This complete guide to the evaluation, selection, and use of sustainable materials in the landscape features strategies to minimize environmental and human health impacts of conventional site construction materials as well as green materials. Providing detailed current information on construction materials for sustainable sites, the book introduces tools, techniques, ideologies and resources for evaluating, sourcing, and specifying sustainable site materials. Chapters cover types of materials, both conventional and emerging green materials, environmental and human health impacts of the material, and detailed strategies to minimize these impacts. Case studies share cost and performance information and lessons learned.
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Materials for Sustainable Sites is an invaluable resource for architects who practice sustainable design. This work provides an in-depth and thorough analysis of the major building materials used in design and construction; while geared toward site design it is also applicable to architectural projects that utilize these materials. It details and makes easily accessible sustainable criteria for materials from extraction and production to delivery and implementation. Sustainability is not simple. Making intelligent and informed decisions requires navigating a complex web of interrelationships and choices. Calkins provides an unbiased, factual and encouraging tool to understand sustainability issues and to promote sustainable practices in design and construction and the materials industry.
Materials for Sustainable Sites is also a vehicle for clear communication between architects and their clients, consultants and contractors that can help in evaluating, understanding...
As a current LA student, I found this book immensely informative, and will no doubt return to it often for reference. As a former home builder, I recognize that this book offers a comprehensive, true cost assessment of both common and uncommon building materials. In short, this book is a great resource for those who are interested in discovering, understanding and comparing sustainable building materials.
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