Check out these 9 must read green design books

The Green Roof Manual

The Small House Book

Green Interior Design

The Vertical Farm

Design Revolution

Container Atlas

Prefab Architecture

Cradle to Cradle

Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist

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THE GREEN ROOF MANUAL: A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE TO DESIGN, INSTALLATION, & MAINTENANCE

Fascinated with green roofs like we are? Go more in depth to learn how these amazing insulating roof are installed and all about the plants that make them up. Don’t worry there’s plenty of green roof porn to whet your whistle.

$26.37 at Amazon >

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THE SMALL HOUSE BOOK

Jay Schafer is leading a revolution with his tiny house plans and the latest release of his book explores 22 houses that can all be built for less than $20k! Jump on the bandwagon and find out how you can have your own micro house.

$29.95 at Tumbleweed Houses >

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GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN

Green homes are more than just their HVAC and grey water systems and the interiors are what can really make for an amazing project. Vendors, ideas and gorgeous photos will have you itching to create the sustainable paradise you’ve always wanted.

$17.82 at Amazon >

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THE VERTICAL FARM: FEEDING THE WORLD IN THE 21st CENTURY

Dr. Dick Despommier is the world’s leading expert on vertical farming and his recent book explains his theories in full detail. If you’ve ever had questions about how a vertical farm would actually work, this book has the answers.

$10.40 at Amazon >

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DESIGN REVOLUTION: 100 PRODUCTS THE EMPOWER PEOPLE

Emily Pilloton (ah hem, Inhabitat Senior Editor) has made waves in the design world with her organization Project H and her inspiring book details how good design can make lives better. This is what we read at breakfast to start our day.

$23.07 at Amazon >

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CONTAINER ATLAS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CONTAINER ARCHITECTURE

In theory it seems easy to build with shipping containers – they’re just big legos right? Experts in the field present lessons learned and tips and tricks for how to actually build with containers. Plus there’s a ton example projects to get your creative juices flowing.

$49.14 at Amazon >

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PREFAB ARCHITECTURE: A GUIDE TO MODULAR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

We’re still not completely sure why we love prefab so much, but we do and and we take any chance we can to fuel the fire. Here’s a no nonsense guide to modular construction, the history of prefab and some recent examples by the leaders in the field. We wish this had been one of our college courses.

$46.68 at Amazon >

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CRADLE TO CRADLE: REMAKING THE WAY WE MAKE THINGS

Whether you’ve read this book a thousand times or if you’re just hearing about it, this seminal classic is a must read for anyone interested in sustainability. We strongly advise adding this manifesto by William McDonough and Michael Braungart to your permanent collection.

$15.80 at Amazon >

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BUSINESS LESSONS FROM A RADICAL INDUSTRIALIST

Sadly, Ray Anderson passed away earlier this year, but we can still learn a lot from the man who is considered one of the grandfathers of sustainable business practices. Wise lessons from a wise man who will sorely be missed.

$10.87 at Amazon >