Announcing Sustainable Design, NCARB's Newest Monograph

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards recently published Sustainable Design, the newest title in the Professional Development Program's monograph series. Sustainable Design offers a comprehensive though accessible introduction to this timely topic. Defining sustainable (or green) design is an ongoing process; however, the concept recognizes connections between and among natural, social, and economic factors when designing a project.

The Sustainable Design monograph is divided into three main sections: "Benefits of Sustainable Design," "Elements of Sustainable Design," and "Implementing Sustainable Design." The "Elements" section is especially useful as it provides an overview of five sustainable elements and relates them to real-world projects through a case study format. Authors Jonee Kulman, AIA and Joel Schurke make ample use of the Seven R's (Respect, Receive, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore, and Remember), a theory that encourages the design professional to consider a project from its very inception to its final reconstruction or reuse.

Instituted in 1993, NCARB's monograph series and Professional Development Program were created in order to address the increasing need for continuing education and professional development verification. Sustainable Design joins the following titles already available: Professional Conduct, Low-Slope Roofing I, Seismic Mitigation, Subsurface Conditions, Fire Safety in Buildings, Wind Forces and the on-line based Energy Conscious Architecture. The NCARB monograph series provides architects with a convenient and portable means to earn professional development credits as they are exposed to some of the field's most current and thought-provoking topics. All U.S. jurisdictions accept NCARB Professional Development Program monographs for compliance with state continuing education requirements.

The successful completion of the quiz accompanying most monographs equals 10 contract hours in Health, Safety, and Welfare and 10 AIA Learning Units. Successful completion of the Wind Forces quiz equals 14 contract hours in Health, Safety, and Welfare and 14 AIA Learning Units. The regular price for most titles is $195; NCARB Record holders may purchase them for $125 each. To order a monograph or any other title from NCARB's Professional Development Program, contact the Council at 202/783-6500. Or visit NCARB's web site at [www.ncarb.org/publications].