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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (9 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989419
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Absolutely brilliant book! I bought it due to the few snippet images of pages and the description which sounded like a good book to have and I really wasn't disappointed! It goes into so many different areas of sustainability covering applications, materials, theory and much more.
I have found that many books are a bit much with case studies and don't go into the details of what you actually want to know. This book however does exactly that... explanations and detailed information about ideas and methods of application.
As an architecture student, I find this book very useful and is helping me to incorporate concepts into my designs. Anyone... even practising architects, students or even just those interested in sustainable design would appreciate the remarkable work that has created this book. I've bought about 60 books in the last few years on architecture and this is definitely one of my best and most valued purchases. ONE FOR THE SHELF!!!
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Sustainable Design A Critical Guide - Review 22 April 2012
By David Sargert - Published on
Format: Paperback
Book Review
Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN -978-1-56898-941-9

"Humm?" I thought as I looked at the page count of the final draft of Sustainable Design-A Critical Guide just published by Princeton Architectural Press and written by my friend and colleague David Bergman, "I wonder how much meat is left?" I'd seen earlier versions and began reading with a bit of uncertainty.

As I finished the first chapter, my questions were answered and I felt both relieved and energized. David had been able to distill topics that get those of us in the trenches blabbing on for hours into concise statements of fact and reason WITH wonderful illustrations, stunning photographs and concrete examples of what works and what doesn't. All of this wrapped up in a beautifully designed and superbly edited volume that is a must-have reference manual for long time sustainability experts and newcomers alike.

This book is much more than a "How To" for Sustainable Design, although it certainly should be used for this purpose. From Site Issues to Eco-Measuring and Labeling, it offers opportunities at each step to implement the 4th R of Environmentalism (reduce, reuse & recycle) - "Re-think" the way we approach every aspect of a project. Each of the ten chapters offers in depth studies on historical practice and practical examples of successful application along with commentary that empowers the reader to continue further exploration of each topic.

As I continued to read, I found that all of my "pet peeves" about Sustainable Design, Environmentalism, LEED, and Greenwash had been addressed and summed up in the last chapter, The Future of Sustainable Design. In this chapter, David speaks about his vision of "Transparent Green", a scenario where "Green" is an integral part of the thinking-design process from the start and not an add-on, after thought or "statement" of any kind.

In the year 1 B.C. Marcus Vitruvius Pollio wrote The 10 Books on Architecture. These volumes outlined every consideration and step required to build a successful project that would be sensitive to the land, it's occupants and more importantly one that would endure the tests of time. After finishing Sustainable Design-A Critical Guide and closing the cover, my final thoughts were, "Vitruvius sure would be proud"!

David K. Sargert, LEED AP

Mr. Sargert's Award Winning Designs have been published internationally for over 30 years.
He consults on Fine Design-Build-Development, Sustainability and Professional Practice from his studios in Taos, NM. [...]
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, clearly written, MUST READ book 24 April 2012
By Pat Harris - Published on
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Anyone living in the 21st century understands, intuitively, that the quality of our lives is intimately affected by not only the quality of the air we breathe outdoors but how
well we can live our lives inside our homes, where more and more people are now able not only to eat, sleep and relax -- the traditional purposes of a home -- but to work, as well.

This book is the stunning creation of a master teacher who can communicate with fellow citizens (like me) who are not expert in the fields he knows so well.

I have a far deeper appreciation of the importance of lighting and carbon footprints, and so many other contemporary issues than I did before reading this lustrous book. Beautifully conceived, written and illustrated.

A must-read for every citizen of the 21st century.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very good overview of a complex topic. 5 Jun. 2012
By Michael Kriegh - Published on
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Having read and commented on an early version of the book I was excited to pick up the published work to see if it had fulfilled the promise of the early draft. I am happy to report that it did. This book delivers what it promises, an overview of how to make our built environment a sustainable one, appropriate for students, professionals, and lay people with an interest in the topic. I found it to be a well written, well illustrated and comprehensive review of the state of the art of sustainability. David Bergman's guidance through the large array of possibilities and the sometimes complex tradeoffs that are required is succinct and upbeat. Those seeking a detailed how to understanding of technologies and possibilities for the built environment will not find that here, but that is not the books intent. What is promised and delivered is a solid overview that will make a good foundation for more detailed exploration. A valuable addition to the library of any student or professional interested in developing a sustainable practice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended 30 May 2012
By Dean Buckeridge - Published on
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This is not a book written from a hard core environmentalist philosophy but a very practical and pragmatic approach to designing, building and living in an environment which contains a limited amount of resource. With this in mind Bergman focuses on sustainability as an underlying philosophy behind all design, material and construction decisions and rethinking our entire life strategies in a very positive and optimistic way showing how the future is full of hope and possibilities, this is not a doom and gloom shock story like "An Inconvenient Truth".

While the target audience is architectural professionals and students this book will appeal to anybody who wants to get below the surface veneer of fashionable environmentalism and look at effective ways of dealing with these critical issues.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just "tweak" it 17 May 2012
By Gaylia Wagner - Published on
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Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide, by David Bergman, is the light at the end of a very boring and muddied tunnel. Clear, concise, and well illustrated, Bergman's book touches most of the major environmental issues facing not only architects, but also designers and even homeowners. His "Don't Panic" approach to "tweaking" our current lifestyles to not only improve our environment but also our quality of life is a refreshing change from the preaching of gloom, doom and sacrifice that's often heard from the environmental and sustainable communities.

I feel obligated to do my best to at least mitigate my impact on the environment. And as an artist and a designer, I feel that this obligation extends to the environmental education of those around me, especially since those of us in the design world have (at least in theory) a better grasp on the terminology of environmentalism when it applies to the material world. But, dear God, that terminology tends to be so confusing and the literature that accompanies its explanation so dull that I find myself groaning at the mere thought of reading yet another tome on the subject. Happily, this book is different.

Bergman's book is a perfect primer for those interested in sustainable design and a great reference book for anyone who wants to learn more about the buildings they live and work in. I would especially recommend it to anyone buying, building, or renting a home who is concerned about energy efficiency - the explanations of the terms, materials, and options will be invaluable.
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