The US Green Building Council. They are responsible for LEED and
the LEED rating system. While the system is not perfect, it does
raise awareness. A Good green building resource.
Resource Guide A sustainable design resource guide.
Urban Land Institute is a non profit organization made up of
professionals from both the private, public and educational sectors
of the real estate and development industry. Created in 1936, the
focus of the organization is the responsible use of land. The Myth
& Fact series of publications is particularly useful in understanding
the advantages and disadvantages of certain types of land planing.
Income Housing - Myth & Fact
Development- Myth & Fact
Density Development - Myth & Fact
Growth - Myth & Fact
Infill Housing Myth & Fact
A good list of links related to responsible land use is provided
by the Kansas
Urban Water Quality Protection Initiative
DOE has a data base of energy efficient buildings is available
here. It evaluates the performance of 96 buildings based on
numerous environmental criteria.
is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory based in Denver. They
sponsor research for companies trying to develop green technology.
Sources Another link with great builder and designer resources.
Solar Decathlon is
an event sponsored by the DOE. Every other year 20 schools from
around the country compete to develop a small scale, but fully functional
home built on the National Mall in DC. Homes are judged on environmental
and design criteria. The University of Colorado won the last two
Links More links to sustainable sites than you could possibly
visit. A very exhaustive list.
provides a very comprehensive definition of what constitutes sustainable
McDonough - As with Glenn Murcutt, one of the original promoters
of the practical use of green design.
software directory. A directory of the most up to date software
to aid in sustainable design.
software. Analysis the environmental life cycle of building materials.
Solar Collectors - A very cost effective and architectural way
to essentially preheat air as it enters a building. More information
Green roofs are becoming more and more cost effective. Controlling
runoff and reducing the heat island effect, their main drawback
is that people are afraid of them. Greenroofs.com
are fairly comprehensive sources on the subject.
- Wind turbines. a good alternative to windmills.
a rating given by the EPA for products that meet certain energy
saving requirements. Sort of the Good Housekeeping seal for energy
2030 - An organization working towards the goal of carbon neutral
buildings by the year 2030.
Chart Program - A free web based program developed by the University
of Oregon to calculate sun charts for any given location
A couple of handy sun angle calculators are available here
Critical to green design