The World's Greenest Buildings: Promise Versus Performance in Sustainable Design

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Features

  • The first complete review of how far green buildings have come, based on actual measured performance
  • Shows "best in class" building performance in North America, Europe, India, China, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, each case is highly illustrated in full colour
  • Responds to the intense need for a practical reference for design professionals, building owners, developers and facility managers on how green buildings actually perform at the highest level, one that takes them step-by-step through many different design solutions and practical examples of best practices for greening both new and existing buildings

Summary

The World’s Greenest Buildings tackles an audacious task. Among the thousands of green buildings out there, which are the best, and how do we know?

Authors Jerry Yudelson and Ulf Meyer examined hundreds of the highest-rated large green buildings from around the world and asked their owners to supply one simple thing: actual performance data, to demonstrate their claims to sustainable operations.

This pivotal book presents:

  • an overview of the rating systems and shows "best in class" building performance in North America, Europe, the Middle East, India, China, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
  • practical examples of best practices for greening both new and existing buildings
  • a practical reference for how green buildings actually perform at the highest level, one that takes you step-by-step through many different design solutions
  • a wealth of exemplary case studies of successful green building projects using actual performance data from which to learn
  • interviews with architects, engineers, building owners and developers and industry experts, to provide added insight into the greening process

This guide uncovers some of the pitfalls that lie ahead for sustainable design, and points the way toward much faster progress in the decade ahead.

Table of Contents

Preface  Foreword  Introduction: Form Follows Performance  Part 1. Green Building Performance Challenges 1. Green Buildings and the Carbon Challenge 2. The Issue of Building Performance 3. Worldwide Green Building Rating Systems 4. The Business Case for High-Performance Green Buildings 5. Integrated Sustainable Design for High-Performance Buildings  Part 2. Case Studies  6. Introduction to the Case Studies 7. Case Studies (cases from Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Chile, USA, France, Finland, Germany)  8. Lessons from the Case Studies  Part 3. Looking Ahead  9. Projects to Watch  10.Sustainable Cities: (How) Can Sustainable Urban Development Be Quantified?  11. Afterword: A Challenge to Building Teams  Appendices: A. Bibliography  B. Interviews  C. English/Metric Terminology 

Author Bio(s)

Jerry Yudelson is principal of Yudelson Associates, a sustainable design, research and consulting firm located in Tucson, Arizona, www.greenbuildconsult.com and cofounder of the largest green building trade show in the US, Greenbuild. The U.S. Green Building Council named him in 2011 to the inaugural class of 34 LEED Fellows, a singular honor.

Ulf Meyer has taught in the U.S. at Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska, where he held the Hyde Chair of Excellence in 2010-2011. He is a partner at Ingenhoven Architects in Düsseldorf, Germany, considered one of the pioneers of sustainable architecture in Europe.