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  Green Building / Housing / Design Resources: (updated June 2005)

    Green Building

Though some of these resources are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the information on their websites will be useful to anyone interested in green bullding.

    The City of San Francisco provides excellent Green Building resources. Click on the Green Building link listed under the Innovative City Programs heading. There, you'll find a Green Building Resource Guide, links to lists of classes, regulations and discussions of particular topics, such as PVC alternatives and arsenic-treated wood.

The city's EcoCenter includes a list of green building materials and suppliers.

    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines have been developed by the U.S. Green Building Council ( which is part of the World Green Building Council.

    Web Resources:

Green Builder:

Green Home Guide:

Healthy Building Network:

Healthy House:


Green Resource Center:

Green Affordable Housing Coalition:

Forest Certification Resource Center:

Smart Wood (Rainforest Alliance):

Forest World:

The Green Guide (consumer products):

Whole Building Design Code:

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network:

Alameda County Waste Management:
Ways to reduce construction waste and resources for alternative building materials.


In collaboration with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Build It Green offers a Certified Green Building Professional certification class for California licensed building professionals.

Pacific Energy Center (PG&E): Go to then select the Education and Training link; the center offers a wide range of energy efficiency classes.

Ecological Design, Planning and Construction (degree programs include "Distance Learning"), San Francisco Institute of Architecture:

Building Education Center (Creating an Ecological House, Solar Electricity for Your Home, and other courses):

    Affordable Housing Design
         General resources.

    Affordable Housing Design Advisor
    A comprehensive site with a "workbook" approach. The AIA (American Institute of Architects) is a co-sponsor.

    Design Matters: Best Practices in Affordable Housing
    An excellent overview of successful projects of various types and sizes across the U.S. Well worth studying for good ideas. Complied by The City Design Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. If you only look at one site, look at this one.

    Other Links

    NAHB Economic & Housing Data
    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) compilation of all housing data. An excellent resource for regional numbers as well as cost data.

    Greenaction Healthy Buildings Home Page
    Resource for environmental issues in building materials. The current issue is on replacing PVC with a healthier alternative material.



    Journal of Light Construction
    Practical articles for both small contractors and serious do-it-yourselfers.

    Fine Homebuilding Magazine's website
    Taunton Press's online edition of "Fine Homebuilding" Magazine.