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used by building owners to ensure that a facility meeting their specific needs is designed, built, and handed over for operation in a cost-effective manner. This book will examine the design and construction of state-of-the art green buildings in the United States, considering the nation’s unique design and building traditions, prod- ucts, services, building codes, and other characteristics. Best practices, technologies, and approaches of other countries will be used to illustrate alternative techniques. Although intended primarily for a U.S. audience, the general approaches described could apply broadly to green building efforts worldwide.

Much more so than in conventional construction delivery systems, the high- performance green building delivery system requires close collaboration among building owners, developers, architects, engineers, constructors, facility managers, building code officials, bankers, and real estate professionals. New certification sys- tems with unique requirements must be considered. This book will focus largely on practical solutions to the regulatory and logistical challenges posed in implementing sustainable construction principles, delving into background and theory as needed. The USGBC’s green building certification program will be covered in detail. Other complementary or alternative standards such as the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes building assessment system, the U.S. government’s Energy Star Program, and the United Kingdom’s BREEAM building certification program will be discussed. Economic analysis and the application of life-cycle costing, which provides a more comprehensive assessment of the economic benefits of green construction, will also be considered.

Following this introduction, this book is organized in three parts, each of which describes an aspect of this emerging building delivery system. Part I, “Green Build- ing Foundations,” covers the background and history of green buildings, the most significant rating and assessment systems, and green building design. Part II, “Green Building Systems,” more closely examines several important subsystems of green buildings: siting and landscaping, energy and atmosphere, the building hydrologic cycle, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. In Part III, “Green Building Implementation,” the subjects of construction operations, building commis- sioning, economic issues, and future directions of sustainable construction are addressed. Additionally, five appendixes containing supplemental information on key concepts are provided. To support the readers, a website, www.wiley.com/go/ sustainableconstruction, contains hyperlinks to relevant organizations, references, and resources. This website also references supplemental materials, lectures, and other information suitable for use in university courses on sustainable construction.

Rationale for High-Performance Green Buildings

High-performance green buildings marry the best features of conventional con- struction methods with emerging high-performance approaches. Green buildings are achieving rapid penetration in the U.S. construction market for three primary reasons:

1. Sustainable construction techniques provide an ethical and practical response to issues of environmental impact and resource consumption. Sustainability assump- tions encompass the entire life cycle of the building and its constituent compo- nents, from resource extraction through disposal at the end of the materials’ useful life. Conditions and processes in factories are considered, along with the actual performance of their manufactured products in the completed building. High- performance green building design relies on renewable resources for energy sys- tems; recycling and reuse of water and materials; integration of native and adapted

Chapter 1

Introduction and Overview


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