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Green Building

Publication Date: December 2000
Links Last Checked: October 2006


Introduction
The Purpose of A Building: Considering the Whole System
Location and Landscape
Transportation
Watersheds & Habitat (Including Brownfield Development)
Codes and Standards: Green Building Project Frameworks
Codes, Standards & Guidelines
Green Building Proposal and Contract Language
Barriers to Green Building Codes and Standards
Building Rating Systems - Commercial & Institutional
Building Rating Systems - Residential
Water & Energy Efficiency
Water
Energy
Technical Assistance & Incentives
Research
Products
Design Guidelines
Clearinghouses & Databases
Renewable Energy Information Links
Buying Green Power
Building Commissioning
Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment
Smart Material and Product Choices
High-Performance Materials and Life Cycle Issues
Certified Wood
General Product Directories and Selection Standards
Recycled Content Building Materials
Reused Building and Construction Materials
Minimizing Material Surplus and Enhancing Durability
Non-Traditional Materials for Residential Construction
Demolition and Construction Management
Green Building Initiatives
Specific Project Resources
Education & Technical Assistance (National/International)
Education & Technical Assistance (Northwest)
Building Commissioning
Software Design Tools
Financial Incentives
Budgeting
Consultants
Newsletters and News Sources
Case Studies
Commercial and Institutional
Residential
Specifically Energy
Resort/Hospitality
Brownfield Development

Preface

Who Should Use This Resource
      This resource is a guide to green building for project developers and for the design, construction, and facility operation professionals they hire. The resource also can be used by technical assistance providers who work with businesses and institutions that may be planning construction or remodeling projects.

Things to Keep in Mind
      The resource takes a holistic perspective. It recommends that buildings be designed and constructed as integrated systems. The holistic approach can be the most effective path toward constructing buildings that are high-value economic and environmental assets.
      For convenience, the resource is organized by topic. It is important, however, to avoid considering the topics in isolation from other topics. Buildings are whole systems with elements that interact. Choices made for one building element may have significant effects on other elements. For example, building material choices may affect energy efficiency. Consequently, it is essential to keep that whole systems perspective in mind when looking at each of the topical areas in this resource.
      Some resources will be of special interest to certain building professionals. Others focus on types of building projects, or specific geographic areas. Those resources will be noted accordingly.
      Lastly, each building project has unique needs and characteristics. There is no one “right” solution that will work in every situation. The important thing to keep in mind is that a holistic approach can deliver a building that will deliver lasting value to the owners, users, and the community at large.