Green Building Fundamentals : A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying Fundamental Sustainable Construction Practices and the LEED Green Building Rating System

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
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This book helps trainees understand the fundamental concepts of sustainable design and green building practices, which will soon become common practice on every project. It is also intended as a practical guide for becoming a LEED Accredited Professional, with a step-by-step study guide and a study assessment (a practice exam with a focused discussion for each example, including references to the USGBCrs"s LEED-NC Reference Guide.) This book includes a discussion on why this topic is important to understand, practice, and teach. This book includes practical examples of methods that are being used to increase a projectrs"s environmental performance, including additional study resources and references.Anyone in the construction or building design field.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction to Green Building Fundamentalsp. 1
Reference and Resources for Further Studyp. 4
Sustainability and the Building Industryp. 5
The Triple Bottom Linep. 5
The Environmental Imperativep. 5
The Economic Imperativep. 7
The Social Imperativep. 8
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 10
Sustainable Design and Green Buildingp. 11
Sustainable Design Practicesp. 11
Benefits of Sustainably Designed Projectsp. 15
Designing High-Efficiency Buildingsp. 17
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Building Materialsp. 17
Natural Resource Use Reductionp. 17
Green Building Practicesp. 19
LEED, Follow, or Get Out of the Wayp. 20
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 22
Evaluating Cost Implications of Green Buildingp. 23
Cost Implications of Green Buildingp. 23
Evaluating "Soft" Costsp. 25
Evaluating Capital Costs and Initial Investmentp. 26
Life-Cycle Cost and Long-Term Investment Considerationsp. 27
Selling and Renting LEED Buildingsp. 28
Long-Term Cost Benefits Due to User Productivityp. 28
Building Energy and Water Consumptionp. 29
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 30
Site Development Considerationsp. 31
Evaluating the Project Sitep. 31
Developing Damaged Sitesp. 33
Brownfield Site Remediation Strategiesp. 34
Air Spargingp. 34
Bio Plugsp. 34
Bioremediationp. 35
Bioventingp. 35
Electrokinetic Remediationp. 35
Soil Flushingp. 35
Chemical Oxidationp. 35
Phytoremediationp. 35
Solar Detoxp. 35
Encouraging Alternative Transportation Usep. 35
Reducing Disturbance to Natural Ecosystemsp. 37
Reducing Heat Island Effects on Ecosystemsp. 37
Reducing Pollution from Building and Site Lightingp. 39
Maximizing Efficiency by Using Building Orientationp. 39
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 41
Managing Site Water Runoffp. 43
Managing Erosion and Controlling Sedimentationp. 43
Effective Strategies for Stormwater Managementp. 49
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 52
Improving a Project's Water Use Efficiencyp. 53
Improving Water Use Efficiencyp. 53
Water-Efficient Landscapingp. 53
Water-Efficient Buildingsp. 54
Recycling Wastewaterp. 55
Wastewater Retention and Reusep. 56
Rainwater Reusep. 57
Infiltration Systemsp. 58
Reuse Systemsp. 58
Greywater Reuse from Buildingsp. 59
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 60
Improving a Building's Energy Efficiencyp. 61
Efficient Energy Use for Building Systemsp. 61
Heating and Cooling Systemsp. 61
Passive Solar Heating and Coolingp. 62
Direct Heat Gainp. 63
Indirect Heat Gainp. 64
Isolated Heat Gainp. 65
Maximizing Energy Performancep. 65
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 67
Using Renewable Energy Sourcesp. 68
Renewable Energy Sourcesp. 68
Green Powerp. 70
Wind Farmsp. 70
Photovoltaic Power Plantsp. 72
Solar Thermal Power Plantsp. 74
Geothermal Power Plantsp. 75
Hydroelectric Power Plantsp. 76
Tidal-Surge-Powered Electricityp. 76
Biomass Power Sourcesp. 77
Tidal Power Sourcesp. 77
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 77
On-Site Power Generation Using Renewable Energy Sourcesp. 79
Photovoltaic (PV) Power Generationp. 79
Electricity Storage with PV Systemsp. 81
Grid-Connected PV Systemsp. 81
Building-Mounted PV Systemsp. 83
Site-Mounted PV Arraysp. 84
Building-Integrated Photovoltaicsp. 85
Financial Incentives for On-Site Solar Power Generationp. 87
Subsidiesp. 87
Net Meteringp. 87
Feed-in Tariffsp. 87
Biomass Power Systemsp. 88
Geothermal Power Systemsp. 88
Wind Turbine Power Systemsp. 89
Turbine Configurationp. 90
Hybrid Renewable Energy Systemsp. 92
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 93
Improving a Building's Material Usep. 94
Reusing Existing Building Stockp. 94
Selecting Building Materialsp. 94
Building Materials That Have Recycled Contentp. 95
Material Transportation Impactsp. 95
Building Materials That Are Made from Rapidly Renewable Resourcesp. 96
Recycling Construction Wastep. 97
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 98
Improving a Building's Indoor Environment Qualityp. 99
Ventilation Systems for Improved Indoor Air Qualityp. 99
Measuring Indoor Air Qualityp. 99
Mechanical Ventilation Systemsp. 100
Passive Ventilation Systemsp. 100
Cross-Ventilationp. 101
Stack Ventilationp. 101
Hybrid Integrated Ventilation Systemsp. 102
Methods for Improving Indoor Air Quality During Constructionp. 103
Construction Air Quality Control Planp. 103
Improving Air Quality During Constructionp. 103
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 104
Improving the Building Industry's Environmental Performance: The USGBC's LEED Green Building Rating Systemp. 105
Sustainability and the USGBC's LEED Green Building Rating Systemp. 105
The U.S. Green Building Councilp. 106
USGBC Guiding Principlesp. 106
The LEED Green Building Rating Systemp. 106
The Future of LEEDp. 108
Becoming a LEED-Accredited Professionalp. 108
Building Certificationp. 110
References and Resources for Further Studyp. 112
Improving Individual Environmental Performance: Becoming a LEED-Accredited Professional (LEED[subscript AP])p. 113
LEED-Accredited Professional Programs and Qualificationsp. 113
Preparing for the LEED-NC Accreditation Examp. 114
Focused Study Planp. 114
USGBC Reference Guidep. 116
Time Line for LEED Implementationp. 118
Additional Study Sourcesp. 118
Exam Formatp. 119
Exam Specificationsp. 119
Checklist: Knowledge of LEED Credit Intents and Requirementsp. 119
Checklist: Coordinate Project and Teamp. 119
Checklist: Implement LEED Processp. 119
Checklist: Verify, Participate In, and Perform Technical Analyses Required for LEED Creditsp. 120
Study Assessment Guidep. 120
LEED-NC Version 2.2 Registered Project Checklistp. 123
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System LEED Reference Guide Study Outlinep. 126
LEED-NC Version 2.2 Professional Accreditation Study Assessment Guidep. 128
Study Assessment Guide Answer Key and Focused Study Resourcesp. 143
Indexp. 175
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