Ecotone has produced some of the green building movement's seminal texts. See below or browse the column on the right for specific titles.

The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard 

The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard delves into the profoundly rigorous certification program recognized by the green design-build movement as the most inspirational and sustainable standard in the world. Author Mary Adam Thomas explores the history and ideas that influenced visionary designer Jason F. McLennan to develop the Challenge, reports on its dramatic launch, illuminates Living Building pioneers and projects, and summarizes the global attention the Standard generated in its first ten years.

Transformational Thought II: More Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment

Transformational Thought II: More Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment by Jason F. McLennan is his second book of dynamic essays critically challenging prevalent contemporary thinking and conventional design modalities related to the built and natural environments. 

The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape

The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape takes readers on a private tour through the profoundly game-changing Bullitt Center, the world’s first Class A commercial office structure designed and engineered to meet the rigorous demands of the Living Building Challenge.

The Power of Zero: Learning from the World's Leading Net Zero Energy Buildings

The Power of Zero showcases the world’s leading net zero energy buildings, demonstrating tangible examples, successful strategies, and actual data for developers, designers and contractors to effectively achieve net zero energy performance.  Projects include commercial, residential, and institutional buildings, both new and remodeled, in an array of different climates.

Busby: Architecture’s New Edges 

Busby: Architecture’s New Edges takes readers where the design industry is trending – beyond traditional boundaries. Blending first-hand commentary with examples and project summaries, the book explores key projects that have helped Peter Busby earn his role as a leader in the regenerative design movement. Busby presents details and philosophies that demonstrate how we are changing the nature of the design profession and the built environment. Informative, inspirational, and candid, Busby: Architecture’s New Edges is required reading for anyone interested in the future of the profession.

Desert Rain House: Resilient Building, Sustainable Living in the High Desert 

Desert Rain House is one of the world’s greenest houses. The highly innovative residential project, located in Bend, Oregon, is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes and to harvest all the water needed from the snow and rain that falls on its roofs. Follow visionary homeowners Barbara Scott and Tom Elliott, along with their talented and passionate team of designers, builders, and water systems engineers, as they navigate the many technical and regulatory obstacles to building a residential Living Building near the heart of downtown Bend.

Living Building Education: The Evolution of Bertschi School's Science Wing

Living Building Education tells the story of the school’s journey with a team of dedicated deep green professionals who worked collaboratively to make this leading edge science wing and its sustainable learning experience a reality. Living Building Education is part of the first wave of groundbreaking publications in the Living Building Challenge Series documenting the path to a sustainable future.

Generation Green: The Making of the UniverCity Childcare Centre

Part of Ecotone's Living Building Challenge Series, Generation Green tells the extraordinary story of how the UniverCity community leadership along with a talented team of deep green design professionals and a dedicated group of educators collectively elevated the bar for ecological design and early childhood education.

Intégral: Revolutionary Engineering

Intégral: Revolutionary Engineering is a treatise of innovation in deep green building design, featuring stories and ideas from some of the world’s leading engineers and designers. These inside stories share the challenges and lessons of many of Intégral Group’s transformative designs around the world, including the first net zero lab, the largest net zero museum, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, healthy healthcare facilities in Europe, eco-districts in Canada and the eastern U.S., and some of the first Living Buildings in the world.

Pliny Fisk III: Creating a Maximum Potential Future

Pliny Fisk III has long been recognized as a leader and one of a handful of original pioneers for what has become the green building/sustainable design and planning movement. He imagines a future yet to be realized—and with tools such as his “Lens” protocols, he begins to chart a course of how we might get there. The biography, Pliny Fisk III: Creating a Maximum Potential Future tells many tales of how the work of this remarkable innovator, inventor, and rabble-rouser influenced a generation of designers.  

Building in Bloom 

Building in Bloom tells the fascinating story of how a historic Pittsburgh conservatory endeavored to achieve the world's most rigorous green building certification with its Center for Sustainable Landscapes. 

Transformational Thought

Transformational Thought by Jason F. McLennan is a dynamic collection of provocative essays that critically challenge the design practices and thinking that are interwoven within our contemporary cultural, societal and personal value systems.

The Ecological Engineer

The Ecological Engineer – Glumac is the second book in a series that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the pioneering work of one of North America's leading MEP sustainable design firms.

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design

In the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, McLennan outlines the major ideas and issues that have emerged in the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design over the last thirty years. This book is intended as a starting point for anyone involved in the building industry on a journey to learn how they can build more responsibly.

Zugunruhe:The Inner Migration to Profound Environmental Change

Just prior to periods of great migration, certain species display agitation and restlessness – a phenomenon referred to by scientists as ‘zugunruhe’. McLennan identifies a similar pattern emerging among people yearning for a sustainable future.

The Ecological Engineer - KEEN

The Ecological Engineer - KEEN is the first in a book series that celebrates the most innovative engineers in North America and the practices and principles that they use to produce functionally outstanding structures, systems and technologies.

Women in Green

Is there a greener gender? Studies show that women are more likely than men to support environmental causes through voting, activism, and consumer choices. What are the implications for the design industry? In Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design, Kira Gould and Lance Hosey explore these questions. 

Integrated Design - MITHUN 

Integrated Design - MITHUN celebrates the practice, principles and projects of one of the most innovative design firms in North America. Recognized as one of the preeminent leaders of the new green-design revolution emanating from the Pacific Northwest, Mithun, through this publication, opens its doors, to reveal first-hand details of the integrated approach to design and practice that has led to numerous award-winning projects.

The Dumb Architect's Guide to Glazing Selection

The Dumb Architect's Guide to Glazing Selection will serve as an excellent introduction for architects wanting to make intelligent decisions on how to pick glazing for their building designs in order to lower environmental impact, save money and increase comfort.

Green Dollhouse

The Green Dollhouse Book celebrates the wonderful ideas produced by entrants to the Green Dollhouse competition, sponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County in 2005.


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