U.S. Green Building Council Resources (USGBC)

Resources for GUEP Competitors

Green Building Resources

USGBC’s Green Home Guide – www.greenhomeguide.com
GreenHomeGuide is a portal where users can find green home information, expertise, ideas and connections.

A nationwide network of USGBC volunteer-based chapters: The U.S. Green Building Council boasts more than 70 local chapter organizations across all 50 states.  Each of these chapters is a leading hub for green building education, science, practice and policy.  Find a USGBC chapter.

A nationwide network of residential green building professionals – Green Raters & LEED for Homes Providers(Many of these types of companies can also be found on GreenHomeGuilde.com) Green Raters and LEED for Homes Providers are your essential regional and local contacts to help with project registration, on-site verification and testing of LEED for Homes projects across the United States.

Green building policy ideas to target saving energy

  • Establish a working group to develop your own policy ideas: “Guiding Green Building Policy
  • Take high-performance building operations & measurement to the next level: Use the LEED Dynamic Plaque in a major public facility.
  • Tap the many rewards of government commitments to Leadership with LEED: small communities that invest in high-performance green buildings reap big rewards in spillover effects in the private sector.  Optimizing existing public buildings – including schools, municipal facilities and public housing – remains a significant area of opportunity.
    • Green Building Incentive Strategies, some that can be implemented at low-to-no cost, are effective ways at spurring similar green building leadership activity in the private sector.
  • Measure green building performance in your community:  The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) is a global innovation platform for exploring and comparing the green dimensions of the built environment. GBIG is the premier search engine for green building data, providing insights that enable better building outcomes and more sustainable communities.
  • You can’t manage what you don’t measure: Benchmark building energy and water use in public facilities and find big ways to save energy, water and money.  (Mainstream Building Benchmarking)
    • You can’t measure data that you can’t access: Some of that energy and water information may be unavailable to building owners with multiple tenants, requiring partnerships with utilities to unlock it.  (Improve Energy Data Access)
  • Unleash investments in green homes through transparency of green attributes: Boards of realtors hold the keys to a more open, transparent system that can facilitate better valuation of efficient, green homes.  A ‘green MLS’ can help buyers and sellers find the efficiency and green attributes they’re looking for, and spur future investment and demand.  (Highlight Green Homes)
  • Ensure affordable housing is truly efficient and affordable: Extending the benefits of efficient, healthy buildings to America’s low-income households should be a major priority.  (Value Healthy & Efficient Affordable Housing)
  • Establish new efficiency and sustainability norms for all buildings: Today’s design and construction practice has made major strides, and the public’s expectations have followed.  Consider updating building codes to match with today’s greater expectations for healthy, efficient, comfortable, and cost-effective buildings.  (Build Better Codes)
  • Invest in our schools, invest in our future (reap rewards in efficiency, health and more): By promoting the design and construction of green schools, and by greening the operations and maintenance of existing schools, every community can help to improve student health, reduce school operational costs and save energy, too.  The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is a one-stop shop for everything you need for greener, healthier more efficient schools, teachers and students. (Establish common ground around green schools)
  • Your government guide to green facilities: The Roadmap to Green Government Buildings is a guide for government professionals implementing green building programs and initiatives. It highlights key issues and references dozens of peer-developed resources created by government green building experts across the country.