Other Federal Agencies
Databases and Tools
operating buildings requires energy, water, and materials and creates
significant amounts of waste. Where and how they are built affects
the ecosystems around us in countless ways. And the buildings
themselves create new indoor environments that present new
environmental problems and challenges.
environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent, a new field
called green building is arising to reduce that
impact at the source. Green or sustainable building is the practice
of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models of
construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.
This section of the compliance center will provide links to green
building activities and related documents covering various topics,
- Energy: Designing and operating buildings to use energy efficiently and to
use renewable sources of energy, including solar, wind, and biomass.
- Water: Designing
and operating buildings to use water efficiently.
- Materials: Using
building materials that, in comparison to competing brands, have a
reduced effect on the environment throughout their life cycle (e.g.
recycled content, low toxicity, energy efficiency, biodegradability,
- Waste: Reducing
the waste from construction, remodeling, and demolition.
- Indoor Environment: Designing and operating buildings that are healthy for their
Green Building Website. Portal to numerous
EPA websites covering green building issues including Energy Star,
Indoor Air, Water, C&D Debris, Brownfields, Smart Growth and
Building State Locator. This resource identifies
Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building
(USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding
sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 12,000
organizations from across the building industry that are working to
advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable,
and healthy places to live and work.
Green Building Coalition. The FGBC Green Local
Government Standard designates Green Cities and Green Counties for
outstanding environmental stewardship.
Building Resources. Annotated links to Green Building
resources covering general information, energy efficiency, water
usage, building materials, indoor environments, building sectors,
deconstruction/recycling building materials, specifications/codes,
organizations, state-specific information, low impact development,
landscaping, directories, and design guides.
Databases and Tools
High Performance Buildings Database—The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) offers Green Building Case Studies that provide detailed process and performance data on selected Massachusetts green buildings and schools funded by the Renewable Energy Trust.
In this online resource, you can explore completed studies that cover areas including design processes, energy and renewable energy performance, and other green building features.
The case studies are presented through the High Performance Buildings Database, a tool sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that seeks to improve building performance and measuring methods.
Better Communities: A Toolkit for Quality Growth.
This toolkit provides information, talking points, and case studies
on methods to: relieve traffic congestion, preserve undeveloped space
in neighborhoods, accommodate residential and commercial growth
through the use of transportation facilities, and improve air
quality. It also provides a list of outside information resources on
transportation issues and step-by-step instructions for developing a
campaign to improve mobility in one's own growing community.
Local Chapter Locator. USGBC Chapters provide local
green building resources, education, and leadership opportunities.
Get involved in your local chapter to connect with green building
experts in your area; share strategies, resources, and best
practices; tour green building projects; and more.
Green Building Funding Opportunities. Numerous sources
of funding for green building are available at the national, state
and local levels for homeowners, industry, government organizations