Engineering, Architecture and
Environment: Green Building
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.
Arkansas Energy Office
Residential contains Arkansas Energy Code; energy code links; technical information on geothermal heat pumps, vendor list; Energy Performance Evaluation of new home construction in Arkansas; energy saving links, resources, tools; climate zone compliance tools; "Energy Performance Tune-up – Builder Tips for New Home Construction." Commercial contains compliance tools; manuals and resources for commercial energy savings; links. Industrial includes Commercial and Industrial Energy Resource Guide. Community provides information about energy assistance programs.
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 initiative.
Online initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Provides articles, tools, guides and success stories on high performance buildings, energy effective design and building management; overview of energy efficiency financial programs and incentives in the Pacific Northwest.
Home building industry magazine and portal site. Green Building includes information on technology, legislation, products, design.
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 and designers.
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 Management Program."
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 for download.
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 materials.
Build It Green
Provides links to green building resources nationwide and in the San Francisco Bay Area, including green building financing; technical fact sheets; case studies; design resources; guidelines; life cycle analyses; product certification agencies; rating systems; resource and materials guides; whole building analysis; training for building and energy professionals.
Environmental building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties in Washington. Includes case studies, builder certification resources, certification checklists, third party verification directory; lists members.
Built Green Colorado
Largest green building program in the United States, with more than 100 builder members, is dedicated to encouraging builders to use technologies, products and practices that provide greater energy efficiency, healthier indoor air; reduce pollution, maintenance, water usage; preserve natural resources. Home Builder includes interactive Built Green checklist; builder enrollment and home registration forms; action list for new rating protocol; builder workshops; directory of participating builders, suppliers, subcontractors.
California Energy Commission
Contracts Office lists solicitations and contracts for energy innovations, A/E technical assistance, other services; funding availability notices. Database of Energy Efficient Appliances allows consumers to compare energy efficiency properties of commercial and residential appliances, including furnaces, refrigerators and air conditioners. Database consists of downloadable files by type of appliance. Includes appliance consumer tips and appliance energy efficiency regulations. Energy Efficiency Division includes appliance efficiency rulemaking; full text of energy efficiency standards for residential and non-residential buildings (California Code of Regulations Title 24, Part 6); other energy efficiency standards; manuals; compliance forms; lighting efficiency technology report; Database for Energy Efficient Resources; Home Energy Rating System information; procedures for HVAC system design and installation; protocols for energy-efficient residential building envelopes; roster of certified energy plan examiners; list of approved computer programs for energy analysis; process energy publications; energy resource links; list of Energy Efficiency Division publications, with order information; and energy efficiency financing program information and application.
California Energy Commission's Energy Videos Center
Contains online training videos for energy professionals on plan checking and on inspection, building envelope, code, energy, water heating and other residential issues.
Provides resources on building energy performance baselines and benchmarking; LEED standards; Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide and EPP Best Practices Manual; green building factsheet.
California Green Builder
Provides green builder certification requirements and forms; work scopes and protocols for air sealing, HVAC, insulation, waste management, windows.
California Integrated Waste Management Board, Green Building
Provides information about recycling of construction and demolition debris; database of recyclers. Contains green building basics; information on construction projects using sustainable materials; Sustainable Building Tool Kit; green and sustainable specification links; Sustainable Building Implementation Plan; overview of green building benefits; primers on life cycle costs and benefits.
Operated by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, this is an online catalog of wanted or available non-hazardous materials searchable by county and by material type. Businesses can post materials or needs free of charge.
Canadian Wood Council
Environmental contains green building publications, sustainable building case studies, forest certification standards, environmental bulletins and green facts.
Carpet America Recovery Effort
Carpet industry initiative to reuse and recycle old carpet. Includes directory of recycling processors and recycled content product manufacturers.
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 database.
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.
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
United Kingdom professional organization of building services engineers. Provides project case studies. Training offers certification program for Low Carbon Energy consultants and assessors. Knowledge Bank includes presentation on energy certificates and tips on building heat management for facilities managers.
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 Calculator.
Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation
Provides information about energy management and conservation programs, including commercial building energy standards, energy efficiency improvements for building professionals and green building. Energy management and conservation publications can be downloaded, including compliance guide, conservation checklist and electronic compliance forms. Rebuild Colorado Program provides information about energy savings assessment services for building owners; high performance design toolkit; energy design guidelines for high performance schools; building commissioning toolkit. Provides online directory of commissioning and energy service companies, energy efficiency consultants, energy-efficient equipment manufacturers, and water conservation products and services.
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 building materials.
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 CEE evaluations.
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.
Delaware Solid Waste Authority
Contains directory of landfills and recycling centers; information on appliance, construction and demolition waste recycling; asbestos procedures and forms.
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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.
Green building program of Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association that aids in energy-efficient and environmentally conscious homebuilding. Lists participating homebuilders, renovators and training events. Provides overviews of program and certification process. Program documents include inspection form, builder information sheet, J load calculation requirements, insulation installation grading information, construction specification sheet, complete building and renovation guidelines, worksheets, fact sheets, technical bulletins.
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 and sustainability.
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 Programís 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 Resources
Provides collection of tools, resources for design, construction of energy-efficient commercial and industrial buildings in California. Includes design guidelines; briefs; case studies by building type; energy efficient technology; software; online tools; offers training. Tools were developed by utilities under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
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 equipment.
Energy technology and practices resource for Pacific Northwest businesses, industries, government agencies and utilities. Includes Expert Q&As and online question form for selected customers; Energy Newsbriefs weekly e-mail summary of current news on technologies, programs, issues, events; Pacific Northwest utility links; product and technology reviews; event listings and online posting; residential and commercial tips, facts; links.
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.
Florida, University of, Powell Center for Construction and Environment
Provides information about research projects; lists theses and dissertations, with links to full texts of some; offers books on sustainable construction for sale.
Contains sustainability articles and product directory.
Forestry Innovation Investment
Agency created by the government of British Columbia to promote environmentally progressive forest products and practices. Life Cycle Assessment provides energy and environmental performance comparisons. Climate Change includes energy efficiency and waste reduction information. Green Building Toolkit includes forest certification, life cycle assessment, green product directories. Sustainable Forest Management includes information about regulation of forest practices; third-party certification programs and forest certification standards.
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 vendors, products.
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 magazine's content.
Include articles on building and construction, procurement, energy efficiency, facility management, green product design, technologies and remediation.
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 Information Centre
Contains Canadian sustainable and green building resources, including Advanced Technologies Guide, technical downloads, publications and Web links.
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 suppliers.
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 Program, City of Austin
The oldest green building program in the United States shares its expertise in green residential and commercial construction. Lists green building books, publications and newsletters. Contains directory of green building architects and designers; "Green by Design" building guide; indoor air pollution fact sheet; program newsletter and archives. Provides information about green building seminars and conferences; contact information for experts in residential, commercial, multifamily and municipal green building. Contains links to documents and resources on efficient windows, hazardous waste collection for small businesses, smart growth; green home checklist; information about integrated design team; energy code compliance checklist.
Green Building Program, City of Scottsdale
Contains residential rating checklist, CAD drawings checklist, Home Inspection Manual, Green Home Buyers Guide, Commercial Green Building Checklist, program overview, Green Building Remodeling Workbook, Landscape Revitalization Workbook. Lists participating architects, engineers and builders; provides project profiles; other technical resources; training and event listings,
Green Building Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley
Provides overview of research projects, design assistance, best practices case studies, list of related courses, links.
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" software.
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 Emitting Products.
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 protection, restoration.
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.
Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Strategic Industries Division
Contains residential energy guidelines; commercial building energy guidelines; building energy efficiency standard; roof insulation brochure; school high performance guidelines; life cycle cost calculators; commissioning fact sheets; sustainability guidelines. Includes Hawaii energy strategy; energy supply and price data; renewable energy resources; Green Business Program information; green purchasing documents; energy publications indexed by year.
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 practices.
Green Building provides articles on green building and environmental issues to registered users.
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.
Kentucky Division of Energy
Provides information on energy-saving performance contracting; statutes; events calendar; list of energy service companies in Kentucky; links to DOE State Energy Program projects in Kentucky; fact sheets on air conditioning, lighting and water heating; full text of some energy-related statutes; periodicals on energy efficiency, with contact information.
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 Technologies Division
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.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Bay Area
Registered visitors can download Green Operations and Maintenance Guide and Green Rehabilitation of Multifamily Rental Properties Resource Guide.
Maine Energy Resources Council
Contains energy data; residential energy efficiency resources; directory of state energy programs by department; information about energy efficiency incentive program for businesses and building operator certification program.
Massachusetts, Amherst, University of, Advanced Energy Research
Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers training and provides information about research on fenestration thermal performance, thermal performance of building envelopes, and building commissioning and retro-commissioning. Water Resources Research Center lists technical publications available for download or for sale. The Environmental Institute includes environmental engineering and water resources.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Building Technology Program
Provides summaries of research projects on building controls and diagnostics, building energy studies, building materials and construction, computer graphics for physical performance, indoor air quality, building ventilation, building environment modeling and sustainable building design.
Michigan, Energy Office of
Provides program information, publications, case studies and links for wind energy and for business, public building, residential, industrial energy efficiency. Includes energy efficiency checklist for small businesses; information about energy performance contracting; indoor pool fact sheets; Compact Fluorescent Light Manual; archives of Energy Tidbits monthly and Energy Observer quarterly; events calendar. Provides information about energy efficiency grants and contracts.
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Energy Info Center contains home energy guides and tips; residential, commercial, school heating resources; School Energy Guidebook; Clean Energy Resource Manual; Energy Highlights newsletter; energy policy reports, data, statistics. Buildings and Builders includes technical information for cold climate building; Building Science Primer; catalog of thermal bridges; furnace and boiler checklists; residential ventilation spreadsheet; Ventilation and Depressurization Research report; summary of ASTM Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and Skylights; basement insulation guide; sealed combustion appliance information; and Energy Star product information. Provides residential and commercial/multifamily code rules, comparison chart, and compliance tools; ComCheck and MNcheck software; information about Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond Project, which focused on energy efficiency of public buildings; Builders Update newsletter; link to Minnesota Sustainable Building Design Guidelines.
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
Green Building links to Sustainable Building Technical Manual; High Performance Building Guidelines; local sustainable design guides, green building specifications and rating systems; energy efficiency financing; construction and demolition waste guide; residential green building resources; green building resources for schools. Provides sustainable building product director; case studies. Design for the Environment Toolkit gives companies tools needed for incorporating environmental attributes into product design. Provides pollution prevention guides and reports; guide to designing business recycling and waste prevention programs; construction industry waste guides; Hazardous Waste Compliance Guide; waste service provider listings; waste reduction tips; overview of state's policy of environmental purchasing. Includes Online Minnesota Recycling Directory of businesses that collect, buy or sell recyclable materials. Provides county contacts for solid waste and recycling; glossary of environmental terms; links to sustainable energy Web sites. Provides eligibility requirements; use guidelines; contacts; overview of the application and review process for environmental assistance grants and loans.
Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide
The guide is a design tool that can be used to overlay environmental issues onto the design, construction and operation of new and renovated facilities.
Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Energize Montana
Contains building commissioning best practices, studies; links to federal resources and Department of Energy Building Commissioning Guide. Provides information on financing for school energy efficiency projects; lists of prequalified consultants and engineering firms that conduct Preliminary Building Assessments and retro-commissioning projects for public schools in Montana under the State Energy Program. Energy conservation publications include Commercial Buildings Energy Code and Energy Savers Guidebook. Contains information about financial assistance for energy efficiency projects at businesses and schools.
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 Guidelines.
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 Design."
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.
Nevada State Office of Energy
Conservation and Efficiency provides resources for existing homes and new construction, including links to design recommendations; energy efficient product information; business, industry, and government energy efficiency resources. Provides state-specific renewable energy links; energy project permitting report; links to energy data; grant RFPs.
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.
New York City Department of Design and Construction, Office of Sustainable Design
Includes "High Performance Building Guidelines," which provides basic information about integrating sustainability into the city's design, construction processes and includes information on city planning, project design, site design, building energy use, indoor environment, material and product selection, water management, construction administration, operations, maintenance. Can download Implementation Guidelines, Geothermal Heat Pump Manual, Quality Energy Efficient Light Manual, Construction and Demolition Waste Manual.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Programs includes case studies of innovative energy-saving building technologies, Green Building Program factsheets and design guidelines. Publications lists technical reports (1975-present) available from the National Technical Information Service.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service – Water Quality and Waste Management
Contains online "Managing Construction and Demolition Debris: A Guide for Builders, Developers, and Contractors," which suggests methods for reducing construction costs by lowering the amount of waste material produced and by reusing and recycling waste material.
North Carolina State Energy Office
Statewide Utility Savings Initiative provides performance contracting information, open RFQs, statutes and temporary rules. Provides Energy Improvement Loan Program brochure; State Energy Plan; information about energy efficient buildings and about business and industry programs; "High Performance Guidelines: Triangle Region Public Facilities."
Northern California Engineering Contractor's Association
Offers online Dirt X-change service that allows developers, graders and excavators to exchange dirt with each other. Members can post their dirt and material needs and availability.
North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services
State Energy Program contains "Energy Efficient Construction Manual: A Handbook for Builders and Developers" and other energy efficiency technical publications.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Resources includes downloadable evaluation reports; project documents; and papers on commercial building practices, energy efficient lighting, green building and related issues. Can view profiles of residential, commercial and industrial projects.
Office of Sustainable Development, City of Portland
Contains design and construction guidelines for environmentally responsive, sustainable development; green-rated resource guides; project and technical briefs, research reports; Portland LEED Guide; selected local government green building standards and green building policies. Tools and Software provides links to lifecycle assessments, incentive programs, local regulations, model specifications, product databases, software. Provides information about financial incentives for residential and commercial projects. ReThink program offers green building training certificate program. Green Investment Fund is designed to help offset the incremental cost of building projects that achieve a high level of environmental performance. Northwest Green Directory lists product and service providers.
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.
Oregon Department of Energy
Provides resources for energy efficient lighting in commercial facilities; residential heating and air conditioning systems; building commissioning handbooks and toolkits; wind energy information for landowners.
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.
PGE's Pacific Energy Center
Offers educational programs, design tools, advice, support to create energy efficient buildings and indoor environments. Includes services, technical information on daylighting, lighting, glazing; database of business rebates and incentives; lending library of performance tools; school resources.
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 Division
Provides information about development of solar and geothermal energy technologies; distributed energy storage. Wind Energy Technology provides overview of research projects, publications, energy links.
Savings by Design
Program funded by California utility customers and administered by California public utilities that offers efficiency resources for planning and design of commercial buildings. Provides detailed information about Whole Building Approach, which considers integrated, optimized energy efficiency solutions, and Systems Approach, which examines building systems and how they interact. Provides technical information and charts for typical building systems, including daylighting, interior lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, service hot water, supermarket refrigeration and other systems. Lists building owner and design team incentives; provides downloadable participant handbook.
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.
Seattle Daylighting Lab
Contains articles, project profiles, links on implementation of architectural daylighting design strategies across the many climate regions of the Pacific Northwest.
Resources for asphalt shingle recycling include information about uses and markets; shingle recycling technical reports, articles, fact sheets; case studies for selected states. Includes overview of environmental, permitting, asbestos issues involved with asphalt shingles; list of state regulatory contacts.
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; links.
Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Research center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture offering design assistance, consultations, site visits with the goal of helping small businesses save energy through intelligent building design and efficient building components and systems. Lists prequalified contractors and service providers; provides energy calculators, economics calculator.
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.
Southern California, University of, School of Architecture, Master of Building Science Program
Provides online environmental controls and structures tools, including Sustainable Building Materials Adviser, Lighting Design Guide, Thermal Process in Buildings interactive Web site and Solar Masking Calculator. Can download research papers and theses.
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.
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Research project for the high-growth states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, with the goal of Increasing energy efficiency of homes, vehicles, commercial buildings, industries. Provides news; case studies; energy efficiency and energy consumption fact sheets; technical publications; consumer and business tips; workshop listings.
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, organizations.
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; industry updates.
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 Information Resource
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 daylighting.
University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Design Library, Green Design/Sustainable Architecture Resources
Provides extensive topical bibliography of publications and online resources. Includes guidelines, specifications, building material guides, design handbooks.
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.
Vermont Department of Public Service, Energy Efficiency Division
Residential Energy Efficiency Improvement Partnership provides information about financing and other types of assistance for energy efficiency projects in large (five or more units) low-income, multi-family projects; links to Vermont Gas Systems' residential and commercial energy efficiency programs and HomeBase equipment replacement program guide. Renewable Energy Business Directories list design, sales and installation businesses. Provides information, standards, application for accreditation in home energy rating system.
Vermont, Energy Rated Homes of
Contains home energy ratings primer; information about utility program for new residential construction; builder resources.
Vermont Green Building Network
Contains case studies; links to green building rating systems; database of green building products and services; library of articles; report on green building costs.
Virtual-Web Energy Demonstration Construction Center
Research center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers information on energy and efficient building practices for builders and consumers. Includes articles, online presentations of construction class lectures, Energy Conservation in Construction, videos, energy savings calculators.
Western Area Power Administration
Energy Services contains technical briefs on commercial, institutional and industrial energy efficiency; factsheets on residential energy, lighting and renewable energy; funding links.
West Virginia Development Office
Energy Efficiency Program offers energy training for building professionals; recycling directory; information about industrial assessments, renewable energy, school energy saving program, grant programs.
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.
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
Provides searchable green directory of builders and product, service providers; case studies; emerging green builder news updates; job opportunities; green development articles.
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.