Rating systems verifying and quantifying sustainable design were once an unrecoverable, unnecessary cost. Now, rating systems are a marketing tool to lower operating costs. Guide to Rating Green Buildings is the only guide to compare and contrast complex rating systems of green buildings. With case studies from different climates and building types, this book provides photos, a project description, and lessons learned by the design team, constructor, and client. This book is essential for owners, builders, construction managers, and design teams in selecting the appropriate rating system for their project.
Linda Reeder, AIA, is an architect practicing in New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to starting her own firm, which is focused on residential projects, she worked on the design of commercial, multi-family, and institutional buildings. The former editor for Building Performance for the AIA's Architects Knowledge Resource Web site, Reeder has taught classes in sustainable design and construction in the Construction Management program at Central Connecticut State University and the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford.