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Handbook of Green Building Design and Construction, 2nd Edition by Sam Kubba

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Chapter One

Green Concepts and Vocabulary

Abstract

This chapter essentially consists of an introduction to what the handbook is mainly about. It discusses why green building and sustainability are important to building construction, and why the environmental impacts of LEED have dramatically impacted how many contractors and their subcontractors today operate. This chapter illustrates how sustainable development and green construction have become part of the mainstream in the construction industry and outlines many of the incentives and benefits that can be acquired by the application of green principles. Tax incentives and liability issues are also briefly discussed in this chapter as is the need to establish measurable green criteria. In addition, ...

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