Green Buildings


The following are links to selected web sites of organizations providing information and guidance on the construction of 'green' buildings.
  • DOE Building Software Tools - Free public domain or open source software tools for evaluating energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability in buildings.
  • EPA & Green Building - Providing information about the creation and use of healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition.
  • HUD Green Homes & Communities - Resources provided by HUD to help find smart building solutions to meet today's energy, environmental, and sustainable development challenges.
  • Open Source Energy Management for Buildings for small and medium-sized buildings.
  • SustainableBuildings Industry Council - SBIC has a long-standing commitment to constructing better buildings with a focus on sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy use.
  • U.S.Green Building Council - Connecting individuals and businesses with the people, information and ideas they need to be part of the rapidly growing green building industry.
  • WorldGreen Building Council  - A union of national Green Building Councils from around the world, making WGBC the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace.
*  See selected Green Building Research & Publications provided by the USGBC

** Read about WikiHouse - the Open Source Building System




LEED Defined

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)- An internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.


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