This book helps readers understand the fundamental concepts of sustainable design and green building practices, which will soon become common practice on every project. It is also intended as a practical study guide for the?LEED Green Associate exam, with a step-by-step study guide and an assessment (a practice exam with 80 questions and a focused discussion for each example). This book includes a discussion on why this topic is important to understand, practice, and teach along with?practical examples of methods that are being used to increase a project's environmental performance and?additional study resources/references. Some features include: ? Covers cost implications of green building practices, including initial investments, long-term cost benefits, and current market trends. Provides?a practical guide to understanding fundamental sustainable design and green building practices. Includes a Focused Study Guide that helps readers prepare for the LEED-Green Associate exam. ?