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Overview/Integrated Green Building Techniques
 

Commercial Projects:

A number of private foundations have built headquarters that exemplify their commitment to environmental responsibility through design, material use and operation. To learn more about these buildings, visit online profiles of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Headquarters, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation office, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Phillip Merrill Environmental Center. Some companies have also built environmentally responsible offices and other facilities, in keeping with their corporate philosophies and missions. These include Organic Valley.

60L Green Building is the premier green commercial building in Australia, unique in its approach to energy and water consumption, and the use of recycled and re-used materials during construction.

Audubon Center at Debs Park was the first building in the U.S. to receive a Platinum rating under the revised LEED system. More than 50 percent of the building materials were locally manufactured, and more than 90 percent of the construction debris created was recycled. Recycled materials and natural fibers were used throughout, as well as water- and energy-saving technologies.

Bicentennial Hall at Middlebury College is a 220,000 square-foot science building with classroom, library, laboratory and office space. Concern for the environment was a prime consideration in this building, which used certified sustainably-produced local wood for its interior finished woodwork, and was designed for energy efficiency.

C.K. Choi Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is a 30,000-sq- ft. office building designed with the mandate of attaining a new benchmark in sustainable design. The building is reducing impact and consumption, addressing embodied energy in construction, reducing operating energy over time and creating a livable working space.

Condé Nast Building @ Four Times Square in New York, New York is a new 48-story, 1.6-million-sq.-ft. building with standards for energy efficiency, indoor ecology, sustainable materials and responsible construction, operations and maintenance procedures. The building includes an on-site fuel cell and building-integrated photovoltaics.

Cusano Environmental Education Center is a new facility at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features energy efficiency, daylighting, salvaged and sustainably-produced wood, recycled materials and a Marsh Machine on-site wastewater treatment system.

Enermodal Engineering Award Winning Green Building Projects profiles the "Green on the Grand" office complex in Ontario, Canada, which demonstrates the successful implementation of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility in commercial construction, and "The Waterloo Region Green Home," one of the most advanced houses in the world from the viewpoint of energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental impact. 

Environmental Living and Learning Center, Northland College is a 32,374-sq.-ft. environmental residence hall in Ashland, Wisconsin, that provides a unique living and learning opportunity emphasizing resource efficiency and renewable energy. The building's design includes wind power, solar power, water conservation and recycled materials.

Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Washington, D.C. is comprised of four separate construction projects. The renovated portions of the project reflect the reuse of significant, existing structures that support historic preservation and sustainable design objectives. By doing so, the government conserved an estimated 75,000 tons of concrete, 6,000 tons of steel, 100,000 square feet of glass, and 3,000 tons of masonry.

Gap Corporate Campus (901 Cherry) in San Bruno, California is a 191,000 sq. ft. office building designed within a conventional construction budget yet featuring daylighting, certified wood, low-toxicity finishes, green space preservation and a living roof that collects stormwater.

Genzyme Headquarters, a 350,000 square foot building that features extensive daylighting, is a candidate for LEED platinum rating. Metropolis magazine has teamed with Adobe to offer a virtual tour of the structure online using Atmosphere, a three-dimensional interactive software that provides 360-degree views.

Harmony Sustainable Resort in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, is the world’s first luxury resort to operate exclusively on sun and wind power.

Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities is a facility in Ankeny, Iowa, that includes energy-efficient construction, outdoor lighting designed to reduce light pollution, a constructed wetland for wastewater treatment and native prairie restoration. The sitework demonstrated erosion control practices for construction sites.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center is a new facility in Eagen, Minnesota, that features a well-rounded package of sustainable design features and offers environmental education programs to a variety of audiences.

Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, Oberlin College is a classroom and auditorium building in Oberlin, Ohio featuring solar power, biological wastewater treatment and other strategies for building without compromising human and environmental health. Real-time monitoring data for the building's resource consumption and energy production is provided online.

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu, New Mexico is a monastery compound that was designed to include daylighting, solar electricity, solar water heating, passive solar design, sustainable building materials and a wetland.

New House residence hall at Carnegie Mellon University was recognized as the nation's first green dorm with a LEED silver rating in 2003. The 71,400-square-foot "green building" offers its 255 undergraduate residents a variety of environmentally friendly amenities ranging from a sophisticated air ventilation system to specially designed, high-efficiency washing machines to conserve water use.

NRDC's Washington, DC, Eco-Office is highlighted in a report that describes the environmentally friendly and energy efficient materials and technologies used in outfitting the new 20,000 square foot space.

NRDC's Santa Monica, California, office is said to be among the greenest buildings in the country. The building was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Version 2 Platinum rating -- the highest possible level of sustainable design.

Pennsylvania's First Green Building in Harrisburg is a facility of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The building was designed with the intention of becoming the state's first "model" green building. Pennsylvania DEP has since built a second green building, in Edensburg, the Cambria Office Building.

Plymouth Institute/High Wind Sustainable Community is a rural education and demonstration center in Plymouth, Wisconsin that evolved into a permanent community. The buildings have green design features. 

Sheraton Rittenhouse Square, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a 193-room environmentally-smart hotel. Its features include air filtered by a bamboo garden, recycled furniture and flooring, and organic sleep systems.

The Solar Living Center is a 12-acre demonstration site for renewable energy and sustainable living technologies and serves as the headquarters for the non-profit Solar Living Institute.The buildings are constructed of rice straw bales and feature daylighting and sustainable landscape design.

Southface Energy and Environmental Resource Center in Atlanta, Georgia was designed and constructed to showcase energy-efficient and green-building technologies. The building has a number of functions, including a building science learning lab, a clearinghouse for sustainable technology information and a meeting place for a variety of groups.

Sustainable Living Center Hostels employ off-the-shelf energy- and resource-efficient technologies to educate both travelers and the local community about sustainable living.

Third Creek Elementary School in Statesville, N.C. is the first K-12 school in the nation to be certified by the US Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System™ at the Gold level. The school features a significant percentage of recycled materials, low- flow plumbing, a functioning wetland that also serves as a student learning lab, and many other sustainable elements.

U.S. Postal Service Station in Fort Worth, Texas, was designed with sustainable features, including natural landscaping, rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, straw construction and recycled-content materials. The building was honored with a 1999 White House Closing the Circle award.

Van Atta Design Studio is a 2500-square-foot design studio for landscape architecture located in Santa Barbara, California, built with principles of sustainable design on a reused urban site, with a healthy indoor environment using natural light. The building includes solar panels and landscaping that creates a comfortable and appealing microclimate.

Wampanoag Tribe Green Building, in Gay Head, Massachusetts, features environmentally-sound technologies, including passive solar construction, high-efficiency lighting, salvaged and recycled construction materials and resource-efficiency plumbing and water fixtures. 

Residential Projects:

Acme Building in Billings, Montana, is a historic building that, after being vacant and closed for two decades, will reopen in 2004 as an apartment building. The renovation of the building was directed by homeWORD, a local nonprofit who purchased the building several years ago and financed the renovation through loans and city help, as well as tax credits. The building houses 19 new apartments for lower income tenants, is partially built with recycled materials, incorporates energy efficiency techniques, and is powered by the largest solar array in the state.

APS Environmental Showcase Home is a 2640-square-foot house in Phoenix, Arizona, that showcases the latest in resource efficiency technologies and materials. It serves as a "shopping center" of ideas for environmentally-conscious builders.

Chez Soleil Off-Grid House is a green home in Austin, Texas that is completely off the grid. The home incorporates passive solar technology, photovoltaics, rainwater catchment, a wetlands septic system and more.

City of Austin Green Builder Program is a community green building program in Texas. The website includes examples of green building construction projects.

Ecohouse Sustainable Home is an award-winning ecohome designed for Wellington City, New Zealand. The website includes plan sketches. 

Home 2000 is an affordable, healthy home that adapts to changing lifestyles. It was built in Toronto using Healthy Housing and FlexHousing concepts in a project sponsored by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and others.

Madera Model Homes is the beginning of a ground-breaking sustainable community in Gainesville, Florida. CARB, part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program, has teamed up with the Florida Energy Extension Service (FEES) at the University of Florida to help design and develop the first homes in the energy- and resource-efficient 88-home Madera community in Gainesville, Florida. As part of this project, CARB performed a systems engineering analysis and prepared specification recommendations, based on the FEES cottage-style plan.

Mercury House (PDF) of Prescott, Arizona was built by a student in sustainable development and features rooftop water catchment, constructed wetland wastewater treatment, solar hot water and solar electricty. The structure uses straw bale and cast earth construction as well as certified sustainably harvested wood and local salvage wood.

NAHB Research Home Park is located in Bowie, Maryland and serves as a venue for the National Association of Home Builders Research Center to demonstrate, exhibit and test different building technologies. Theme projects include the 21st Century Townhouses, featuring alternatives to dimensional lumber and innovative approaches to energy efficiency, and the Resource Conservation Research House.

Replete Residence Demonstration Home in Kansas City, Kansas, is an Energy Star plus home with renewable energy systems, built to Health House standards. The website provides a virtual tour with audio/video clips.

An abandoned warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, was converted to sustainable loft units. The building's six lofts feature high-efficiency heating systems, natural ventilation, Energy Star appliances, a rain-water collection system, a high-efficiency condensing boiler, and energy-efficient windows. As well, photovoltaic systems use the sun's energy to provide half the building's needs for electricty.

Utah House, at the USU Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah, demonstrates energy efficiency, water efficiency, healthy indoor environment, universal design, and use of local materials. Technologies include straw bale and ICF construction, rainwater harvesting, and Energy Star construction.

Affordable Green Building 

Affordable Sustainability Technical Assistance Case Studies highlights examples of environmentally-responsible affordable housing across the country.

Bethel New Life is a community development organization working to revitalize a low-income community in Chicago. Its methods include the development of affordable housing using energy-efficient designs.

Cascadia Resource-Efficient Home Plan is a resource-efficient affordable home plan that is available for sale, or for free to nonprofit organizations. It is designed to use 20 percent less energy per year than a comparable house built to Oregon code, both preserving the environment and saving money. Demonstrations of the plan have been built.

Emeryville Resourceful Building is a project that demonstrates that affordable housing and environmental sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Energy-efficient features and efficient component assemblies allowed savings in construction and operation costs that offset the use of more expensive material alternatives.

GreenHOME is a nonprofit organization that builds environmentally-sensitive affordable housing in the Washington, DC, area. Environmentally responsible features of several projects are described online.

Habitat for Humanity Sees Affordability in Energy-Efficient Homes reports on Habitat for Humanity’s efforts at incorporating energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly features in its affordable housing projects.

HUD Best Practices' Case Study Book - Communities at Work: Addressing the Urban Challenge profiles the winners and finalists in the National Excellence Awards for The City Summit (Habitat II). Text format.

New Homes for South Chicago, a project of nonprofit Claretian Associates, constructed 12 new homes with solar panels, as well as 15 energy efficient and green building materials per home.

Natural Habitat profiles the energy-efficiency features of a Habitat for Humanity house in Lynchburg, Virginia.

North Carolina Solar Center of Raleigh is a state clearinghouse for solar energy information, education and technical assistance. Its programs include the Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing Program, which offers home builders assistance with implementing energy-efficient technologies by providing design reviews, energy audits and help in the actual construction of the homes.

Portland Place is a project designed to revitalize an urban neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota by transforming substandard rentals into 52 owner-occupied homes. The project began with four homes constructed in a Habitat for Humanity blitzbuild. Homes feature energy efficiency and healthy designs.

Green Residential Developments 

See the Green Development Success Stories section of Smart Communities Network for additional examples of green building on a community scale.

Cambridge Cohousing is a project that built 41 infill residential units on a 1.5-acre site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The project requires a minimum of operating energy and minimizes automobile use.

Coffee Creek Center is a 640-acre residential and commercial/retail project in Chesterton, Indiana, that incorporates environmental design, urban planning and landscape ecology. Buildings are oriented for solar energy, the Coffee Creek watershed was restored, and transportation options were included in the planning of this neo-traditional community.

Civano is an 820-acre traditional neighborhood development in Tucson, Arizona designed to promote economic growth while maintaining important social values and ecological harmony. Civano buildings use best available technology to reduce energy and water demands. Its components include land-use planning, efficient transportation design, green buildings and resource efficiency.

Dewees Island, South Carolina is home to a sustainable community that ensures minimal environmental impact and maximum economic value.

East Lake Commons is an 18-acre co-housing community in Atlanta, Georgia that is pedestrian-oriented and uses cluster development. Its design allows nine acres to be preserved as an open space that includes a 6-acre garden for residents as well as woods with nature trails.

Ecolonia, Netherlands is an urban development designed by the Belgian town planning expert Lucien Kroll. It incorporates technologies including solar energy utilization, superinsulation, recycled content materials, reduced water consumption and organic architecture.

EcoVillage of Loudon County, Virginia is a 180-acre cohousing community in northern Virginia. The development preserves open space and uses passive solar and environmentally sensitive technologies for water and energy conservation. Two 25-lot cohousing communities are being developed on 15 percent of the former farm site.  

Ecovillage Cohousing Cooperative, of Ithaca, New York, is the first cohousing neighborhood to be developed as part of the larger EcoVillage at Ithaca project. This 30-unit development includes a common house, communal park/pond, composting stations and a variety of sustainable technologies including passive solar, superinsulation and graywater recycling.

Gaviotas is a village of 200 occupants situated in Colombia's barren eastern plains that was originally started as a 1971 scientific experiment of self-sufficiency. It continues to thrive, utilizing renewable energies such as wind and solar, and has developed its own technologies in water purification and hydroponic agriculture.

Hidden Springs is a new residential community in Idaho based upon eight principles that aim to protect the natural environment, preserve rural character and farming traditions, preserve quality of life, increase diversity and achieve traditional design for its neighborhoods and homes.

John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, California State Polytechnic University, is a residential education center complex on 16 acres, for 20 residents in Pomona, California that demonstrates solar energy, water reuse, sustainable food growing, waste recycling and passive solar and strawbale construction.

Jordan Commons Resource-Efficient Community is a 200-home model low-income community in Metro-Dade County, Florida that features energy-efficient technologies, recycling, composting, energy-efficient landscaping and water conservation. 

Marsh Commons CoHousing is a cohousing community in Arcata, California that employs appropriate technology to reduce resource consumption and dependence on cars.. The development is built on a reused industrial site adjoining a wildlife refuge on a marsh. Its buildings feature salvaged wood, certified lumber and recycled paint.

Pine Street Cohousing is an Amherst, Massachusetts program that brought together a group of resident-developers to design and build a small eight-home community that emphasizes resource efficiency, environmental preservation and a deep sense of community. 

Prairie Crossing Sustainable Residential Community is a 667-acre residential development in Grayslake, Illinois dedicated to environmental preservation and community sustainability.

The Preserve Housing Development and Urban Wilderness Area is a housing development in Coral Gables, Florida that created affordable housing while simultaneously preserving an urban wilderness area. 

The Quarries ecoVillage is a 750-acre eco-village in Schuyler, Virginia that focuses on sustainable design. The project features a straw-bale community building, public greenspace, environmentally sensitive siting, solar energy, energy efficiency and healthy building materials.

Residential Community Development Project is a residential community of 248 housing units in Soest, Netherlands, which was developed in a way that preserves pasture lands and utilized planning techniques that maximize solar potential and create pedestrian friendly places. The houses themselves are highly energy-efficient, utilizing passive solar design and incorporating alternative water-collection systems.

The Solaire, the country's first green residential high rise, was designed to meet stringent requirements for environmental sustainability and resource conservation and management throughout the building infrastructure and within each individual apartment. The 293-unit, 27-story tower has been environmentally engineered to consume 35% less energy, reduce summer peak demand for electricity by over 65%, utilize one-third less potable water, provide healthier indoor air quality and offer substantially more natural light than typical residential buildings.

Village Homes Sustainable Community is a 68-acre development in Davis, California that features green design features in its buildings. 

Windsong Cohousing Community, in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, is a development of 34 housing units clustered on 2.2 acres of a 6-acre site. The site includes a communal organic garden and is within walking distance of many amenities. Its unique wing-shape design provides passive solar gain while providing a pleasant interior street for residents.

Green Renovation Projects 

Arbor House is an environmental inn in Madison, Wisconsin that emphasizes urban ecology. The renovated historic building has a matching modern annex and features sustainably harvested wood, efficient appliances, water conservation and native landscaping.

Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago has renovated an industrial building into a green office space in a two-stage rehabilitation project. The 1987 phase incorporated energy-efficiency and non-toxic finishes, while the 2001 phase sought to reduce toxic and greenhouse gas emissions and reduce fossil fuel dependence, and qualify for LEED rating. The renovation was unveiled in 2003.

City Environmental Services Department Headquarters, Ridgehaven Building Renovation in San Diego, California, sought to provide a healthful, more productive workplace for employees, minimize pollution, resource consumption and the building's impact on environment, practice resource conservation by reuse, recycling and prudent material selection, and provide the city with a model for Green Building. 

The Earthways Home, the Gateway Center for Resource Efficiency headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, is a three-story Victorian residence built in 1885 and renovated in 1994 to showcase energy efficient systems, recycled products and waste reduction practices. 

Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, a new complex located in Washington, D.C., is comprised of four separate construction projects. The renovated portions of the project reflect the reuse of significant, existing structures that support historic preservation and sustainable design objectives. By doing so, the government conserved an estimated 75,000 tons of concrete, 6,000 tons of steel, 100,000 square feet of glass and 3,000 tons of masonry.

The Green Floors Building Renovation Project, in Ottawa, Ontario, is a project of the Natural Resources Canada, a division of the Canadian federal government that aims to help make building construction and rehab a healthy, responsible and energy-efficient process. (PDF)

Ironstone Gardens is a commercial development in Santa Fe, New Mexico that included renovation of existing buildings as well as new construction. The project featured passive solar design, use of building materials that were alternatives to wood, pumice-crete construction and waste water reuse. The link is a PDF case study from Sustainable Communities Network.

The Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center is an industrial warehouse in Portland, Oregon that has been revitalized by Ecotrust to serve as a marketplace that fosters the ideas, goods, and services of a conservation economy. The Natural Capital Center has been awarded gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and features a green ecoroof.

Motherhouse Renovation, a project of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, Wisconsin, is revamping a building for minimal waste, water conservation and reuse, and geothermal heating and cooling.

S.T. Dana Building, University of Michigan is a 1903 building that was renovated for the School of Natural Resources and Environment in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Phase I created new space in a courtyard infill. The ongoing Phase II incorporates environmental considerations in remodeling spaces in the existing portion of the building.

Thoreau Center for Sustainability is an historic, San Francisco, California, landmark site that was renovated into a 75,000-sq.- ft. office complex for non-profit organizations focused on environmental and sustainable development issues. The redesign includes natural ventilation, efficient lighting and less-toxic materials, all accomplished on a modest budget.

Energy Efficiency 

Alliance to Save Energy offers an online tour of the energy-efficient features of the organization's Washington, DC, office, showcasing efficient lighting, appliances, and office equipment.

Big Horn Home Improvement Center in Silverthorne, Colorado, includes a department store, a hardware store/lumber yard, and warehouse space that integrate extensive high-performance design and incorporate aggressive energy-efficient technologies.

Blackfeet Indian Health Service Hospital in Browning, Montana, is the first HHS building in the nation to receive an Energy Star label.

Captain Planet Zero Energy House, sponsored by the Captain Planet Foundation, demonstrates whole-systems energy-efficient building in an Atlanta-area home.

Three programs from Portland, Oregon, City Block-by-block Weatherization Program, City Challenge Energy Management Program, and City Energy Challenge Program are city initiatives that improve the energy performance of low-income housing and city facilities. 

Clearview Elementary School, in Hanover, Pennsylvania, saves about 40% in energy costs over a conventional school, with extensive daylighting, geothermal heating and cooling and efficient ventilation. (PDF file)

Durant Road Middle School was designed to result in a healthy and productive learning environment combining energy efficiency and cost effectiveness in Wake County, North Carolina. The building includes daylighting, efficient equipment and an energy management system.

Energy Efficiency Program in Wahoo, Nebraska provides incentives to all electricity customers to make improvements to their homes and businesses to make them more energy-efficient. 

Feather River College installed a geothermal heat pump system at Feather River College in Quincy, California, which is saving some $50,000 and 421,000 kilowatt-hours each year.

Geothermal Heating Projects provides links to residential and commercial buildings utilizing geothermal heat pump systems in Minnesota. 

Habitat for Humanity Duplexes (PDF) built in Yonkers, New York combine structural insulated panels, insulating concrete forms, high-efficiency boilers, low-e windows and photovoltaic panels to provide six energy-efficient homes for low income families.

King Street Center, home to the offices of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Transportation of Seattle, Washington, incorporates sustainable building practices in design, construction and operation, while harmonizing with historic architectural style. The building includes energy-efficient lighting, job-site recycling and water collection.

Oak Park Library Project (PDF) is a joint-use public and high school library in Ventura, California with a state-of-the-art, energy-conserving design that includes daylighting, reduced cooling energy, reduced material use and energy-efficient windows.

Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, in South Royalton, Vermont, is a building with 23,500-sq.-ft. of classroom space, demonstrating environmentally sound construction and operation. It uses an enthalpic energy recovery wheel, energy efficient systems and less-toxic materials.

Outdoor Lighting Standards is an initiative in Chittendon County, Vermont, which developed outdoor-lighting standards for three case-study communities. 

Seattle City Light’s Conservation Program provides conservation information to customers and offers financial incentives to encourage customers to install more energy-efficient products in their homes and commercial buildings, such as energy-efficient water heaters, lights and equipment.

Utah Department of Natural Resources Office Building in Salt Lake City, uses half the energy of a normal office building to heat, light and cool, and prominently features daylighting strategies. (PDF file) 

Zion National Park Visitor Transit Center, in Springdale, Utah, is an 7,600-ft² visitor center and 1,100-ft² comfort station. The building size was reduced by using outdoor spaces, and energy use is reduced by passive conditioning with an evaporative cooling system and thermal massing, as well as photovoltaics and energy-efficient landscaping.

Materials/Water Conservation 

Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow highlights projects that are part of a program in Portland, Oregon that provides “one-stop-shopping” for area businesses to help them make their properties more energy-efficient and water-efficient and generate less waste.

Composting Toilet/Greywater Demonstration Site is a project managed by NutriCycle Systems in Jefferson, Maryland that features a waterless, composting toilet and a graywater filtration system that together serve as a complete, low-cost and non-polluting alternative to septic systems or sewers. 

The Green Institute, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, profiles nonprofit operations called The ReUse Center and DeConstruction Services, which dismantle buildings and sell used building materials as part of efforts to divert reusable construction materials from the waste stream and create job opportunities.

Florida House Learning Center, in Sarasota, demonstrates appropriate design strategies and technology for living in southwest Florida, including a "Model Florida Yard" for the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program.

Project Harambee Community Energy and Water Conservation is a grassroots effort in Atlanta, Georgia in which free ultra-low-flush toilets, low-flow shower heads and energy conservation information was distributed to low-income households in an effort to reduce water and energy consumption.

The Presidio of San Francisco Building 901 Deconstruction case study provides details on the deconstruction and salvage of materials from a wood-framed building.

Energy Resource Center of Downey, California features a Southern California Gas Company project in which an entire building was dismantled and the resulting 400 tons of materials were incorporated into a new building that serves as an energy resource center. 

ReSource is a program started by the Boulder, Colorado, Energy Conservation Center to sell recycled building materials and promote building deconstruction instead of demolition.

Toilet Replacement Program is a Los Angeles, California program that employs community-based organizations in the distribution of 100,000 free ultra-low-flush toilets annually to households in southern California. 

Ultra-Low-Flush Toilet Program is a Los Angeles, California program that employs local students to identify eligible households in low-income neighborhoods and to then help install free ultra-low-flush toilets to these homes in an effort to conserve water. 

Utah House, built at the USU Botanical Center in Kaysville, was built to educate the public about new ways of building homes and creating landscapes that promote the principles of sustainability, energy and water efficiency, healthy indoor environments, universal design principles, and economic development.

Vashon Transfer/Recycling Station is a solid waste and recyclable collection and transfer center in Vashon, Washington. Recycled flooring, insulation and paint were used to construct the center. Website includes information on King County's Environmental Purchasing Program.

Collections of Green Building Success Stories 

AIA Top Ten Green Projects are selected annually by The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment. Selection is based on criteria of energy and resource use, site design and community connection. Winning projects are profiled online.

Built Green Case Studies, from Kitsap County, Washington, profile a commercial, a residential and an institutional building that use recycled and resource-efficient materials.

EnergyValue Housing Awards, sponsored by the NAHB Research Center, honor builders who voluntarily integrate energy efficiency into the design, construction, and marketing of their new homes, and educate the home building industry and the public about successful approaches to energy-efficient constuction.

Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Federal Success Stories provides links to agency and individual winners of awards for energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies.

Green Building Challenge entries by the United States are profiled by the US DOE. The US entries in this biennial international competition have included schools and office buildings. Entries in the 2002 competition are also described online.

High Performance Buildings Database, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, seeks to improve building performance measuring methods by collecting data on various factors that affect a building’s performance, such as energy, materials, and land use. The database collects information from buildings around the world, ranging from homes and commercial interiors to large buildings and even whole campuses and neighborhoods.

LEED Registered Projects provides a list of projects nationwide that have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. Projects are rated as certified, silver, gold or platinum level.

National Green Building Awards are presented annually by the NAHB Research Center. Six awards honor advocates, builders, programs and products in the advancement of the green-home building industry.

Northeast Green Building Awards profiles the winners of this annual competition for residential, commercial and student projects. Winners for 2004 were named in four categories: Places of Learning, Places of Work, Places to Live, and Student Projects.

PATH Field Evaluations , Demonstrations and National Pilot Projects links to profiles of individual building projects and developments throughout the U.S. that are applying innovative building technologies to achieve durability, quality, environmental performance, energy efficiency and affordability.

Savings by Design is an annual competition that offers energy efficiency integration design awards, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, California Council. Winners are listed online.

Megalinks to success stories on other sites
Provides links to success stories on a wide variety of sustainable development topics, including Green Buildings.

Last updated: February 10, 2005

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