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Green Building Design

The buildings in which we live, work, and play protect us from Nature's extremes: cold, heat, wind, rain, and snow. But these structures affect and shape our environment too. Constructing and operating buildings requires enormous amounts of energy, water, and materials and creates large amounts of waste. Where and how they are built affects the ecosystems around us in countless ways. And the buildings themselves create new indoor environments that present new environmental problems and challenges.  As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent, a new field called green building is arising to reduce that impact at the source. Green or sustainable building is the practice of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition. (As expressed on the U.S. EPA Web Site)

Web Sites of Interest

U.S. Green Building Council

Rhode Island Green Building Council

Technology Assessments
BuildingGreen, Inc., publishers of Environmental Building News,
GreenSpec, EBN Archives, and Green Building Advisor

The GreenSpec Dictionary (Information on Green Building Products)

BuildingGreen Suite of Online Tools (subscription information)

Policy Issues and Green Building

Recycled or Salvaged Materials

Future Waste Minimization

OIKOS - Green Building News

Cost/Benefit Analysis of Green Building

Green Building Assessment Tools - California

The Straw Bale House

PATH Top Ten Technologies (Public/Private Partnership for
Advancing Housing Technology)

"New Apollo Project" for Energy Independence, Job Growth (Partnership with labor, environmental, civil rights, business and political leaders)

ENERGY STAR® Program for existing homes

Green Building Grants - EPA Website

Green Building Certification Programs

Zero Energy Home -- highly energy-efficient home that produces as much electricity as it uses over the course of a year.  A Zero Energy Home combines renewable energy technologies with advanced energy-efficient construction. Like almost all homes, a Zero Energy Home is connected to the utility grid. Because the home produces about as much energy as it consumes during a year, it is considered to achieve "net zero" energy consumption.

NAHB Green Building Ideas

ToolBase Energy Efficiency Information

Model Green Home Building Guidelines (NAHB)

Directory of Green Builders - Find a Green Builder in Your Area

Green Building Solutions

Non-profit organization dedicated to demonstrating and promoting affordable, sustainable design, construction, and landscape practices for homes and communities throughout the Washington, DC area

International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environments

Sustainable Building Information System

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency Program

Habitat for Humanity Green Building Practices

Ecological Design Institute Educational Projects

U.S. EPA - Green Building Program

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Gaytha A. Langlois, Ph.D.
Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 02917
Created:March 2001
Last Updated: May 2010