For architects, sustainable design is no longer an option, but rather a necessity. 

So for all architects and architects-to-be out there, we’ve rounded up a list of 8 books that will help you learn more about sustainable architecture and how to go about practicing it:

8 Book Recommendations for Sustainable architects

If there’s one trend in architecture that’s here to stay for good, it is sustainable architecture. Sustainability is a term that is relevant today not just in architecture, but in almost every field that exists. From sustainable agriculture to sustainable design, it is the need of the hour. The concept of sustainability is not new to us. The crux of this principle is focused on meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the capability of future generations to meet their requirements. 

Buildings and their construction account for almost 40% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions annually. With the current world scenario being what it is, it behooves us to be more aware and active in adapting to a sustainable lifestyle. For architects, sustainable design is no longer an option, but rather a necessity. 

So for all architects and architects-to-be out there, we’ve rounded up a list of 8 books that will help you learn more about sustainable architecture and how to go about practicing it:

1.Green from the Ground Up by David Johnston & Scott Gibson

This is an informative and interesting read aimed at guiding architects through the intricacies of green and sustainable construction. All concepts and fundamentals of energy-efficient construction are explained in detail, leaving no confusion in the reader’s mind. Almost all aspects of construction, including techniques, materials, and products are explained in terms that make even the most complex of details easy to comprehend. Another bonus of this book is that it also offers solutions on remodeling a preexisting structure into a greener building.

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2.The New Net Zero by Bill Maclay

As the name suggests, this book talks about moving beyond low-energy structures to focus on the upcoming net-zero-energy structures. Such structures produce as much energy as they consume and can thus be classified as carbon neutral. The book describes technical terms like net-zero building metrics, integrated design practices, and renewable energy options in detail. The author is an award-winning net-zero designer and also provides valuable tips and lessons for interested architects. The book is geared towards professionals as well as non-professionals, with several innovative case studies to keep the readers hooked.

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3.Vitamin Green by Joshua Bolchover

This book focuses exclusively on sustainability. The book is filled with numerous inspiring build as well as ongoing projects. Each project featured in the book is unique and exciting in its own right. The book provides a window into the innovative work being done in the field, while also focusing on the techniques, products, and ideas which can help budding designers and intrigued consumers. It is a must-read for sustainable design enthusiasts.

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4.Towards a Living Architecture? By Christina Codgell

For biology and architecture enthusiasts out there, this is the book to read. The author focuses on biological terms like complex systems theory, evolutionary theory, genetics, and synthetic biology while relating them to sustainability and its importance in architecture. Each chapter of the book focuses on a current architectural school or program, making for an immersive, highly informational read.

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5.Ten Shades of Green by Peter Buchanan

In this book curator and critic Peter Buchanan focuses on 10 buildings designed by renowned architects like Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, etc. that combine environmental responsibility with excellence in design. The author aims to explain how incorporating sustainability within their designs can allow architects to explore new avenues of creativity and innovation. The book has beautiful, vivid illustrations that help the reader understand and visualize the projects chosen by the author.

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6.Biomimicry in Architecture by Michael Pawlyn

This book talks about the future of architecture and how radical increases can be achieved in resource efficiency. Geared towards architects, urban designers, and product designers, Biomimicry in Architecture focuses on design that moves beyond the veneer of conventional sustainability to actually making a difference through intense restorative techniques and ideas. Several innovative case studies capture the reader’s attention while also imparting knowledge on topics including zero-waste systems, biomimetic products, energy generation, etc.

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7.Eco House Book by Terence Conran

If you want to resign your house to reduce its carbon footprint this is the book for you. A complete and comprehensive guide for home improvement fans out there, the book guides us through the process of making our homes greener and healthier places without having to start from scratch. These changes are easy to incorporate within our daily routines and houses, without being exorbitantly expensive. After all, we all have to start somewhere in our quest to make a difference.

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8.Green Building Illustrated by Francis D. K. Ching & Ian M. Shapiro 

This book is aimed at architects, designers, and builders and promotes sustainable design. It explains how green design is achievable not just in theory, but also in practice. With enthralling illustrations accompanying the inspiring case studies and interesting strategies, the book is helpful for both professionals and non-professionals. One can learn more about sustainable materials, technologies, high-performance buildings, and advanced strategies without feeling overwhelmed or grappling with highly technical details.

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Author

Samruddhi Shendurnikar is an architect in the making. Between trying to keep up with her college submissions, successfully managing her book-club for one and sketching whenever she can, she attempts to write too. Merging architecture and writing to create concinnity is one of her aims’ in life.

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