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Local green building resources

Green building in other municipalities

Green building programs and organizations

  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 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 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) external link
  • Energy Star external link
    Describes the many incentive and energy efficiency programs available through the Energy Star program.
  • Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) external link
  • Renewable Energy Policy Project/Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (REPP-CREST) 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 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) 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 external link
  • Green Home Guide external link
    Product information and articles on green home remodeling.
  • Green Seal 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™ external link
    Independent, nonprofit organization tests and certifies building materials and interior products for low chemical and particle emissions.
  • Oikos 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 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 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 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) 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) 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 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 external link
    Provides links and information on energy, water, materials, waste and the indoor environment.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) I-BEAM Software 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 external link
    Online database houses over 5,000 publications and studies related to all aspects of water conservation.
  • Whole Building Design Guide 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

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