The Introduction summarizes the topics covered in this book. This book examines recent shifts of building processes in reaction to concerns for environmental sustainability: what has been termed “green building.” Attention to environmental harms created by our built environment, and more important, investigations into ways to minimize those harms, has led to extensive research aimed at altering building practices, technological systems, and economic parameters. This book expands on these investigations and applies a social science view to consider how green buildings require a shift in our intellectual and cultural loyalties and a reexamination of the ways that buildings alter our sense of ourselves and our relationship to the environment around us—both natural and man-made.
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