Research Links

Energy & Environmental Websites

Here is a collection of websites that can provide you with valuable information on moving toward a more energy efficient and environmental building. Some of these websites have forms and or tools to help you understand where you are now and how you can achieve your goals.

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New Buildings Institute (

  • Works with national, regional, state and utility groups to promote improved energy performance in commercial new construction, managing projects involving building research, design guidelines and code activities.
  • Website includes research on various heating and cooling issues related to energy use and efficiency.

Green Globes (

  • Assessment and rating system used in U.S. and Canada.
  • Uses online tools for assessment and guidance to incorporate green elements in projects.
  • Applies to new and existing buildings, design and operation.
  • Evolved from Canada's Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).
  • Operated in U.S. by the Green Building Initiative (
  • In Canada, the version for existing buildings is operated by BOMA Canada as Go Green (

Green Building Initiative (

NAHB National Green Building Program (

  • Objective: Move green building practices into the mainstream.
  • Resources and tools for home builders, contractors, homeowners.
  • Developed ANSI-approved National Green Building Standard for single and multifamily homes, residential remodeling and site development projects.
  • Developed voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines
  • Offers national certification for builders and other industry professionals.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (
  • International business organization devoted to promoting business leadership in sustainable development.
  • Numerous reports and publications on energy and climate, business solutions for sustainable development, the business role in sustainable development and specific projects.
  • News and case studies
  • Free e-newsletters (registration required) on business and sustainable development, water and sustainable development, energy and climate, etc.

U.S. Department of Energy, Smart Communities Network (

  • Rich collection of information and resources on a wide variety of sustainability issues, including green building and green building rating systems
  • Material on commercial and residential building
  • Collection of green building articles and links to public and private green building programs

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (

  • Energy information portal to hundreds of websites and thousands of online documents
  • Gateway to large variety of DOE offices and programs

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financial Assistance (

  • Details how to apply for grants and other funding
  • Many application documents available for download
  • Comprehensive information on financial assistance programs available to business and other other organizations for energy projects from the DOE/EERE

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Buildings (

  • Extensive information on green building and various types of structure
  • Resources on indoor air quality, the indoor environment, HVAC maintenance and housekeeping

USGBC Green Home Guide (

  • Comprehensive information on the USGBC LEED for Homes rating system, plus more than 70 other regional and local green home building programs.
  • Explains the elements of what makes a home green
  • Profiles of green home projects throughout the U.S.
  • Listing of LEED for Home training and workshop opportunities, live and online.

U.S. Green Building Council (

  • A lead organization in the green building movement.
  • Developer of the LEED green building rating system
  • National, non-profit, consensus-driven
  • Comprised of more than 1,500 organizations, including building product manufacturers, architectural and engineering firms, non-profits, schools, universities and government agencies.
  • The starting point for understanding LEED certification and for registering LEED-eligible projects.

Greener Buildings (

  • A partnership between the USGBC and
  • A resource center for environmentally responsible building development
  • Excellent background reports on topics including architecture and design, energy and water use, and facility management
  • Green building tools and resources. (

  • Program of the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation
  • Resource center on business, the environment and the bottom line.
  • Business Toolbox with hundreds of reports, backgrounders, how to articles and tools
  • Listing of government programs aimed at helping companies with environmental and economic performance
  • Reviews of hundreds of business/environment web sites

Whole Buildings Design Guide (

  • Created by the National Institute of Building Science
  • Information and resources for whole building design and project management
  • Tools for design and analysis, energy analysis, life-cycle costing, etc.

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (

  • Nonprofit organization with mission to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of America's buildings.
  • Offers software, videos and training on sustainability issues

Advanced buildings Technologies and Practices (

  • Information on technologies and practices that improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial and multi-unit residential buildings
  • Variety of downloadable reports, case studies, other resources
  • Includes links to Canadian and U.S. resources

International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (

  • International non-profit to promote green building policies, methods and tools
  • Link to Green Building Policies Network
  • Links to Sustainable Building Information System, database of downloadable documents (paid membership required). (

  • Paid site from publishers of the Environmental Building News newsletter
  • Articles, cases studies, references and GreenSpec green product information service
Energy Star (

  • Offers information on ways to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses.
  • Guide to Energy Star rated products including HVAC equipment such as air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps and boilers.
  • Guides to saving energy by sealing the home and energy-efficient heating/cooling available for download (PDF format)
  • Includes resources for manufacturers, HVAC contractors and homebuilders.

GreenHomeGuide (

  • Consumer-oriented site devoted to helping consumers green their homes
  • Regional editions for San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York areas
  • Articles and resources on home energy efficiency, saving water, etc.
  • Green directory of products and organizations

BuilditGreen (

  • Non-profit devoted to promoting healthy, energy- and resource efficient homes in California; most information applicable to homes in all states.
  • Extensive tools and resources
  • Numerous documents for download on plumbing, heating, HVAC systems, solar water heating, domestic hot water recirculation, etc.
  • Green products directory

Sustainable Architecture, Building and Culture (

  • Resources for professionals and consumers
  • Extensive list of Internet resources including: air and water quality; environmental education; renewable energy; sustainable development, etc.
  • Free newsletter

Indoor Air Quality - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (

  • Detailed information about indoor air quality (IAQ) in homes and large buildings for consumers and professionals
  • Animated, room-by-room tour of home IAQ and common household sources of pollutants.
  • How to improve IAQ in the home.
  • Detailed sections on asthma, mold and moisture, radon, etc.

Solar Living Institute (

  • Promotes sustainable living through environmental education.
  • Offers online solar training and workshops.
  • Broad variety of links to: green careers and job boards; renewable energy resources and organizations; natural building and design; sustainable living organizations and resources; education programs, publications, etc.