Energy Efficiency |
Guides & Standards
For more than a decade, the Athena Institute has been helping architects, engineers and others to evaluate the environmental impacts of new and existing buildings through life cycle assessment (LCA). The EcoCalculator offers architects, engineers and others access to instant LCA results for hundreds of common building assemblies.
Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) software for material assessment
BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the life-cycle assessment approach specified in the ISO 14040 series of standards. All stages in the life of a product are analyzed: raw material acquisition, manufacture, transportation, installation, use, and recycling and waste management.
Provides helpful information for architects and contractors on green building design and construction elements including, windows, flooring, plumbing, insulation, and more.
Green Building Material
California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) web site that educates on the use of green building materials and products.
A complete source for green building materials--ones that are healthy and resource-efficient.
Oikos: Green Building Source
A terrific spot for you to begin your search for green building
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore resale outlets sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and home accessories to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.
This is a place to find links, learn information, and buy recycled
This is a world wide trading site for recyclables.