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Contractor’s Guide to Green Building Construction

By Thomas E. Glavinich. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008, 288 pages, $75.

Reviewed by Alanna Malone

With all the trendy articles and publications about “going green” and “sustainability” floating around, this introductory book is the only one written specifically for contractors and builders, especially geared toward those who are just getting into green construction.

Contractor’s Guide to Green Building Construction
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Thomas E. Glavinich, Contractor's Guide to Green Building Construction, 2008.
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In the foreword, Thomas A. Taylor recognizes the need for companies to adapt and change, calling the “green movement” the impetus that should spur the construction industry to either dismiss sustainable building as a passing trend or become an example and a leader in the field.

Going back to basics, Thomas E. Glavinich defines green construction as planning and managing a project to minimize the impact of the construction process on the environment and highlights the standards and measures that contractors must follow to actually make a building “green.” The explanations transport, use, and installation of sustainable materials and technologies are crucial components of the publication.

With a helpful glossary of green terms and abbreviations, the book covers business fundamentals using checklists, works-sheets and other tools. Helpful, relevant case studies are at the end of every chapter with specific lessons learned to underscore the most important aspects of the section

The guide is a practical manual to help contractors navigate through the challenge, but also understand the benefits of becoming a green contractor.

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