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Advanced Buldings Technologies & Practices
Abstract: This site contains ninety technologies and practices that improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial and multi-unit residential buildings.

Checklist for Environmentally Responsible Design & Construction
Abstract: A checklist that covers the essentials of green building.
Source: Environmental Building News

Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center
Abstract: The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center - CICA Center - has a new website which explains environmental rules for the construction industry. Also provided are links to state regulations and other resources, including links to state and local green building programs. The site is virtually indispensible for any construction project.
Source: The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and the EPA.

Continuous Improvement for Small Volume Builders
Abstract: Good management sets the stage by creating an organized way to capture good ideas and make the right improvements in the right way, the first time. Here are some elements common to the continuous improvement systems of most National Housing Quality award winning builders.
Source: NAHB Research Center Staff

Continuous Improvement on the Jobsite
Abstract: Your response to suggestions from field personnel defines the success of continuous improvement on the jobsite. Field personnel experience problems every day that cost time and money, problems that they would love to solve. Act on their suggestions, watch costs go down, and more ideas emerge.
Source: NAHB Research Center Staff

EarthCraft House Guidelines and Program Worksheet
Abstract: Twelve sections which assist a builder through the EarthCraft House application worksheet. Each section provides guidance for areas of focus such as site planning, energy efficient building envelope and systems, waste management, etc.

Earthcraft House Project
Abstract: The EarthCraft House is a blueprint for healthy, comfortable, affordable homes that cut energy and water bills and protect the environment. Through training, EarthCraft Houses provide builders a sign of quality and a sustainable commitment to home buyers and their surrounding community.
Source: Southface

Federal Environmental Requirements for Construction [PDF]
Abstract: This guide provides information on federal environmental requirements for construction projects. It is written primarily for owners of construction projects and for general contractors who supervise construction projects. Subcontractors also may find the information useful.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Frost Protected Shallow Foundations [PDF]
Abstract: Frost protected shallow foundations are energy efficient, resource efficient and are reported as saving up to 40% in foundation costs. Approved for slab-on-grade construction for heated buildings in the CABO/ICC their use is spreading. This 12-page guide explains how they work, the benefits involved, where they are approved, and more.
Source: National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)

Green Building Initiative
Abstract: The Green Building Initiative is a not-for-profit organization supported by a broad cross section of groups and individuals interested in promoting energy efficient and environmentally sustainable practices in residential and commercial construction. The site includes many resources for residential and commerical builders to help them build green profitably.
Source: The Green Building Initiative

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
Abstract: Learn about the leading edge of the building and construction industry, including the latest updates and expansions of the LEED Green Building Rating System. Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, Greenbuild is the nation's largest green-building conference.
Source: US Green Building Council

Guide to Foundation and Support Systems for Manufactured Homes
Abstract: The changes in the manufactured housing market, the evolution of the industry itself and the diversification of the potential customers for manufactured homes are ushering in a host of innovations and changes to the industry's core product. This guide describes new methods changes than the methods for supporting and fastening the home to the ground.
Source: PATH

High Performance Buildings
Abstract: The High Performance Buildings Database is research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that seeks to improve building performance measuring methods by collecting data on various factors that affect a building's performance, such as energy, materials, and land use. The database collects information from buildings around the world, ranging from homes and commercial interiors to large buildings and even whole campuses and neighborhoods. These may be certified green projects, or simply projects that have one or more notable environmental features.
Source: US Department of Energy

Homes Across America
Abstract: This site profiles resource efficient homes throughout the country, highlighting techniques and technologies appropriate for specific sites, climatic conditions, and affordability ranges.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center

Houses That Work
Abstract: Climate-specific technical resource shows how to design and build homes that use 30% less energy for space conditioning and hot water than the 1995 Model Energy Code (MEC) based on results of more than 8000 homes built across the country. It includes an uupdated North American hygro-thermal regions map, climate-specific Best Practices with performance criteria, three building profiles per climate, and a building materials technical and performance specifications.
Source: U. S. DOE Building America Program

Model Green Home Building Guidelines
Abstract: These guidelines were created for mainstream home builders. They highlight the ways a home builder can effectively weave environmental solutions into a new home and provide a tool that local associations can use to create their own green home building program. Topics include: lot design, preparation, and development; resource efficiency; energy efficiency; water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; operation, maintenance and homeowner education; global impact; site planning and land development. An email discussion forum is also offered.
Source: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

National Institute of Building Sciences
Abstract: Although there is a strong orientation toward commercial building issues on this website, it provides abundant information to those in home construction about products, committees, hazards, and other issues.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences

PATH Home of the Future
Abstract: The PATH Concept Home is a vibrant reflection of the people who live in it, whoever they may be. It recognizes our common need for a healthy and flexible living environment. It promises stronger communities, sustainable development, and a better quality of life for all homeowners.
Source: Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing

Recycling Plus Program Manual [PDF]
Abstract: A field-tested model for reducing construction waste on job sites. Designed for construction companies, this manual includes individual guides to assist management and field personnel, case studies and sample subcontractor kits, plus more.
Source: Clean Washington Center (CWC)

Residential Job-site Disposal of New Construction Waste Gypsum Board
Abstract: Recommended disposal procedures on residential building lots.
Source: Gypsum Association

Sector Strategies for Construction
Abstract: This site is part of a new partnership between the EPA and the construction industry to promote resource efficient construction. At the bottom of the page are a number of relevant construction links.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Stormwater Authority
Abstract: Stormwater Authority is a place where specifying engineers, contractors, developers, site owners and regulators can learn and share information. It’s a place to research best management practices and regulations.
Source: Stormwater Authority

Sustainable Building Technical Manual
Abstract: Comprehensive manual, 300 pages. Covers a large area of green building considerations, practices and recommendations. (Public Technology, Inc. DOE, EPA, USGBC).
Source: U.S. Green Building Council

The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Abstract: CPWR's main focus is to develop practical ways to improve safety and health for construction workers and their families.
Source: Building & Construction Trades Department

Water Quality
Abstract: Identification of construction related water quality issues and best practices.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service, Pollution Prevention Program

What Is Sustainable Development?
Abstract: Overview and importance of sustainability.
Source: Dr. R. Warren Flint / Five E's Unlimited

Whole Building Design Guide
Abstract: The guide provides an Internet resource to a wide range of building-related design guidance, criteria, and technology, including sustainable energy design. The guide is a public/private-sector collaboration and is maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences with support from GSA, DOE, the Navy and other public and private agencies.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences


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