BuildingGreen helps architects, designers and other sustainability professionals make their projects greener and healthier.
Since 1985, BuildingGreen has been the trusted source on healthy and sustainable design and construction strategies. We support building professionals with membership websites here at BuildingGreen.com and at LEEDuser.com, and with customized consulting and training services.
Our focus is on helping you design and build from a whole-systems perspective. We support teams that use an integrative process that reduces ecological impact—or even provides regenerative support for ecosystems—and that maximizes return on investment, both financially and in benefits to occupants.
Our publishing work is not supported by advertising, so our sole focus is on you, the reader. It’s no wonder that Mara Baum, Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader at HOK, says, “I’ve relied on BuildingGreen for over a decade— it’s one of the most reputable sources for cutting-edge green building news and product research.”
How we got started
In 1985, Alex Wilson saw the need for a company that would translate technical information on energy efficiency and other environmental topics to the public and to building professionals.
Working at first out of a timber-framed barn in Vermont, Alex later brought on Nadav Malin and together they launched Environmental Building News. Predating the U.S. Green Building Council by one year and LEED by several, EBN became the bible of the emerging green building movement, quickly finding subscribers in all 50 states and around the globe.
From the beginning, BuildingGreen turned down advertising and sponsorships in its publications, maintaining its exclusive focus on providing unbiased, trustworthy information and guidance to its customers. In Alex’s words, “We wanted to be able to say whatever we wanted about particular products and technologies” without interference.
In 1997, BuildingGreen expanded a niche of its newsletter a full-fledged product screening service, GreenSpec, which continues to set a stringent bar for health and sustainability in products today as BuildingGreen Approved. As the company grew through the 2000s, it added expertise in building science, process facilitation, and LEED. Experts at the now 15-person firm continuously stayed abreast of the rapidly evolving products and materials field, which veered from a near-crisis during a glut of certifications in the late 2000s to the turmoil of transparency data and formats in recent years.
BuildingGreen’s publications now reach over 20,000 readers annually, including students and professionals at over 200 architectural firms and campuses. All along, BuildingGreen has continued to serve firms, nonprofits, government agencies, and others who need customized consulting services. BuildingGreen’s hands-on, practical work on individual buildings and major projects informs the incisive insights it offers its members, and its expertise in putting actionable intelligence in the hands of professionals informs the advice it gives individual clients.
A mission-driven company
Our mission: To bring about a healthier relationship between human society and the natural world by helping building professionals create and nurture high-performance, resilient, and inspiring buildings and communities.
We asked some of our customers why they would recommend BuildingGreen to a colleague. Here’s what they said:
BuildingGreen has a long track record as a reputable, technically sound resource, which is not always the case for references that come to the top of a Google search. There are some sources that just look at economics, and some laud sustainable products that may be entirely impractical or have a huge carbon footprint hidden in their manufacture. I look to BuildingGreen to take an informed, scientific approach that looks at the cost-benefit analysis relative to sustainability, durability, health, energy use, and more.
— Lauren Ford, AIA, Associate Principal, Cooper Carry
We have known the experts at BuildingGreen and for decades they have been a trusted source of detailed product information without commercial bias. They are smart and explore subjects with integrity. They are an excellent source of the latest information about innovations and breakthroughs as well as tried-and-true high-performance methods and products.
— Phaedra Svec, Associate, BNIM Architects
“Our trusted independent third-party resource. The ‘Consumer Reports’ of green building.
— Ilana Judah, AIA, Principal, Director of Sustainability, FXFOWLE
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