Presentation on “Hiring and Working with Green Building Professionals” given at the West Coast Green Conference in San Francisco, September 30, 2006

Green Building Links

Build It Green
The main marketplace transformation and information clearinghouse organization for residential green building in California. The site offers an array of green building information.

Southface Energy Institute
A nationally significant green building educational organization. Their web site offers fantastic resources for green building.

Austin Energy Green Building Program
The oldest green building program in the US, which set a standard for all others to follow. Their web site offers numerous resources for green building.

US Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC is the largest green building industry stakeholder organization and non-profit in the US. Its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system has been nationally recognized as the green building rating system of choice among designers and builders of commercial and municipal buildings,

California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) (GB page)
This state agency houses the statewide clearinghouse for green building information as it relates to state, county, city and school buildings.

California Energy Commission (CEC)
The CEC oversees most of the research and information development regarding energy use in California. The information center is an easy to navigate site with great information, guides, videos, etc.

Green Building in Alameda County
This agency has been at the heart of promoting green building since 2000 and their site offers a host of green building resources.

This site offers the homeowner and lasndscape professionals great resources for California regionally appropriate landscapes.

Energy Star Program
This federal EPA and DOE program offers information and ratings on energy efficient buildings, homes, and appliances.

Building Science Corporation
One of the premiere architecture and building science consulting firms in the US, that specializes in preventing and resolving moisture and indoor air quality problems related to building design, construction and operation. The site offers lots of valuable and up to date information for visitors who are technically minded.

One of the premiere architecture, engineering and building science consulting firms in the US. They specialize in training on best practices in design, construction, and homeownership. Their site offers good case studies and fact sheets.

Environmental Building News – Building Green
This publisher has for 15 years been at the forefront of providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed on green buildings, materials and processes. They offer both print and electronic resources and are the publishers of Environmental Building News and the GreenSpec Directory.

DOE’s Building America Program
Building America is a private/public partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that conducts research to find energy-efficient solutions for new and existing housing that can be implemented on a production basis. provides the feedback required to develop critical “next generation” building systems. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the most cost-effective next generation building systems that can produce as much energy as they usea zero energy home. The site offers great downloadable resources such as publications, guidelines, fact sheets, case studies, etc.

Home Innovation Research Labs
The housing industry’s resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems. The site offers and easy way to search for any advanced information, research and evaluations on better building technologies and practices.

Energy and Environmental Building Association
This organization educates building professionals on the best building practices. The site offers great articles, fact sheets, building specifications and builder case studies.

Home Performance Coalition
This organization conducts annual national and quarterly regional conferences on an expanding range of training and education initiatives, that inspire excellence in home construction, remodeling, repair and operation, by promoting a systems approach. This is a must attend conference for any building professional. The site offers technical articles and presentations from past conference sessions.

This web site resource to help companies of all sizes and sectors understand and address building design, construction, and operation in a way that aligns environmental responsibility with business success. They provide a cornucopia of links to hands-on tools, action steps, and other resources companies can use to learn about and implement green building practices.