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Green Building

Prefab Green
By Michelle Kaufmann and Cathy Remick

In Prefab Green, architect Michelle Kaufmann shares her vision of creating thoughtful, sustainable design for everyone. Her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Designs, blends sustainable home layouts, eco-friendly materials, and low-energy options to create a "prepackaged" green solution to home design. Kaufmann tells about five eco-principles that are present in every design her firm creates - smart design, eco-materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy environment - and how each work together to create homes that make a difference.
 
 
Prefab Modern
By Jill Herbers

For many, the idea of prefab housing may bring to mind trailers and other less desirable images of home life. But this idea couldn't be more wrong! Rather, the newest trends in prefab have emerged as a great way for a design- (and cost-) conscious generation to achieve the dream of home ownership. Today, prefab houses are manufactured to the highest standards of construction and aesthetics. And with the Internet, these houses can be ordered from all over the world - affording people everywhere the opportunity to acquire an affordable home of distinction. Prefab Modern explores the best prefabricated houses on the market today, from all over the world along with a resource directory on how you can purchase them. Included are case studies from all over the U.S. and around the world, from top architects and designers.
 
 
Green Building Through Integrated Design
By Jerry Yudelson

This comprehensive, well-illustrated guide covers the entire process of building a certified green building. It offers expert insight into tackling various projects, from concept and design, to unifying members of the team, to constructing high-performance buildings on time and within budget. Written by one of the building industry's foremost experts in this area, Green Building Through Integrated Design includes case studies of a number of projects in North America. The book features interviews with key players to illuminate the integrated design process, including relevant issues, difficult challenges, and problem-solving techniques. Green Building Through Integrated Design is the most complete overview of green building project delivery methods available, and is a thorough blueprint that every member of the project team will find invaluable.
 
 
Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home
By Sheri Koones and Robert Redford

Prefabulous and Sustainable dispels the negative myths associated with prefab homes and shows the reader how beautiful and remarkably green prefab homes are. In this guide to prefab home-building author Sheri Koones, demystifies the prefabricated house by using 25 unique homes to showcase how factory-built homes are greener, more efficient, sturdier, and more cost-effective than site-built homes. The book is divided into 3 categories—green, greener, greenest—and the homes featured vary in style, design, type of construction, and size. All of the homes included in Prefabulous and Sustainable have been customized to create a level of sustainability beyond the inherent qualities of prefab.
 
Written in an easy to understand and approachable style, author Sheri Koones walks the readers through each of the homes, explaining the materials, strategies, and systems used to create a sustainable living environment. Photographs, captions, floor plans, and sidebars illustrate to readers that green living is not as complicated as one might think, and attainable for everyone. Also included is a resource guide, making this book a hand-on guide for homebuilders.
 
Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection and Specification
By Ross Spiegel and Dru Meadows

NEW! The ultimate user's manual to green building materials.
 
To properly select and specify green building materials, successful architects need authoritative, real-world advice on how to select and use nontoxic, recycled, and recyclable products, and how to integrate these products into the design process in order to capitalize on the many practical and economic advantages of "going green." Green Building Materials, Third Edition is the most reliable, up-to-date resource to meet today's green building challenges—from reducing waste and improving energy efficiency to promoting proper code compliance and safeguarding against liability claims.
 
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Architecture & Construction

Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction
By Ryan E. Smith

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Written for architects and related design and construction professionals, Prefab Architecture is a guide to off-site construction, presenting the opportunities and challenges associated with designing and building with components, panels, and modules. It presents the drawbacks of building in situ (on-site) and demonstrates why prefabrication is the smarter choice for better integration of products and processes, more efficient delivery, and realizing more value in project life cycles.

It’s written by Ryan Smith, Director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center, an interdisciplinary research consortium at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning. Smith's research and teaching focuses on promoting integration that leads to sustainable and lean design and construction practice.
 

Refabricating Architecture: How Manufacturing Methodologies are Poised to Transform Building Construction
By Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake

Preoccupation with image and a failure to look at process has led entire generations of architects to overlook transfer technologies and transfer processes. Kieran and Timberlake argue that the time has come to re-evaluate and update the basic design and construction methods that have constrained the building industry throughout its history. They skillfully demonstrate that contemporary architectural construction is a linear process, in both design and construction, where segregation of intelligence and information is the norm. They convince the reader to look at the automobile, shipbuilding, and aerospace industries to learn how to incorporate collective intelligence and nonhierarchical production structures. Those industries have proven to be progressively economic, efficient, and they yield a higher quality product while the production of buildings stagnates in the methods and practices of the nineteenth century. The transfer they envision is the complete integration of design with the craft of assembly supported by the materials scientist, the product engineer, and the process engineer, all using the tools of present information science as the central enabler. The new architecture will not be about style, but rather about substance - about the very methods and processes that underlie making.

 
Prefab Prototypes: Site-Specific Design for Offsite Construction
By Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson

Architects Mark Anderson and Peter Anderson have been working with prefab buildings for more than fifteen years. With Prefab Prototypes, they break prefab down into six systems, from most flexible to most complicated panelized wood framing, sandwich paneling, steel framing, timber framing, concrete systems, and modular systems. Each chapter delves into the benefits and drawbacks of its respective method, and features detailed plans, sections, and photographs of projects they've completed that use each of these systems. The resulting book is both a lush depiction of their prefab output as well as an in-depth analysis that will prepare you for taking the plunge into prefab building.
 
Prefab
By Allison Arieff, Bryan Burkhart

Prefab houses have done a lot to earn their reputation for being cheap and ugly, and indeed, the prevailing vision of prefab-endless rows of shabbily constructed cookie cutter structures built with cheap materials-is, unfortunately, fairly accurate. But now and throughout prefab's history, there have been many exceptions to the rule, as evidenced by groundbreaking projects from architects and designers from Le Corbusier to Buckminster Fuller, the Eameses to Philippe Starck. Prefab takes a look at prefabricated housing's fascinating history and imagines its promising future by presenting a group of innovative homes and concepts from over 30 contemporary architects and designers including Shigeru Ban, Thomas Sandell, David Hertz, Greg Lynn, and KFN. By showing how far this much maligned building technique has come, and how far it can go, Prefab endeavors to inspire a change in the way people think about housing, and the way architects, builders, developers and financial institutions approach it - and ultimately, the way individuals live in it.
 
Manmade Modular Megastructures
By Ian Abley, Jonathan Schwinge

There will be 8.3 billion human beings on Earth by 2030, and the more the better. We have the opportunity to create a world of expansive megacities - including one around old London. Doing so will advance the art, science and processes of manufacturing. But to deploy those abilities we must shrug off the dogma of sustainability that insists only small can be beautiful. Humanity has come a long way since the first modular mega-structure was built at Ur, on land that is now Iraq. There, four millennia ago, and by hand, the Sumerians built a mud-brick ziggurat to their Gods. Today, the green deities of Nature we have invented for ourselves are worshipped with humility. Eco-zealots argue against the mechanized megaforming of landscape and the modularised production of megastructures.
 
 
Components and Systems
By Gerald Staib, Andreas Dorrhofer, Markus Rosenthal

Construction systems have been employed in architecture almost as long as mankind has been building structures; based on a minimum of identical units, they have been used in efforts to erect, alter and dismantle buildings as quickly, efficiently and economically as possible. In the face of the mounting ecological and economical challenges facing the construction industry today, structures based on building systems and prefabricated production techniques are gaining in importance. Systems – unitized and prefabricated, yet flexible and able to be combined with other systems – are becoming increasingly interconnected with modern planning and production methods, and represent important aspects of future architectural developments.
 
All I Need to Know About Manufacturing I Learned in Joe’s Garage
By William B. Miller and Vicki L. Schenk

All I Need to Know About Manufacturing I Learned in Joe's Garage (World Class Manufacturing Made Simple) explains basic principles of customer focused, high quality, low cost, on-time business management. It is used by thousands of companies, large and small throughout the world, to improve profitability, performance, and employee satisfaction. The book uses an entertaining story of a weekend home improvement project to explain clearly the concepts and techniques of 21st-century business management. It dramatically illustrates how to forge a strategy for the future that will lead to outstanding personal and professional achievement.



Building Codes

Significant Changes to the International Building Code 2012 Edition
By ICC

NEW! Gain full access to the most critical updates to the International Building Code, the real-world application of those changes, and why they originated - all in a single, easy-to-use resource. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE 2012 Edition provides a comprehensive analysis of the significant changes in the new 2012 International Building Code, offering key insights into its contents its implications. Coverage includes changes made to both structural and nonstructural provisions. Each change analysis features the affected code sections and identifies the change as newly added text, a modification of the existing language, or deleted text. Accompanying each change are detailed illustrations and concrete examples, which bring the technical jargon of the code to life in a real-world setting. The book's attention to detail, its logical organization, and its thorough yet concise coverage all make it an ideal tool for transitioning from the 2009 IBC to the new 2012 edition.
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2009 International Building Code Need to Know
By R. Dodge Woodson

This handy resource delivers quick access to international building code information. 2009 International Building Code Need To Know explains and interprets the most common International Code Council requirements. Packed with illustrations, this essential tool brings together all the elements you need to design, estimate, and install building systems. Save time and money, reduce errors, stay in compliance, and increase job site safety using this quick reference.
 



Business & Marketing

NO MORE EXCUSES: The five Accountabilities for Personal and Organizational Growth
By Sam Silverstein

NEW! Accountability is not a consequence ... it's your competitive advantage!

Early in the Minnesota Twins 2009 exhibition season, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire discovered a note on his desk from Justin Morneau, his star first baseman. It read: “Gardy: I forgot to run sprints after the workouts yesterday; I am fining myself.” Next to the note was a hundred-dollar bill.

Entrepreneur, author, and speaker Sam Silverstein asks: Is Justin Morneau accountable because he's a superstar or is he a superstar because he's accountable?

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Lessons from the Mouse: A Guide for Applying Disney World's Secrets of Success to Your Organization, Your Career, and Your Life.
By Dennis Snow

NEW! What can you learn from a mouse? When that mouse has been delighting and entertaining hundreds of millions of people for decades - it turns out there is plenty to learn. Dennis Snow's Lessons From the Mouse provides ten no-nonsense, practical principles that anyone, anywhere can apply. He entertains while he educates with chapters like "'What Time is the 3:00 Parade?' Is Not a Stupid Question."The mouse is very candid here - no Disney pixie dust blinds the reader. Backstage snafus, onstage errors, and occasional chaos emerge in all their drama, humor, or irony. At its heart, though, Lessons From the Mouse presents ten lessons that guide readers in applying excellence in their own organizations, careers, and lives. Whether being used as a tool for increased organizational effectiveness or a pocket guide for the college grad or new entrepreneur, Lessons From the Mouse offers timeless, straightforward advice.
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Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook and other Social Networks
By Dave Kerpen

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THE NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER!

The secret to successful word-of-mouth marketing on the web is easy: BE LIKEABLE.

A friend’s recommendation is more powerful than any advertisement. In the world of Facebook, Twitter, and beyond, that recommendation can travel farther—and faster—than ever before.

LIkeable Social Media helps you harness the power of word-of-mouth marketing to transform your business. Listen to your customers and prospects. Deliver value, excitement, and surprise. And most important, learn how to truly engage your customers and help them spread the word.

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FREE: How Today's Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing
By Chris Anderson

The online economy offers challenges to traditional business as well as incredible opportunities. Chris Anderson makes the compelling case that in many instances businesses can succeed best by giving away more than they charge for. Known as "Freemium," this combination of free and paid is emerging as one of the most powerful digital business models. In Free, Chris Anderson explores this radical idea for the new global economy and demonstrates how it can be harnassed for the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. In the twenty-first century, Free is more than just a promotional gimmick: It's a business strategy that is essential to a comany's successful future.
 
The Long Tail, Revised and Updated Edition: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More
By Chris Anderson

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book of the Year.

In the most important business book since The Tipping Point, Chris Anderson shows how the future of commerce and culture isn't in hits, the high-volume head of a traditional demand curve, but in what used to be regarded as misses - the endlessly long tail of that same curve. Our culture and economy are increasingly shifting away from mainstream products and markets toward a huge number of niches. As cost of production and distribution fall, narrowly targeting good and services can be as economically attractive as mainstream fare. Many established business models ignore these small markets that together rival traditional markets in economic potential.
 
The Social Media Marketing Book
By Dan Zarrella

Are you looking to take advantage of social media for your business or organization? With easy-to-understand introductions to blogging, forums, opinion and review sites, and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, this book will help you choose the best — and avoid the worst — of the social web's unique marketing opportunities. The Social Media Marketing Book guides you through the maze of communities, platforms, and social media tools so you can decide which ones to use, and how to use them most effectively. With an objective approach and clear, straightforward language, Dan Zarrella, aka "The Social Media & Marketing Scientist," shows you how to plan and implement campaigns intelligently, and then measure results and track return on investment. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the social web, this book will take you beyond the jargon to social media marketing mastery.

 
 
Brain Tattoos: Creating Unique Brands That Stick in Your Customers' Minds
By Karen Post, Jeffrey H. Gitomer, and Michael Tchong

Effective branding depends on the ability to leave a lasting (and positive) impression in the mind of the target audience. Brain Tattoos offers a practical approach — no complicated theories, marketing jargon, or unnecessary babble — that lets any business take its brand to the next level. Packed with tools that help readers identify their brand's purpose, personality, promise, and point of difference, Brain Tattoos will help readers:1) Develop the courage to break the mold and become truly distinct; 2) Discover ways to enlist customers and others as "brand ambassadors;" 3) Grasp their brand's essence; 4) Master brand building on any scale in any industry; 5) Learn how to identify and use the most effective methods of brand communication; and 6) Learn how to leverage limited resources creatively Filled with creative ways to maximize market impact, Brain Tattoos is a true "how-to" book written with in-the-trenches business and marketing people in mind.

 
 
Get a Grip!: Overcoming Stress and Thriving in the Workplace
By Bob Losyk

Get a Grip! offers a powerful prescription for living and thriving in today's high-stress world. This reader-friendly guide takes a straightforward approach to conquering stress, presenting quick and easy tactics for relaxing and reviving the mind, body, and spirit. Stress expert Bob Losyk gives you the tools to identify the causes of stress in your life and shows you which stress-busting techniques best fit your lifestyle and schedule. Based on a wide range of influences—including nutrition and diet, meditation and breathing techniques, and relaxation exercises—you'll develop your own effective, personalized stress-fighting regimen. This book is for everyone who wants to live a better life—from CEOs to homemakers.
 
 
The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance
By Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

The Carrot Principle reveals the groundbreaking results of one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken, showing definitively that the central characteristic of the most successful managers is that they provide their employees with frequent and effective recognition. With independent research from The Jackson Organization and analysis by bestselling leadership experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, this breakthrough study of 200,000 people over ten years found dramatically greater business results when managers offered constructive praise and meaningful rewards in ways that powerfully motivated employees to excel. Drawing on case studies from leading companies including Disney, DHL, KPMG and Pepsi Bottling Group, bestselling authors Gostick and Elton show how the transformative power of purpose-based recognition produces astonishing increases in operating results-whether measured by return on equity, return on assets, or operating margin.

 
 
A Test of Will: One Man's Extraordinary Tale of Survival
By Warren Macdonald

On the night of April 9, 1997, Warren Macdonald took his last step as a “complete” human being. An experienced mountaineer and committed environmental activist, he had set off to climb Mount Bowen on Hinchinbrook Island, off the east coast of Australia. But what began as a two-day adventure suddenly turned into a nightmare, when a massive slab of rock sheared off the mountain, crushing and trapping Macdonald beneath it for two horrendous days and nights while his companion hiked out for help. The accident would change Macdonald’s life forever and test the boundaries of human potential. In 2003, Macdonald became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro.
 
 
Think Big, Act Small: How America’s Best Performing Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive
By Jason Jennings

Is it possible for a company to grow its revenues and profits by 10 percent or more for at least ten consecutive years, not counting acquisitions? That's an incredibly high bar for growth and profitability, one that 99.99 percent of American companies can't meet— including the famous ones that routinely land on magazine covers. It turns out that the best long-term performers all combine the strengths of a big organization with the hunger of a start-up. They build excellent relationships with their customers, suppliers, workers, and shareholders. They groom future leaders at all levels. They balance their short-term goals with their long-term visions. And they teach their managers to get their hands dirty. Jennings did extensive interviews at his nine featured companies to find out exactly how they consistently increase revenue and profits without using manipulation or gimmickry. He reveals their unique approach to leadership and shows how any company, no matter what size or industry, can benefit from following their examples.
 
 
Nobody Moved Your Cheese! How to Ignore the Experts and Trust Your Gut
By Ross Shafer

Ross Shafer was an unhappy pet shop manager who decided to ignore the career and success “experts.” He went on to become a six-time Emmy Award Winning Comedian and Writer. He has hosted several Network Talk & Game shows; including THE LATE SHOW on FOX, DAYS END on ABC, THE MATCH GAME on ABC and ALMOST LIVE for Comedy Central.
 

Brick by Brick: A Woman’s Journey
By Lynn Donohue with Pamela Hunt

Brick by Brick is not just a book about a bricklayer; it’s an exploration of one woman’s life journey. A journey that parallels many in her generation – from her tumultuous childhood to her hippie days living in an urban commune…from being trapped in a dead-end job to building a professional career. Her true-grit story brings a fresh perspective to growing up in small-city America. There is no magic here – Lynn Donohue built her life brick by brick, and that’s what makes this story so compelling.

 
Government Marketing Best Practices
By Mark Amtower

This book provides the best marketing tactics for selling to the world’s largest vertical market, the U.S. federal government. "Buy this book. Borrow this book. Steal this book. Do whatever it is that you have to do to get it. It’s THE ultimate how-to for anyone (and everyone!) who wants to sell to the government market. Chock full of proven tips and practical advice, the book is written by the #1 most respected authority in government marketing and the only guy who actually knows how to do it