Greening Existing Buildings [Giveaway]

Greening-existing-buildings-jerry-yudelson We are giving away one (1) copy of this book to a random commenter, so make sure to comment before the end of Friday, January 29, 2010.*

There's no question that the big topic in the industry these days is greening existing buildings.  Whether through the LEED-EBOM program or something else, the existing building stock requires a sustainable update.  And if you're looking for a thorough and authoritative book on the topic, I'd like to recommend Greening Existing Buildings by Jerry Yudelson.  Published by McGraw-Hill, the GreenSource Series book includes over 25 case studies of successful green building renovations. 

Long time readers are familiar with Jerry Yudelson.  He's the author of more green building books than I can count, including Green Building A to Z, Choosing Green, Green Building Trends: Europe, and The Green Building Revolution. This book is just as good as the others. 

Yudelson provides ten best practices for greening existing buildings and helps the reader understand how to manage a LEED-EBOM certification process.  Greening Existing Buildings is meant for owners, developers, project managers, and facility directors, but most anyone else will find useful nuggets of expertise. 

Jerry Yudelson, founder of Yudelson Associates, also gathers information from roughly 35 interviews of industry professionals to cover these topics, as well as some others:

  • Economic drivers and market dynamics;
  • Getting the EPA's Energy Star rating;
  • Making the business case for greening existing buildings;
  • Cost of greening and setting realistic project budgets;
  • Energy efficient building upgrades;
  • Sustainable site management and water conservation retrofits;
  • Crafting purchasing and waste management policies; and
  • Upgrading indoor environmental quality. 

If you're looking for a resource on the topic, head to your nearest bookstore or Amazon to grab a copy.  Amazon has Greening Existing Buildings for just over $70 right now.

*If you're interested in winning a copy of this book, drop a comment by midnight MST on Friday, January 29, 2010.  Say where you're from if you don't know what to say.  By leaving a comment, you agree to the terms and conditions relating to giveaways on Jetson Green.

  • Tory Patrick

    Always enjoy Yudelson’s books, and Greening Existing Buildings looks like it’s got some great case studies to share. What a great giveaway!

  • Anonymous

    i would really enjoy reading this book

  • Anonymous

    as a landscape architecture student, this would be a great book!

  • Scott Lucas

    I’ve been an RSS reader of your blog for many months now and really enjoy the variety of subjects covered. I’m a newly-certed BPI home auditor with a passion for green-ish topics and information. I currently live in the Philadelphia area and I hope I win the book!

  • Patrice

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have Greening Buildings A to Z, which is a nice reference guide.

  • Jeremy Marin

    I lead a volunteer organization that weatherizes homes in MA, so this’d be a great read for me.

  • MrSteve007

    As someone who’s aiming on making my office LEED EBOM Platinum by April – I’d love a copy of this book!

  • Anonymous

    It’s nice to see attention paid (and a book written) about greening existing buildings. While it may not be as exciting as a new project–it is essential that we begin to focus on existing buildings in a BIG. I would love to win this book and read what the author has to say!–kg

  • Carpenter183

    As a building trades apprenticeship instructor, this book would surely help me out. I’m always getting asked questions about green remodeling.

  • Anonymous

    Just interviewed today for a small project planned for an old 2-story, storefront building in overwhelmingly un-green Fort Wayne, IN. The client wants to use the space as a combined fresh market, deli/cafe, and CSA delivery warehouse. Greening this existing building is, needless to say, a high priority.

  • Anonymous

    This looks like an awesome book. There are far more existing buildings than there are proposed new ones so it would make a lot of sense to focus a substantial amount of effort on them. Good stuff! I’m in DC so USGBC, take note.

  • Adam

    Looks like a good one

  • Brendan in AR

    Interested in reading.

  • Douglas Campbell

    I live in a very old town on the east coast of the U.S. This book would really help me to bring green design to my community.

  • Andrew

    as a home improvement contractor I would love to implement these ideas into my projects

  • Alan Bacani Miranda

    countless existing buildings could be redirected towards a more sustainable future

  • Mario Melo


    We usually find books out there about how to build new buildings in a sustainable way, but what about all the already built environment that has been created with out such criteria. I´d love to read that book.

  • Erik

    As a sustainability manager for a school district, we are continually looking at finding new ways to green our schools. This helps save tax dollars and creates a better learning environment for students. I’d be interested to see what suggestions are made in this book.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to have the book. I hope I win.

  • paul bowman

    I’m a Baltimore remodeler moving into the energy efficiency sector. Times are tough. I have no money, but I want that book too.

  • Jay

    Retro-greening will no doubt increase in its frequency as the technology advances and becomes more viable, especially in the urban setting. Good to have a reliable source to reference.

  • Bob K

    OK, here is a random comment. :o)

  • GreenSteps

    Greening existing buildings is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint in construction. Renovate to Passive House Standards for low-energy use and you have a great combination- lower utility costs, reduced green house gas emissions, maintained embodied energy and revitalized neighborhoods. Greening Existing Buildings sounds like a terrific book.

  • Sarah

    I am curious to know what case studies are being presented and if they’ve undergone Pre Greening and Post Occupancy Reviews. Definitely an interesting read either way.

  • L. Brian Woodroof

    Looks to be an excellent book. I can always use more insight as to how to do my job better!

  • Damon Hemmerdinger

    I hope this book puts some energy into the retail sector, where there has been much less progress than office or residential.

  • Brianne Culley

    Our office has had our eye on this one for awhile, would be a great addition to our library!

  • JR Lazear

    i <3 Jetson Green!

  • Joe

    This would be wonderful to have as my colleagues and I tackle a big office building in NYC.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to have this book in my resource library! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Anonymous

    Free is good. Green is better.

  • Dan Whittet

    Identified as one of the most promising trends for the construction industry as well as for the field of sustainable building, energy retrofits will dominate the discussion in green building for the next several years. The convergence of rapid energy modeling, BIM and collaborative design will make revisiting our existing building stock the sensible thing to do while new construction starts recover from lagging credit markets.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love a copy & would love to be doing that (someday soon) – greening existing buildings! liz – palo alto, ca

  • Anonymous

    Want it! Want it! Want it. Pick me!

  • Michael Portegies-Zwart

    Looks great, would be nice to win a copy, in any case I am already requesting that the Wageningen University library order a copy.

  • Anonymous

    I think I am most interested in the book’s in-depth financial analysis of greening existing buildings. It seems like many ‘green’ design manuals do a poor job on that front.

  • Anonymous

    great book!

  • chuck


  • Anonymous

    I believe that with today’s Real Estate Market down turn, Greening existing building is an excellent “repositioning” strategy for the owner. Let’s go out and evangelizing vigorously!

    Also, for individual home owner, this is the time to learn about “design thinking” strategy, rather than be polluted by the glossy magazine on “LUX LIVING”. Greening a home is a remarkable experience that one can share with family and friends.

  • Garren

    I’m getting ready to remodel and could always use a resource like this. I will have to take a peak at the bookstore if I don’t win :-)

  • David Williams

    Great subject, lots of work to be done in this area.

  • Anonymous

    I am a former homebuilder, now doing energy upgrades to homes and apartment buildings. I’d love to win this book.

  • Name

    Working as a Construction Superintendent in in NYC (Blyn and Manhattan) I supervised the gutting and rehab-ing of many fine buildings. As a British trained builder I lamented the energy conservation ignorance of the US trained architects and project leaders of these high value projects. Northern Europe started getting wise to energy as a cost issue after the Oil price shocks of the mid to late 1970’s. Nice to see the US finally catching up. Looks like a very good book … compulsory reading for gut rehab pros.

  • Anonymous

    As a student in Environmental Science at the University of Ulster,and with one of the current major issues in our school at the moment being Sustainability and Sustainable development. We are presently trying to encourage sustainability practices within our campus. I’d be interested to see what suggestions are made in this book, and would thoroughly enjoy reading it and it would be an interesting book to share with others interested within the uni.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to have this book very much.

    • Preston

      Sashara, congratulations! You are the winner of this book giveaway. I will email you separately to get your address for shipping …

  • Anonymous

    I sure wouldn’t mind winning that book.

  • Benjamin Bruening

    This green building thing will never catch on.
    just kidding.

  • Anonymous

    As an HVAC instructor training apprentices located in the Chicago market, in the art of HVAC system servicing , I think it is important that they are aware the the growing demand for green buildings, and keeping them green over the life of the building.

  • Anonymous

    I’m currently reading Green Building Trends, also by Jerry Yudelson, which is proving to be a great resource. Addressing the renovation of the existing building stock is another high priority topic.

  • Gayle

    Greening existing buildings is definitely critical. I am sure Greening Existing Buildings has good info that many of us can put into practice.

  • Marko Järvela

    The effectiveness of “greening” in real life has probably much to do with user awareness. Buildings can certainly be optimized for better performance in many ways, lower ecological footprint, less energy consumptive, “greener” etc, but the end user behaviour is still the final touch-stone. We CAN design and build, or at least we should know how to do it, but what does it take to get the owner, the tenant, and each and every one of us into making conscious daily decisions? What are the tricks to trigger sensible choices? In the framework of existing built volume this task is an exciting challenge – –

  • Home Builder Los Angeles

    With the modern trends in architecture, it is but important to be updated about the advancements in transforming industrial, commercial and residential buildings to the eco-friendly giant which could both save the owners tons of money, converted to profit and put a hand as well in sharing a cause for the environment.
    Green is in nowadays, this book i believe is indeed a good read. Evidence-based at that and up-to-date.

  • Anonymous

    I currently work in the energy industry in Southern California and I would definitely like to learn more about making existing buildings LEED-certified/ more green.

  • Anonymous

    This book sounds great and I would love to win a copy. I am attempting to learn as much about green building as I possible can.

  • Anonymous

    New green construction is great, but it seems making existing buildings green would, in the long run, have a greater impact. Looks like a timely read.

  • Anonymous

    its a shame that new construction is so much more exciting/sexy than work on existing buildings. hopefully books like this can help people wake up to see the potential in using and “greening” existing infrastructure and buildings

  • Anonymous

    The challenge of existing buildings primarily is access to cavities within walls, crawl spaces, attics, plenums, shafts etc. While doing so, it is critical to be conscious of breathability as the buildings are further isolated from Natural elements. The irony of Green Design approaches is that although the materials are new and improved, the methods are traditional and we continue to attempt to suppress Nature in order to be more Green. Bio-mimicry implies the incorporation of the ebb and flow of Nature which remains my personal goal as a building designer.

  • Anonymous

    Greening existing buildings should be the core environmental effort everywhere, and Jerry Yudelson’s case studies in “Greening Existing Buildings” are just what we need to move us in the right direction. We’re going to build a lot of new green buildings over the next twenty crucial years. But all of them put together wouldn’t hold a carbon candle to the potential impact we could have on greenhouse gas reduction and improving everyone’s well-being if we focused on retrofitting existing buildings everywhere.

  • Ute Swart

    I work for one of South Africa’s leading property developers and we are striving to incorporate sustainable building principles in all our existing, and also future developments around the country. Yudelson’s Greening Existing Buildings sounds like the exact ‘green bible’ we need to continue driving these goals!

  • Anonymous

    I have never read this book, but am trying to learn about green sustainable living.

  • Anonymous

    I want to add on to my House this spring or early summer because of our adopting a child. if this could save us money we sure can use it. we live in the centre of Nova Scotia on the Indian Brook reserve. we would rather channel our money to the children upbringing rather than the power utilities.
    Thank You
    Alan K

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