Promoting, networking, and informing, this is how we facilitate change. Lehigh Valley Green Builders brings together practitioners and the public to inspire solutions to achieving environmental sustainability in the design and operation of buildings and communities.
LEHIGH VALLEY GREEN BUILDERS RESOURCES
LVGB 2012 Annual Meeting and Networking Event
The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon featured prominently at the LVGB 2012 Annual Meeting and Networking Event with three presentations tied to this biannual world-wide competition. See an overview of this presentation by clicking here.
- Local home owners, Marie and Paul North shared their experiences in designing, constructing, and living in their newly completed green home, inspired by their visits to the Solar Decathlon in recent years. Learn more about their project by clicking here.
- Former local resident and now graduate degree candidate at the New School in NYC, Heather Zanoni, presented 2011 Solar Decathlon finalist (and 1st place winner in the Affordability category) Empowerhouse. Learn more about this project by clicking here.
- Brian Grieb, AIA, Adjunct Professor, and Solar Decathlon Project Team Manager for the University of Maryland, presented the 2011 Solar Decathlon winner, Watershed. Learn more about this project by clicking here.
Lehigh Valley Green Home & Building Expo
Lehigh Valley Green Builders sponsors events to educate the general
public as well as architects, building trades professionals, and
facilities administrators about the many benefits of green construction
and maintenance. The Lehigh Valley Green Home & Building Expo has been an educational resource as well as a showcase, access presentations made on numerous important topics by clicking here.
A Guide to Composting for Kids
An informative page that has over 30 links to composting guides and resources. Thank you to Ms. Graham's 5th grade students (and Michelle) at Cleary Mountain Elementary School in California for providing us this useful resource.
Advanced Buildings Technologies and Practices
A building professional's guide to technologies and practices
that improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial and
multi-unit residential buildings. Covers design and construction
issues, including indoor air quality, water conservation, waste
management, electricity production and energy efficiency. Info Sources
contains downloadable "Daylighting Guide for Canadian Commercial
Buildings," which provides designer tools and techniques for
design of high-performance daylit commercial buildings. Provides
information on building products, including heating and cooling,
lighting and ventilation materials. Includes product descriptions,
use guides, applications, benefits and limitations, experience,
list of manufacturers and case studies.
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Provides link to Consortium for Energy Efficiency directory
of verified equipment. Environmental Advocacy includes information
on national and international energy policy issues, energy efficiency,
European Union's Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings,
commercial building HVACR efficiency, minimum efficiency standards.
Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth
Provides state energy profiles for 12 states, including residential,
business, farming, manufacturing consumption trends; national energy
consumption and price charts.
Alliance to Save Energy
Provides tips, facts, links on appliance and equipment standards;
building energy efficiency information and publications; insulation
tips; lighting links; windows facts and tips; updates on energy-efficiency
policies and programs in more than 20 countries. Hotel Energy Efficiency
provides overviews and articles on HVAC systems; boiler and steam
operations; window technology. Includes industrial energy efficiency
publications, reports, emissions compliance tips.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Lists most energy-efficient residential appliances by category;
contains Online Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment;
reports on emerging technologies for the residential and commercial
sectors; current and archival product research reports. Buildings
Program provides summaries and order information for books, papers,
reports and guides organized by building type (homes, apartments
and commercial buildings) and utility reports; links and guides
for residential appliances (including heaters and boilers); links
to papers on appliance standards and building codes; information
about energy efficiency projects. Provides downloadable fact sheets,
consumer resources. State Energy Efficiency Policy Database includes
state-specific energy policy information on tax credits, building
codes, appliance and equipment standards.
ASHRAE Sustainability Resources
Offers for sale "GreenGuide: The Design, Construction,
and Operation of Sustainable Buildings." Offers free download
of 38 accompanying American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and
Air Conditioning Engineers GreenTips, which contain information
on techniques, processes, measures or systems; Advanced Energy Design
Guidelines for K-12 School Buildings, Small Retail Buildings, and
Small Office Buildings. Sustainability Resources includes digital
edition of the High Performance Buildings Magazine; list of courses
and certification programs; online tools and presentations. Green
Commercial Resources includes articles on BIM and other technologies.
Association of Energy Engineers
Offers certification programs for energy management, green building
engineering, lighting efficiency, building commissioning, indoor
air quality, geoexchange design. Provides study guides, schedules,
online applications and renewal. Includes links to divisions; lists
chapters by state; corporate members. Offers publications and seminars;
lists certification programs; links to job postings; lists environmental,
energy conferences, trade shows. Online journals and newsletters
offer subscriptions, free samples to registered users.
Best of Building Science Online Training
Online training module that incorporates Home Energy Magazine
articles, Department of Energy Building America technology reports,
other sources into a video format designed for builders, subcontractors
and design professionals in the residential construction business.
Best Practice Guide: Commercial Office Buildings
Can view guide and case studies, provided by the Flex Your Power
Building Energy Software Tools Directory
Directory of hundreds of building software tools for evaluating
energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings. Includes databases,
spreadsheets, component and systems analyses, whole-building energy
performance simulation programs. Can view list by subject, country,
platform or alphabetically.
Building Environmental Science and Technology
Gives information on implementing innovative and cost-effective
green building practices; offers technical services related to building
practices, development, energy policy and the environment. Resources/Files
includes building life cycle cost analysis software tool. Contains
"Green Building Reference Guide" and "Home Builders
Basics on Indoor Air Quality." Publications contains extensive
list of reports, papers and other publications related to environmental
building that can be downloaded or purchased. Provides links to
other environmental building and energy efficiency Web sites; list
of state energy offices; design tips, documents, software, presentations,
event listings and links to energy efficiency resources for builders
Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability
BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability)
software developed by the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory
is aimed at designers, builders and product manufacturers to assist
in selecting cost-effective, environmentally-preferable building
products. Includes environmental and economic performance data for
230 building products.
Building and Fire Research Laboratory
Office of Applied Economics contains project summaries, publications
on improving life-cycle quality and economy of constructed facilities,
including "Life-Cycle Costing Manual for the Federal Energy
Building Design Advisor
Software developed by the Building Technologies Department of
the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory. Provides support to building professionals
from the schematic phases of building design to the detailed specification
of building systems and components. Offers software and publications
Building Materials Reuse Association
Provides news, articles, event listings, job postings, link
to HUD Guide to Deconstruction. Directory lists companies, organizations,
professionals involved in reuse and recycling of recovered building
Carpet America Recovery Effort
Carpet industry initiative to reuse and recycle old carpet.
Includes directory of recycling processors and recycled content
Carpet and Rug Institute
Commercial Customers provides Green Label Plus program overview,
fact sheets; testing and product requirements; sustainability report.
Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Non-profit education, research and demonstration organization
specializing in life cycle planning and design. Contains technical
papers and reports on theory and practice of sustainable building
systems; indigenous building and materials; regionalized approach
for industrialization of building, including economic development
implications, master planning. Includes project reports and presentations;
information about center's projects and services in architecture,
design, master planning.
Center for Sustainable Building Research
Research institute at the University of Minnesota. Provides
overview of research activities on sustainable design, building
evaluation, windows and glazings, renewable energy, foundations.
Includes Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide and sustainable materials
Center for the Built Environment
Established under the National Science Foundation's Industry/University
Cooperative Research Program to develop ideas to improve design
and operation of commercial buildings. Provides information about
research projects on building design and performance; downloadable
research reports and publications; updates on new technologies and
techniques for indoor air quality, sustainable design and energy
efficiency. Underfloor Air Technology Web site contains design guidelines,
overview of construction and code issues, and case studies.
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Non-profit corporation that facilitates development, use and
testing of energy efficient, durable, healthy and cost effective
building technologies for Alaska and other cold climate regions.
Research includes mold survey and link to AK Warm Design Heat Loss
Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey
Conducted by the Energy Information Administration, this national
survey collects energy-related building characteristics, energy
consumption and energy expenditures data for commercial buildings
in the United States. Data is available in tables, consumption estimates,
special topics and data reports, public use data formats.
Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials
Consortium of government agencies, research institutions and
private companies formed to continue research by National Academy
of Science regarding the impacts of producing and using renewable
materials. Includes reports, fact sheets, presentations on life-cycle
assessment and environmental performance of wood and other renewable
Consortium of Energy Efficiency
Provides specifications, fact sheets, lists of qualifying residential,
commercial, industrial appliances, products, building components
and materials. Market Assessment and Program Evaluation Clearinghouse
is a searchable database of more than 300 evaluation reports, market
assessments, characterization studies; includes information about
Construction and Demolition Recycler
Includes current, archival magazine articles and departments;
recycling industry news and news archive organized by topic; discussion
board; event calendar; product directory; recycling RFPs; links.
Cradle to Cradle Certification
Provides environmentally responsible certification of materials
and designs based on ecological safety; material reutilization,
such as recycling or composting; use of renewable energy and energy
efficiency; efficient use of water; maximum water quality associated
with production; strategies for social responsibility. Includes
certification criteria, application forms, database of certified
products searchable by rating, company name or product type.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate
Renewable Energy Council funded by Department of Energy. Lists state
and local commercial and residential renewable energy incentives
by state and federal incentives by program.
Daylighting analysis tool developed to support daylighting-related
design decisions in commercial buildings during an early design
stage. Offers comparative analysis of the amount of daylight available
in peripheral private offices and the lighting energy performance
of automated lighting controls (occupancy sensors, photocells) compared
to standard on/off switches. Lightswitch Wizard results are based
on pre-calculated RADIANCE simulations coupled with an empirical
model that mimics manual lighting and blind control in single offices.
Program started by utilities and the State of Wisconsin to incorporate
daylighting into mainstream design and construction. Contains articles,
workbooks, information on technical issues, green building issues,
economic and environmental performance, project goals and costs,
and case studies. Offers education programs.
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Building Technologies Program provides information about building
commissioning; building siting guide; whole building design information,
documents; high performance buildings database; high performance
commercial building design guidelines; Performance Metrics Research
Project; financing; and examples of practices and projects for various
types of buildings. Provides appliance and commercial equipment
standards that include residential and commercial rulemakings, notices,
reports. Includes information about emerging technologies for appliances;
heating, cooling and refrigeration; lighting; walls, insulation,
HVAC, roofs and foundations; and windows, glazing and doors. Provides
information about Zero Energy Buildings research program, Indoor
Air Quality research and other emerging technologies. Includes building
energy data tools, data tables and technical reports; energy and
environmental guidelines for construction; whole building design
and construction checklist; and Integrated Building Design for Energy
Efficiency guide. EnergySmart Schools contains energy design guidelines
for high performance schools. Federal Energy Management Program
provides Building Commissioning Guide; design assistance; life-cycle
cost analysis tools and documents; link to Whole Building Design
Guide. Office of Industrial Technologies includes best practices
tools and documents. State Energy Portal includes state building
energy code case studies; high performance buildings database; zero
energy home case studies; interactive REScheck and COMcheck energy
compliance tools; and interactive ZIP code insulation calculation
program. Provides monthly summary of solicitations related to energy
efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development.
Internet-based excavation services site that allows members
to buy, sell and trade fill and aggregate materials; can post excavation
needs and excavation-related services; can get information about
excavation activities and services near job sites. Visitors can
view site demo.
Provides information about recycling markets; overview of recycling
process; environmental and permitting issues; technical reports,
papers, fact sheets.
Ecological Building Network
International association of builders, engineers, architects,
academics and developers promoting sustainable building methods
and materials. Provides examples of ecological structures; index
of papers and links; technical information; links to manufacturers
of ecological building materials; and articles on building codes
International knowledge base of more than 3,200 environmentally
preferable products, materials, technologies searchable by country
of availability, category or keyword. Knowledge Base includes overview
of material impacts in construction; priority-setting guides organized
by product type; overview of building product standards development;
product technical guides; case studies; green design and life cycle
analysis software; glossary.
Includes current and archival issues since 2003; online green
building courses; green job openings.
Efficiency Valuation Organization
Non-profit organization founded by the Department of Energy
and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to create efficiency
measurement and verification tools. Offers International Performance
Measurement and Verification Protocol documents and training courses.
Efficient Windows Collaborative
Provides energy efficiency information about windows. Provides
recommended window properties, fact sheets, design variations, annual
energy costs, skylight performance and impact of design variation
for different types of windows by geographic area. Provides technical
information related to energy and cost savings, condensation, light
and view, fading, and HVAC costs for different types of windows.
Includes technical properties for different glazing, framing and
operating types and technologies; fact sheets by state; software;
newsletter; and glass and window glossary.
Energy Conservation Standards for New Federal Buildings
Provides full text of Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management
Program’s energy conversation regulations. Regulations cover new
federal commercial and residential buildings, both high-rise and
low-rise; energy efficient products; motors; standby energy products.
Energy Design Tools
Software developed by the University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Architecture and Urban Design to assist with selection
of energy-efficient building components. Includes building energy
performance calculator; Climate Consultant climate data analysis
tool for architects; sunlight calculator. Offers bibliography and
technical papers for building energy software designers and users.
Energy Efficient Building Association
Institute of Building Technology offers courses and programs
in building and construction science, including the MasterBuilder
Program and Houses That Work program. Contains building technology
articles; links to resources on new construction, building envelopes,
mechanical systems, the indoor environment; criteria for energy-
and resource-efficient buildings; "Top Ten List of Dumb Things
to Do in the South," which covers technical issues related
to air quality, ventilation systems and moisture protection for
buildings in the South; newsletters. Bookstore offers Builder Guides
for different climates; construction guides; publications on indoor
air quality, moisture, ventilation; building and energy codes.
Energy Federation Incorporated
Contains documents on energy conservation, lighting technology,
HVAC; list of international electricity standards organized by region
and country; product sheets for lighting fixtures, insulation, HVAC
Energy Services Coalition
Non-profit organization working to increase energy efficiency
through energy-saving performance contracting. Provides member and
chapter directories; list of performance contracting activities
and resources by state; links to federal and state performance contracting
and financing programs; legislative links; model performance contracting
documents; case studies; events; online Q & A service.
Solution Center contains downloadable files and links for low/no
cost improvements, energy efficiency retrofits, major renovations,
new construction, non-building energy resources, project planning
calculators, full text of National Best Practices Manual for Building
High Performance Schools. Sectors contains news and guides by project
type, including K-12, colleges and universities, public and multifamily
housing, commercial buildings. Lists community, strategic, business
partnerships; provides news, event listings; Rebuild Network Intranet
site for program information, partnership reports, internal program
submission process activities.
Energy Solutions Center
Promotes new energy-efficient, gas-fueled technologies for commercial,
industrial, and residential energy users. Provides profiles of new
technologies for residential, commercial, and industrial markets
for appliances, water heating, HVACR, patio and pool heaters, process
cooling and heating, air compressors, boilers and steam generation.
Provides directory of technologies by name; software profiles; case
studies; issues of Gas Technology Magazine.
Provides Energy Star database of appliances; heating, cooling
and lighting products; windows, doors and equipment; Energy Star
labeled buildings database. Includes service provider directory
(architects, engineers, contractors, energy consultants and utilities)
and directory of professional engineers that have performed verifications
for ENERGY STAR labeled buildings. Can download Professional Engineer's
Guide to the Energy Star Label for Buildings and supporting documents;
Indoor Air Quality for Schools Toolkit. Offers online interactive
Home Energy Yardstick score system; home energy and home improvement
advisers; business improvement tools; builder resources; HVAC contractor
software tools, calculators and checklists.
EnergyStar, Portfolio Manager
Interactive energy management tool that allows building owners
and managers to track, assess energy, water consumption by building
or across portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment.
Environmental Building Design and Construction Portal
Online environmental design and green building resources include
publications, case studies, product information, lists of organizations
and government agencies, directories, forums.
Environmental Building News
Contains summary of the current issue; topical database of articles;
searchable High Performance Buildings Case Studies. Subscribers
have full-text access. GreenSpec is a subscription-based product
information directory with listings for more than 1,800 environmentally
preferable building products, including descriptions, manufacturer
information, links. Reference includes links; bibliography; discussion
forum; events calendar; online bookstore.
Environmental Design and Construction
Covers environmentally-sound building design and construction.
Contains feature articles from the current issue; new product features;
Green Book Buyer's Guide Directory; and searchable article archive.
Includes industry links and calendar of industry events. Can subscribe
and order article or issue reprints online.
Environmental Design Research Association
Provides links to environmental design publications; online
catalogs; career opportunities in academia; academic programs.
Environmental Protection Agency, Green Building
Provides overview of green building benefits and components;
resources by building type; environmental FAQs related to green
building; links to funding programs; statistics on buildings and
the environment; publications; design tools; research links.
Federal Trade Commission
Businesses contains Energy and Environment Homepage, which includes
EnergyGuide sample labels for appliances, plumbing and lighting
products; energy-use data for major appliances; business compliance
guides on energy use. Also contains Home Insulation and Energy Efficiency
page, which provides R-Value rules, notices; enforcement notices
for specific companies.
Online exchange for dirt for construction needs allows members
to post fill needs or fill availability; offers free trial membership.
Online meeting place for those who need construction fill and
short haul trucking of aggregate. Members can browse for fill needs
and availability; post classified ads for equipment and other goods.
Contains sustainability articles and product directory.
Forest Stewardship Council
Creates, maintains standards; supports sustainable forest management
practices. Can download "Designing and Building with FSC"
Guide. Provides information about Designing and Building with FSC
Award and AIA-accredited training program. Lists certified companies
and accredited certifiers. Document List includes certification
fact sheets, criteria, procedures; regional forest certification
standards; international fact sheets. Product Search contains FSC
International Database and Metafore International Database of approved
Global Green USA
Registered users can download "Blueprint for Greening Affordable
Housing: Developer Guidelines for Resource Efficiency and Sustainable
Communities"; "Sustainable Building Guidebook, Checklist
and Sourcebook"; green building practices fact sheets; commercial
properties retrofitting guide; "New Home Construction and Home
Remodeling Green Building Guidelines"; and other publications.
Provides information about green building programs and initiatives.
Green Advantage Environmental Certification
Green Advantage is supported by an Environmental Protection
Agency grant and is the result of collaboration between the Nature
Conservancy, Science Applications International Corp. and University
of Florida. Offers environmental certification for commercial and
residential contractors, builders; includes schedule of all-day
seminars nationwide, exam information, directory of certified professionals
in 23 states.
Includes environmental and green building industry news; provides
selected articles free of charge; subscribers can access all of
Include articles on building and construction, procurement,
energy efficiency, facility management, green product design, technologies
Portal for green building education that offers United States
Green Building Council courses, articles, videos, conference proceedings,
other educational resources.
Green Building Alliance
Lists green building workshops, conferences and events. Provides
overview of green design; green design case studies; online quarterly
newsletter; and online surveys.
Green Building Initiative
Promotes green building approaches by builders, architects and
other building professionals. Provides resources for residential
and commercial builders; link to National Association of Home Builders'
Green Building Guidelines; information about cool roofs; link to
Cool Roofing Materials Database; FAQs on Green Globes green building
rating system and certification ratings; case studies; program summary.
Green Building Materials Virtual Sample Room
Contains searchable product database and directory of green
Green Building Pages
Includes design checklist and case studies; green products directory;
links to green building professionals, organizations, research labs,
government agencies, funding sources.
Green Building Studio
Web-based whole building energy analysis service for architects
and designers that performs carbon neutral building check to predict
the feasibility of a building reaching carbon neutral status using
local grid emission data. Analyzes potential for use of a photovoltaic
and wind energy generation; performs water use analysis to estimate
water needs, efficiency savings, potential for rain capture and
LEED credits; gauges the LEED Glaze factor for any room, with lighting
control energy savings; gauges potential for natural ventilation.
Funded by Enterprise Community Partners affordable housing and
community development non-profit corporation. Program aims at making
environmentally sustainable development the mainstream in the affordable
housing industry. Provides descriptions of grant, loan, tax credit
programs; cost and benefit considerations of green development;
online training; overview of local programs; project profiles.
Provides Mechanical Contractor's Guide to LEED; information
and links on energy and water efficiency; list of LEED courses and
other events; links and tips on becoming a green contractor; green
building market statistics; link to Database of State and Local
Incentives and Mandates for Green Building; lifecycle cost links.
Contains full text of the Green National Standard; information
about renewable energy product certification program; searchable
database of renewable energy providers.
Online center for environmentally responsible building development
offers articles, case studies, news; resources on architecture,
building materials, design, facilities management, energy use, land
use. Tools and Resources offers "The Law of Building Green,"
"BEES 4.0: Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability"
Provides information about indoor air quality-certified building
products. Registered users can search product guide by product category,
type or manufacturer; includes product certification standards.
Provides product specification comparisons; green products articles,
presentations, white papers; links to government and professional
organization programs that include GREENGUARD Standards for Low
Green Guide for Health Care
Registered users can download the Guide, a sustainable design
toolkit integrating environmental and health principles, practices
into the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance
of healthcare facilities. The guide, developed with the support
from National Center for Environmental Health, United States Green
Building Council, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and
other organizations and professionals, focuses on hospitals, medical
office buildings, clinics, related facilities. Links contains Green
Healthcare Construction Guidance Statement developed by ASHE and
other healthcare facilities guidance documents.
Green Infrastructure Conservation Fund
Established to support land conservation activities. Provides
Green Infrastructure Book; case study reports; information on Green
Infrastructure Community of Practice, which is a collaborative network
of organizations and agencies created to share expertise in the
green infrastructure approach to conservation and environmental
Online directory of environmentally friendly building materials
and furnishings organized by CSI MasterFormat category. Provides
product descriptions and reviews; key environmental indicators;
material health and safety charts.
Provides information about roof greening systems and green roof
components; physical, environmental and aesthetic issues. Includes
U.S. and international case studies; project database. Contains
directory of component suppliers. JobLinks lists opportunities for
landscape professionals. StudentForum is an online meeting place
for students to post projects and papers on green roofs, chat with
other students; includes student directory.
Contains Green Seal environmental standards; green product recommendations;
and product certification information.
Collaborative publication and Web site of BuildingGreen and
Architectural Record is dedicated to green and sustainable architecture,
design, building. Can view news stories; project profiles; articles
on design, technology innovation, products; blogs; event listings.
Habitat for Humanity, Construction and Environmental Resources
Provides information about Better Built Program; bulletins on
energy efficient construction, air leaking, insulation, combustion
equipment safety, attic insulation; directory of Habitat ReStores,
retail outlets for used and surplus building materials; project
examples; safe construction practices videos.
Healthy House Institute
Provides articles on green products, green roofs, foundation
damp-proofing and waterproofing; building materials specification
guide; health and safety checklist.
Home Energy Magazine
Contains home energy guides for builders and consumers; archive
of articles on home energy issues; training programs for builders.
Horizon Engineering, Green Room
Includes articles on building commissioning and green building
Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability,
Sustainable Products Standards
Scroll down to find downloadable product standards for sustainable
textiles, carpeting, flooring, building products; economic benefits
standard for sustainable products, vehicles and buildings; analysis
of increased profitability of sustainable products and buildings.
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Can purchase Scrap Specifications Circular online.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Environmental Energy Technologies Division includes Building
Technologies and Indoor Environment Departments. Building Technologies
Department provides technical information, reports, data libraries
and other resources on windows, daylighting, lighting systems, building
energy simulation, commercial building systems. Indoor Environment
Department provides information about research on commercial building
thermal distribution, ventilation, residential ventilation, energy
and thermal distribution, ventilation standards and systems. Energy
Analysis Department provides online building energy analysis tools,
information about Building Energy Measurement and Performance Analysis
research, energy efficiency labels and standards, energy end-use
forecasting project profiles, publications.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Environmental Energy
Provides overview of research activities on building energy
efficiency, energy analysis, indoor and outdoor environmental quality,
advanced energy technologies. Resources include software, publications,
seminars, news, links.
National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program
Provides Model Green Home Building Guidelines; status updates
on National Green Building Standard, working drafts, other documents.
Lists voluntary green building programs by state; lists accredited
home verifiers; provides home certification resources; builder certification
program course listings; Green Building Verifier's Resource Guide;
online Green Scoring Tool; events.
National Association of Home Builders, Research Center,
Consensus Committee on the National Green Building Standard
Provides working draft of the National Green Building Standard;
standard development information and documents; Green Home Building
National Park Service, Green Toolbox
Contains information about energy and sustainability regulations;
Department of the Interior Buildings/Facilities Energy Management
and Water Conservation Plan; renewable energy; energy and water
conservation; renewable building materials; appliances; sustainable
publications, including "Guiding Principles of Sustainable
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Center for Buildings and Thermal Systems provides information
about research on high performance commercial buildings; examples
of commercial building projects, with technical details and publications;
technical papers on research, testing and analysis; examples of
applying technology in energy efficiency and solar energy; and other
high performance buildings resources. Includes publications on geothermal
technologies. National Wind Technology Center includes research
project notices and technical publications library.
New Buildings Institute
Non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency in buildings
through policy development, research, guidelines, codes. Public
Interest Energy Research (PIER) program provides information and
reports on research on daylighting and productivity; HVAC integration;
skylights and ceilings; ducting and air flow; outdoor lighting.
Registered users can download Advanced Lighting Guidelines. Visitors
can download other lighting technical materials; Roof Insulation
Guideline; high performance building specifications by MasterFormat
divisions; mechanical design guidelines; Commercial Building Air
Quality report; research project reports; online presentations.
Can download SkyCalc program, which identifies the optimum skylighting
design for a building and compares the net energy cost savings;
eQUEST, a building energy use analysis tool.
Oikos Green Building Source
Contains an extensive database of manufacturers of environmentally
beneficial construction products organized by CSI divisions, including
concrete, masonry, metals, wood, plastic, doors, windows, finishes,
specialty and electrical products. Registered users can request
product literature online. Green Building Library contains articles
on green design, green building, green building materials, daylighting,
insulation and other topics. Contains monthly Green Building News.
Can order books, videos and software on sustainable construction
and related topics.
Pennsylvania Governor's Green Government Council
Contains information about green building programs; "High
Performance Green Building Guidelines" and "General Performance
Standards and Specifications for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Leased Facilities"; and building, architectural, interior design
and planning tips.
Lists companies, associations and publications by recycled material
or product type; includes news and events. Recycler's Exchange lists
materials and products for sale or exchange.
Reed Construction Data, Green Construction
Includes LEED certification primer; Building Integrated Photovoltaics
analysis; articles on green building, green roofing, solar energy,
LEED certification; green construction news; green community blog.
Resource Renewal Institute
Includes project profiles and documents for resource management
plan; Green Plan primer; archive of green planning activities and
reports by country.
Reusable Industrial Packaging Association
Lists member manufacturers and suppliers.
Rocky Mountain Institute
Offers consulting services to improve efficiency in design,
construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and other projects;
information on consulting assistance to incorporate resource-efficient
and environmentally responsive design into projects by analyzing
site and building design, energy and water efficiency, construction
materials and resources, lighting and mechanical design, and building
ecology. Contains information on environmentally responsible building
seminars, lectures and builder-training workshops; green development
case studies; and green design publications.
Roy F. Weston
Technology contains publications on the use of innovative environmental
technologies. Green Buildings contains downloadable technical papers
on environmental issues.
Sandia National Laboratories, Renewable Energy Technologies
Provides information about development of solar and geothermal
energy technologies; distributed energy storage. Wind Energy Technology
provides overview of research projects, publications, energy links.
Scientific Certification Systems
Provides searchable directory of green-certified products. Covers
adhesives, building and construction materials, flooring, furniture,
plastics, reclaimed materials, rock, textiles, fiber. Includes Forest
Stewardship Council certified wood products directory.
Smart Communities Network
Provides information about sustainable development technologies
and green building practices and principles; "Sustainable Building
Technical Manual: Green Building Design, Construction, and Operations";
articles and other publications on environmentally friendly, energy-efficient
construction. Links to green building and development codes and
local ordinances; energy efficiency design standards; guidelines;
success stories. Links to resources for energy efficiency; green
building and development; land use planning; sustainable development.
Sustainable Development Resources database includes local, national
and international organizations and government agencies active in
development of sustainable technologies and methods. Finance and
Sustainability lists funding opportunities; loan and grant programs;
green building finance programs; lending institutions; publications,
tools and articles. Disaster Planning contains case studies; link
to local disaster planning codes and ordinances; articles; publications;
Sourcebook for Green and Sustainable Building
Contains technical recommendations for environmentally friendly
homebuilding, many of which are relevant to commercial development,
with sections on water, energy, building materials, solid waste.
Southface Energy Institute
Can download fact sheets on sustainable building resources,
energy-wise appliances, water and energy conservation, energy efficient
construction, radon resistant construction and solar energy resources.
Can download energy code fact sheets; Residential Energy Design
and Construction Bulletin. Can access current and archival articles
of the Southface Journal of Sustainable Building.
Master Painters Institute-developed Green Performance Standard
and Approved Products List that takes into consideration volatile
organic compounds, emissions, performance/durability. Lists chemical
component restrictions; volatile organic compounds requirements;
definitions; category descriptions. Can browse approved list and
view manufacturers, with contact information and profiles.
Sustainable Architecture Building and Culture
Portal of links to Web resources related to sustainable development
and environmentally healthy building technology, architecture and
engineering. Topics include air and water quality, architects and
architecture, eco-building materials, natural building technologies,
sustainable development and transportation.
Sustainable Architecture Compendium
Contains downloadable Introductory, Sustainable Design, Sustainable
Building Materials, and Recycling and Reuse modules. Modules include
technical papers, bibliographies and resource lists.
Sustainable Architecture: Eco Design and Landscaping
Contains archive of information about sustainable architecture;
includes articles, checklists, bibliography and links to other resources.
Sustainable Building Industry Council
Promotes advances in the design, affordability, energy performance
and environmental soundness of residential, institutional and commercial
buildings. Provides information about programs for residential,
school, government, small commercial buildings; best practice awards.
Offers high performance school building design guides; sustainable
design for federal buildings; green building guidelines; technical
materials; low energy building design guide; building energy analysis
software; other publications for sale online. Offers design workshops;
free online training. Can download Renewable Energy Policy Project
Whole Buildings white paper and other publications. Lists member
architecture/design/engineering firms, builders, consultants, companies,
Sustainable Building Resource Directory
Contains Green and Affordable Housing primer; directory of sustainable
building service providers, including planning, design, construction;
consultants; financing, training; building products.
Sustainable Design Resource Guide
Provides sustainable design guidelines organized by MasterFormat
with links to other sustainable design resources.
Green Building provides annual Top 10 green building products
list, green real estate guide, green office guide; job listings;
Sustainable Sites Initiative
Partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects,
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at
Austin and United States Botanic Garden. Provides "Standards
and Guidelines" report containing more than 200 recommendations
for designing and building sustainable landscapes as part of initiative
to create voluntary industry guidelines and rating system.
Tax Incentives Assistance Project
Provides information about federal income tax incentives for
energy efficient products and technologies included in the Energy
Policy Act. Provides guidelines for commercial buildings, solar
energy systems, fuel cells. Builders/Manufacturers provides EnergyStar
criteria for appliances, New Homes Credit presentations, link to
EnergyGauge software, tax resources.
ToolBase Services: The Home Building Industry's Technical
Green Building includes fact sheets; resource directory; information
about local green building programs, energy efficiency and indoor
air quality. Energy contains documents and links on air sealing/ventilation,
building design and site planning, insulation and renewable energy.
Construction Waste Management offers for sale publications on material
reuse and recycling.
United States Green Building Council
Contains publications, including the "Sustainable Building
Technical Manual" and the "Local Government Sustainable
Buildings Guidebook." Users can download the LEED Rating System,
designed for assessing and rating new and existing commercial, institutional
and high-rise residential buildings to determine environmental status.
Industry Research provides links to research papers and reports
on economic analyses of sustainable building, green building and
U.S. Composting Council
Projects and Information provides Compost Standards for Erosion/Sediment
Control. Publications offers for sale compost facility development
guide, planning guide, landscape architecture compost use specifications.
Whole Building Design Guide
Joint project of the National Institute of Building Sciences
and federal agencies. Contains news; design guidance by building
type and design objective; mandates and references; listings of
training activities and events; Building Envelope Design Guide for
design and construction of institutional and office buildings; Field
Guide to Sustainable Construction.
Wood Floor Resource Group
Eco Product Selector sorts wood products by LEED credits, eco-attributes,
construction type, measurement. Eco Issues includes overview of
ecological properties of flooring products, green building as it
affects wood flooring, sustainable forestry practices, building
product comparisons, comparison of forest certification systems.
Downloads includes brochures on Green Resource Underlayment and
green exotic flooring.
WoodWorks for Non-Residential Construction
Initiative of the Wood Products Council, a cooperative venture
of major wood associations in North America. Sustainable Design
provides sustainable design links, green building rating system
documents, forest certification brochures, energy efficiency documents,
energy consumption comparisons by type of construction, climate
change fact sheets.
Resources organized by Howrey