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The Greening of America’s Building Codes Aleksandra Jaeschke

The Greening of America’s Building Codes

Promises and Paradoxes

Aleksandra Jaeschke

Details: Paperback
Size: 7 x 9 IN
Pages: 240
Publication Date: 12/20/2022
Rights: World except Italian, Polish, and French translation rights, which are subject to author approval
ISBN: 9781648960086

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Environmental disasters and severe weather due to climate change, both triggered by human actions, have had an increasingly direct impact on our homes. But the way in which America builds its homes is part of the problem. This deeply researched history of sustainable design standards in building codes explores how public policy, standard-setting trade associations, and financial incentives influence the ways in which the construction of our homes impacts the environment.

The Greening of America’s Building Codes investigates the regulations and economic incentives meant to control the environmental impact of contemporary construction practices as it analyzes the history of residential building codes. The book exposes how the socioeconomic and political forces that influenced early building code development continue to define the character of current building codes and, by extension, determine how we regulate environmental impact and define sustainability today.

More relevant than ever, The Greening of America’s Building Codes is a valuable tool for architects, architecture students, builders, real estate developers, and homeowners who want to understand how public policy and their own day-to-day decisions impact the environment.

Aleksandra Jaeschke is an architect and assistant professor of architecture and sustainable design at The University of Texas at Austin. Born in Poland, she earned a doctoral degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London. Jaeschke is the GSD’s 2019 Wheelwright Prize winner.