Local Green Building Resources
Green Building in Other Municipalities
Green Building Programs and Organizations
Material Suppliers and Product Information
Technical Information and Tools
Financial Incentives for Green Building
Local green building resources
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Sustainable Building Topics
Build Green NW
http://www.buildgreennw.com/ external link
Information about building green and/or leasing green space.
American Institute of Architects – Seattle Chapter, Committee on the Environment
Lighting Design Lab
http://www.lightingdesignlab.com/ external link
Provides information on the Lighting Design Lab's tours, classes, workshops and consultations by experienced lighting and daylighting specialists.
Northwest Ecobuilding Guild
http://ecobuilding.org external link
The Northwest Ecobuilding Guild is an association of builders, designers, homeowners, and others concerned with ecological building.
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
http://pprc.org/ external link
Online resources to green building for those involved in building design and construction.
Seattle City Light Conservation
http://www.seattle.gov/light/conserve/ external link
Provides information on Seattle City Light's energy efficiency programs and services for residential and business customers.
City Green Building (City of Seattle)
http://www.seattle.gov/environment/buildings-and-energy/ external link
This resource for sustainable building features links to a LEED project task list, project services procurement language guide, policy and code information, case studies and Seattle's CIP Supplements to LEED.
Washington State Department of Ecology Green Building Site
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/greenbuilding/ external link
Provides direct links to organizations, databases, resources, and other information on sustainable building practices in Washington State.
Green building in other municipalities
Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Green Government Council
Santa Monica Green Building Program
http://www.smgov.net/departments/ose/categories/buildGreen.aspx external link
Provides information on how others can achieve Santa Monica’s standards of excellence in green building design and construction.
Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide
http://www.sustainabledesignguide.umn.edu/ external link
Presents a set of tools to facilitate the application of sustainable development principles to new building construction, additions, remodeling, restoration and maintenance projects.
U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Communities Network
http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org/ external link
Provides an extensive list of case studies, tools, models and policies practiced by various communities.
Green building programs and organizations
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
http://www.usgbc.org external link
Provides information on USGBC events, membership, training and workshops, as well as details on LEED™ professional accreditation procedures and project registration.
U.S. Department of Energy’s Community Green Building Programs
http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org/buildings/gbprogrm.shtml external link
Lists community programs nationwide that promote the public acceptance of green building and its benefits and encourage builders to adopt green building practices.
Certification Resource Center
http://www.certifiedwood.org external link
Council provides assistance in education and training, networking, and the development of buying guidelines and pilot programs.
Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT)
http://www.energystar.gov external link
Describes the many incentive and energy efficiency programs available through the Energy Star program.
Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
Renewable Energy Policy Project/Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (REPP-CREST)
http://crest.org external link
REPP-CREST's software and Internet services provide access to a broad range of topics, including public policy reports, interactive media, renewable energy success stories and online discussion groups.
Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1920 external link
The Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings is a collection of resources developed by governments with established and emerging green building programs. The Roadmap draws on these resources to suggest strategies for developing a green building program within a typical government entity framework. The USGBC Government Sector will work to refine and update this information with the experiences from government green building programs across the country.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
http://www.rmi.org external link
RMI’s Research & Consulting team provides a broad range of consulting services to businesses and organizations of all sizes. Online resources include a library, discussion groups, a calendar of events and the institute's newsletter.
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
http://www.sbicouncil.org/ external link
Site provides easy-to-use guidelines, software, and general information about energy conservation measures, energy-efficient equipment and appliances, daylighting and sustainable architecture.
Material suppliers and product information
Green Building Products by McGraw-Hill Sweets
Green Home Guide
http://www.greenhomeguide.com/ external link
Product information and articles on green home remodeling.
http://www.greenseal.org external link
Independent, nonprofit organization that identifies and promotes products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats and minimize global warming and ozone depletion. Web site feature policy information, product recommendations and publications.
Greenguard Environmental Institute™
http://www.greenguard.org external link
Independent, nonprofit organization tests and certifies building materials and interior products for low chemical and particle emissions.
http://oikos.com/ external link
Features current news, archives from the former Energy Source Builder newsletter, a library, and the Oikos Product Directory, previously known as the REDI database. The directory contains over 2,500 companies and organizations and covers a variety of products, including recycled plastic lumber, solar water heaters, indoor ventilation equipment, home appliances, paints and finishes low in volatile organic compounds, lumber reclaimed from old buildings and lumber harvested from forests certified for sustainable management.
Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers (RCPM) directory
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/ external link
Directory of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle, formerly CIWMB).
Technical information and tools
Building Energy Software Tools Directory
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory external link
Describes hundreds of energy-related software tools for buildings, with an emphasis on using renewable energy and achieving energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings. Directory is searchable by platform or function, and descriptions detail each tool’s weaknesses and strengths.
Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) 4.0
http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/oae/software/bees/ external link
BEES 4.0 software measures the environmental performance of building products by using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in ISO 14000 standards. Site has free downloads of BEES software as well as other economic analysis tools.
Building Operation Management
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/bom/ external link
This on line publication is intended for facility managers and owners of commercial and institutional buildings and targets individuals responsible for renovation, new construction, and facility management projects; topics include energy efficiency and green energy use.
Environmental Design + Construction
http://www.edcmag.com external link
This trade magazine features articles on all aspects of environmentally responsible design and construction; includes product reviews and listings, case studies, recent articles and other references.
Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD)
http://eetd.lbl.gov external link
Presents research and information on building energy analysis, building technologies (windows, glass, etc.) and the indoor environment; resources include energy simulation software, an interactive home energy saver tool, archives of EETD newsletters and technical reports.
High-Performance Buildings Database
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/database/partnering.cfm external link
Database includes projects ranging from homes and commercial interiors to large buildings, entire campuses and neighborhoods that are certified green projects or have one or more notable environmental features.
Hybrid Optimization Model for Electric Renewables (HOMER)
http://homerenergy.com/ external link
The HOMER computer model helps design stand-alone electric power systems. When provided information on electrical loads, renewable resources and component costs, HOMER can design the optimal power system to serve those loads.
Lighting Research Center
http://www.lrc.rpi.edu external link
Provides technical information relating to the design and specification of energy-efficient lighting and offers a number of downloadable publications.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Buildings
http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding external link
Provides links and information on energy, water, materials, waste and the indoor environment.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) I-BEAM Software
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/largebldgs/i-beam/index.html external link
I-BEAM software was developed for building professionals and others who are interested in indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial buildings. I-BEAM provides information on a wide range of IAQ issues for commercial buildings.
WaterWiser: The Water Efficiency Clearinghouse
http://www.awwa.org/waterwiser external link
Online database houses over 5,000 publications and studies related to all aspects of water conservation.
Whole Building Design Guide
http://www.wbdg.org external link
Web site is an effort by the U.S. government, the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC), and the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) to consolidate design guidelines; includes useful sections on sustainability material (under Design Objectives) and energy.
Financial incentives for green building
State, federal and utility energy-efficiency incentives
King County GreenTools and Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) have developed tools to help facilitate and encourage participation in Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Washington State, and Federal incentive programs that promote energy efficiency and conservation in construction and retrofitting. See PSE, state, and federal energy-efficiency incentives for:
- Residential ConstructionDownload PDF 100 K
- Commercial New ConstructionDownload PDF 57 K
- Commercial RetrofitsDownload PDF 66 K
Puget Sound Energy
http://pse.com/savingsandenergycenter/ external link
Offers green power purchase options, energy efficiency grants for residential and commercial projects, and rebates on lighting, HVAC equipment, and appliances.
Saving Water Partnership
http://www.savingwater.org/rebates.htm external link
This coalition of local utilities offers rebates on a variety of resource efficient appliances for residences and commercial buildings.
http://www.eco-bank.com/ external link
Lending programs for commercial projects that bring together conservation and economic development.