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Book cover for Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

Making Better Buildings: A comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors by Chris Magwood

Book cover for Micro Green

Micro Green by Mimi Zieger

Book cover for Material Revolution: Sustainable and Multi-Purpose Materials for Design and Architecture

Material Revolution: Sustainable and Multi-Purpose Materials for Design and Architecture by Sascha Peters

Book cover for Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability, and the Modern Movement

Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability, and the Modern Movement by Carl Stein

Book cover for Eco House Book

Eco House Book by Sir Terence Conran

Book cover for 150 Best Eco House Ideas

150 Best Eco House Ideas by Marta Serrats

Book cover for 150 Best Tiny Home Ideas

150 Best Tiny Home Ideas  by Manel Gutiérrez Couto

Book cover for 150 Best Tiny Space Ideas

150 Best Tiny Space Ideas by Christiana Francesc Zamora

Book cover for Small House Living Australia

Small House Living Australia by Catherine Foster

Book cover for Small House Living: Design-Conscious New Zealand Homes of 90m2 or Less

Small House Living: The Design-Conscious New Zealand Homes of 90m2 or Less  by Catherine Foster

Small Eco Houses: Living Green in Style

Small Eco Houses: Living Green in Style by Francesc Zamora Mola, Cristina Paderes Benitez and Alex Sanchez Vidiella

Book cover for Tiny House: Live Small, Dream Big

Tiny House: Live Small, Dream Big by Brent Heavener

Book cover for 150 Best Sustainable House Ideas

150 Best Sustainable House Ideas by Francesc Zamora

Book cover for Sustainable: Houses with Small Footprints

Sustainable: House with Small Footprints by Avi Friedman

Book cover for Old Buildings New Designs: Architectural Transformations

Old Buildings New Designs by Charles F Bloszies

Book cover for Sustainable House

Sustainable House by Michael Mobbs

Book cover for Passive House Details: Solutions for High-Performance Design

Passive House Details: Solution for High-Performance Design by Donald Corner, Jan Filinger and Alison Kwok

Book cover for The Passivhaus Handbook: A Practical Guide to Constructing and Retrofitting Buildings for Ultra-Low Energy Performance

Passivhaus Handbook (PB): A Practical Guide to Constructing and Retrofitting Buildings for Ultra-low Energy Performance by Janet Cotterell and Adam Dedeby

Book cover for The Passivhaus Designer's Manual: A technical guide to low and zero energy buildings

The Passivhaus Designer’s Manual: A technical guide to low and zero energy buildings by Christina Hopfe and Robert McLeod

Book cover for The Sustainable House Handbook: How to plan and build an affordable, energy-efficient and waterwise home for the future

The Sustainable House Handbook: How to plan and build an affordable, energy efficient and waterwise home for the future by Josh Byrne

Book cover for Designed to Perform: An Illustrated Guide to Providing Energy Efficient Homes

Designed to Perform: An Illustrated Guide to Providing Energy Efficient Homes by Tom Dollard

Book cover for Never Too Small: Reimagining Small Space Living

Never Too Small: Reimagining small space living  by Joel Beath

Book cover for The Little Book of Living Small

The Little Book of Living Small by Laura Fenton

Book cover for Off the Grid: Houses for Escape

Off the Grid: Houses for Escape by Dominic Bradbury

Book cover for New Natural Home: Designs for Sustainable Living

New Natural Home: Designs for Sustainable Living by Dominic Bradbury

Book cover for Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture: Lessons for Building Green from an American Original

Frank Floyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture: Lessons for Building Green from an American Original by Alan Weintraub

Book cover for Sustainable Architecture: Between Measurement and Meaning

Sustainable Architecture – Between Measurement and Meaning  by Brian Carmela, Sherif, et al.

Book cover for Building a Sustainable Home: Practical Green Design Choices for Your Health, Wealth, and Soul

Building a Sustainable Home: Practical Green Design Choices for your Health, Wealth, and Soul by Melissa Rappaport Schifman

Book cover for Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction

Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder’s Guide)  by Scott Gibson and Davide Johnston

Book cover for Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design

Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design by Kathryn Rogers Merlino

Book cover for Biomimicry in Architecture

Biomimicry in Architecture by Michael Pawlyn

Book cover for Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life

Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life by Stephen R. Kellert, Judith Heerwagen and Martin Mador

Book cover for Toward a Living Architecture: Complexism and Biology in Generative Design

Toward a Living Architecture?: Complexism and Biology in Generative Design by Christina Cogdell

Book cover for The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design

The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design by Julie Torres Moskovitz

Book cover for Modern American Housing: High-Rise, Reuse, Infill

Modern American Housing: High-Rise, Reuse, Infill (New City Books) by Peggy Tully

Book cover for Eco Living

Eco Living (Architecture in Focus) by Chris van Uffelen

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Book cover for Ecoarchitecture The Work of Ken Yeang

Ecoarchitecture: The Work of Ken Yeang by Sara Hart

Book cover for Ecological Buildings: New Strategies for Sustainable Architecture

Ecological Building: New Strategies for Sustainable Architecture by Dorian Lucas

Book cover for Surrounded by Wood: Contemporary Living Styles

Surrounded by Wood: Contemporary Living Styles by Agata Toromanoff

Book cover for Evergreen Architecture: Overgrown Budlings and Greener Living

Evergreen Architecture: Overgrown Buildings and Greener Living by Gestalten

Book cover for Container and Prefab Housing: Sustainable and Affordable Architecture

Container and Prefab Housing: Sustainable and Affordable Architecture (English and Spanish Edition) by Ana Minguet

Book cover for Tree Houses: Fairy-Tale Castles in the Air

Tree Houses. Fairy-Tale Castles in the Air by Philip Jodidio

Book cover for Green, Greener, Greenest: Facades, Roof, Indoors

Green, Greener, Greenest Façades, Roof, Indoors by Chris van Uffelen

Book cover for Off Grid Life: Your Ideal Home in the Middle of Nowhere

Off Grid Life: Your Ideal Home in the Middle of Nowhere by Foster Huntington

Book cover for Pre-Fab Living

Pre-Fab Living by Avi Friedmant

Book cover for Garden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes and the New Planted Space

Garden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes and the New Planted Space by Anna Yudina

Book cover for Cabin Porn: Inside

Cabin Porn: Inside by Zach Klein and Freda Moon

Book cover for Vitamin Green

Vitamin Green by Joshua Bolchover

Book cover for Ruin and Redemption in Architecture

Ruin and Redemption in Architecture by Dan Barasch

Book cover for Small but Smart Design Solutions for Mini Homes

Small but Smart: Design Solutions for Mini Homes by Chris van Uffelen

Book cover for The Sustainable Sites Handbook: A Complete Guide to the Principles, Strategies, and Best Practices for Sustainable Landscapes: 39

The Sustainable Sites Handbook: A Complete Guide to the Principles, Strategies and Best Practices for Sustainable Landscape: 39 by Meg Calkins

Book cover for Building for Change: The Architecture of Creative Reuse

Building for Change: The Architecture of Creative Reuse by Gestalten and Dr. Ruth Lang

Book cover for Cabin Fever: Enchanting Cabins, Shacks, and Hideaways

Cabin Fever: Enchanting Cabins, Snack, and Hideaways by Gestalten

Book cover for Material Revolution 2: New Sustainable and Multi-Purpose Materials for Design and Architecture

Material Revolution 2: New Sustainable and Multi-Purpose Materials for Design and Architecture by Sascha Peters

Book cover for Out of the Woods: Architecture and Interiors Built from Wood

Out of the Woods: Architecture and Interiors Built from Wood by Gestalten

Book cover for Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction

Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction by Dirk E. Hebel, Marta H. Wisniewska and Felix Heisel

Book cover for Cultivated Building Materials: Industrialized Natural Resources for Architecture and Construction

Cultivated Building Materials: Industrialized Natural Resources for Architecture and Construction by Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel

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The term sustainable architecture refers to buildings which are designed to limit their impact on the environment. A sustainable approach to building encompasses every aspect of the planning and construction process, including the choice of building materials; the design and implementation of heating, cooling, plumbing, waste, and ventilation systems; and the integration of the built environment into the natural landscape.

A sustainably designed building is important because it uses substantially less energy and water in the long term and it is built using fewer materials which damage the environment or human health.