New Green Building Book Creates Foundation of Understanding for the Rest of Us

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Jerry Yudelson, author, editor and leading green building consultant makes the key terms that define the green building industry more accessible for broader participation in the green building movement.

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I wrote this book for the great majority of people who want to understand green building terminology but don't have the time to become experts in the field.

Jerry Yudelson, principal at Yudelson Associates, a leading green building consulting firm, announced the release of his new book, "Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building ", from New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada.

"There are thousands of people involved now with green building projects," Yudelson said, "but most people don't have the breadth of expertise to know every term used by professional architects and engineers." Yudelson, who authored this easy-to-read, 220-page reference explains, "I wrote this book for the great majority of people who want to understand green building terminology but don't have the time to become experts in the field."

With brief, one-page entertaining definitions of 108 green building terms, from 'bioswales' and 'green roofs' to 'photovoltaics' and 'water-free urinals', "Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building" is a concise reference to everything green. Written earlier this year, the book even predicts such developments as biodiesel fuel made from chicken fat instead of french-fry oil! Readers will also learn how low-flush toilets are tested and rated, as well as the Zen approach to green building design.

Kevin Hydes, Chair of the World Green Building Council and former Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, provided the Foreword. Hydes writes, "This book is a valuable resource for those who want to know more about the full range of issues tackled by the green building movement...Written in simple language, easily accessible to the non-specialist, and backed up by data and common sense, this book allows us to shift to greening our cities and communities from just designing one building at a time."

Yudelson points out that each person can play a role in green building development, whether as a public official, teacher, developer, contractor, product supplier, building occupant or just interested citizen. The topics in the book are organized alphabetically for easy reference. A resource section introduces the interested readers to a number of books, periodicals, web sites and other sources for further education.

"Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building" is available from the publisher, http://www.newsociety.com , and from book retailers and online bookstores. A pre-publication discount order form, good until September 30, 2007, is available at Yudelson's web site at this URL: http://www.greenbuildconsult.com/site/info/green-building-a-to-z/.

About Jerry Yudelson
Jerry Yudelson is a leading green building consultant and national authority on green buildings and corporate sustainability, with four books on green buildings and more than three dozen magazine and newsletter articles to his credit during the past three years.. He is also the senior editor of the web site, http://www.igreenbuild.com , where he writes a monthly column. Mr. Yudelson is a former Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council, a national nonprofit with some 10,000 corporate, agency and institutional members. He has trained more than 3,000 people in the LEED green building assessment framework since 2001, and he served on two national committees developing the next generation of green building standards.

About the Green Building Consulting firm, Yudelson Associates
Yudelson Associates, Tucson, AZ (http://www.greenbuildconsult.com), is a green building consulting company dedicated to "growing the business of green building" and facilitating sustainability initiatives in higher education and the corporate world. Yudelson Associates offers project-specific green building consulting services, green building marketing consulting, workshops, keynote speaking, and corporate or institutional sustainability planning.

CONTACT:
Jerry Yudelson
520-243-0996
jerry @ greenbuildconsult.com

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