In the United States, direct energy use in buildings accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions per year—more than any other sector. Buildings contribute to a changing climate and warming of the earth in ways that will significantly affect...

272 pages
6 x 9
20 photos, 60 illustrations

How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities

At its most basic, historic preservation is about keeping old places alive, in active use, and relevant to the needs of communities today. As cities across America experience a remarkable renaissance, and more and more young, diverse families...

352 pages
6 x 9
11 photos, 15 illustrations

Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population—3.7 billion people—are urban dwellers, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they...

448 pages
6.5 x 8.38
35 photos, 35 illustrations

Design for an Empathic World
Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self

Sim Van der Ryn; Foreword by Jason McLennan

Despite an uncertain economy, the market for green building is exploding. The US green building market has expanded dramatically since 2008 and is projected to double in size by 2015 (from $42 billion in construction starts to $135 billion). But...

192 pages
7.25 x 8.25
23 illustrations

The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods
Lessons from Low-Carbon Communities

How do you achieve effective low-carbon design beyond the building level? How do you create a community that is both livable and sustainable? More importantly, how do you know if you have succeeded? Harrison Fraker goes beyond abstract principles...

248 pages
8.25 x 10
Full color, 63 photos, 121 illustrations

Development Trends and Opportunities to 2030

Arthur C. Nelson; Foreword by Earl Blumenauer

Nearly half the buildings that will be standing in 2030 do not exist today. That means we have a tremendous opportunity to reinvent our urban areas, making them more sustainable and livable for future generations. But for this vision to...

168 pages
6 x 9
7 illustrations

Stewardship of the Built Environment
Sustainability, Preservation, and Reuse

Robert A. Young; Foreword by Carl Elefante

When we think of green building, we tend to picture new construction. But Robert A. Young argues that the greenest building is often the one that has already been built. In Stewardship of the Built Environment, he shows how rehabilitating...

256 pages
7 x 10
87 photos

The Shape of Green
Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design

Does going green change the face of design or only its content? The first book to outline principles for the aesthetics of sustainable design, The Shape of Green argues that beauty is inherent to sustainability, for how things look...

216 pages
8 x 9
65 photos, 38 illustrations

Green Cities of Europe
Global Lessons on Green Urbanism

Edited by Timothy Beatley

In the absence of federal leadership, states and localities are stepping forward to address critical  problems like climate change, urban sprawl, and polluted water and air. Making a city fundamentally sustainable is a daunting task, but...

248 pages
6 x 9
38 photos, 9 illustrations

Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings

Despite a prolonged slump in the housing market, the demand for residential green building remains strong. More than ever, professionals need reliable information about how to construct or retrofit livable, sustainable, and economical homes. With...

272 pages
8 x 10.5
98 photos, 149 illustrations

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