New Book Provides Behind-the-Scenes Look at
Engineering High-Performance Green Buildings
by Christine Hamilton, Corporate Marketing Coordinator
On September 29, 2011, we unveiled our firm's first book, which fills a substantial void in green building literature. Attendees of Glumac's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco were the first to see The Ecological Engineer: Glumac. The following week at the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild show in Toronto, our book was showcased at our booth and was also available for purchase at Ecotone Publishing's booth.
The Ecological Engineer: Glumac gives readers an in-depth perspective on the essential role that building systems engineering plays in sustainable design. It also highlights practices and principles needed to push sustainable design for commercial buildings toward high-performance outcomes.
“We selected projects to profile in The Ecological Engineer: Glumac that detail the best current practices of sustainable engineering and that represent leading examples of green buildings that work,” says Steven Straus, President of Glumac.
“The Ecological Engineer: Glumac provides an exceptional opportunity for green building professionals to learn how to take innovative ideas and apply them successfully to projects that provide long-term energy savings,” says Robert Packard, president of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, whose new “double LEED® Platinum” Twelve West building in Portland is profiled in the book.
Written by veteran green building author David R. Macaulay, the book is published by Ecotone Publishing, the publishing house led by eco-visionary Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council and founder of the International Living Future Institute.
“Engineers are essential to realizing architects’ and owners’ innovative visions and to creating the future we all need,” says McLennan. “Glumac is one of the few engineering firms at the front lines of the green building revolution, and here is the illustrated manual that shares the practices we all need to redefine our future.”
Through detailed illustrations and insightful narrative, The Ecological Engineer: Glumac takes readers on a tour through the sustainable design features of the firm’s work and draws from many of the firm’s projects, giving special focus and in-depth examinations of selected buildings that have helped define the West Coast’s leadership in sustainable design: