USGBC and LEED
US Green Building Council – www.usgbc.org
Neighborhood Design – www.greenplaybook.org
Strategic action in these sectors promotes economic development, builds healthier communities, strengthens energy independence, and supports climate protection.
LEED-Homes, Green Home Guide - www.greenhomeguide.org
Green remodeling handbook – www.ReGreenProgram.org
Videos and audio of Green Build presentations - www.GreenBuild365.org
LEED On-line https://leedonline.usgbc.org/
LEED Cost Studies
(Links to all studies located at: www.usgbc.org , click “Resources, Green Building Research, Research and Publications)
The Cost of Green Revisited, Davis Langdon; 2007
The Cost of Green Revisited, an extension of the 2004 Costing Green report, shows that many projects are achieving LEED within their budgets and in the same cost range as non-LEED projects.
Costing Green, Davis Langdon; 2004
Based on an in-depth study of the cost of sustainable buildings, this report concludes that there is no significant difference in the construction costs for LEED versus non-LEED buildings.
The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings
This October 2003 report to California's Sustainable Building Task Force includes LEED building analysis.
Greening America's Schools: Costs and Benefits
This report, prepared by Capital E, compares the financial costs and benefits of green schools and conventional schools.
GSA LEED Cost Study
The U.S. General Services Administration commissioned this report to estimate soft and hard costs for developing green federal facilities.
Health and Productivity Gains from Better Indoor Environments and their Relationship with Building Energy Efficiency, Fisk; 2000
Making the Case for Green Buildings
Building Green Archives, various videos http://www.greenworks.tv/green_building/archives.htm
Green Building marketing Studies (links to multiple studies)
Healthy Schools Campaign - www.healthyschoolscampiagn.org
Green Building Case Studies
Virtually Green: Green Building Tour System - www.virtuallygreen.com
Greener Buildings – www.greenerbuildings.com
Green Line Paper - www.greenlinepaper.com
Green Seal - www.greenseal.org/resources/reports.cfm “Choose Green Reports” on topics from paper, to cleaning supplies, to car tires.
EPA Procurement Guidelines - http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/procure/products.htm
Architecture 2030 - www.architecture2030.org
Fantastic images showing rising sea levels, effects of coal, locations of Katrina Hurricane evacuees, great resource for putting together presentations on climate change.
Energy Pulse Survey
90% do not know that buildings are greatest source of emissions
66% do not know that coal is our primary fuel for electricity production
http://www.energypulse.org/pressreleases.php (Read press releases. Full report for purchase.)
Mayor’s Climate Protection Center
http://usmayors.org/climateprotection/bestpractices.htm A best practices guide for cities can be downloaded here.
Ray Anderson – Owner of Interface Carpet, on how he and Interface carpet faced and embraced the goal of sustainability (10 minutes) Intense, compelling business argument http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bAdsJCHGyU
Story of Stuff: From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. (20 minutes) http://www.storyofstuff.com/
High Performance Buildings: Perspectives and Practice
Now is the time to powerfully communicate the business case for green building. Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council have partnered to produce a succinct 29-minute film featuring over 12 LEED projects, as well as interviews with CEOs, school administrators, government officials, building managers, and many others who are realizing the real benefits of going green.
Green Buildings: Making the Case
Owners of green buildings in Pennsylvania talk about why they’ve gone green. Includes Penn. Turnpike, schools, office buildings, convention center… 16 minutes. ftp://ftp.state.pa.us/pub/dep/WEB/GGGC/makingTheCase.wmv
Calculate your carbon footprint
Recalculate by changing one or two factors. Commit to changing those factors.
Bike or walk to work or for an errand and report back on your experience.
How did it feel? Where there obstacles? Would you do it again, why or why not?
Use the “Walkability Checklist” http://www.walkableamerica.org/checklist-walkability.pdf
can apply to bike trip too. Report your findings to your councilwoman, Martha Norbeck
Take the “Nature Challenge”
Energy Design Resources - www.energydesignresources.com
Range of energy design tools, descriptions and resources divided into: design practice, technologies, building types, software and training. Funded by California utility customers.
Whole Building Design Guide - www.wbdg.org
Whole building design techniques and technologies – extensive articles and links on wide range of topics.
Iowa Energy Center – www.energy.iastate.edu
Solar and wind energy calculators for estimating renewable energy production in IA.
Southface - www.southface.org
Fact sheets on variety of green building topics
Daylighting Collaborative - www.daylighting.org
Tools and design recommendations for daylighting
Sun Angle Calculator - www.susdesign.com/sunangle/
Environmental Building News - www.buildinggreen.com
Database of case studies, materials, researched articles
Green Building Source Book - www.greenbuilder.com
Green builder sourcebook, bookstore, real estate, green professionals directory
Healthy Building Network - www.healthybuilding.net
Articles on indoor air quality and materials which affect IAQ.
Green Guard – www.greenguard.org
Certification program for low emitting interior products.
Green Seal - www.greenseal.org/resources/reports.cfm
“Choose Green Reports” on paints and finishes, lists chemicals to watch out for
Energystar - www.energystar.gov
US Government standards for, and listings of, energy efficient homes and products.
Green Building Supply – www.greenbuildingsupply.com
Extensive information about available green building materials.
Green Building Certification Institute - www.gbci.org
Register for exam, exam guidelines
Green Exam Prep - www.greenexamprep.com
Professional Publications, Inc. http://ppi2pass.com/ppi/PPIShop_ct_LEED
“The Green Book: the everyday guide to saving the planet, one simple step at a time.” Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen.
“Squeaky Green: the method guide to detoxing your home.” Erik Ryan and Adam Lowry
“Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction.” David Johnson & Scott Gibson.
“Rain Gardens: Manageming water sustainably in the garden and designed landscape” Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden
Publishers of Green Books
Ecotone Publishing - www.ecotonedesign.com
New Society Publishers - www.newsociety.com
Island Press - www.islandpress.org