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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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Princeton Architectural Press
"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. [...]
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.
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.
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.