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Green Building Resources

American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Committee on the Environment (COTE)

AIA - COTE works to advance, disseminate, and advocate - to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public - design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

Austin Green Builder Program

The Austin Green Builder Program is nationally known for expertise in green residential and commercial construction programs. Learn about various sustainable building practices, products and techniques.

Building Green

An independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance and reduce the adverse impacts of buildings. Publishers of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec.

Development Center for Appropriate Technology

Works to enhance the health of the planet and our communities by promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development through leadership, strategic relationships, and education.

Efficient Windows Collaborative

Provides information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use.

Energy & Environmental Building Association

Provides education and resources to transform the residential design, development and construction industries to profitably deliver energy efficiency and environmentally responsible buildings and communities.

Lifecycle Building Challenge

Lifecycle building is designing buildings to facilitate disassembly and material reuse to minimize waste, energy consumption, and associated greenhouse gas emissions. The Lifecycle Building Challenge competition is designed to shape the future of green building and facilitate local building materials reuse. Architects, engineers, designers, planners, contractors, builders, educators, environmental advocates and students are encouraged to submit innovative projects, designs, or ideas that meet the challenge criteria.

NRDC: Building Green

Created by the Natural Resources Defense Council, this website outlines the business reasons for getting into green building and then provides a guide to getting started. Learn how to find a green architect, how to streamline design and construction, which strategies deliver the biggest paybacks, how to get green building projects noticed, and what pitfalls to watch out for. Fact sheets, case studies.

U.S. DOE: Building Technologies Program

DOE's Building Technologies Program works in partnership with states, industry, and manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings. Through innovative new technologies and systems-engineered building practices they are working to transform how we design, build, and operate the approximately 15 million new buildings projected to be constructed by 2015.

U.S. EPA Green Building Website

Gateway to EPA's related programs such as Energy Star, Indoor Air, Smart Growth, and Environmentally Preferable Building Products, construction and demolition.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The USGBC is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

U.S. Green Building Council: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Whole Building Design Guide

Web portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to current information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective.