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BuildingGreen Spotlight Reports

Driving to Green Buildings: The Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings

This report takes a look at the “transportation energy intensity” of buildings and the influence of location and various land-use features on this measure of energy use. While the focus will be primarily on energy (and the associated environmental impacts of energy use, such as pollution), measures to reduce transportation energy use can have very significant ancillary benefits relating to water runoff, urban heat-island mitigation, and habitat protection, while creating more vibrant, livable communities.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

FREE for BuildingGreen Premium members


The Urgency of Embodied Carbon and What You Can Do About It

Building materials emit massive amounts of carbon long before the lights go on. In this PDF report, we take an analytical look at the greenhouse gases that are emitted in the process of constructing our buildings in the first place—the embodied carbon. We then offer strategies for reducing embodied carbon, with examples of projects that have succeeded in this regard.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

FREE for BuildingGreen Premium members


Lighting Design for Health and Sustainability: A Guide for Architects

What do we mean when we say sustainable lighting? In this PDF report, we take a closer look at lighting as an essential element in quality environments that support health and wellness while reducing energy use.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

FREE for BuildingGreen Premium members


Five Reasons to Be Optimistic About Solar Energy

In this PDF report, we explore five solid reasons to be optimistic about the future of solar power, including continued impressive growth, an overall positive environmental footprint, increased energy independence, and technological advancements.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

FREE for BuildingGreen Premium members

Exam Preparation

WELL AP Exam Study Guide and Practice Exams

BuildingGreen offers the best available WELL Accredited Professional study guide, and the only one you'll need.

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Price: $149

BuildingGreen Premium member price: $99


LEEDuser's Guide to Passing the LEED v4 AP Exam

The only study guide you’ll need to pass the LEED AP exam on the first try.

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Price: $99

LEEDuser Premium member price: $89


LEEDuser's Study Guide to the LEED v4 Green Associate Exam

Pass the LEED Green Associate exam on the first try—without wasting your study time.

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Price: $99.95

LEEDuser Premium member price: $89.95

Special Reports

The Cost of LEED v4

Our report is structured to enable project teams to systematically address the complexity of evaluating sustainable design strategies on a LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) v4 project.

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Price: $99.95

LEEDuser Premium member price: $67


The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation

The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation provides detailed guidance on insulation products and practices, including cost comparisons and detailed recommendations on what insulation to use, and what to avoid.

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Price: $97

BuildingGreen Premium member price: $67


Fundamentals of High Performance Building Assemblies

BuildingGreen's four-part course, designed for architects and builders, provides methodologies for how best to design and manage these details and achieve superior performance—while avoiding expensive pitfalls.

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Price: $199.95

BuildingGreen Premium member price: $149


LEED vs. Green Globes: A Definitive Analysis

Is Green Globes truly “better, faster, cheaper”—or none of the above? We match it up point-by-point with LEED in this special 90-page analysis.

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Price: $99

BuildingGreen Premium member price: $69


Better Window Decisions

BuildingGreen's special report dives deep into window and glazing selection, giving you the framework you need to make informed decisions.

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Price: $127

BuildingGreen Premium member price: $97


Energy Star Portfolio Manager: The Unofficial Reference Guide

This “unofficial” Reference Guide is designed to be a helpful how-to manual for navigating ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and generating an accurate ENERGY STAR score.

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Price: $49

LEEDuser Premium member price: $29