Green Building Organizations and Information Sources


September 17, 2008

The U.S. Green Building Council

Organization devoted to developing green rating programs for all types of commercial and residential buildings.  Main site features information on its various LEED programs, rating systems under development, educational opportunities, its trade show and more.  USGBC offers a unique Web site, referenced below, specifically for the residential market.

The Green Home Guide
USGBC’s dedicated green home Web site, including information for builders, remodelers, homeowners and homebuyers, project profiles, as well as details on the LEED for Homes rating program. It also includes information on its ReGreen guidelines for remodeling applications, developed in conjunction with the American Society of Interior Designers.
Documents available for download from this site include:
            The LEED for Homes Rating System
            ReGreen Guide
            Green Product Checklist: What Makes a Product Green?
National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program
Web site contains information on NAHB’s Model Green Building Home Guidelines, an online green scoring tool for builders, the National Green Building Standard currently under development, as well as details regarding certification.

NAHB Research Center
NAHB and the International Code Council are working through the NAHB Research Center on the National Green Building Standard, which currently in the public comment process before being finalized as an ANSI recognized standard.  The latest updates on that effort, including the latest draft of the standard, are posted on the consensus committee page.

The Green Building Initiative
The Green Building Initiative works with local home builder associations across the country to develop locally-relevant green building programs. Originally formed to support NAHB’s Green Building Guidelines, the nonprofit organization also promotes the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating tool—originally developed in Canada—in the U.S.

BuildingGreen LLC
The Web site created by Building Green LLC, includes listings of “environmentally-preferred” building products, including windows, doors, skylights and glazing materials.  The site also features links to stories from Environmental Building News, also published by the company.  The company also producucts and projects, and the GreenSpec Directory, which contains listings over 2,000 green products.  Membership ($199/year) and registration required for access to some Web information.

Sustainable Building Industry Council
Originally formed as the Passive Solar Industry Council, this organization includes associations, nonprofits, manufacturers, architects, builders and consultants.  It offers educational workshops targeted at builders, as well as its own Green Building Guidelines publication.

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