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General Information on Green Buildings

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GreenerBuildings is a free, Web-based resource to help companies of all sizes and sectors understand and address building design, construction, and operation in a way that aligns environmental responsibility with business success. GreenerBuildings is a partnership between two nonprofit organizations: the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Business Network.

The links below are excellent resources for general introductory information on green buildings.

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Building Green

Building Green is an independent publishing company committed to bringing members accurate, unbiased, and timely green design information. The organization brings the best research, thinking, and writing to you through many publications, including Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec directory of green products, and the BuildingGreen Suite of online tools. Check them out!

Green Building Alliance

The Green Building Alliance is a nonprofit organization that integrates environmentally responsible and high performance design, construction and operating practices into the Greater Pittsburgh market. Their efforts are currently directed toward areas that represent ongoing challenges, such as making the economic case for green building, removing policy and code barriers to green building, and expanding beyond green building design and construction to green operations.

Green Building Pages

This site provides information regarding cities and government entities that encourage sustainable building design & green roof projects.

Green Communities

The Green Communities organization strives to make affordable, green housing available nation-wide. The web site contains a variety of resources on the topic, including links, articles, model projects, events, and much more.

Green Globes

The Green Globes system is a building environmental design and management tool. It delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management. The Green Globes system is used in Canada and the USA. In the USA, Green Globes is owned and operated by the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

Greenbuild 365

Greenbuild365 is an online portal to green building education. This is the place to find courses, get "bytes" on building green, and access education session recordings from the annual Greenbuild Expo.

GreenerBuildings

GreenerBuildings is a free, Web-based resource to help companies of all sizes and sectors understand and address building design, construction, and operation in a way that aligns environmental responsibility with business success. It is a resource for environmentally responsible building development. GreenerBuildings is a partnership between two nonprofit organizations: the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Business Network. The site is a great resource for a variety of green building topics, case studies, and resources.

Healthy Building Network

"The Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment." The web site contains alternatives for select building materials, an overview of life cycle analysis, and information on the changes occurring in the building industry.

Matter Network

Matter Network is a media complex dedicated to creating, collecting, and organizing news and information about the clean technology and sustainability revolutions. The site covers many topics, including energy, the environment, green buildings, green gadgets, investing, transportation, and urban planning.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL is the principal research laboratory for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Laboratory conducts research in heat transfer, thermal dynamics and system engineering to accelerate industry adoption of advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods

The Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods provides strategies, tips, and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change through green building, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure.

Regreen

The American Society of Interior Designers’ Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council have partnered on the development of best practice guidelines and targeted educational resources for sustainable residential improvement projects. This program will increase understanding of sustainable renovation project practices and benefits among homeowners, residents, design professionals, product suppliers and service providers.

Whole Building Design Guide

This web site is made available by the National Institute of Building Sciences, offering a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective. It offers government and industry practitioners up-to-date and innovative ways to rethink the design and construction of buildings. The site is organized into three major categories— Design Guidance, Project Management and Operations & Maintenance.

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