Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, Fourth Edition
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The leading green building reference, updated with the latest advances in the field

Sustainable Construction is the leading reference for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. With broad coverage including architecture, engineering, and construction, this book nevertheless delivers detailed information on all aspects of the green building process, from materials selection to building systems and more. This new fourth edition has been updated to reflect the latest codes and standards, including LEED v4, and includes new coverage of carbon accounting. The discussion has been updated to align with the current thinking on economics, climate change, net zero buildings, and more, with contributions by leaders in the field that illustrate the most recent shifts in thinking and practice. Ancillary materials including an instructor's manual and PowerPoint presentations for each chapter help bring this clear and up-to-date information into the classroom, making this book a valuable reference for working construction professionals. Also, Interactive graphics found throughout the course help activate the content and highlight key concepts for students. 

Sustainable construction has gone mainstream, and will one day be the industry norm. This book provides a comprehensive reference to all aspects of a project to show you how green building concepts and principles apply throughout the design and construction process.

  • Get up to date on the latest green building codes and standards
  • Learn about the newest technology in green building materials
  • Adopt the best practices in procurement and delivery systems
  • Apply sustainability concepts to all aspects of construction and design

Green buildings operate at a very high level of efficiency, which is made possible only by careful consideration every step of the way. Appropriate land use, landscaping, construction materials, siting, water use, and more all play a role in a structure's ultimate carbon footprint. Sustainable Construction provides clear guidance for all aspects of green building, including the most recent advances and the latest technology.


Charles Kibert Ph.D., P.E. is the Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment at the University of Florida and a professor in the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, where he organized and teaches the Sustainable Construction graduate track as well as continuing education. He is co-founder and president of the Cross Creek Initiative, a nonprofit industry/university joint venture bringing sustainability principles into the construction industry. Formerly co-chair of the Curriculum and Accreditation Committee of the U. S. Green Building Council, he is currently a chair of the iiSBE Net Zero Built Environment Working Group and a board member of the Green Building Initiative.


Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview

The Shifting Landscape for High-Performance Buildings

Sustainable Development and Sustainable Construction

The Vocabulary of Sustainable Development and Sustainable Construction

Sustainable Design, Ecological Design, and Green Design

Rationale for High-Performance Green Buildings

State and Local Guidelines for High-Performance Construction

Green Building Progress and Obstacles

Book Organization

Trends in High-Performance Green Building

Summary and Conclusions



Part I Green Building Foundations

Chapter 2 Background

Ethics and Sustainability

Basic Concepts and Vocabulary

Major Environmental and Resource Concerns

The Green Building Movement

Case Study: OWP 11, Stuttgart, Germany

Summary and Conclusions



Chapter 3 Ecological Design

Design versus Ecological Design

Historical Perspective

Contemporary Ecological Design

Key Green Building Publications: Early 1990s

Key Thinking about Ecological Design

Evolving the Concept of Ecological Design

Thermodynamics: Limits on Recycling and the Dissipation of Materials

Case Study: Kroon Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Thought Piece: Regenerative Development and Design: Working with the Whole by Bill Reed

Summary and Conclusions



Part II Assessing High-Performance Green Buildings

Chapter 4 Green Building Assessment

Major Green Building Assessment Systems Used in the United States

International Building Assessment Systems

BREEAM CaseStudy: AHVLA Stores Building, Weybridge, United Kingdom

Green Star Case Study

Thought Piece: Shifting Emphasis in Green Building Performance Assessment by Raymond J. Cole

Summary and Conclusions



Chapter 5 The US Green Building Council LEED Building Rating System

Brief History of LEED

Structure of the LEED Suite of Building Assessment Systems

LEED Credentials

LEED v4 Structure and Process

LEED Categories152

Case Study: Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona, University of Florida, Orlando

Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 6 The Green Globes Building Assessment System

Green Globes Building Rating Tools

Structure of Green Globes For New Construction Version 2

The Green Globes Assessment and Certification Process

Green Globes Professional Credentials

Case Study: Health Sciences Building, St. Johns River State College, St. Augustine, Florida

Summary and Conclusions


Part III Green Building Design

Chapter 7 The Green Building Design Process

Conventional versus Green Building Delivery Systems

Executing the Green Building Project

The Integrated Design Process

Role of the Charrette in the Design Process

Green Building Documentation Requirements

Case Study: Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 8 The Sustainable Site and Landscape

Land and Landscape Approaches for Green Buildings

Land Use Issues

Sustainable Landscapes

Enhancing Ecosystems

Stormwater Management

Low-Impact Development

Heat Island Mitigation

Light Trespass and Pollution Reduction

Assessment of Sustainable Sites: The Sustainable Sites Initiative

Case Study: Iowa Utilities Board/Consumer Advocate Office

Summary and Conclusions



Chapter 9 Energy Reduction

Building Energy Issues

High-Performance Building Energy Design Strategy

Passive Design Strategy

Building Envelope

Internal Load Reduction

Active Mechanical Systems

Water-Heating Systems

Electrical Power Systems

Innovative Energy Optimization Strategies

Renewable Energy Systems

Fuel Cells

Smart Buildings and Energy Management Systems

Ozone-Depleting Chemicals in HVAC&R Systems

Case Study: River Campus Building One, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland

Thought Piece: Building Energy Analysis: The Present and Future by Ravi Srinivasan

Summary and Conclusions



Chapter 10 Built Environment Hydrologic Cycle

Global Water Resource Depletion

Water Distribution and Shortages in the United States

Hydrologic Cycle Terminology

High-Performance Building Hydrologic Cycle Strategy

Designing the High-Performance Building Hydrologic Cycle

Water Budget Rules of Thumb (Heuristics)

Sustainable Stormwater Management

Landscaping Water Efficiency

Case Study: LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia, Washington

Summary and Conclusions



Chapter 11 Closing Materials Loops

The Challenge of Materials and Product Selection

Distinguishing between Green Building Products and Green Building Materials

LCA of Building Materials and Products

Environmental Product Declarations

Materials and Product Certification Systems

Key and Emerging Construction Materials and Products

Design for Deconstruction and Disassembly

Case Study: Project XX Office Building, Delft, Netherlands

Thought Piece: Closing Materials Loops by Bradley Guy

Summary and Conclusions



Chapter 12 The Built Environment Carbon Footprint

Human Impacts On The Biogeochemical Carbon Cycle

Climate Change And The Carbon Cycle

Mitigating Climate Change

Defining The Carbon Footprint Of The Built Environment

Reducing The Carbon Footprint Of The Built Environment



Chapter 13 Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor Environmental Quality: The Issues

Integrated IEQ Design

Addressing the Main Components of Integrated IEQ Design

HVAC Systems Design

Emissions from Building Materials

Particleboard And Plywood

Economic Benefits of Good Indoor Environmental Quality

Summary and Conclusions



Part IV Green Building Implementation

Chapter 14 Construction Operations and Commissioning

Site Protection Planning

Managing Indoor Air Quality during Construction

Construction Materials Management

Construction and Demolition Waste Management


Thought Piece: The Role of Commissioning in High-Performance Green Buildings by John Chyz

Summary and Conclusions



Chapter 15 Green Building Economics

General Approach

The Business Case for High-Performance Green Buildings

The Economics of Green Building

Quantifying Green Building Benefits

Managing First Costs

Tunneling through the Cost Barrier

Summary and Conclusions



Chapter 16 The Cutting Edge of Sustainable Construction

Passive Survivability

Cutting Edge: Case Studies

Case Study: The Federal Building, San Francisco, California

Articulating Performance Goals for Future Green Buildings

The Challenges

Revamping Ecological Design

Today’s Cutting Edge

Case Study: Green Skyscrapers

Thought Piece: Processes, Geometries, and Principles: Design in a Sustainable Future by Kim Sorvig

Summary and Conclusions



Appendix A Quick Reference for LEED 3.0

Appendix B The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009

Appendix C Unit Conversions

Abbreviations and Acronyms