2013 | Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability


Buildings are the nations greatest energy consumers. Forty percent of all our energy is used for heating, cooling, lighting, and powering machines and devices in buildings. And despite decades of investment in green construction technologies, residential and commercial buildings remain stubbornly energy inefficient. This book looks beyond the technological and material aspects of green construction to examine the cultural, social, and organizational shifts that sustainable building requires, examining the fundamental challenge to centuries-long traditions in design and construction that green building represents.

The contributors consider the changes associated with green building through a sociological and organizational lens. They discuss shifts in professional expertise created by new social concerns about green building, including evolving boundaries of professional jurisdictions; changing industry strategies and structures, including the roles of ownership, supply firms, and market niches; new operational, organizational, and cultural arrangements, including the mainstreaming of environmental concerns; narratives and frames that influence the perception of green building; and future directions for the theory and practice of sustainable construction. The essays offer uniquely multidisciplinary insights into the transformative potential of green building and the obstacles that must be overcome to make it the norm.

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IBE Citations:
Bartczak, C., Dunbar, B., Bohren, L. (2013). Green Schools That Teach: A Research White Paper. Institute for the Built Environment. Incorporating Biophilic Design through Living Walls: The Decision-making Process.Constructing Green. MIT Press.

Lueck, M., Cross, J.E., Byrne, Z., Franzen, W., & Reeve, S. (2013). Green School Building Success: Innovation through a Flat Team Approach. MIT Press.