LEED Materials

A Resource Guide to Green Building

Ari Meisel, Steven Winter

     6.75 × 9 in (17.1 × 22.9 cm)
224 pages
500 color illustrations
Publication date: 5/1/2010
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568988856

Leadership in Energy and Environment Design LEED is the most widely recognized green building rating system, and arguable the most coveted certification, in the world. At any given time, thousand of projects are in review for LEED certification, and the process can be somewhat daunting: it generally means memorizing the point system involved in getting your building rated according to these environmental sustainability guidelines. There really isn't a pragmatic way as to how to go about racking up the credits. In many cases, knowing the right materials can make or break a situation.

Taking a focused, material-based approach to sustainable design, LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building presents almost 200 innovative materials, products, and services, and shows how to use them to achieve the best results. Organized by the CSI MasterFormat Division system for ease of use, the book also takes the reader inside the code for new construction (the broadest code), revealing the pitfalls and bonus moves of using the products for maximum credits (certain products can even be used to achieve several LEED credits in the way the material is applied) and putting that coveted Platinum rating well within reach.

LEED Materials does not focus on the philosophy of building green or the reasons why it's a good thing. Most people understand why going green is a good thing, but in the end, the decision that people make, the products and materials that are applied, that make a difference. This book is the first step toward a healthier, more environmentally sensitive way of building. Steven Winter, former chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, contributes a foreword.

Ari Meisel is a real estate developer, a green building consultant, and the author of the LEED Pro blog. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Meisel has worked on LEED certification projects all over the United States.

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