Useful synopses of engineer Joe Lstiburek's influential approaches to cost-effective energy-efficient and healthy construction. Some papers and other materials also available online.
The leading organization promoting building codes that protect the planet as well as building occupants, DCAT is an outstanding resource. In addition to codes-related information, the site offers many valuable resources on alternative building materials and technologies, such as straw-bale and earthen construction.
Formerly known as the "Center for Building Science," EETD, based at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, is a leading research organization on windows, energy simulation software, and indoor air quality, among other things. This vast Web site includes the interactive Home Energy Saver tool, archives of the CBS and EETD newsletters, and technical reports in PDF format.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is a nonprofit industry association working to promote the green roof industry throughout North America. The organization provides professional training courses, promotes green roof research, and helps to develop supportive public policies for a green roof infrastructure.
This database from the U.S. DOE collects and organizes information on projects of all types and sizes, ranging from homes and commercial interiors to large buildings and even whole campuses. Users can submit projects by providing details on the design and construction process, the team, and the resulting performance.
iiSBE is the international organization responsible for coordinating the Green Building Challenge, a research project to develop and compare building assessment systems from around the world.
RMI is a nonprofit research and educational foundation. Its mission is to foster the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security. RMI's acclaimed team consults on many high-profile projects. The Institute's newsletters are a great read on this Web site.
The Society of Building Science Educators is an association of university educators in architecture who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies.
Based in Austin, Texas, this site offers a wealth of resources related to green building, including a calendar of events, listings of greenbuilding professionals, and the complete Sustainable Building Sourcebook, the primary reference for the City of Austin's Green Builder Program.
Brief introductions to many topics, with links to Department of Energy programs and initiatives on energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings. The detailed listing of software tools is itself a valuable resource. Also features a developed by BuildingGreen for DOE!
The leading green-building related trade association in North America, the USGBC is responsible for the LEED™ Rating System that has generated tremendous interest in green, especially in commercial and institutional buildings. Visit this site for the latest on LEED and other USGBC initiatives. BuildingGreen’s Alex Wilson serves on USGBC’s board of directors.
The Vital Signs Project encourages architecture students to examine architectural, lighting, and mechanical systems in existing buildings with attention to energy use, occupant well-being, and architectural spacemaking. The Web site features detailed case studies and related resources.