M. Calkins
Wiley | 0470134550 | 2008 | PDF | 464 pages | 8 Mb

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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.


CHAPTER 1 Materials for Sustainable Sites Defined.

CHAPTER 2 Background: Inputs, Outputs, and Impacts of Construction Materials.

CHAPTER 3 Evaluating the Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Materials.

CHAPTER 4 Resource Reuse: Designing with and Specifying Reclaimed, Reprocessed, and Recycled-content Materials.

CHAPTER 5 Concrete.

CHAPTER 6 Earthen Materials.

CHAPTER 7 Brick Masonry.

CHAPTER 8 Asphalt Pavement.

CHAPTER 9 Aggregates and Stone.

CHAPTER 10 Wood and Wood Products.

CHAPTER 11 Metals.

CHAPTER 12 Plastics and Rubber.

CHAPTER 13 Biobased Materials, BY RUTH STAFFORD.

Appendix A: Embodied Energy and Embodied Carbon of Construction Materials by Weight.

Appendix B: Health and Environmental Impacts of Hazardous Air Pollutants and Metals Related to Construction Materials.


"This book is a serious reference manual. Nearly every page has diagrams, tables of definitions and comparisons, and lists of guidelines. The timing of this book’s publication is ideal, being aligned with the launch of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, to which Calkins has contributed expertise. Materials for Sustainable Sites will be the constant companion of landscape architects and related professionals who want both inspiration and credible information about the sustainable palette of our art." (Landscape Architecture, April 2009)
"Weightly tome offering a comprehensive guide to evaluating selecting and using sustainable construction materials." (Grand Designs, April 2009)

"…provides detailed information for architects and builders on materials and products that use resources efficiently, minimize embodied energy and carbon, avoid harming human or environmental health at any phase of their life cycle, and assist with sustainable site design strategies." (Book News; 12/08)

"When it comes time to choose materials for those home and garden projects, there's now a wonderful green guide. This guidebook is indispensable for anyone planning construction projects. It is destined to become a classic." (bellaonline.com; 11/08)

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