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Architecture: Architecture and Sustainability

This guide presents resources on various aspects of architecture including history, theory, design and technology.

Subject Headings

When searching SUMMIT, the online catalog, try the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Architecture and Energy Conservation

Architecture Environmental Aspects

Sustainable Architecture


Resources on architecture and sustainability can also be located using more specific subject terms such as:

Solar Energy

Wind Power

 Geothermal Engineering

New Resources

The Green Buildings Council has launched an exciting new initiative. In order to serve the ever-growing professional development needs of the green building community, over the past year, the USGBC Knowledge Exchange team has collected and cataloged over 400 free digital resources that relate to green building.  The USGBC Resource Catalog collection includes a wide variety of green building topics, including energy efficiency, materials, affordable housing, best practices, business cases and more.  This collection, which is limited to educational, non-promotional resources, aims to:

-  Support and supplement USGBC's Educational initiatives and overall mission

-  Support the training needs of a growing green workforce

-  Inspire a commitment to lifelong learning and sustainable building practices and behaviors

-  Advance LEED project implementation through the growth of the building industry’s professional capacity.

 Content suggestions are always welcome!  To recommend an item for the Resource Catalog, please email

Also check out this article on new SEED standards


Examples of Sustainable Building

Green Housing

Solar Energy Resources


Current issues of journals are located in the Architecture Reading Room in Slocum Hall.

Greensource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies. 2008-     

Call Number: NA2542.36 .G737 (Bird Library)

Journal of Green Building. Glen Allen, Virginia. 2006-

Call Number: TH880 .J68 (Sci/Tech Library)

Sustainability. [electronic resource] New Rochelle: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Call Number: On Order or In Process

Visual Resources

The 2030 Challenge Environmental Design in the Face of Climate Change Discussion Panel. Las Vegas, Nevada: UNLV School of Architecture, 2007.

Call Number: Video DVD 13063

The Greening of Southie. [videorecording]. Oley, Pennsylvania: Bullfrog Films, [2008].

Call Number: Video DVD 14187


Architecture Reading Room

Architecture of Change: Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment. Berlin: Gestalten, 2008.Call Number: NA2542.35 .A735 2008

Berge, Bjorn. The Ecology of Building Materials. Oxford: Architectural Press, 2001.Call Number: TA403.6 .B4713 2001

Brown, G.Z. and Mark DeKay.  Sun, Wind & Light. Architectural Design Strategies. New York: Wiley, 2001. Call Number: NA2542.3 .B76 2001

Clements-Croome, Derek, ed. Naturally Ventilated Buildings: Buildings for the Senses, the Economy and Society. New York: Spon Press, 1997.Call Number: TH7674 .N38 1997

Cofaigh, Eoin, et al. The Climatic Dwelling: An Introduction to Climate-Responsive Residential Architecture. London: James & James, 1996.Call Number: NA7116 .C64 1996

Coleman, Debra Rucker. The Sun-Inspired House: House Designs Warmed and Brightened by the Sun. Citronelle, Alabama: Sun Plans, 2005.Call Number: TH7414 .C65 2005

Costa Duran, Sergi. Green Homes. New York: Collins Design, 2007.Call Number: TH4860 .C63 2007

Daniels, Klaus. The Technology of Ecological Building: Basic Principles and Measures, Examples and Ideas. Basel: Birkhäuser, 1997.Call Number: NA2542.35 .D3613 1997

Davey, Peter. Engineering for a Finite Planet: Sustainable Solutions by Buro Happold. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2009.Call Number: TH880 .D38 2009

Drake, Scott, Dr. The Third Skin: Architecture, Technology & Environment. Sydney, New South Wales: UNSW Press, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.35 .D73 2007

Edwards, Brian, ed. Green Buildings Pay. New York: Spon Press, 2003.Call Number: NA2542.3 .G72 2003

Edwards, Brian. Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design. Oxford: Architectural Press, 1999.Call Number: NA2542.35 .E35 1999

Farmer, John. Green Shift: Changing Attitudes in Architecture to the Natural World. Oxford: Architectural Press, 1999.Call Number: NA2542.35 .F37 1999

Frej, Anne. Green Office Buildings: A Practical Guide to Development. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2005.Call Number: NA6230 .G74 2005

Galloway, Terry. Solar House: A Guide for the Solar Designer. Burlington, Massachusetts: Elsevier, 2004.Call Number: TH7414 .G35 2004

Gonzalo, Robert and Karl Habermann. Energy-Efficient Architecture: Basics for Planning and Construction. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2006.Call Number: TJ163.5 .B84 G6613 2006

Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergence of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It. New York: Rodale, 2006. Call Number: QC981.8 .G56 G67 2006

The Green Braid: Towards an Architecture of Ecology, Economy, and Equity. London; New York: Routledge, 2007. Call Number: NA2542.36 .G73 2007

Hawkes, Dean and Wayne Forster. Energy Efficient Buildings: Architecture, Engineering, and Environment. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.Call Number: NA2542.3 .H39 2002

Hawkes, Dean and Jane McDonald and Koen Steemers. The Selective Environment: An Approach to Environmentally Responsive Architecture. New York: Spon Press, 2002.Call Number: NA2542.36 .H38 2002

Kwok, Alison and Walter Grondzik. The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design. Burlington, Massachusetts: Architectural Press, 2007.Call Number: TH880 .K87 2007

LEED Reference Guide for New Construction and Major Renovation. (LEED-NC), Version 2.1. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Green Building Council, 2003.Call Number: TH6025 .L44 2003

New Construction Reference Guide. Version 2.2. [LEED]. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Green Building Council, 2006.Call Number: TH6021 .L44 2006

Moe, Kiel. Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.Call Number: NA2542.36 .M64 2008

Olgyay, Victor. Design With Climate: Bioclimatic Approach to Architectural Regionalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973.Call Number: NA2540 .O53

Roaf, Sue with Manuel Fuentes and Stephanie Thomas. Ecohouse 2: A Design Guide. Burlington, Massachusetts: Architectural Press, 2003.Call Number: TH4812 .R633 2003

Rovers, Ronald. Sustainable Housing Projects: Implementing a Conceptual Approach. Amsterdam: Techne Press, 2008.Call Number: TH4860 .R68 2008

Sassi, Paola. Strategies for Sustainable Architecture. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2006.Call Number: NA2542.36 .S26 2006

Spiegel, Ross and Dru Meadows. Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection and Specification. New York: Wiley, 1999.Call Number: TH455 .S65 1999

Steele, James. Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies. New York: McGraw Hill, 1997.Call Number: NA2542.35 .S82 1997

Strongman, Cathy. The Sustainable Home: The Essential Guide to Eco Building, Renovation and Decoration. London; New York: Merrell, 2008. Call Number: NA7117.5 .S77 2008

Thompson, J. and Kim Sorvig. Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2000.Call Number: TH380 .T46 2000

U.S. Green Building Council. Homes Reference Guide. Washington, D.C.: The Council, 2008.Call Number: TH4860 .U75 2008

Walker, Stuart. Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice. Sterling, Virginia: Earthscan, 2006.Call Number: TS170.5 .W45 2006

Williams, Daniel Edward. Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning. Hoboken: Wiley, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.36 .W548 2007

Wright, Frank Lloyd. The Natural House. New York: Bramhall House, 1954.Call Number: NA7208 .W68

Yeang, Ken. Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design. Wiley: London, 2006.Call Number: NA2542.35 .Y4295 2006

 Bird Library

Bay, Joo-Hwa and Boon-Lay Ong. Tropical Sustainable Architecture: Social and Environmental Dimensions. New York: Elsevier, 2006.Call Number: NA2542 .T7 T767 2006

Crosbie, Michael J. Green Architecture: A Guide to Sustainable Design. Washington, D.C.: Rockport Publishers, Inc., 1994.Call Number: NA2542.3 .C76 1994

Cumberlidge, Clare. Design and Landscape for People: New Approaches to Renewal. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007.Call Number: HT170 .C94 2007

Edwards, Brian. Towards Sustainable Architecture: European Directives & Building Design. Oxford; Boston: Butterworth Architecture, 1996.Call Number: NA2542.35 .E35 1996

The Environmental Brief: Pathways for Green Design. Abingdon, Oxon, [England]; New York: Taylor and Francis, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.36 .E58 2007

Farmer, John. Green Shift: Towards a Green Sensibility in Architecture. Oxford: Butterworth, 1996.Call Number: NA2542.35 .F37 1996

Girling, Cynthia L. Skinny Streets and Green Neighborhoods: Design for Environment and Community. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2005.Call Number: HT167 .G57 2005

Glavinich, Thomas E. Contactor’s Guide to Green Building Construction: Management, Project Delivery, Documentation, and Risk Reduction. [electronic resource] Hoboken: John Wiley, 2008.Call Number: TH880 .G53 2008eb [internet]

Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.Call Number: HT241 .G76 2008

Guy, Simon and Steven A. Moore, eds. Sustainable Architectures: Cultures and Natures in Europe and North America. New York; London: Spon Press, 2005.Call Number: NA2542.36 .S87 2005

Olgyay, Victor. Design With Climate: Bioclimatic Approach to Architectural Regionalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973.Call Number: NA2540 .O53

Post Proceedings of the World Conference on Green Design. Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 2001.Call Number: NA2542.36 .W67 2000

Richardson, Phyllis. XS: Small Structures, Green Architecture. New York: Universe, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.35 .R53 2007

Riordan, John. The Good Office: Green Design on the Cutting Edge. New York: Colins Design, 2008.Call Number: NA6230 .R526 2008

Roaf, Susan. Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change: A 21st Century Survival Guide. Amsterdam; Boston; London: Elsevier/Architectural Press, 2005.Call Number: NA2541 .R63 2005

Rodwell, Dennis. Conservation and Sustainability in Historic Cities. Oxford; Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, 2007.Call Number: NA105 .R65 2007

Stang, Alanna and Christopher Hawthorne. The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.Call Number: NA2542.36 .S73 2005

Vale, Brenda and Robert. Green Architecture: Design for an Energy-Conscious Future. Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1991.Call Number: NA2542.3 .V35 1991

Williamson, Terry, Antony Radford and Helen Bennetts. Understanding Sustainable  Architecture. London; New York: Spon Press, 2003.Call Number: NA2542.36 .W55 2003

Wines, James. Green Architecture. New York: Taschen, 2000.Call Number: NA682 .O73 W56 2000

Yeang, Ken. Eco Skyscrapers. Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia: Images Publishing, 2007.Call Number: NA6230 .Y427 2007

Moon Library, ESF Campus

Calkins, Meg. Materials for Sustainable Sites: A Complete Guide to the Evaluation, Selection, And Use of Sustainable Construction Materials. Hoboken: Wiley, 2009.Call Number: TH880 .C35 2009

Cantor, Steven L. Green Roofs in Sustainable Landscape Design. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2008.Call Number: SB419.5 .C36 2008

Drake, Scott, Dr. The Third Skin: Architecture, Technology & Environment. Sydney, New South Wales: UNSW Press, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.35 .D73 2007

Smith, Carl. Residential Landscape Sustainability: A Checklist Tool. Oxford: Blackwell Pub., 2008.Call Number: SB472.45 .C59 2007

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. Ed. by Douglas Farr. Hoboken: Wiley, 2008.Call Number: HT241 .S8736 2008

Thompson, J. and Kim Sorvig. Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2000.Call Number: TH380 .T46 2008

Williams, Daniel Edward. Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning. Hoboken: Wiley, 2007.Call Number: NA2542.36 .W548 2007

Yudelson, Jerry. Green Building Trends: Europe. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2009Call Number: TH880 .Y636 2009

Sci/Tech Library

Baker-Laporte, Paula. Econest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 2005.Call Number: TH4860 .B35 2005


Important Links

General Web Resources

Sustainability Organizations

Sustainable Research