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Today, sustainability is a growing concern for the architects, designers, builders, and owners of commercial and residential buildings. Meeting the requirements of a rating system provides a metric to evaluate and set priorities. But the variety and complexity of methods available to assess the eco-friendliness of a building can seem overwhelming. Guide to Green Building Rating Systems informs readers about the rating system selection process. Comparing essential issues such as cost, ease of use, and building performance, this book offers solid guidance that will help readers find the rating system that best fits their needs. Guide to Green Building Rating Systems demystifies complex material, making this book an essential reference for building professionals engaged in, or wishing to pursue, sustainable building practices.
Chapter 1 Residential Rating Systems: A Comparison
Chapter 2 Commercial Rating Systems: A Comparison
Chapter 3 Energy Star For Residential Projects
Chapter 4 LEED For Homes
Chapter 5 NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines
Chapter 6 National Green Building Standard
Chapter 7 Local And Regional Residential Programs
Chapter 8 Energy Star For Commercial Buildings
Chapter 9 Green Globes
Chapter 10 LEED For Commercial New Construction
Chapter 11 Local And Regional Commercial Programs
Chapter 12 International Rating Systems
Linda Reeder, AIA, is an architect practicing in New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to starting her own firm, which is focused on residential projects, she worked on the design of commercial, multi-family, and institutional buildings. The former editor for "Building Performance" for the AIA's Architects Knowledge Resource Web site, Reeder has taught classes in sustainable design and construction in the Construction Management program at Central Connecticut State University and the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford.
"Guide to Green Building Rating Systems offers a one-stop guide for choosing a green building rating system, reviewing major national rating systems from a broad and in-depth perspective and discussing how these rating systems work differently for different types of buildings.
- The Midwest Book Review, Summer 2010