Fundamentals of Integrated Design for SustainableBuilding
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"Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building offers an introduction to green building concepts as well as design approaches that reduce and can eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuel use in buildings while also conserving materials, maximizing their efficiency, protecting the indoor air from chemical intrusion, and reducing the introduction of toxic materials into the environment. It represents a necessary road map to the future designers, builders, and planners of a post-carbon world."
from the Foreword by Ed Mazria

 A rich sourcebook covering the breadth of environmental building, Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building introduces the student and practitioner to the history, theory and technology of green building. Using an active learning approach, the concepts of sustainble architecture are explained and reinforced through design problems, research exercises, study questions, team projects, and discussion topics.

Chapters by specialists in the green movement round out this survey of all the important issues and developments that students and professionals need to know. From history and philosophy to design technologies and practice, this sweeping resource is sure to be referenced until worn out.


Marian Keeler, Associate AIA, LeEED AP, is a San Francisco-based green building consultant with Simon & Associates and a writer on sustainable buildings. She specialized in green building consulting at SMWM and as an independent consultant.

Bill Burke, AIA, is the Architectural Program Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, California. He is also on the Board of Directors of AIA/ San Francisco.






Chapter 1 The Integrated Building Design Process.

Chapter 2 A History of the Environmental Movements.

Chapter 3 Modern International Conferences and Treaties.

Chapter 4 The Emergence of Green Building and Green Building Legislation.

Chapter 5 Sources of Chemicals in the Environment.

Chapter 6 Environmental Chemicals in Humans and Buildings.

Chapter 7 Indoor Air Quality Technologies—Green Design for Long-Term Occupant Health.

Chapter 8 Indoor Environmental Quality Issues.

Chapter 9 Introduction to Energy Issues: Use and Standards.

Chapter 10 Basic Energy Principles.

Chapter 11 Energy-Effi cient Building Design: Residential and Small Commercial Buildings.

Chapter 12 Energy-Effi cient Building Design: Nonresidential Buildings.

Chapter 13 Resource Effi ciency and Resource Use in Buildings.

Chapter 14 Materials Selection and Product Certification.

Chapter 15 Water Quality and Water Conservation.

Chapter 16 Sustainable Neighborhoods and Communities.

Chapter 17 Case Studies.

Chapter 18 Rating Systems and Practice Tools.

Chapter 19 Life Cycle Assessment.

Chapter 20 Waste Impacts and the Building Industry.

Chapter 21 Construction and Demolition Waste Management.


A. A Selection of Green Building Case Studies.

B. Alternative Construction Technologies.

C. The State of Our Health in Buildings.



Illustration Credits.



"…explains how different disciplines have an environmental impact on a sites. The writers insist that all professionals need to be educated and aware that hazardous products used in a home may affect the health of the people occupying the home or the structural integrity of the building. This book is a great reference about many fundamental issues, the do's and don'ts we should be aware of when dealing with a new site. It shows us how important it is to have a "green" vision when starting a design, and that involving other disciplines in your site approach will create an integrated and sustainable design." (The Designer, Winter 2009/2010)