Materials for Sustainable Sites: A Complete Guide to the Evaluation, Selection, and Use of Sustainable Construction Materials

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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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A complete guide to evaluating, selecting, and using sustainable construction materials

Environmental and human health impacts of materials are a hidden cost of our built environment. While we can readily see the impact of destroying a wetland to build a mall, we aren't always aware of the "invisible" effects on the environment as raw materials are harvested, and products manufactured and shipped from thousands of miles away from the site.

Materials for Sustainable Sites guides architects, engineers, contractors, and landscape architects in making the right choices to minimize their projects' environmental and human health impacts—whether the right answer is a new, green material or a conventional, tried-and-true material used in green ways.

This book provides detailed and current information on construction materials for sustainable sites, including:

  • General environmental and human health impacts of the materials and products industry

  • Tools, techniques, ideologies, and resources for evaluating, sourcing, and specifying sustainable site materials

  • Methods of specifying the nine basic types of conventional and emerging green site construction materials: concrete, earthen materials, brick masonry, asphalt pavement, aggregates and stone, wood, metals, plastics, and nonliving bio-based materials to minimize their impacts.

Materials for Sustainable Sites prepares designers, engineers, and builders with the information they need to incorporate sustainable site design into every project.

About the Author:

Meg Calkins, LEED AP, holds master's degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently on the faculty of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on sustainable site materials and serves as an Editorial Advisory Board Member for Landscape Architecture Graphic Standards. She served for many years on the LEED Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group and is currently on the Materials Subcommittee of the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

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