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The Green Guide to Specification, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1961-0
240 pages
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Like its predecessors, this fourth edition of The Green Guide to Specification provides designers and specifiers with easy-to-use guidance on how to make the best environmental choices when selecting construction materials and components. It is more comprehensive than its predecessors; it contains more than 1200 specifications used in six types of building:

• Commercial buildings, such as offices

• Educational buildings, such as schools and universities

• Healthcare buildings, such as hospitals

• Retail

• Residential

• Industrial.

The principal building elements covered in this edition of The Green Guide to Specification include:

• Floors

• Roofs

• Walls

• Windows

• Insulation

• Landscaping.

The performance of each specification is measured against a range of environmental impacts, including:

• climate change

• toxicity

• fossil fuel and ozone depletion

• levels of emissions and pollutants

• mineral and water extraction.

The Green Guide to Specification provides robust information to assist decision-making by translating

numerical life-cycle assessment data into a simple A+ to E scale of environmental ratings, enabling specifiers to make meaningful comparisons between materials and components.

The Green Guide to Specification is an essential tool for architects, surveyors, building managers and property owners seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their buildings by informed and responsible selection of construction materials and components.

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Table of Contents



Project sponsors

The authors

Part1 Introduction

1 Background

2 The Green Guide and related BRE titles

3 Life cycle assessment (LCA) in The Green Guide

4 How The Green Guide to Specification was compiled

Part 2 Using The Green Guide

5 How to use The Green Guide to Specification

Part 3 The Green Guide ratings

6 The Green Guide tables

6.1 Ground floors

6.2 Upper floors

6.3 Separating floors

6.4 Roofs

6.5 External walls

6.6 Windows and curtain walling

6.7 Internal walls

6.8 Separating walls

6.9 Insulation

6.10 Landscaping

Appendix: Project steering group and peer review panels

Contacts and further information



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Author Information

Jane Anderson, Building Research Establishment, Centre for Sustainable Construction, UK

David Shiers, Department of Real Estate and Construction, Oxford Brookes University, UK

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The Wiley Advantage

1. definitive guide to improving a building’s environmental rating through informed specification
2. Reliable data from the BRE, set out in easy-to-use tables
3. new edition contains 1200+ specifications

4. now expanded to cover residential, educational and healthcare buildings

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?The fourth edition is fantastic?having not seen the other three and I can't categorically say it's the best - but the fact there are 1,200 specifications, and in the first print there were 200, means it's a fair assumption to make.? ( Building Engineer ,September 2009)
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