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.
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