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Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability

Rebecca L. Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman


Buildings are the nation's greatest energy consumers. Forty percent of all our energy is used for heating, cooling, lighting, or powering machines and devices in buildings. Despite decades of investment in green construction technologies, residential and commercial buildings remain stubbornly energy inefficient. This book looks beyond the technological and material aspects of green construction to examine the cultural, social, and organizational shifts that sustainable building requires, examining the fundamental challenge to centuries-long traditions in design and construction that green buil ... More

Keywords: buildings, energy, green construction technologies, energy inefficient, environmental concerns, green building, sustainable construction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019415
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca L. Henn, editor

Andrew J. Hoffman, editor

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1 Introduction

Rebecca L. Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman

I Emerging Professions and Expertise

3 LEED, Collaborative Rationality, and Green Building Public Policy

Nicholas B. Rajkovich, Alison G. Kwok, and Larissa Larsen

4 Beyond Platinum: Making the Case for Titanium Buildings

Jock Herron, Amy C. Edmondson, and Robert G. Eccles

II Market Structures and Strategies

III Operational, Organizational, and Cultural Change

8 Empowering the Inhabitant: Communications Technologies, Responsive Interfaces, and Living in Sustainable Buildings

Kathy Velikov, Lyn Bartram, Geoffrey Thün, Lauren Barhydt, Johnny Rodgers, and Robert Woodbury

10 Green School Building Success: Innovation through a Flat Team Approach

Michelle A. Meyer, Jennifer E. Cross, Zinta S. Byrne, Bill Franzen, and Stuart Reeve

IV Perceptions, Frames, and Narratives

V Perspectives on the Future

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