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

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Chapter Six

Green Building Materials and Products

Abstract

This chapter offers a general overview of green building materials and products. It also discusses the main differences between natural versus synthetic materials, in addition to pointing out the criteria of what makes a material or product green. Low-emitting materials (including adhesives, finishes, sealants, and certain paints and coatings) and flooring green roofing systems are explained as are various building elements. Factors that can impact R-values are also discussed. LEED requirements and credits for construction waste management, material recycling, regional materials, rapidly renewable materials, and so forth are looked at. Energy-efficient office equipment and appliances are ...

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