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Ian Shapiro, co-author of the newly released Green Building Illustrated, 2nd Edition, joins Dr. Nina Wilson, an Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, to talk about updates to the new edition of the book, including: 

  • Will central heating systems be replaced by installing heat pumps in every room?
  • Shape efficiency helps reduce energy and construction costs. How can we maximize this new metric and retain the character of external features?
  • Lighting gains by LEDs and the thermal loss of excessive glazing may sunset a favorite green building strategy. Are the days of daylighting over?

This is Shapiro’s second collaboration with Francis D.K. Ching, the illustrator and co-author of both editions of Green Building Illustrated. Ching is a well-known architecture and design graphics writer. Adobe Originals typeface, Tekton, was modeled after his hand-lettering style and is the font used throughout the book. Both editions present a fully illustrated guide to the theory and practice of sustainable design. The new edition continues to create a typology through strategy, theory and standards, while building the visual lexicon for sustainable design and construction. Students, faculty, practitioners and green building advocates – tune in to join the conversation about new directions in green building! Learn more and purchase your copy at Wiley.com or Amazon.com


Ian Shapiro, PE, LEED AP, Founder and Senior Engineer, Taitem Engineering: Shapiro founded Taitem in 1989. He is the co-author of the books Green Building Illustrated, 2nd Edition (2020), Green Building Illustrated (2014) and Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings (2016), all published by Wiley. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and Syracuse University. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University, and an M.S. from Columbia University, both in mechanical engineering. He is a licensed engineer in the states of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Shapiro enjoys to spend time with family and friends, write poetry, and play soccer and basketball. Taitem Engineering is a long-time member of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program. 

Nina Wilson, Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology, School of Architecture, Syracuse University: Dr. Wilson’s research interests include the development of net-zero retrofit approaches for buildings in cold-weather climates, microgrid and energy sharing technologies, and low-carbon active enclosure systems. With a background in sustainable architecture and technology development, Wilson now maintains interdisciplinary research and design collaborations across architecture, engineering, biotech, and materials science. Wilson is a Faculty Research Fellow at SyracuseCoE.