for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
||List of top
hazardous substances. Complete toxicological profiles
in PDF format for 250+ substances.
program promoting the use of alternative fuel vehicles
and infrastructure in order to achieve energy security
and environmental quality. Links to regional coalition
|Construction Waste Management Database
||This U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) program "promotes the responsible disposal of [construction] waste, including concrete, asphalt, masonry, wood, and other materials, much of which can be recycled or processed for reuse if handled properly" (GSA Press Release)
Building Energy Tools Directory
collection of 210 software tools, searchable by function
or computer platform. Description of each tool includes
strengths and weaknesses. Many listed tools are available
for free or accessible online.
Office of Building Technology State and Community Programs
to many topics, with links to Department of Energy programs
and initiatives on energy efficiency and sustainability
in buildings. Extensive resources available. The detailed
listing of software tools is itself a valuable tool
Regional Support Offices & Contact Persons
implementation of energy-efficient and renewable energy
strategies at the state and local levels.
Star Service and Product Providers
allied professionals. Organizations that participate in
any EPA partnership programs have a history of reducing
energy consumption in buildings. Program participants
receive technical assistance, customized support services,
public relations assistance and access to a broad range
of tools in order to reduce their buildings total energy
||"Enviro$en$e, part of the U.S. EPA's web site, provides a single repository for pollution prevention, compliance assurance, and enforcement information and data bases. Its search engine searches multiple web sites (inside and outside the EPA), and offers assistance in preparing a search" (source:Enviro$en$e).
Baseline IAQ Specifications
and materials testing procedures
benchmarking tool created by the EPA to compare a building
to other buildings throughout the country.Up-to-date
descriptions of the many energy efficiency programs and
incentives available under the umbrella of Energy Star.
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
standard for flood evacuations. Defines 100-year as the
flood elevation that has a 1 % chance of being reached
or exceeded each year.
Energy Management Program (FEMP)
of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program works to
reduce the cost and environmental impact of the Federal
government by advancing energy efficiency and water conservation,
promoting the use of distributed and renewable energy,
and improving utility management decisions at Federal
sites. Executive Order 93-102 mandates that the federal
sector reduce its energy consumption to 1986 levels.
Trade Commission (FTC) Energy & Environment
||A series of websites that "connect(s) you to FTC resources on energy labeling for consumer products, retail sales of electricity, environmental marketing claims, insulation and home energy issues, and fuel and automotive products" (Energy & Environment).
Trade Commission (FTC) Guidelines for the Use of Environmental
for vendors on claiming environmental friendliness of
Principles of Sustainable Design
National Parks facilities, this is a great resource for
designers of any building or landscape. Lots of information
in a friendly, graphic style. Particularly strong in discussion
of interpretive value of green design. The complete book
is available on the web.
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
||The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services. See Web Literature for NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG)
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
||The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH),which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
For funding opportunities, visit http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/fundopp.htm
Institute of Standards and Technology: Healthy and Sustainable Buildings
||"The objective of the Healthy and Sustainable buildings program is to make available measurement methods, test methods, fundamental data, simulation models, and life cycle environmental and economic analysis tools to support healthy buildings and the wide-spread use of sustainability in design, construction, and operation of buildings and their systems/subsystems" (source: NIST).
database of testing results and publications on thousands
of chemicals. Test results are used by FDA, OSHA, and
other regulatory and research agencies. Extensive and
detailed lab reports, but are not user-friendly and can
take time to decipher for non-scientists.
Resources Canada (NRCan)
in the sustainable development and use of natural resources,
energy, minerals and metals, forests and earth sciences.
Focuses on natural resource issues, from both a national
and international perspective, using expertise in science
and technology, policy and programs.
Jersey Department of Community Affairs
in the Sustainable Architecture, White Papers describes
a program in New Jersey that partners the public utility
and affordable housing departments to come up with a way
to build affordable housing with energy efficient designs.
York State Energy R&D Authority (NYSERDA)
| Agency created to help NY based businesses and residents solve their energy and environmental problems while developing innovative products and services that can be manufactured or commercialized by NY state firms. They have 7.3 million available for a variety of projects that directly or indirectly affect energy use including solar electric wind products. Funding is being offered to projects relating to green building designs, advanced transportation technology and energy-efficient technologies.
York State Green Building Initiative
program provides tax incentives to commercial developments
incorporating specific green strategies.
of Building Technology, State and Community Programs (BTS)
teleconference on energy-efficient schools entitled, "Energy
Smart Solutions for America's Schools," which dealt
with how geothermal heat pumps can save schools up to
35% on annual utility bills and improve the learning environment.
BTS also launched the Energy Smart Schools Partnership.
A future teleconference will discuss resources for financing
a school retrofit project.The BTS newsletter and the
website are terrific sources of current information on
DOE programs and contracts including the newly launched
Energy Partners website.
|Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT)
||OIT is the
catalyst for increasing the technology base within energy-intensive
US industries for energy-efficient, pollution prevention
and lower greenhouse gas emitting processes. The R&D process
is accelerated through two OIT sponsored grant programs,
NICE3 and I & I (both programs are described in this directory)
-Colleges & Universities
-State & Local Government
-Public & Multi-Family Housing
|"Rebuild America is a growing network of community-driven voluntary partnerships that foster energy efficiency and renewable energy in commercial, government and public-housing buildings. At the federal level, it is the largest, most established technology deployment program within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The program’s goals are to: conserve energy, accelerate use of the best energy technologies, save money, reduce air pollution, lower U.S. reliance on energy imports, help revitalize aging city and town neighborhoods, and create “smart energy” jobs." (source: www.rebuild.org)
Energy Program (SEP)
to states to carry out own energy efficiency initiatives
and funds "Special Projects". Eligible applicants
are limited to State or Territorial Energy Offices or
other agencies responsible for administering the State
Energy Program and partnerships are encouraged.
Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) and Small
Business Technology Transfer (STRR)
programs offer grants to for-profit research and manufacturing
companies and individuals to "conduct research and
development activities which remove or decrease your product's
barriers to commercialization." Almost every Businesses
of 500 employees or less are invited to submit SBIR/STTR
grant applications. Over 40 technical topics are eligible
including products for passive solar energy buildings.
Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)
resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings.
There is a Sustainable Building Tool Kit for assisting
managers in sustainable choices.
Materials Exchange (CalMAX)
want ads for the California workplace. Green minded organization
seeks like-minded businesses to reuse and recycle materials
for little or no cost. LEED recognized for Resource Reuse,
allows users to exchange waste items online.
Star Home Grant Program -2005
||Incentives are available for five new houses that achieve a Five Star rating. The selected home builders would be eligible for up to $5,000 based on the size of the house ($2.50/square foot of livable space) plus $3,000 which could be used for marketing and rating expenses.
|Environmentally Preferable Products Database:
California Division of the State Architect
|EPPD is a "database designed to provide a list of environmentally preferable products (EPP) for school construction. The project scope of work includes the following basic phases: research, criteria development, product screening, and database publishing" (EPP).
Green Gov't Council (GGGC) High Performance Green Building
its own set of green building guidelines for Pennsylvania.
Green Building Tax Credit
for nonresidential green building projects.
Green Buildings Initiative
||The Massachusetts Green Buildings Initiative, launched in March 2002, provides competitive awards to fund the planning and construction of renewable technologies in all types of Green Buildings. The Initiative competitively selects awardees from two separate categories of applicants: public and tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, and private and other nonprofit organizations.
|Recycled-Content Product Directory
for Recycled Content, database for recycled content products
Energy Efficiency Standard
sized state buildings must exceed state energy codes by
County Waste Management Authority
or grants for green homes, public/civic and commercial
buildings by member agencies; also covers construction
and demolition waste
County Green Building Incentive Program
awarded added density or height bonus for meeting LEED
Green Building Policy
by LEED rating system
County Environmental Purchasing Program
on "environmentally preferable" construction
and landscaping materials, office products and auto parts.
Also explains how the purchasing program works.LEED recognized
site for info on construction waste management and carpet
Energy Green Building Program
LEED certification of all public works projects over 5,000
sf. Developed numerous information resources in their
Green Building Program.
|City of Chicago: Department of Environment (DOE)
||Chicago is a leader in promoting green design.
| City of Boulder Green
Points Building Program
rating system to assess home energy use. Requires building
permit applicants to earn "points" by selecting green
building measures in order to receive a building permit.
Applies to private-sector residential projects, new and
remodels, over 500 SF
Vista GreenStar Building Efficiency Program
permit processing to residential builders and developers
who participate in the program.
||Began as "The
Green Building Initiative"; commercial guidelines
|Santa Monica Green
||Through the creation of the Green Design & the creation of Green Building Design & Construction Guidelines the City of Santa Monica established building performance ordnances that focus on reducing energy consumption and runoff, while improving runoff quality.
New homes must meet minimum Energy Star standards as set
|Environmental Services Department San Jose
guidelines, awards, incentives, streamlined permitting,
and educational resources; based on LEED.
|Office of Sustainable Design (OSD)
"The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) established an Office of Sustainable Design (OSD) in 1997, for the purpose of identifying and implementing cost-effective ways to promote greater environmental responsibility in building design. In 1999 OSD published DDC's High Performance Building Guidelines. This document has been a means of introducing sustainable design to DDC project teams and has been recognized internationally as a green building reference." (source: DDC)
|Green Building Program - San
Francisco Department of the Environment
||San Francisco requires LEED Silver certification for all municipal projects over 5,000 square feet. The Green Building Program works with City staff to ensure resource efficient buildings and practices. In addition, the Green Building Program provides assistance and resources to residents and businesses interested in green building.
Green Building Program
incentives to home builders for participation in the program.
Aims at strengthening consumer awareness and interest.
|Seattle Sustainable City Program
||Seattle city buildings must meet LEED Silver rating
|The Town of Flower Mound
|The Town of Flower Mound has developed a voluntary, incentive-based program to encourage builders and developers to design and build energy efficient homes and commercial buildings, encourage water conservation and support waste minimization.
Area Air Quality Management District
regulatory agency. Develops and enforces air pollution
regulations.LEED referenced standard:Regulation 8, Rule
51. Limits VOC's for sealants and sealant primers.
Energy Technologies Division
||Based at Lawrence
Berkeley National Lab, EETD is a leading research organization
with emphasis on windows, energy simulation software,
and indoor air quality. This vast Web site includes the
interactive Home saver tool, archives of the EETD newsletters,
and technical reports in PDF format.
High Performance Green Building Tax Credit
||A model for
environmental, financial and cultural sustainability
Model Specifications for Construction Waste Reduction,
Reuse, and Recycling
specifications done with great thoroughness and care.
A must-have for anyone specifying job-site recycling.
Available free online.A voluntary organization of municipal
and county governments in North Carolina's Region J.