A single standard for "What is Green Building" does not exist, but all green building concepts include the same basic principles. Green Building in general focuses on passive solar orientation, best use of space, an energy efficient envelope, water conservation, renewable materials, ease of maintenance, indoor air-quality, the use of less toxic materials and obtaining materials locally. To construct the perfect Green Home for your customer keep in mine these simple questions:
A green home has many benefits including; using less energy, water, and natural resources; while creating less waste. It is also a healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. A green home will have lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost of owning a green home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home and will often save you money in the long run.
LEED for Homes
Here are a few links that can get you started building Green. Check back for additions and updates.
LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high performance "green" homes.
NAHB's Model Green Home Building Guidelines
NAHB's voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines are designed to be a tool kit for the individual builder looking to engage in green building practices and home builder associations (HBAs) looking to launch their own local green building programs.
Building America is a private/public partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that conducts research to find energy-efficient solutions for new and existing housing that can be implemented on a production basis.
The Energy Star Program
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that promotes and rewards the use of energy efficient products and practices.
The Housing Zone – Green Forum
A website that gathers information on the Green Building industry and puts it conveniently at your fingertips. Green building information and product facts can easily be found here.
The Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA)™
To provide education and resources to transform the residential design and construction industry to profitably deliver energy efficient and environmentallyresponsible buildings and communities.
Green by Design:Renewable, Durable, Sustainable Wood
A highly informative green brochure created by the Canadian Wood Council in collaboration with the Forest Products Association of Canada, a must read for all green enthusiast.