Smarter Business: Green Building
Greener by Design: NRDC's Santa Monica Office
The following sites offer additional information about building green. For links to materials used on our Santa Monica Office project see the Project Resources page or download one of our Guides.
CERTIFICATION & STANDARDS
LEED - Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® "is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings."
U.S. Green Building Council - Promotes the understanding, development and accelerated implementation of "green building" policies, programs, technologies, standards and design practices.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Building Green - Includes an introduction to green building, a calendar of upcoming events, a green building checklist and tips for making environmental choices on a budget.
Center for Resourceful Building Technology - Offers a guide to resource efficient building materials and a database of suppliers.
Energy Star - Learn how to increase energy efficiency when making home improvements or building a new home.
EPA: Green Building - Tips on energy efficiency, water use efficiency, using green building materials, reducing waste and creating a healthy indoor environment.
Forest Certification Research Center - Search the database to find suppliers of certified wood and certified wood products.
Green Building Design and Construction - Created by California's Integrated Waste Management Board, this website includes green building basics, case studies and a sustainable building tool kit.
Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design - This National Park Service report provides an overview of the decisions involved in a sustainable building project.
NRDC's Building Green: From Principle to Practice - NRDC's guide for building professionals outlines the business reasons to build green and then provides a step-by-step guide to getting started.
Oikos - Green building news, product information, instructional articles and related links.
SustainableABC.com - Directories of green building products and professionals, and a large collection of Internet resources, organized by topic.