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More Resources—Green Building

General Information | Energy Efficiency | Water Usage | Building Materials
Indoor Environments | Building Sectors | Deconstruction/Recycling Building Materials
Specifications/Codes | Organizations | State-specific Information
Low Impact Development | Landscaping | Design Guides | Sustainability


General Information

EPA Green Building Website
Portal to numerous EPA websites covering green building issues including Energy Star, Indoor Air, Water, C&D Debris, Brownfields, Smart Growth and more.

US Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 12,000 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.

USBC Local Chapter Locator
USGBC Chapters provide local green building resources, education, and leadership opportunities. Get involved in your local chapter to connect with green building experts in your area; share strategies, resources, and best practices; tour green building projects; and more.

Whole Building Design Guide
A portal used by Federal agencies and others for design infomration for public and commercial buildings.

Resource Efficient Residential Construction: Industry Web Directory
The Peaks to Prairies Residential Environment Web Site provides the following services: . Technical Assistance and Referrals . Industry Contacts . Database of Resources and Publications . News . Events Calendar . Frequently Asked Questions

Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities (MYER) - A Planning Guide for Construction and Development This document explains in detail the environmental obligations that construction companies can face across the various federal laws (stormwater, air, wetlands, waste...). Use it to factor in costs during the bidding process, assign responsibilities and use the checklists to self-audit.


Energy Efficiency

A Guide for Energy Efficient Lighting. This site identifies practical, low-cost ideas for different lighting technologies and methods that can help reduce costs and energy use.

Energy Efficiency Resources For Homes & Apartments. Yellow Key Reality maintains useful links to various resources concerning energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
The Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN) website provides a comprehensive resource for DOE's energy efficiency and renewable energy information, plus access to more than 600 links and 80,000 documents.

Energy Star
The program promotes partnerships with homebuilders, office building managers, product manufacturers, and many other organizations to improve the energy efficiency of homes, buildings, and various building components and appliances. Specific programs are available for labeling buildings that meet EnergyStar criteria. Specific building sectors covered include commercial, new homes, schools, and home improvement.

Green Power Partnership
A new voluntary program designed to reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation by promoting renewable energy from a variety of sources, including landfill gas. The Partnership will demonstrate the advantages of choosing renewable energy, provide objective and current information about the green power market, and reduce the transaction costs of acquiring green power.

Nicor Home Service's Energy Efficiency Guidebook for Kids!
Good energy use and conservation habits can be instilled into our society through education and practice. This especially includes our young people who can have an impact for many years to come. Kids can do their part by telling other people, including family members, about energy-saving methods. This will help to raise awareness in the community, which will have a very significant impact in the long haul. This guidebook provides links to numerous resources that contain practical energy conservation methods.


Water Usage

EPA's New WaterSense Program
WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. Saving water is easy—many products are already available for use, and it doesn't require changing the way most of us live or do business. By choosing products labeled through the WaterSense program, you know you'll be saving wate for future generations.


Building Materials

Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) version 4.0. A new software tool for selecting environmentally preferred, cost-effective building products is now available. It updates data on more than 200 products and adds 30 new products for review. It also offers users the option of a new set of consensus weights for scoring the environmental impact of individual building products, based on a BEES stakeholder panel convened last year.

Green Seal
Green Seal is the independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the environment by promoting the manufacture and sale of environmentally responsible consumer products. It sets environmental standards and awards a "Green Seal of Approval" to products that cause less harm to the environment than other similar products.

Peaks to Prairies Residential Construction Technical Assistance
Resource efficient building practices will allow residential construction professionals to meet consumer demand, increase profits, provide savings for the consumer and enhance marketing opportunities while using resources in a sustainable manner.

GreenSpec/EPA CPG Recycled Content Project
This database of green specifications includes more than 1,650 product vendor listings that EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guideline products flagged and added information on EPA Region 9 major metropolitan area product availability. This industry-standard green building information is used by approximately 10,000 subscribers and more than 7,500 web hits are recorded monthly.


Indoor Environments

Indoor airPLUS. EPA created Indoor airPLUS to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality.

EPA's Indoor Environments Division conducts numerous research and educational projects to improve indoor environmental quality, including indoor air and other factors affecting building occupant health, comfort, and productivity.

Health House Advantage (American Lung Association)
A nationally recognized program for raising the standards of residential air quality and energy efficiency.


Building Sectors

EPA Financing for Environmental Compliance
A step-by-step financial planning process that can help your community determine capital asset technical and financial needs and find available air, waste and water resources to meet your compliance goals.

Green Infrastructure. Green infrastructure is a cost effective and environmentally friendly approach to reduce stormwater and other excess flows entering combined or separate sewer systems. Green infrastructure is a way to protect surface waters and drinking water supplies, reduce drinking water and stormwater treatment costs, reduce urban heat island impacts, and provide more sustainable water resource management systems.

Green Guide for Health Care™.
A best practice guide for healthy and sustainable building design, construction, and operations for the healthcare industry.

Collaborative for High-Performance Schools—www.CHPS.net

LEED Resources
Find all the resources you need to help you achieve LEED certification, inlcuding reference guides for each rating system, templates for submitting projects' documentation, other reference documents, and the tools you need to keep your projects' status up-to-date.

Federal Environmental Executive - Federal Green Building
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE) has made the greening of Federal facilities one of their top priorities. OFEE has begun researching existing Federal green building practices and developing options to facilitate the greening of more Federal facilities.


Deconstruction/Recycling Building Materials

Characterization of Building-Related Construction and Demolition Debris in the United States
The purpose of this report is to characterize the quantity and composition of building-related construction and demolition (C&D) debris generated in the United States, and to summarize the waste management practices for this waste stream. C&D debris is produced when new structures are built and when existing structures are renovated or demolished. Structures include all residential and nonresidential buildings as well as public works projects, such as streets and highways, bridges, piers, and dams. Many state definitions of C&D debris also include trees, stumps, earth, and rock from the clearing of construction sites. (94 pages)

Building Savings: Strategies for Waste Reduction of Construction and Demolition Debris from Buildings
The Waste Reduction Record-Setters Project fosters the development of exceptional waste reduction programs by documenting successful ones. These programs can be used as models by others implementing their own programs to reduce disposal. This fact sheet packet is aimed at local governments that want to encourage more building-related construction and demolition debris recovery, building owners and developers interested in green building design, and building contractors seeking a competitive edge.

Toolbase Services: Construction Waste Management Web Site
The Home Building Industry's Technical Information Resource

Peaks to Prairies Residential Construction Technical Assistance
Resource efficient building practices will allow residential construction professionals to meet consumer demand, increase profits, provide savings for the consumer and enhance marketing opportunities while using resources in a sustainable manner.

Deconstruction Assessment Tools and Technical Training Projects, Gainesville, FL
EPA awarded a series of grants to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Florida's Center for Construction and Environment to enhance markets for C&D debris and foster deconstruction.

WasteWise Building Challenge
WasteWise is an EPA voluntary partnership program that helps U.S. organizations reduce their solid waste, benefitting both their bottom line and the environment. In early 2002, WasteWise launched a Building Challenge that challenges partners to reduce, reuse, and recycle C&D debris and purchase recycled building products.

Asphalt Shingle Recycling
Developed through a grant from EPA Region 5 to the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), with technical support from the University of Florida, this site provides extensive information on asphalt shingle recycling, including research results, market data, regulatory information, and additional links

Converting Wood Pallet Waste-to-Flooring
Tests the feasibility of converting wood pallets at the end of their useful life into value-added flooring products. The funds will support the actual start-up of the new pallet flooring product line by providing technical expertise, developing partnerships with retail building suppliers, and monitoring the supply chain and customer feedback. The funds also will be used for public education and information dissemination via case studies, web publishing, and professional journal articles to assist in project replication in other regions.

Residential Reuse Program, Phoenix, AZ
Stardust Building Supplies, Inc., a nonprofit organization, review demolition and renovation permits, and contacted realtors to provide deconstruction services. The organization diverts reusable building materials from landfills and offers them to nonprofit housing and shelter groups and the public at discounted rates.

Construction and Demolition Debris Source Reduction and Recycling Project, Santa Barbara, CA
The Community Environmental Council worked with a team of stakeholders develop and implement model construction and demolition debris recycling guidelines. Three pilot projects with construction and demolition diversion rates of 83%, 93%, and 86% were conducted and fact sheets were developed.

Drum Top Crushing Device Policy for Flourescent Lamps
Data on mercury and other emissions from the use of DTC devices is being collected to develop a national policy on the use of DTC devices. The use of DTC devices for managing fluorescent lamps has been subject to inconsistent regulatory determinations, in part, because there isn't a clear national strategy for controlling emissions from these devices. A clear policy directed at protecting human health and the environment should help reduce mercury emissions.

RCRA Federal Facility Buy Recycled Requirement
Requirement for Federal agencies to buy EPA-designated recycled building materials. Administrative penalties are not authorized, but EPA and State RCRA and multi-media inspectors can issue a notice of violation or enter into a compliance agreement.


Specifications/Codes

Growing Greener: Conservation by Design
Using development to save land sounds like a contradiction. But this is exactly what 42 municipalities throughout southeastern Pennsylvania are doing, since they adopted Growing Greener: Conservation by Design ordinances developed by Natural Lands Trust. These "conservation subdivision" ordinances plan development around natural resources and set aside at least half of every development parcel as open space, accelerating land conservation in growing communities at little public cost.

Model Green Construction Specifications on the Whole Building Design Guide
Developing model construction specification language to assist federal agencies in meeting green goals and mandates (e.g., CPG, EnergyStar, E.O. 13101, LEED, EPA Waste Minimization Priority Chemicals, NTTAA, etc.).

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards
The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program has been working to engage nongovernmental standards-developing organizations in developing environmental standards. Specifically, there has been a great deal of success in ASTM's Performance of Buildings Committee. The Subcommittee on Sustainability is focusing its efforts on revising E2129 "Standard Practice for Data Collection for Sustainability Assessment of Building Products" to include questions specific to certain types of building products such as cement, wood, HVAC systems, and floor coverings. The intended audience for the standard includes building industry professionals -- architects, engineers, contractors, planners, developers, and others -- who possess a broad, general understanding of sustainability issues relative to the performance of buildings, but who would benefit from additional data to inform their product choices. Other efforts within this ASTM Subcommittee include the development of a Standard Guide laying out general principles of sustainability (economic, environmental, and social) as it relates to building, and a Standard Practice for assessing, documenting, and reporting sustainability as it relates to building.

EPA Green Buildings
EPA facilities and green features are listed. Many EPA green building and lease projects are ongoing.

EPA Green Lease Riders

Region 7 Green Lease Rider

Kansas City Science and Technology Center Green Lease Rider
Green lease rider language that has been successfully developed and implemented by EPA/GSA teams for leasing healthier, greener EPA facilities.

Research Triangle Park Green Building
Which includes general project documentation and technical specifications.


Organizations

NAHB Research Center Green Buildings Fact Sheet

US Green Building Council
The leading coalition representing the green building industry, developing the Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System, and providing policy guidance, education, and marketing tools. EPA supports program development, participates on LEED content development, promotes LEED training, and participates in local Chapters.

National Association of Homebuilders Research Center (NAHBRC)
NAHBRC supports residential green building helping the home building industry to understand the "how" and "why" about this trend, providing training, and developing reference documents and tools. EPA has supported NAHBRC research and training.


State-specific Information

California Green Building Design and Construction Web Site
This web site offers a lot of information on sustainable design or building "green". Includes are a Sustainable Building Tool Kit, a blueprint for state facilities, a review of construction projects using sustainable materials, training programs for state and local government, and much more.

Vermont DEC: Reducing Vermont's Construction Waste Stream
Guide to Reducing Vermont's Construction Waste with links to: Fall 2002 Waste Reduction Grants Available Salvaged walk-in cooler doors, McFarland House renovation, Barre, VT. Engelberth Construction Corp. Vermont Markets for Reusable, Salvaged and Recyclable Materials New Hampshire Markets Massachusetts Markets ANR Waste Reduction Plan - ACT 250 permit application, schedule B, criterion 1B (o) - State Buildings and General Services Recycling Planning Calculating the Cost Effectiveness of Job Site Recycling Contract Specification Language for Job Site Waste Reduction Planning for Waste Reduction Vermont Jobsite Case Studies Green Building Resources Links to other states & National Associations Vermont Construction Waste Management Reports Vermont Business Materials Exchange


Low Impact Development

EPA Green Infrastructure Website
An informational site on green infrastructure techniques, which utilize natural systems, or engineered systems that mimic natural landscapes, to capture, cleanse and reduce stormwater runoff using plants, soils and microbes.

Rooftops to Rivers—Green Stategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows.
This May 2006 report is a policy guide for decision makers looking to implement green strategies in their own area, including nine case studies of cities that have successfully used green techniques to create a healthier urban environment.

Smart Growth
This EPA site provides information on various smart growth topics, and links to other helpful websites. Three EPA publications described and linked at this site are: Using Smart Growth Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices, 2005 (EPA 231-B-05-002); Protecting Water Resources with Higher-Density Development, 2006 (EPA 231-R-06-001); and Parking Spaces/Community Places: Finding Balance through Smart Growth Solutions, 2006 (EPA 231-K-06-001)

The Low Impact Development Center, Inc. Web Site


Landscaping

P2RX Topic Hubs—Landscaping
This primer is intended as a quick guide to the essential P2 information on landscaping, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources.

EPA Greenscapes
The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for large-scale landscaping. Designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution, GreenScapes encourages companies, government agencies, and other entities to make more holistic decisions regarding waste generation and disposal and the associated impacts on land, water, air, and energy use. By focusing on the "4 Rs"- reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy - you can help improve both your bottom line and the environment.

Water Efficient Landscaping. This booklet describes the benefits of water efficient landscaping. It includes several examples of successful projects and programs, as well as contacts, references, and a short bibliography.


Design Guides

Whole Building Design Guide
The Whole Building Design Guide is a complete Internet resource to a wide range of building-related design guidance, criteria and technology.


Sustainability

EPA offers many sustainability opportunities including smart growth, creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle.