Much has changed in the world of green building since the publication of the Second Edition of Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, and the Third Edition is an attempt to both capture the shifts in thinking and practice and to improve the content of this book. The enormous threat of climate change demands more attention to reducing energy consumption and understanding the carbon footprint of the built environment, and both of these issues have received significant attention in this edition. There is expanded coverage of the building hydrologic cycle, and stormwater considerations have been included in this discussion.
All materials on LEED and Green Globes have been consolidated into chapters dedicated to these assessment systems. The major international building assessment systems such as BREEAM, Green Star, CASBEE, and DGNB have expanded coverage and case studies. The concept of net zero buildings has emerged in the last few years, and the subject of net zero energy and net zero water buildings is addressed in several chapters. Progress is being made toward producing green building standards and codes that, in essence, result in green buildings being standard in jurisdictions that adopt them.
This shift in thinking and practice is covered in this edition. In many of the chapters, a thought piece, or essay, by a top thinker in the field is included to further round out the discussion on a particular topic. I owe a special thanks to all the thought piece authors, who include Bill Reed, Ray Cole, Ravi Srinivasan, Brad Guy, John Chyz, and Kim Sorvig.
A significant number of case studies from other countries, particularly Germany, are included to better define the cutting edge of high-performance green buildings. Helmut Meyer of Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH in Stuttgart provided truly excellent information and insights into the design of the very low energy buildings that are becoming commonplace in Germany. Christian Luft was extremely kind and helpful in describing the approach of his company, Drees & Sommer, located in Stuttgart, in designing high-performance green buildings that are certified via DGNB, the German building assessment system.
Dr. Christine Lemaitre, CEO of DGNB, was generous with her time and provided current information about the progress of green building certification in the German building market. I also met Martin Haas and David Cook from Behnisch Architekten and was provided with a large number of case studies of highperformance buildings that their firm had designed over the past few years.
I also was hosted by Stefan Zimmerman of the Karlsruhe Institute of Physics when I visited a new building on their campus in Karlsruhe designed by Behnisch Architekten. My good friend, Thomas Lützkendorf, who was one of the authors of the German building assessment program and who is in part responsible for the unique structure of DGNB, provided me with invaluable information and insights into the logic of this approach.
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