Ian Shapiro (SHS ´76) and his new publication: Green Building Illustrated

Screen_Shot_2014-03-08_at_7.30.29_AM.pngIan Shapiro´s book, Green Building Illustrated, recently published on February 18th, introduces us to the innovative field of green building design and construction, and also includes a variety of new approaches to green building design.  Green Building Illustrated was written by Ian M. Shapiro and was illustrated by the legendary architect Francis D.K. Ching.  

Shapiro and Ching offer a graphical presentation to the theory, practices, and complexities of sustainable design using an approach that proceeds methodically. From the outside to the inside of a building, they cover all aspects of sustainability, providing a framework and detailed strategies to design buildings that are substantively green. The book begins with an explanation of why we need to build green, the theories behind it and current rating systems before moving on to a comprehensive discussion of vital topics. These topics include site selection, passive design using building shape, water conservation, ventilation and air quality, heating and cooling, minimum-impact materials, and much more.

Green Building Illustrated explains the fundamental issues of sustainable design and construction.  It is sure to be the standard reference on the subject for students, professionals, and anyone interested in sustainable design and construction of buildings, Green Building Illustrated is an informative, practical, and graphically beautiful resource.

Ian Shapiro is the founder of Taitem Engineering, a consulting firm specializing in the green building field.  Taitem stands for “Technology As If The Earth Mattered.”   Ian is a frequent contributor to Home Energy magazine and ASHRAE Journal, and has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell University.  Green Building Illustrated provides a framework and detailed strategies to design buildings which are substantively green, including sustainable sites, approaching or reaching net zero energy, low water use, minimum-impact materials, and superior indoor environmental quality.   For more on Green Building Illustrated, please click here.