The Green Guide to Specification (Fourth Edition)

Anderson, Jane; Shiers, David and Steele, Kristian (2009). The Green Guide to Specification (Fourth Edition). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, p. 236.


The fourth edition of The Green Guide to Specification has been revised and updated by BRE to provide designers and specifiers with easy-to-use guidance on making the best environmental choices when selecting construction materials and components. It is more comprehensive than its predecessors and contains more than 1200 specifications used in six generic building types: commercial, educational, healthcare, retail, residential and industrial.

The Guide provides robust information to assist decision-making by translating numerical life-cycle assessment data into a simple A+ to E scale of environmental ratings, enabling specifiers to make meaningful comparisons between materials and components. The performance of each specification is measured against a range of environmental impacts, including climate change, toxicity, fossil fuel and ozone depletion, levels of emissions and pollutants, and mineral and water extraction. The principal building elements covered are floors, roofs, walls, windows, insulation and landscaping.

The Green Guide to Specification is an essential tool for architects, surveyors, building managers and property owners seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their buildings by informed and responsible selection of construction materials and components.

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