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.
New Buildings Institute (www.newbuildings.org)
- 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 (www.greenglobes.com)
- 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
- Evolved from Canada's Building Research Establishment's
Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).
- Operated in U.S. by the Green Building Initiative (www.thegbi.org).
- In Canada, the version for existing buildings is operated by BOMA
Canada as Go Green (www.bomabest.com).
NAHB National Green Building Program (www.nahbgreen.org)
- 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
- Developed voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines
- Offers national certification for builders and other industry
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
- 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 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 (www.eere.energy.gov)
- 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
- Extensive information on green building and various types of
- Resources on indoor air quality, the indoor environment, HVAC
maintenance and housekeeping
USGBC Green Home Guide (www.greenhomeguide.org)
- Comprehensive information on the USGBC LEED for Homes rating
system, plus more than 70 other regional and local green home
- 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 (www.usgbc.org)
- 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 (www.greenerbuildings.com)
- A partnership between the USGBC and GreenBiz.com
- A resource center for environmentally responsible building
- 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
- Resource center on business, the environment and the bottom
- 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 (www.wbdg.org)
- Created by the National Institute of Building Science
- Information and resources for whole building design and project
- Tools for design and analysis, energy analysis, life-cycle
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (www.nibs.org)
- Nonprofit organization with mission to advance the design,
affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of
- Offers software, videos and training on sustainability
Advanced buildings Technologies and Practices
- Information on technologies and practices that improve the
energy and resource efficiency of commercial and multi-unit
- Variety of downloadable reports, case studies, other
- Includes links to Canadian and U.S. resources
International Initiative for a Sustainable Built
- 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
- Articles, cases studies, references and GreenSpec green product
- 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
- Guides to saving energy by sealing the home and
energy-efficient heating/cooling available for download (PDF
- Includes resources for manufacturers, HVAC contractors and
- Consumer-oriented site devoted to helping consumers green their
- Regional editions for San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York
- Articles and resources on home energy efficiency, saving water,
- Green directory of products and organizations
- 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,
- 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
- Free newsletter
Indoor Air Quality - U.S. Environmental Protection
- 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,
Solar Living Institute (www.solarliving.org)
- Promotes sustainable living through environmental
- 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.