Additional Resources


Green Residential Certification Standards

NAHB Green Home Building Guidelines
The NAHB guidelines created for mainstream home builders are designed to highlight the ways a mainstream home builder can effectively weave environmental solutions holistically into a new home. The program creates and provides a tool that local associations can use to create their own green home building program.

LEED for Homes
The LEED for Homes program is being developed by the USGBC with input from local and national stakeholder groups. It is a voluntary initiative promoting the transformation of the mainstream home building industry towards more sustainable practices. It will provide a much-needed tool for homebuilders, homeowners, and local governments for building environmentally sound, healthy, and resource-efficient places to live.

Healthy Built Homes
The NC HealthyBuilt Homes Program provides a certificate for North Carolina homes meeting "green home guidelines" built by residential builders who practice sustainable, high performance building strategies making the home a comfortable, healthy and affordable place that reduces energy and water usage, promotes renewable energy use and helps protect the land where the home is built.


General Resources

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC is an association of leaders from various sectors of the building industry working to promote environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy buildings.

BuildingGreen includes several invaluable resources for the green builder. The GreenSpec Directory provides information on nearly 2,000 carefully screened green building products that cover more than 250 categories--from access flooring to zero-VOC paints. As with all BuildingGreen's resources, GreenSpec carries no advertising, and is not sponsored by any industry or manufacturer fees. This means you get unbiased, reliable product information that you can trust. BuildingGreen, Inc. also publishes Green Building Products a residential green product directory, and Environmental Building News, a highly respected monthly newsletter.

Green Building Finance Consortium
The Green Building Finance Consortium (GBFC) is a group of leading corporations, real estate companies, and trade groups who have joined together to address the need for independent research and analysis of investment in Green or energy efficient buildings. In addition GBFC hosts a comprehensive list of industry resources.

Building America
Building America is a private/public partnership that develops energy solutions for new and existing homes. The Building America project combines the knowledge and resources of industry leaders with the U.S. Department of Energy's technical capabilities. The site provides detailed, climate-specific, best practices guides.

Green Building Initiative
The Green Building Initiative™ is a nonprofit network of building industry leaders committed to bringing green to mainstream residential and commercial construction. The GBI believes in building approaches that are environmentally progressive, but also practical and affordable for builders to implement.

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products, practices, and building methods.

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
PATH is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America's housing.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)
GEI is an industry independent, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve public health and the quality of life through programs that improve indoor air.

Advanced Energy
Advanced Energy, located in Raleigh N.C., is a nonprofit corporation that helps utilities and residential and industrial customers improve their businesses through incorporating new energy-related technologies. It provides training and consultation to improve the health, safety, comfort, durability and energy efficiency of houses and commercial buildings. Advanced Energy is committed to a future in which energy needs are met at reasonable costs and with the least negative consequences.  Advanced Energy creates economic, environmental and societal benefits through innovative and market-based approaches to energy issues.


Cradle to Cradle: The Way We Make Things
By William McDonough and Michael Braungart

The Ecology of Commerce
By Paul Hawken

Big and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century
By David Gissen

The Geography of Nowhere
By James Howard Kunstler

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
By Jason McLennan

Good Green Homes
By Jennifer Roberts

Natural Capitalism
By Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, & Hunter Lovins

Green Architecture
By James Wines