Greening Modernism

W.W. Norton & Company

Greening Modernism addresses the interrelationships between sustainability, architectural preservation, and the Modern movement and places these issues into historical perspective. While recognizing the inescapable limits of finite resources, Carl Stein, using a combination of evocative images and hard data, presents an optimistic view of an architecture that improves quality of life and cultural experience by using existing structures that have been revitalized from a Modernist perspective. Specific examples range from individual building components—envelope, mechanical systems, controls—to regional and national infrastructure.

Energy Conscious Architecture Professional Development Program

Monograph Series
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Energy Conscious Architecture, originally published in 1993 with a subsequent update and reprinting in 2001, is the first generally available monograph in the NCARB Professional Development Program series. The topics range from long-term and recent history to both broad conceptual and fine-grain specific measures for designing low energy using buildings. In addition to its “how-to” information, the monograph makes a compelling case for the importance of considering the energy performance of buildings not only as a socially responsible act but also as an underlying design imperative.

Energy in Design: Applications – Level 3 Workshop

Professional Development Program
American Institute of Architects

The Energy in Architecture texts were created for the seminars that delivered the program to AIA members and other practicing architects. They followed the organization established by the AIA Energy Committee and the Energy Professional Development Task Group which divided the subject into four levels of knowledge ranging from that which a well informed layperson should know, through the levels expertise that should be expected of a practicing architect and finally the material that an “energy specialist” might offer. The program was structured to allow subject modules to be created independently while retaining an overall coherence.

Energy in Architecture

Professional Development Program
American Institute of Architects

The Energy in Architecture brochure – the “Silver Bullet” – was developed by the Energy Professional Development Task Group of the National AIA Energy Committee. The brochure established the organization and broad topics of the program that would create four texts, train an outstanding faculty and deliver seminars to thousands of practicing architects in the largest educational program then undertaken by the Institute. It was also a key asset in building support for the program as it was under development.

Handbook of Energy Use for Building Construction

United States Department of Energy

The Handbook of Energy Use for Building Construction, co-authored by Carl Stein, FAIA and Richard G. Stein, FAIA, was created under a contract with US DOE based on ground-breaking investigations into the embodied energy in construction; that is, the total energy required to obtain resources, process and manufacture raw materials, fabricate components and systems, and assemble them at the building site. Although published in 1981, it remains the most comprehensive information source of its kind and has been used to help justify the preservation of numerous structures as well as to assess the effect of building alternatives on energy consumption.

Low Energy Utilization School

Board of Education, City of New York
National Science Foundation & Bureau of Standards

The Low Energy Use School study, conducted in for the NYC Board of Education and the National Science Foundation in conjunction with the National Bureau of Standards was a ground-breaking analysis of energy-use patterns in 1000 NYC school buildings. The first phase produced comprehensive criteria for the design of new, high-performance school buildings. In the second phase, recommendations were developed for measure which could be rapidly implemented in existing buildings. This was supported by the creation of an operating manual that was distributed to all school custodians.