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Local green building resources
Green building in other municipalities
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.
- 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.dcat.net external link
- Energy Star
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)
http://www.eere.energy.gov/femp external link
- 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.
Material suppliers and product information
- Green Building Products by McGraw-Hill Sweets
http://products.construction.com external link
- Green Home Guide
http://www.greenhomeguide.com/ external link
Product information and articles on green home remodeling.
- Green Seal
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.
Technical information and tools
- Building Energy Software Tools Directory
https://www.buildingenergysoftwaretools.com/ 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 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.
- 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
Website 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:
- 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
https://www.savingwater.org/ external link
This coalition of local utilities offers rebates on a variety of resource efficient appliances for residences and commercial buildings.
- ShoreBank Pacific
http://www.eco-bank.com/ external link
Lending programs for commercial projects that bring together conservation and economic development.