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Green Design and Construction: Find Books and More

Find Books, Web Sites, Media, and More

The library catalogs below identify materials available locally as well as throughout the country, and are good starting points for research.

Library Catalog

Search the Catalog to find books, recommended web sites, films, government publications, and other sources of information on your topic. The topics listed on the Where Do I Start tab at the top of this library guide are good starting search points.

In the Library catalog, select the Books & Media search option, then pick the Subject or Keyword search options in the drop down menu.

You can refine your search by limiting the results. For instance, you can limit to items at ASU, to recent publications, or to web sites only. Click on the Limit/Sort Search tab at the top of the results page.

You can also search the holdings of libraries beyond ASU. After you choose the Books and Media option, click on the drop-down box where Appalachian State University is shown. Select WNCLN to search the holdings of UNC-Asheville and Western Carolina as well as ASU. Yu may request to borrow items from UNCA and WCU via the ABC Express (Asheville, Boone, Cullowhee: ABC), which are delivered to ASU three times a week.


WorldCat lists the holdings of libraries around the world. You can limit the result by year, format, or other factors to tighten up your search.

Selected Books

Friedman, Avi. Smart Homes and Communities: Fostering Sustainable Architecture. NA2542.36 F75 2018.

Garde, F., et al, eds. Solution Sets for Net Zero Energy Buildings: Feedback from 30 Net ZEBs Worldwide. TJ163.5 B84 S65 2017.

Eley, Charles. Design Professional's Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings. NA2542.3 E44 2016.

Passive House Design: Planning and Design of Energy-Efficient Buildings. NA2542.3 P37713 2014.

Green Walls Green Roofs: Designing Sustainable Architecture. NA2542.36 G744 2014.

LEED--New Construction Project Management. TH880 Y45 2011.

Green Building: Project Planning & Cost Estimation. R. S. Means. 3rd. ed. TH880 G74 2011.

Understanding Green Building Materials. TD1196 B85 R53 2011.

Green Building and LEED Core Concepts. 2d ed. TH880 G737 2011.

Green Building: A Professional's Guide to Concepts, Codes, and Innovation. TH880 G73 2011.

Green Building with Concrete: Sustainable Design and Construction. 2012.

The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design. TH7414 D48 2013.

An Introduction to Passive House. NA7117.3 B474 2013.

A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home. TH4860 S59 2014.

The New Net Zero: Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future. TH880 M32 2014.

Tabb, Phillip. The Greening of Architecture: A Critical History and Survey of Contemporary Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design. NA2542.36 T333 2013.

Yudelson, Jerry. Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It. TH880 Y638 2016.

Get Items Not at ASU

Get Items Not Held by the ASU Library

Although it is impossible for Appalachian's Library to purchase every publication on a topic, it pays for databases that allow you to see what else is out there. A good example is WorldCat, which is a guide to the holdings of hundreds of libraries across the country. If you find a publication in WorldCat that you would like to see, select CLICK HERE FOR ILLIAD REQUEST under External Resources. Fill out the online form and the ASU Library will try to borrow a copy for you to use, at no cost to you. Go to the Illiad page for more information.

The Library will also borrow or get copies of magazine and journal articles, government publications, and other items you may find that are not in the ASU Library collections. Many databases feature a link that you to request the item directly on the screen you are viewing. In other cases, you can use the Illiad system. 

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