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.