Building Green - Associations & Organizations
Government & U.N. Sites
|Government /UN Sites:|
|US Environmental Protection Agency's Green Building site. Topics: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Stewardship, Environmentally Preferable Building Materials and Specifications, Waste Reduction, Toxics, Indoor Environment, Smart Growth and Sustainable Development.|
|US Dept of Energy's Building Technologies Program "works in partnership with states, industry, and manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings." Supplement to below.|
|Center for Excellence for Sustainable Development (Department of Energy's Smart Communities Network) resources, tools, links to articles and publications, and community success stories on a variety of topics from Community Energy, to Green Development, to Sustainable Business.|
|Sustainable Business Construction Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme and worldwide companies, to promote and support sustainable solutions in the building and construction sector.|
|International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environments-iiSBE is an international non-profit organization whose overall aim is to actively facilitate and promote the adoption of policies, methods and tools to accelerate the movement towards a global sustainable built environment.|
|International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction was established in 1953 as an Association whose objectives were to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research.|
|Global Green is the American Arm of Green Cross International, which was created by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment. In the United States the primary focus is on stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities.|
|U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit which *** created Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System (LEED) for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.|
|Whole Building Design Guide a "Portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective." ***|
|Sustainable Buildings Industry Council is committed to whole building sustainable design and construction: energy efficiency, renewable technologies, daylighting, healthy indoor environments, sustainable building materials and products, and resource conservation.|
|National Green Building Program is sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders & the NAHB Research Center.|
|Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Green Building performance education and resources to transform the residential design, development and construction industries to profitably deliver energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities.|
|American Institute of Architects- "Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment."|
|ToolBase Services is the US housing industry's resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems. The NAHB Research Center provides the services, with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) program, and other industry sponsors.|
|Healthy Building Network is a national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment.|
|Green Playbook. Provides strategies, tips, and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change through: Green building, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure.|
|Dovetail Partners, an environmental nonprofit provides information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.|
|Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, established in 1975, is a non-profit education, research, and demonstration organization specializing in life cycle planning and design. We undertake projects based on their potential contribution to site, regional and global sustainability and human health, and actively pursue collaborations with associate organizations, businesses and professional firms.|
|Green Building Initiative- a non profit whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction.|
|Architecture 2030, a non-profit, whose mission is to rapidly transform the US and global Building Sector from a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution. Proposes the 2030 Challenge Stimulus Plan.|
|Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility is a membership organization that works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. Believe design practitioners have a significant role to play in the well-being of communities.|
|Earth Advantage, non-profit works with builders and developers to bring the most energy efficient, sustainable and healthy homes to the market. Participates with other nonprofits, organizations and associations to bring forth the message of conservation and sustainability. Mostly NW States.|
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