Handbook of Green Building Design and Construction

Handbook of Green Building Design and Construction

LEED, BREEAM, and Green Globes

1st Edition - June 26, 2012

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  • Author: Sam Kubba
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123851291

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Packed with conceptual sketches and photos, real world case studies and green construction details, Handbook of Green Building Design and Construction provides a wealth of practical guidelines and essential insights that will facilitate the design of green buildings. Written in an easy to understand style, the Handbook draws on over 35 years of personal experience across the world, offering vital information and penetrating insights into two major building rating systems such as LEED and BREEAM both used extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Key Features

  • Develop a project schedule that allows for systems testing and commissioning
  • Create contract plans and specifications to ensure building performance
  • A step-by-step approach for integrating technologies into the different stages of design and execution


Owners/Developers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Contractors, and Construction Managers/Engineers

Table of Contents

  • Dedication



    Introduction: The Green Movement—Myths, History, and Overview

    Green Building: Myths and Realities

    Green Building and the Green Movement: Its History

    Green Building: An Overview

    The U.S. Built Environment

    Chapter 1. Green Concepts and Vocabulary

    1.1 The green building movement today

    1.2 Green basics—what makes a building green?

    1.3 Going green: incentives, barriers, and benefits

    1.4 Establishing measurable green criteria

    1.5 Emerging directions

    Chapter 2. Components of Sustainable Design and Construction

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Green building evaluation systems

    2.3 USGBC’s LEED Certification and rating system

    2.4 The green globes rating system

    2.5 Green rating standards used worldwide

    Chapter 3. Green Design and the Construction Process

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Green building principles and components

    3.3 High-Performance design strategies

    3.4 Design process for High-Performance buildings

    3.5 Green project delivery systems

    3.6 Traditional green design−Bid−Build project delivery

    3.7 Green construction management

    3.8 Green design−Build project delivery

    Chapter 4. Green Project Cost Monitoring and Closeout

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Front-End analysis

    4.3 Requisition format

    4.4 Site visits and observations

    4.5 Loan disbursements—draw application reviews

    4.6 Preparing the progress status report

    4.7 Final certification and project closeout

    4.8 Quality control and quality assurance

    Chapter 5. Building Information Modeling

    5.1 Brief history and overview

    5.2 Basic benefits, challenges, and Risks of using BIM

    5.3 Integrated project delivery—sharing intelligent data for sustainable solutions

    5.4 Building form with BIM

    5.5 Building systems with BIM

    5.6 The future of BIM and its use worldwide

    Chapter 6. Green Building Materials and Products

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Low-Emitting materials

    6.3 Building and material reuse

    6.4 Construction waste management

    6.5 Recycled materials

    6.6 Regional materials

    6.7 Rapidly renewable materials

    6.8 Green office equipment

    6.9 Forestry certification and certified wood

    6.10 Life-cycle assessment and cost analysis of building materials and products

    6.11 Third-Party Certification

    Chapter 7. Indoor Environmental Quality

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Factors that affect indoor environmental quality

    7.3 Ventilation and filtration

    7.4 Building materials and finishes: emittance levels

    7.5 Indoor environmental quality best practices

    Chapter 8. Water Efficiency and Sanitary Waste

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Wastewater strategy and water reuse/Recycling

    8.3 Water fixtures and water use reduction strategies

    8.4 Retention and detention ponds, bioswales, and other systems

    Chapter 9. Impact of Energy and Atmosphere

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 The building envelope

    9.3 Intelligent energy management systems

    9.4 Mechanical systems: air conditioning, heating, and ventilation

    9.5 Electrical power and lighting systems

    9.6 Solar Energy Systems

    9.7 Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

    9.8 Fire Suppression and Protection Systems

    Chapter 10. Green Design and Building Economics

    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Costs and benefits of green design

    10.3 Life-Cycle costing

    10.4 Tax benefits and incentives

    10.5 Other green building costs

    10.6 Economic analysis tools and methods

    Chapter 11. Green Project Commissioning

    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Fundamental commissioning basics: WHAT IS COMMISSIONING?

    11.3 Building commissioning objectives, benefits, and costs

    11.4 Planning the commissioning process

    11.5 Commissioning authority (Commissioning Service Provider)

    11.6 The commissioning process

    Chapter 12. Project Cost Analysis

    12.1 Introduction

    12.2 Budget development and requirements

    12.3 Project buyout and bid shopping

    12.4 General conditions and supplemental conditions

    12.5 Contingencies and allowances

    12.6 Green project cost management

    Chapter 13. Green Specifications and Documentation

    13.1 Introduction

    13.2 Do we need specifications?

    13.3 Specification types and categories

    13.4 Developing the project manual

    13.5 Organization and format of specifications

    13.6 Greening specifications

    13.7 Computerized specification-Writing systems

    13.8 Liability issues

    Chapter 14. Types of Building Contract Agreements

    14.1 Introduction

    14.2 Bidding process and building contract types

    14.3 Bid solicitation and types of building contracts

    14.4 American Institute of Architects Contract Documents

    14.5 Consensusdocs contract documents

    14.6 Engineers joint contract documents committee contract documents

    Chapter 15. Green Business Development

    15.1 Introduction

    15.2 The office: home-based versus bricks and mortar

    15.3 Creating a successful business plan

    15.4 Startup basics

    15.5 Creating an image and marketing a new business

    15.6 Tracking and identifying sources for leads

    15.7 The importance of selling yourself

    15.8 Forms, licenses and permits, insurance, and banking

    15.9 Taxes, strategies, and incentives

    15.10 The internet and online marketing

    Chapter 16. Building Green Litigation and Liability Issues

    16.1 Introduction

    16.2 Liability issues

    16.3 Failure, negligence, and standard of care

    16.4 Alternative dispute resolution versus traditional litigation

    16.5 Insurance Programs and Requirements

    APPENDIX A. Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Appendix B. Glossary



Product details

  • No. of pages: 832
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2012
  • Published: June 26, 2012
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123851291

About the Author

Sam Kubba

Sam Kubba is the principal partner of The Consultants' Collaborative, a firm noted for its work in sustainable architecture, interior design and project management. Dr. Kubba has extensive experience in all types and all aspects of architecture, interior design and construction. These include hospitality, corporate facilities, retail, renovations, restaurants and high-rise commercial structures.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principle partner, The Consultants' Collaborative architecture firm, and Owner, Kubba Design

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