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Local Green Building Resources
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Technical Information and Tools
Financial Incentives for Green Building

Local Green Building Resources

King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Sustainable Building Topics

Build Green NW (external link)
Information about building green and/or leasing green space.

American Institute of Architects – Seattle Chapter, Committee on the Environment (external)

U.S. Green Building Council, Cascadia Chapter (external)
The Cascadia Chapter assists in the development of industry standards, design practices, tools, policy advocacy, information exchange and education. Encourages widespread acceptance of LEED® certification as the regional standard for buildings and communities.

Lighting Design Lab (external)
Provides information on the Lighting Design Lab's tours, classes, workshops and consultations by experienced lighting and daylighting specialists.

Northwest Ecobuilding Guild (external)
The Northwest Ecobuilding Guild is an association of builders, designers, homeowners, and others concerned with ecological building.

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (external)
Online resources to green building for those involved in building design and construction.

Seattle City Light Conservation (external)
Provides information on Seattle City Light's energy efficiency programs and services for residential and business customers.

City Green Building (City of Seattle) (external)
This resource for sustainable building features links to a LEED project task list, project services procurement language guide, policy and code information, case studies and Seattle's CIP Supplements to LEED.

Washington State Department of Ecology Green Building Site (external)
Provides direct links to organizations, databases, resources, and other information on sustainable building practices in Washington State.

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Green Building in Other Municipalities

Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Green Government Council

Santa Monica Green Building Program
Provides information on how others can achieve Santa Monica’s standards of excellence in green building design and construction.

Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide (external)
Presents a set of tools to facilitate the application of sustainable development principles to new building construction, additions, remodeling, restoration and maintenance projects.

U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Communities Network (external)
Provides an extensive list of case studies, tools, models and policies practiced by various communities.

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Green Building Programs and Organizations

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (external)
Provides information on USGBC events, membership, training and workshops, as well as details on LEED™ professional accreditation procedures and project registration.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Community Green Building Programs (external)
Lists community programs nationwide that promote the public acceptance of green building and its benefits and encourage builders to adopt green building practices.

Certification Resource Center (external)
Council provides assistance in education and training, networking, and the development of buying guidelines and pilot programs.

Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT) (external)

Energy Star (external)
Describes the many incentive and energy efficiency programs available through the Energy Star program.

Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) (external)

Renewable Energy Policy Project/Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (REPP-CREST) (external)
REPP-CREST's software and Internet services provide access to a broad range of topics, including public policy reports, interactive media, renewable energy success stories and online discussion groups.

Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings (external)
The Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings is a collection of resources developed by governments with established and emerging green building programs. The Roadmap draws on these resources to suggest strategies for developing a green building program within a typical government entity framework. The USGBC Government Sector will work to refine and update this information with the experiences from government green building programs across the country.

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) (external)
RMI’s Research & Consulting team provides a broad range of consulting services to businesses and organizations of all sizes. Online resources include a library, discussion groups, a calendar of events and the institute's newsletter.

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) (external)
Site provides easy-to-use guidelines, software, and general information about energy conservation measures, energy-efficient equipment and appliances, daylighting and sustainable architecture.

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Material Suppliers and Product Information

Green Building Products by McGraw-Hill Sweets (external)

Green Home Guide (external)
Product information and articles on green home remodeling.

Green Seal (external)
Independent, nonprofit organization that identifies and promotes products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats and minimize global warming and ozone depletion. Web site feature policy information, product recommendations and publications.

Greenguard Environmental Institute™ (external)
Independent, nonprofit organization tests and certifies building materials and interior products for low chemical and particle emissions.

Features current news, archives from the former Energy Source Builder newsletter, a library, and the Oikos Product Directory, previously known as the REDI database. The directory contains over 2,500 companies and organizations and covers a variety of products, including recycled plastic lumber, solar water heaters, indoor ventilation equipment, home appliances, paints and finishes low in volatile organic compounds, lumber reclaimed from old buildings and lumber harvested from forests certified for sustainable management.

Recycled-Content Product Manufacturers (RCPM) directory (external)
Directory of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle, formerly CIWMB).

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Technical Information and Tools

Building Energy Software Tools Directory (external)
Describes hundreds of energy-related software tools for buildings, with an emphasis on using renewable energy and achieving energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings. Directory is searchable by platform or function, and descriptions detail each tool’s weaknesses and strengths.

Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) 4.0 (external)
BEES 4.0 software measures the environmental performance of building products by using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in ISO 14000 standards. Site has free downloads of BEES software as well as other economic analysis tools.

Building Operation Management (external)
This on line publication is intended for facility managers and owners of commercial and institutional buildings and targets individuals responsible for renovation, new construction, and facility management projects; topics include energy efficiency and green energy use.

Environmental Design + Construction (external)
This trade magazine features articles on all aspects of environmentally responsible design and construction; includes product reviews and listings, case studies, recent articles and other references.

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Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) (external)
Presents research and information on building energy analysis, building technologies (windows, glass, etc.) and the indoor environment; resources include energy simulation software, an interactive home energy saver tool, archives of EETD newsletters and technical reports.

High-Performance Buildings Database (external)
Database includes projects ranging from homes and commercial interiors to large buildings, entire campuses and neighborhoods that are certified green projects or have one or more notable environmental features.

Hybrid Optimization Model for Electric Renewables (HOMER)
The HOMER computer model helps design stand-alone electric power systems. When provided information on electrical loads, renewable resources and component costs, HOMER can design the optimal power system to serve those loads.

Lighting Research Center (external)
Provides technical information relating to the design and specification of energy-efficient lighting and offers a number of downloadable publications.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Buildings (external)
Provides links and information on energy, water, materials, waste and the indoor environment.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) I-BEAM Software (external)
I-BEAM software was developed for building professionals and others who are interested in indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial buildings. I-BEAM provides information on a wide range of IAQ issues for commercial buildings.

WaterWiser: The Water Efficiency Clearinghouse (external)
Online database houses over 5,000 publications and studies related to all aspects of water conservation.

Whole Building Design Guide (external)
Web site is an effort by the U.S. government, the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC), and the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) to consolidate design guidelines; includes useful sections on sustainability material (under Design Objectives) and energy.

Financial Incentives for Green Building

State, federal and utility energy-efficiency incentives

King County GreenTools and Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) have developed tools to help facilitate and encourage participation in Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Washington State, and Federal incentive programs that promote energy efficiency and conservation in construction and retrofitting. See PSE, state, and federal energy-efficiency incentives for:

Puget Sound Energy (external)
Offers green power purchase options, energy efficiency grants for residential and commercial projects, and rebates on lighting, HVAC equipment, and appliances.

Saving Water Partnership (external)
This coalition of local utilities offers rebates on a variety of resource efficient appliances for residences and commercial buildings.

ShoreBank Pacific (external)
Lending programs for commercial projects that bring together conservation and economic development.

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Updated: Oct. 27, 2016

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