What they’re saying about
Green Construction by Dykstra

What advance reviewers are saying about Green Construction: An Introduction to a Changing Industry by Alison Dykstra, available in March 2016:

√ “It’s about friggin’ time somebody wrote this book! An in-depth study of the green building practices of today, and tomorrow. Invaluable, well written and insightful. I don’t think there’s a similar book that provides the reader with such a masterful overview of sustainable design and building practices. Dykstra makes a compelling economic argument as well as an environmental case. This is a fascinating introduction to a crucial topic that affects all of us – a must-read.”
— Lawrence Sweeny, Solstice Enterprises, Inc., commercial and residential contracting and project management

√ “Once again, Alison Dykstra has done a great service, through her unique focus on the green construction industry. This book is a great introduction to the field and represents a powerful argument for an increased focus on green construction. Dykstra’s writing is clear, concise and well informed by decades of experience in the field.”
— Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, author and speaker, founder of the Yudelson Associates consultancy

√ “This book is very comprehensive, from the topics the author has chosen to cover to the way the parts are broken down. It identifies all the component parts and provides a really good picture of what green and sustainable building means. The sections are concise and clear on important topics that we should all know about as CMs – this is something I would suggest as reading to our employees – or at least portions of it because it is so well organized and informative. The chapter on green construction and the trades was especially effective; it discusses each of the trades and their role as it pertains to the scope of work for green projects. This is a very practical way to look at it; construction managers deal with these type of issues on a daily basis.”
— Robert E. DaRos Jr., Vice President, Sciame Construction, construction managers, consultants, builders

√ “Alison Dykstra, a long-time advocate of intelligent building design, gives us a clear picture of green construction and how it can improve our lives and the health of our planet.”
— Sim Van der Ryn, Professor Emeritus UC Berkeley, former California State Architect,President EcoDesign Collaborative

√ “This lucid and very readable book brings focus and clarity to the often misunderstood term ‘sustainable design.’ It delineates the burgeoning construction industry trends of designing and building ‘green’ and the critical need for doing so in a world of limited resources. Essential reading for the student, the designer, the builder and the ‘guys’ in the field.”
— Richard Wolfe, AIA, LEED AP

√ “With existing buildings accounting for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions of cities, this book is a welcome and important contribution. Its easy to call out new building standards, such as zero net energy, but to achieve them and do it well, requires training and real knowledge. Dykstra’s book is an important contribution in providing that missing link.”
— Stephanie Pincetl, PhD, Director, California Center for Sustainable Communities, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

√ “I have always said ‘there are different shades of green.’ Alison Dykstra has approached this important subject in a way that will help architects, engineers, builders, and owners decide as to which shade of green works best for their project and budget. It could have been titled — How to get the most green for your dollars.”
— Frank J. Sciame, Jr., CEO/Chairman, Sciame Construction, construction managers, consultants, builders

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  • "Construction Project Management is informative and easy to read. It clearly outlines the professional building processes and procedures. It is a great book not only for students, but for the building professional as well."
    -- Andy Briglio, contractor

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    "This book is a great introduction to the field and represents a powerful argument for an increased focus on green construction. Dykstra's writing is clear, concise and well informed by decades of experience in the field."
    -- Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, author and speaker, founder of the Yudelson Associates consultancy

    Available now; for more information:
    Green Construction: An Introduction to a Changing Industry