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Green Building Materials. A Guide to Product Selection and Specification. 3rd Edition

The ultimate user's manual to green building materials

To properly select and specify green building materials, successful architects need authoritative, real–world advice on how to select and use nontoxic, recycled, and recyclable products, and how to integrate these products into the design process in order to capitalize on the many practical and economic advantages of "going green." Green Building Materials, Third Edition is the most reliable, up–to–date resource to meet today's green building challenges from reducing waste and improving energy efficiency to promoting proper code compliance and safeguarding against liability claims.

Written by two nationally known experts on green building methods and materials, Green Building Materials, Third Edition offers in–depth, practical information on the product selection, product specification, and construction process. This new Third Edition is an excellent hands–on guide to today's newest range of green building materials: what they are, where to find them, how to use them effectively, and how to address LEED requirements. Organized by CSI MasterFormat® category for fast access to specific information, it features:

A new chapter on eco–labels, green standards, and product certification

A new appendix providing reference information for sustainability standards and standards development organizations

New sample specifications, including green power requirements, vegetated green roof systems, rainwater harvesting, and water reuse systems

Revised and updated review of trends affecting the future of green building materials

Updated approach and reference information for the product selection process

Green Building Materials, Third Edition is an essential tool for designing environmentally friendly buildings ones made from materials that preserve the Earth's natural legacy for future generations.
Preface to the Third Edition.

Acknowledgments to the Third Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

CHAPTER 1 Introduction.


CHAPTER 2 Why Use Green Building Materials?

Liability Issues.

Economic Benefits.

Consumer Demand and New Markets.

Regulatory Requirements.

Altruism and Professional Responsibility.

Green Building Materials: An Ounce of Prevention.


CHAPTER 3 What Are Green Building Materials?

What Does Green Look Like?

Does Green Work?

Isn t Green Expensive?


Shades of Green.

Resource Management, Toxicity/IEQ, and Performance.

When Are Green Building Materials Not Green?

Overcoming Entropy.


CHAPTER 4 How Does the Product Selection Process Work?

Step 1: Identify Material Categories.

Step 2: Identify (Green) Building Material Performance Criteria.

Step 3: Identify (Green) Building Material Options.

Step 4: Gather Technical Information.

Step 5: Review Submitted Information for Completeness.

Step 6: Evaluate (Green) Materials.

Step 7: Select and Document Choice.


CHAPTER 5 Eco–Labeling, Green Standards, and Product Certification.

Standards Development Organizations.

Trade and Professional Organizations.




Future Developments.


CHAPTER 6 How Does the Construction Process Work?

Design and Construction Relationships.

The Bidding Phase.

The Construction Phase.

Certification Activities.

The Construction Phase as the Successful End to the Project.

Risk Management for Green Building Materials.


CHAPTER 7 Green Building Materials and Green Building Programs.

Local Programs.

State Programs.

U.S. Governmental Agency Programs.

National (U.S.) Programs.

National Programs (Other Countries).

International Programs.


CHAPTER Conclusion.

History of Green Building Materials.

The Future of Green Building Materials.

Final Thoughts.


Appendix A Sources of Further Information.

APPENDIX B Summary of Environmental Issues in CSI MasterFormat Organization.

APPENDIX C Sample Sections.

Appendix D Sample Contracts.

APPENDIX E Examples of Sector–Specific InitiativesTowards Sustainability.

Ross Spiegel
Dru Meadows
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