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Advanced Buildings:

A building professional's guide to more than 90 environmentally-appropriate technologies and practices. Architects, engineers and buildings managers can improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings through the use of the technologies and practices described in this web site. The following design and construction issues are covered:
  • indoor air quality
  • water conservation
  • waste management
  • electricity production
  • non-toxic materials
  • recycled materials
  • daylighting
  • energy efficiency

Audubon House

American Indoor Air Quality Council: The American Indoor Air Quality Council promotes awareness, education, and certification in the field of Indoor Air Quality.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) :ASHRAE advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

The American Solar Energy Society: is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment.


Building Environmental Science & Technology

California Energy Commission

Carpet and Rug Institute

Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development

The Center for Resource Solutions

Certified Forest Products Council

Color Matters

Earth 911

Edison Electric Institute

Efficient Windows

ENERGY STAR : is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. EPA has energy star roofing guidelines on this site.

Environmental Protection Agency: EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water, and land — upon which life depends. For 30 years, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Environmental Building News

Environmental Design & Construction magazine

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Forest Stewardship Council: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.

Forest World - Sustainable Forest Products Resource

Global Green USA : Global Green USA, the United States affiliate of Green Cross International, fosters a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world through education, advocacy, partnerships, and programs focused on the safe elimination of weapons of mass destruction, stemming climate change, reducing resource use, and preventing conflicts over fresh water. Acting as a catalyst, facilitator, and mediator, Global Green encourages collaborative approaches and crosscutting solutions to environmental challenges.

Green Builder

Green Buildings

Green Building Advisor

Green Building Primer

:The Green-e Renewable Electricity Certification Program is administered by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions and based in the Presidio of San Francisco, California. Green-e provides an easy way for consumers to quickly identify environmentally superior electricity products in competitive markets. Green-e certifies renewable electricity products that meet the environmental and consumer protection standards established by the Program.

GreenGuard :The GreeenGuard Environmental Institute is a global, Washington, D.C.-based, non-profit organization with a scientific, third party board to establish environmental standards for indoor products and building materials.

GREEN BUILDING RESOURCE GUIDE:The Green Building Resource Guide is a database of over 600 green building materials and products selected specifically for their usefulness to the design and building professions, rather than merely their green material content.




Green Sage :The online source for green and sustainable building materials and furnishings.

Green Seal :Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment by identifying and promoting products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize global warming and ozone depletion.

Green Spec

Heat Island Group

International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol: IPMVP Inc. is a non-profit organization, dedicated to serving the energy and water efficiency marketplace through the development of M&V protocols; relevant M&V training and education materials and building and maintaining a community of IPMVP users focused on advancing the state of M&V around the world.

Irrigation Association

Innovative Design

LEED :The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Members of the U.S. Green Building Council representing all segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue to contribute to its evolution.

Natural Resources Defense Council

The U.S. Green Building Council

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA): IAQ guidelines for buildings.

Smart Growth


Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) :The Soil and Water Conservation Society fosters the science and the art of soil, water and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability.

Solar Energy Industries Association

Southern California Edison Company

Sustainable Architecture Building and Culture

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC): SBIC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings nationwide.

Sustainable Building Sourcebook

Sustainable Design Resource Guide

Whole Building Design Guide

World Green Building Council :  Mission is to provide a balanced and integrated global platform in which to coordinate, collaborate and advance the work of national building organizations that support the development and implementation of high performance or "green" building principles, standards, rating and certification systems, performance measures, technologies, products, resources and projects.

High Performance Schools

21st Century Schools Fund

Council of Educational Facility Planners International

Environmental Law Institute

Finders Forum on Environment and Education

Healthy Schools Network, Inc.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

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