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Captain Planet Zero Energy House
Designed by Allison-Ramsey, Architects in Beaufort, SC
Taken from http://www.captainplanetfdn.org/zeroenergy/house.html
 

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
http://www.usgbc.org

Rhode Island Green Building Council
http://www.usgbcri.org

Technology Assessments
BuildingGreen, Inc., publishers of Environmental Building News,
GreenSpec, EBN Archives, and Green Building Advisor
http://www.buildinggreen.com/

The GreenSpec Dictionary (Information on Green Building Products)
http://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/cat.jsp?s=11

BuildingGreen Suite of Online Tools (subscription information)
http://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/cat.jsp?s=30

Policy Issues and Green Building
http://www.buildinggreen.com/menus/subtopics.cfm?TopicID=6

Recycled or Salvaged Materials
http://www.buildinggreen.com/menus/headings.cfm?SubtopicID=16

Future Waste Minimization
http://www.buildinggreen.com/menus/headings.cfm?SubtopicID=19

OIKOS - Green Building News
http://oikos.com/index.lasso

Cost/Benefit Analysis of Green Building
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/greenbuilding/Design/CostIssues.htm#Cost&Benefit

Green Building Assessment Tools - California
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/greenbuilding/

http://www.builditgreen.org/

http://greenbuildings.berkeley.edu/

http://www.energy.ca.gov/greenbuilding/

The Straw Bale House
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SolarHomes/constructionps.htm

PATH Top Ten Technologies (Public/Private Partnership for
Advancing Housing Technology)
http://www.pathnet.org/sp.asp?id=10587

"New Apollo Project" for Energy Independence, Job Growth (Partnership with labor, environmental, civil rights, business and political leaders)
http://www.apolloalliance.org/

ENERGY STAR® Program for existing homes
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index

Green Building Grants - EPA Website

http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/tools/funding.htm

Green Building Certification Programs

http://www.pathnet.org/sp.asp?id=20978

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.

http://www.toolbase.org/Home-Building-Topics/zero-energy-homes/zero-energy-home-project

http://www.toolbase.org/Home-Building-Topics/zero-energy-homes/seven-steps-zeh

http://www.zeroenergy.com/

NAHB Green Building Ideas
http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/category/sectionID=222

ToolBase Energy Efficiency Information
http://www.toolbase.org/ToolbaseResources/level4DG.aspx?ContentDetailID=3949&BucketID=2&CategoryID=42

Model Green Home Building Guidelines (NAHB)
http://www.toolbase.org/ToolbaseResources/level4DG.aspx?ContentDetailID=3017&BucketID=2&CategoryID=17

Directory of Green Builders - Find a Green Builder in Your Area
http://directory.greenbuilder.com/search.gbpro

Green Building Solutions
http://www.greenbuilder.com/general/BuildingSources.html

GreenSpace
Non-profit organization dedicated to demonstrating and promoting affordable, sustainable design, construction, and landscape practices for homes and communities throughout the Washington, DC area
http://www.greenspacencr.org/

International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environments
http://www.iisbe.org/

Sustainable Building Information System
http://www.sbis.info/

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency Program
http://www.eere.energy.gov/

Habitat for Humanity Green Building Practices
http://oikos.com/esb/48/habitat.html

Ecological Design Institute Educational Projects
http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Org/907-237/c

http://www.ecoschools.com/GreenBuilding/GreenBuilding_wSidebar.html

U.S. EPA - Green Building Program
http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/

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