Better Buildings: A Blueprint for Sustainable State Facilities
Sustainable Building Task Force prepared this 75-page report, which presents action
items for the state to implement to attain cost-effective sustainable buildings.
Downloadable as a PDF.
Envelope Technology Roadmap (PDF)
BETR 2020 is a shared vision and action
plan towards the building envelope of the future, compiled by DOE. It serves as
a framework to align public and private research, market and policy agendas with
industry priorities, resulting in synergy from an integrated industry and "holistic
Case for Sustainable Design in Federal Facilities
The Federal Energy
Management Program provides significant financial evidence from research findings
and case studies that sustainable design is a smart business choice.
Code Compliance Manual
Contains a set of "self-contained"
guides that offer simple, prescriptive, and software approaches to demonstrate
compliance with commercial energy codes based on ASHRAE/IES Standard 90/1-1989.
Offers an easy-to-understand process for demonstrating compliance, and focuses
on code requirements that apply to most small or simple commercial buildings.
A companion MECcheck Compliance Tool applies to residential construction.
Community Guide to Basic and Cost-Saving Construction in the American Southwest
Produced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for nonprofit
housing developers, local housing advocates, self-help homeowners, and community
groups that provide housing in the rural Southwest. The publication is intended
to showcase the cost benefits of energy-efficient home construction and rehabilitation.
Available for $5 from HUDUSER.
Green: A Comprehensive Cost Database and Budgeting Methodology (PDF
The firm Davis Langdon Adamson compared the cost of 45 library, classroom
and laboratory projects that were seeking LEED green building rating with 93 conventionally
constructed projects, and found no significant cost premium to building green.
Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Building (PDF 32MB)
Sustainable Building Task Force conducted what they call the most definitive cost
benefit analysis of green building to date and concluded that sustainable building
is a cost-effective investment.
A Design Guide
Architectural Press offers a sample chapter
of this book online, describing how building forms can adapt a structure to its
Design Guidelines for High-Performance Schools
volumes of design guidelines for energy-efficient schools, developed by DOE to
help schools to save millions of dollars in energy costs. The new design guidelines
cover a wide range of technologies and also include numerous case studies. DOE
aims to help school districts achieve energy savings as they renovate old schools
or build new ones -- U.S. school districts are expected to spend $79 billion on
such projects over the next three years. The separate guidelines for each climate
can be downloaded as PDF files.
Building: A Primer for Builders, Consumers and Realtors
Howard Associates, this primer addresses a variety of topics related to green
building, including environmental performance, water efficiency, healthy indoor
air, resource-efficient materials, and how green buildings tie into communities.
Building Guidelines: Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council offers this book for sale in an updated
Fourth Edition. The manual is used in a workshop or seminar setting, or as a
stand-alone document. It is a brief, simple-to read, builder-friendly text that
is applicable to homebuilders anywhere across the nation who are interested in
exploring the notion of rethinking some of the design issues in their current
This interactive CD-ROM, developed by the City of Austin
Green Building Program, is aimed at homeowners seeking to build a new home or
remodel an existing one. It offers a detailed, step-by-step approach for residential
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
has compiled a holistic guide to green building for project developers. The guide
includes water and energy efficiency, construction waste, materials choices, a
resource listing, and case studies for residential, commercial, resort, and brownfield
Tours: How to Organize a Successful Tour of Sustainable Architecture
This step-by-step manual on creating and conducting a green home tour was prepared
under a U.S. Department of Energy Grant. The manual contains complete instructions,
including sample signage, agreements and promotional materials, in a PDF file.
Federal Facilities, 2nd Edition
This FEMP resource guide for Federal
facility and energy managers, designers, planners, and construction staff is designed
to help the nation achieve greater efficiency and sustainability in more than
500,000 government buildings and facilities. Downloadable in PDF format.
Home Remodel Guides
The City of Seattle's Sustainable Building program
offers a series of remodeling guides online, to help homeowners identify materials
and strategies to save energy and money on their kitchen, bath, roofing and other
Guide to Sustainable Design Renovating for Baltimore Rowhouses (PDF 3.2
This Green Building Template created by the Maryland DNR Green Building
Program lays the foundation for future renovation projects by creating a replicable,
adaptable framework based on using better building principles for rehabilitating
for Creating High Performance Green Buildings
Produced by the
Pennsylvania Department of Environnmental Protection, this guide is intended for
decision-makers and others involved with designing, constructing, and developing
green buildings. It includes useful information on green design systems, case
studies, and references and resources.
Commercial Buildings: A Technology Roadmap (PDF)
This DOE document presents a plan to integrate research, development and deployment
of the next generation of commercial buildings, using a "whole-buildings"
Performance Guidelines: Triangle Region Public Facilities
were developed for North Carolina county and municipal buildings, and address
energy and water savings, reduced material use and improved indoor environment
for public buildings. Exemplary local case studies are included. Downloadable
as PDF files.
Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide
Buildings Industry Council offers this publication for sale. It shows school administrators
and procurement specialists how to hire architects and engineers capable of providing
real value through sustainable design, and how to work with them at each phase
of the design and construction process to ensure that green design intent
is fully realized. View a PDF sample
from the book.
Performance Power: Fannie Mae's Guide to Buying and Maintaining a Green Home
A new publication to help home buyers purchase and maintain an environmentally-friendly
or "green" home, that describes methods for operating a home at peak efficiency
from the exterior shell of the house to the indoors, and highlights where energy
and money savings are possible.
Code Compliance Manual
A "self-contained" tool that makes
it fast and easy for designers, builders, building officials, plan checkers, and
inspectors to determine whether new homes and additions meet the requirements
of the Model Energy Code (MEC). Offers three compliance paths--prescriptive, trade-off,
Sustainable Design Guide
This online guide is a tool that can be used
to overlay environmental issues on the design, construction and operation of new
and renovated facilities. It can be used to set project priorities, develop design
strategies, and establish performance measures.
and Guidelines for Managing Maryland's Growth
This Infill and Redevelopment
Report addresses infill development and includes model zoning codes, examples
of existing zoning codes from jurisdictions throughout the country, and a list
of minimum requirements that jurisdictions must meet in order to qualify for certain
on Investment: High Performance Buildings
A new report by Minnesota's
Office of Strategic and Long-range Planning, which suggests that the way public
buildings are designed, built and operated affects lifetime costs, human health,
labor productivity, student achievement and environmental quality. The report
identifies emerging practices in the building trades, outlines efforts across
the country, and recommends ways to adopt these practices in Minnesota.
Building Technical Manual: Green Building Design, Construction, and Operations
Provides the building industry with suggested practices for
the entire building process—from site planning to building design, construction,
Sustainable Building Sourcebook
by the City of Austin Green Builder Program, this useful manual contains a host
of useful information to help make buildings more sustainable. Includes chapters
on water, energy, building materials, and solid waste.
Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes - Volume Three: Prioritized Action
The PATH program is focused on improving the affordability and
value of new and existing homes. Through public and private cooperation, PATH
is working to improve energy efficiency, environmental impact, durability and
maintenance, hazard resistance, and labor safety. To accomplish this, PATH has
identified priority strategies and activities that will enable government and
industry to jointly fulfill the PATH mission.
A very informative periodical
on environmentally sustainable design and construction. Features articles, reviews,
and news stories on energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building
A bi-monthly magazine that reports on the innovative
products, strategies and technologies that are driving the green building industry's
success. Past issues are archived online.
The May/June 2000 issue of this magazine includes a special
section on sustainable development that includes a series of online articles.
A biweekly online news service that summarizes recent articles
on sustainable architecture, green building strategies, case studies, new technologies
and products, and research findings.
A bimonthly magazine that
reports on the latest energy-efficiency technologies for the home--from weatherization,
to heating and cooling systems, to lighting, windows, appliances, and indoor air
Green Building Forum
HousingZone.com features a green building forumthat
presents recent articles from Cahners Business Information publications including
Professional Builder. A wide variety of building projects and green building trends
are covered in the articles.
Published by the National Housing Institute, this publication provides tools
to rebuild neighborhoods, organize communities, and create affordable housing.
Highlights of current and back issues available on-line.
Building Residential Rehabilitation Guidebook
Produced by the City of Los Angeles and Global Green USA, this guidebook
serves as a compendium of healthy, efficient, and affordable building strategies
for residential rehabilitation projects. (Note: Adobe
Acrobat 4.0 is required to open this publication. Version 3.0 will
not read it.)
Terrain: A Journal of
the Built & Natural Environments
A quarterly on-line journal
that focuses on both the built and natural environments. It includes columns,
essays, articles, and other resources to help communities develop and redevelop
Economics: Small Price for Environmental Gains
An article on
FacilitiesNet profiles a new EPA laboratory in Massachussetts that met LEED Gold
standards while increasing project costs by only 1.4 percent.
Down the Global Thermostat
An article in Metropolis Magazine features
Edward Mazria, an architect trying to convince other members of his profession
that architects have the responsibility to prevent global warming by designing
more energy-efficient buildings.
Energy Efficiency in New Buildings in the Southwest
A study by the
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) says consumers and businesses could
save $8.4 billion net during 2003-2020 by making new homes and commercial buildings
in the region highly energy efficient.
for Sustainability Report, Matrix and Resources
The David and Lucile
Packard Foundation compared and contrasted the construction and life cycle costs
of six scenarios for their new planned building. The results of this comparison
may be downloaded.
Greener, Building Better: The Quiet Revolution
A 24-page color brochure
produced by the National Association of Home Builders and NAHB Research Center
that highlights topics such as advanced building technologies, building with trees,
urban infill, and site design. Online in PDF format.
on the Eyes and the Environment
Green building is going mainstream
reports The Christian Science Monitor, as the number of environmentally friendly
homes and builders is on the increase nationwide, offering a host of benefits.
Eve of Olympics, Salt Lake City Joins World in Support of Kyoto Protocol
Describes Salt Lake City's pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions
to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. To help meet that goal, the city will
establish a scientific, detailed tracking of its greenhouse gas emissions. Through
the city's "Salt Lake City Green" program, the city plans to cut emissions
by encouraging the construction of "high performance" energy-efficient
buildings while promoting alternative fuel vehicles, electricity conservation,
and other measures.
Power Hits Suburbia
The solar power industry is moving closer
to mainstream, according to The Christian Science Monitor, thanks to growing acceptance
by suburban residents.
Using the Natural
Step as a Framework Toward the Construction and Operation of Fully Sustainable
This working paper by the Oregon Natural Step Construction
Industry Group offers detailed information on the process of applying the Natural
Step to the building industry. It is found as a PDF publication in the "News"
section of the SERA Architects web page.
A feature in Professional Builder profiles residential developments
across the United States that demonstrate sustainability in community design,
habitat conservation, energy innovations, healthy buildings, and affordability.
Projects featured are Hidden Springs, Coffee Creek, Erie-Ellington Homes, Prairie
Crossing, and Civano.
Downtown Where the Living
A piece in Planning discusses the movement in many cities
to enhance and promote downtown housing. Many of these cities have converted old
buildings into housing units.
Francisco Has a Chance to Lead Green Building Revolution
a proposed green-building ordinance for San Francisco.
Profiles a successful cohousing
community in Davis, California, that incorporates into its design aggressive energy-efficiency
and solar energy measures, a combination of commercial and agricultural land uses,
and increased social interaction in common areas.
A Model for Sustainable Living
cohousing, or shared living, and the benefits these "communities" offer.
Building It Right
Describes the sustainable construction and recycling efforts
of the Turner Corporation, and profiles one of its projects, the Portland Trailblazers
arena, in which 95 percent of construction waste has been recycled.
Waste at the Source
Explains the importance
salvaged materials, recycled-content materials, and recycling construction waste
have on green building design and construction.
a Cohousing Community
Outlines the characteristics
of cohousing developments, as well as the development process.
Return of the Village
Describes the first cohousing
project in the Boston area and how its residents are working together to make
it a success.
to Save the Earth
Introduces a house in
Missoula, Montana, constructed from products made from recycled materials.
What is Green
A compilation of past articles from Environmental Building
News that provide an overview of green building, from setting priorities to affordable
Last updated: January 18, 2005