-friendly tool presents practical guidelines for the application of green strategies during the schematic design of buildings. Students and professionals can quickly get up to speed on system viability and sizing. Each of forty-three environmental strategies includes a brief description of principles and concepts, step-by-step guidance for integrating the strategy during the early stages of design, annotated tables and charts to assist with preliminary sizing, key issues to consider when implementing the strategy, and pointers to further resources. Ten new in-depth case studies illustrate diverse and successful green buildings integrated design projects and how the whole process comes together This third edition features updated tables and charts that will help to save energy, water, and material resources during the early stages of design. More than 500 sketches and full-color images illustrate how to successfully apply strategies. A glossary, a project index listing 105 buildings in 20 countries, updated tables and drawings, and I-P and SI units increase the usefulness of The Green Studio Handbook.

Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1 The Green

CHAPTER 2 The Studio

CHAPTER 3 The Handbook

CHAPTER 4 Design Strategies


Site Analysis

Insulation Materials

Strawbale Construction

Structural Insulated Panels


Double Envelopes

Green Roofs


Daylight Factor

Daylight Zoning



Light Shelves

Internal Reflectances

Shading Devices

Electric Lighting


Direct Gain

Indirect Gain

Isolated Gain

Active Solar Thermal Energy Systems

Ground Source Heat Pumps


Cross Ventilation

Stack Ventilation

Evaporative Cool Towers

Night Ventilation of Thermal Mass

Earth Cooling Tubes

Earth Sheltering

Absorption Chillers

Energy Production

Plug Loads

Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers

Energy Recovery Systems


Wind Turbines

Microhydro Turbines

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Combined Heat and Power Systems

Water and Waste

Water Accounting

Water Reuse/Recycling

Water Catchment Systems

Pervious Surfaces


Retention Ponds

Living Machines

Composting Toilets

CHAPTER 5 Case Studies

A Roadmap to Strategies and Case Studies

Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Council House (CH2)


GRoW Home Decathlon House

NASA Sustainability Base

Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center

SOS Children's Villages

Stellar Apartments

TechStyle Decathlon House

ZEB House


  1. Before You Commit to a Strategy
  2. Estimating Design Heat Loss and Cooling Load
  3. Psychrometric Charts
  4. Glossary of Buildings
  5. Glossary of Case Studies from the 1st and 2nd Editions of The Green Studio Handbook
  6. Going Green . . . and Going Greener
  7. Glossary of Terms


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Alison G. Kwok, Ph.D., AIA, LEED-AP, ASES Fellow, is a registered architect and a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon. She has also taught in architecture programs in California, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and New York.

Walter Grondzik, PE, LEED-AP, ASES and ASHRAE Fellow, is an architectural engineer and a professor of architecture at Ball State University. He has also taught in architecture and architectural engineering programs in Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Saudi Arabia.