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The Power of Existing Buildings

"Practice meets theory. The Power of Existing Buildings describes practical, tested ways for building owners to improve the energy performance of existing buildings profitably. Illustrated with compelling, real-world examples, this book shows the opportunity inherent in existing buildings, and how we can build a better environment through thoughtful renovation."

Victor Olgyay, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

$30
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  • 232 pages

  • 15 photos, 15 illustrations

  • 6" x 9"

  • By Robert Sroufe, Craig Stevenson, and Beth Eckenrode


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SAVE MONEY, IMPROVE HEALTH, AND REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS - FROM ISLAND PRESS

Your building has the potential to change the world. Existing buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the energy and emit nearly half of the carbon dioxide in the US each year. In recognition of the significant contribution of buildings to climate change, the idea of building green has become increasingly popular. But is it enough? If an energy-efficient building is new construction, it may take 10 to 80 years to overcome the climate change impacts of the building process. New buildings are sexy, but few realize the value in existing buildings and how easy it is to get to “zero energy” or low-energy consumption through deep energy retrofits. Existing buildings can and should be retrofit to reduce environmental impacts that contribute to climate change, while improving human health and productivity for building occupants.

 

In The Power of Existing Buildings, academic sustainability expert Robert Sroufe, and construction and building experts Craig Stevenson and Beth Eckenrode, explain how to realize the potential of existing buildings and make them perform like new. This step-by-step guide will help readers to: understand where to start a project; develop financial models and realize costs savings; assemble an expert team; and align goals with numerous sustainability programs. The Power of Existing Buildings will challenge you to rethink spaces where people work and play, while determining how existing buildings can save the world. 

 

The insights and practical experience of Sroufe, Stevenson, and Eckenrode, along with the project case study examples, provide new insights on investing in existing buildings for building owners, engineers, occupants, architects, and real estate and construction professionals. The Power of Existing Buildings helps decision-makers move beyond incremental changes to holistic, results-oriented solutions.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

232 pages

6 x 9

15 photos, 15 illustrations


By Robert Sroufe, Craig Stevenson, and Beth Eckenrode


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How did we curate this product?

While there’s no universal standard for sustainable manufacturing, Living Deep is committed to supporting brands, makers and manufacturers that are on a ‘deep green’ path, making progress towards positive environmental and social benefit. As we consider how this product impacts our health and the health of all species, you can learn more about how we evaluate products, or keep reading below for our curation of this specific product...

Where does the product come from?

The majority of Island Press books are printed in the US at a small number of trusted print vendors.

What is it made of?

Island Press books are printed with either FSC certified or recycled paper and non-toxic ink.

Where does it go at the end of its life?

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COMPANY statement

Island Press began with a simple idea: knowledge is power—the power to imagine a better future and find ways for getting us there. Founded in 1984, Island Press’ mission is to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems. We elevate voices of change, shine a spotlight on crucial issues, and focus attention on sustainable solutions.


Our network of authors includes E.O. Wilson, Paul Ehrlich, Sylvia Earle, Gretchen Daily, Jan Gehl, Daniel Pauly, and many others. By working closely with experts like these, Island Press has developed a comprehensive and growing body of knowledge—vital resources for all those working to protect the environment and create healthy communities.


Our programs and partnerships bring our authors and their views into conversation with people who can trigger change on the ground and keep it moving forward. Click here to read about some of the changes our work has shaped.


Island Press is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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