Interested in building green? Not sure what methods work best or what products to trust? Look no further. Below are a few sustainable design topics for which we have compiled helpful educational information.
Green Building Basics
Green Building Checklist (2008) by Environmental Building News, www.buildinggreen.com.
A two-page Checklist for Environmentally Responsible Design & Construction, organized within categories of design, land use and site issues, materials, equipment, and business practices. Also includes descriptions and order forms for the EBN, their GreensSpec Directory for commercial projects, and their Green Building Products guide to residential building materials. (2008)
Green Building 101 (2008) by Global Green USA, www.globalgreen.org
A thorough 15-page presentation of the what, why, and how of green building, which includes visual explanations as well as written descriptions. “The Top 20 No- or Low-Cost Green Building Strategies” (p. 7) is especially great reading before you start designing your dream project, and “The 10 Tips for Greening Your Home” (p. 10) contains ideas all of us can implement. This pdf also contains an Eco-Glossary, and nicely labeled drawings of Green Options in a New Addition, a Second Floor Remodel, Kitchen Remodel, and Bathroom Remodel.
Sustainable Building Info Sheets (2002) by Hubbell & Hubbell. 7-page summary answering common “why” and “what” questions about: sustainable building, building with recycled materials, alternative building systems, building with straw bales, building with earth, alternative waste water systems, alternative energy systems.
Sources / Shopping
Eco Business Links
Directory for environmental online shopping & information resources featuring 2,000+ handpicked quality green links for a sustainable lifestyle. www.ecobusinesslinks.com
Sustainable Building Sourcebook
A reference site for sustainable building with a very wide range of resources. sustainablesources.com