Materials for Sustainable Sites

PUBLISHER: John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken, N.J., www.wiley.com

AUTHOR: Meg Calkins

PRICE: $80

This guide to the evaluation, selection and use of sustainable materials in the landscape features strategies to minimize environmental and human-health impacts of conventional site-construction and green materials. Part I introduces tools, techniques, ideologies and resources for evaluating, sourcing and specifying sustainable-site materials. Part II devotes a chapter to each of the major types of site-construction materials, such as earthen materials, biobased materials, metals, concrete and wood. Each chapter discusses the basic attributes of a material, as well as environmental and human-health impacts during all phases of its life cycle. An online continuing-education course based on the book is available on John Wiley & Sons’ Web site.