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AFBC: 100 Mile House Competition Winners
Architecture Foundation of British Columbia displays winners of their 100 Mile House Ideas Competition, an international design competition to design a house using materials and technology sourced within 100 miles of the city of Vancouver.

ASID: Impact of Design Series, Gradients of Green
American Society of Interior Designers describes Gradients of Green, a LEED-Platinum certified single family home that referenced the WELL Building Standard in its design. The objective was to implement both environmental and health and wellness aspects of sustainability in a residential space for the family.

BC Housing: Consumer Guide to High Performance Homes
BC Housing online Consumer Guide to High Performance Homes assists consumers in making informed decisions when looking to buy, design or build a high performance house. (PDF)

Be Free Homes: Five Ways to Judge Sustainable Housing
Be Free Homes describes several approaches to designing or specifying a sustainable house.

Builder Magazine: 5 Sustainable Homes That Don't Skimp On Style
Builder Magazine describes 5 sustainable homes that show high-performance living comes in all sorts of packages.

Builder Magazine: Five Award-Winning, Earth-Friendly Homes
Builder Magazine describes five Builder's Choice Custom Home Design Award-winning projects that exemplify sustainable design at its most innovative.

Builder Magazine: Three Innovative Green Homes In San Francisco
Builder Magazine describes three San Francisco Bay Area houses that set new benchmarks for green builders to follow.

CMHC: Design & Construction Of Northern Sustainable House In Nunavut
CMHC highlight provides a summary of the design and construction of the Northern Sustainable House in Arviat, Nunavut, designed and built by the Nunavut Housing Corporation. (PDF)

CMHC: Design & Construction Of Northern Sustainable House In NWT
CMHC provides a summary of the design and construction of the Northern Sustainable House in Inuvik, NWT. The goals for this project were to produce a housing design that is energy efficient, culturally appropriate, economical, easily maintained, and possible to construct locally. This summary provides an overview of key design features of the structure, envelope, heating and ventilation. Energy modelling and costing information is also provided. (PDF)

CMHC: Design & Construction Of Northern Sustainable House In Yukon
CMHC report Design & Construction Design and Construction of the Northern Sustainable House E/9 Project In Dawson City, describes design and construction of highly energy-efficient houses in the North. Near net zero technology was used in a semi-detached house in the Yukon with the objective of having the house consume 90% less energy than what would be used were the house to be built according to the Model National Energy Code for Houses. (PDF)

CMHC: Energy Performance Assessment Of Dawson Northern Sustainable House
CMHC documents the performance of the E/9 Northern Sustainable Duplex in Dawson City, YK. Billing data was utilized to determine the performance compared with a similar house modelled to the 1997 MNECH, and a further comparison was conducted of the energy consumption compared to a similar R-2000 project. (PDF)

Custom Home Magazine: Nine Must-See Green Homes
Custom Home Magazine describes some projects that are raising the bar on sustainable building.

EQuilibrium: CMHC EQuilibrium Housing Initiative
CMHC EQuilibrium housing is a design and development approach that addresses integrate the following five key principles for sustainable design: Health, Energy, Resources, Environment, and Affordability. (PDF)

Factor 9 Home: A Prairie Demonstration Home By Rob Dumont
Factor 9 Home is new demonstration home in Regina that will use 90% less energy than a conventional 1970 home of same size, use about 50% less water than a conventional home of same size and features other environmental approaches. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Case Studies Of Five Green Homes
Fine Homebuilding article takes a look at the complicated definition of what building green means, U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, and five case studies for houses in a variety of locations (such as urban, rural, mountain) with highlights of qualities that make each house green. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Extreme Green Home
Fine Homebuilding says the world’s first Living Building Challenge–certified home is a study in integrated, sustainable design.

Fine Homebuilding: Online Video Of Two Green Homes In Portland
Fine Homebuilding online videos from the Build It Green Homes Tour held in Portland, Ore., describe two feature-packed green homes. They show how environmentally friendly products, advanced water conservation systems, and highly efficient HVAC systems were incorporated into these homes.

Fine Homebuilding: Overview Of A High Performance Spec House
Fine Homebuilding magazine article describes how a team approach created an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly house for a growing market.

GBA: Green Home Examples & Case Studies
Green Building Advisor provides detailed accounts of more than 75 new and remodeled resource and energy efficient homes across the United States. You can browse the entire list, or search by region or type of project in the menu on right side of the page.

GBA: New Affordable Green In Historic Neighborhood
Green Building Advisor describes an affordable green neighborhood of practical homes that fit In with others nearby.

Mother Nature Network: 10 Great Green Houses
Mother Nature Network describes 10 homes from across North America that have been constructed and operate in the most environmentally conscious and beautiful ways.

NAHB: Brochure On How Homes Become Green
US National Association of Home Builders online brochure shows various parts of a home and how to make them green. (PDF)

Oregon Live: Estacada Green Home Melds Industrial Materials
Jaynelle and Colin Nash made every effort to be green throughout the building process, and earned the home a LEED gold certification.

Riverdale NetZero Project: Alberta EQuilibrium Demonstration House
Riverdale NetZero Project combines ultra energy efficient design with three solar energy systems to produce more energy than it consumes over the course of a year.

Seattle PI: First LEED Certified Home On Bainbridge Island Washington
Seattle PI describes a gold-rated LEED home built with advanced framing, insulated by non-toxic soy-based insulation, passive solar design, solar hot water, rooftop photovoltaic systems, whole house fresh air exchanger, main floor radiant heat, non-toxic paints and finishes, and a charging station for a plug-in vehicle.

Vernon: East Hill Infill Earns LEED For Homes Platinum
East Hill Infill, a LEED for Homes pilot project in Vernon, has recently achieved a platinum designation. It is the first such building in the Okanagan and only the second home in B.C. to achieve this standing. The building's design includes sustainable principles and features; simplicity and durability in construction and detailing; adaptability to different configurations of use and form; and continuity with the scale and character of the neighborhood.
Education & Training

Building Green: LEED 101 Syllabus For Green Building Coursework
Building Green online LEED 101: A Syllabus Supplement for Green Building Coursework provides professors and students with content on LEED from BuildingGreen, LEEDuser, and other relevant resources.

Built Green Canada: Online Course On Built Green Program Fundamentals
Built Green Canada online course Built Green Program Fundamentals focuses on the fundamental aspects of the program to orient participants on how to work with Built Green; introduce them to the administrative and technical requirements; prepare them to successfully navigate Built Green's quality assurance processes; and offer them resources to help them be successful at building Built Green homes.

Earth Advantage: US Sustainable Homes Professional
Earth Advantage offers the Sustainable Homes Professional, a rigorous six-month certification course that includes monthly classroom instruction, field studies, cross functional team work, an on-site practicum and a final exam. The course imparts a deep level of knowledge regarding sustainable building practices, encourages their implementation, and guides building industry professionals to understand integrated design process dynamics.

NAHB: Certified Green Professional Designation
US National Association of Home Builders is offering a new professional designation program, the Certified Green Professional (CGP), that will provide home buyers with additional assurance that the builder or remodeler they have chosen is authentically green.
Industry Information

Ardencraig: Sustainable Vancouver Infill Heritage Triplex
CMHC report describes Ardencraig, a single-family 1910 residence that incorporates principles of sustainability and green development. (PDF)

Bryn Davidson: Green Buildings Are More Than Brick & Mortar
Bryn Davidson online TEDx video discusses how green buildings can make a difference, but only if we start asking the right questions. If we can start to see the whole story of how our buildings impact the climate then we can start to make strides toward real net-positive change.

Builder Magazine: Green Building Makes Inroads In Builder 100 List
Builder Magazine says green building is becoming increasingly important for production builders as climate change and fuel prices come into play.

Builder Magazine: What Buyers Want & Don't Want In A Green Home
Builder Magazine says many builders make big mistakes when talking about the sustainable features of their homes. Here's how to avoid them.

Design Exchange: The Archetype Sustainable House
The Archetype Sustainable House at The Living City Campus (located just north of Toronto) at Kortright demonstrates viable, sustainable housing. Through education, training, market transformation and partnership programs it will influence how communities are built, planned, constructed and lived-in to minimize ecological footprints and improve people’s quality of life.

Dockside Green: Victoria Green Multi Family Development
Dockside Green which is being developed by Vancity and Windmill Developments embraces what they consider to be their responsibility as developers to balance profits with environmental and social dividends.

EEBA: High Performance Home Summit
Energy and Environmental Building Association new High Performance Home Summit will feature presentations from leading builders, building science experts, architects, raters and designers that represent the cutting edge of residential construction. It willl have leading building scientists delivering the most relevant and next-level content available, but the new Summit will also incorporate and share focus with real world success stories from those who are reaching for and getting to that next level. EEBA is unlike any other event - you will hear timely, accurate and relevant information that can transform your practice and provide you with the knowledge to succeed in building homes that deliver superior resource efficiency and performance.

Energy Vanguard: 7 Wishes For A Green 2016
Energy Vanguard gives their wishlist for the built environment and beyond in 2016.

Factor 9 Home: Canadian Prairie Sustainable Home
Factor 9 Home is described by CMHC as an energy and water efficient Regina solar home that aims to produce 90 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than a typical Regina home. Through an integrated design process, high goals of sustainable practices were established. Measures include an active solar heating system, ENERGY STAR rated equipment, low flow fixtures and rainwater capture, indigenous landscaping plants, airtight and well-insulated exterior, triple glazed, low E windows with fibreglass frames among others. (PDF)

GBA: Interest in Green Building is On the Rise
Green Building Advisor says one-third of US single-family builders say that most of their new homes can be called green.

GBA: Pulte Builds Production Homes To LEED Platinum
Green Building Advisor article describes how US builder Pulte Homes is aiming for LEED certification for the 185 homes in this community, both to set the bar higher and to get the word out that it means business when it comes to sustainable construction.

Green Energy Benny Farm: Montreal Sustainable Development
Green Energy Benny Farm project guides sustainable construction and renovation of 187 units on four properties, and links each with a shared green infrastructure. A non-profit, community-run utility company will oversee ownership, management and continual re-investment in sustainable construction for this common energy, water and waste infrastructure. Designed to expand in phases, project provides a protocol for construction that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, potable water use, production of waste water, and production of solid waste through retrofitting, reuse and waste diversion.

HGTV: Online Tour Of 2019 HGTV Smart Home
HGTV online video gives a tour of their 2019 Smart Home that features green building design, construction, and products.

HIRL: How Satisfied Are Owners Of NGBS Green Certified Homes?
Home Innovation Research Labs conducted a study of 187 individuals who purchased or built an NGBS Green Certified home within the last three years. The survey results provide useful insight into homeowners� overall satisfaction, decision-making, valued home features, and areas where additional communication/education was needed from builders and sales agents.

Housing Zone: Professional Builder 2008 Green Building Survey
Professional Builder magazine 2008 Green Building Survey gives results of builder opinions on green building including difficulty in building green, is green building a fad, education sources, home features, and regional distinctions.

ICBA: Cost Benefit Analysis Of Green Building
Independent Community Bankers of America says some so-called green building practices can give builders a competitive edge on the existing-home market, and offers a cost versus benefit analysis to show how they can balance the costs with consumers' ability to pay. (PDF)

Low Impact Housing: Worldwide Examples Of Low Impact Multifamily Projects
Low Impact Housing, from Abri Design, a Canadian company, provides a database of worldwide low impact multifamily projects, searchable by building type, designer, location, name, and year.

McGraw Hill: Market Report On New And Remodeled Green Homes
McGraw Hill Smartmarket Report, New and Remodeled Green Homes: Transforming the Residential Marketplace (2012) provides market sizing of the green residential construction market and examines the market opportunities in green home building and remodeling. (PDF)

NAHB: Buyers Want To Save Energy But Only At Right Price
US National Association of Home Builders survey shows even though prospective home buyers want the benefits of new, more efficient homes, they are unwilling to pay much more for a green home.

NAHB: Top Green Features Home Buyers Really Want
US National Association of Home Builders survey What Home Buyers Really Want, asked recent and prospective home buyers about the features they would like in a home or community. Nine of the top 10 items are directly related to energy efficiency.

Sarah Susanka: 2011 Not So Big Showhouse
Sarah Susanka's 2011 Not So Big Showhouse at SchoolStreet brings her 'build better, not bigger' design principles to a well-thought out neighborhood urban infill project in the vibrant existing village of Libertyville, Illinois, just north of Chicago. While the home is now privately owned, more than 8,000 people visited the Showhouse from all over the country while it was open last winter.

USGBC: 2012 LEED For Homes Award Recipients
US Green Building Council lists their 2012 LEED for Homes Awards recipients, recognizing projects, developers and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. The categories recognize innovative multi and single family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes, and Project of the Year.

USGBC: 2013 LEED For Homes Award Winners
US Green Building Council describes the recipients of its 2013 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in residential green building.
Industry Sectors

Builders Without Borders: Global Network Of Ecological Builders
Builders Without Borders is an international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of straw, earth and other local, affordable materials in construction, offer newsletters, workshops, projects, images, publications, and links to more resources.

CaGBC: Canada Green Building Council
Canada Green Building Council offers links to research, standards, funding, renewable energy, IAQ, materials, water resources, life cycle assessment, economics, & many other green sites.

CRGBC: Alaska, Washington, Oregon & BC Green Building Coalition
Cascadia Green Building Coalition promotes design, construction and operation of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

EEBA: Energy & Environmental Building Alliance
EEBA is the US association for those involved in energy efficient new home construction, and gives info on industry events and resources, as well as providing education on building science, energy efficiency, and environmentally responsible buildings.

GBI: US Green Building Initiative For Helping HBAs Develop Green Programs
US Green Building Initiative was originally conceived as a way to bring green building into the mainstream by helping local Home Builder Associations develop green building programs modeled after the US National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines.

USGBC: US Green Building Council
US Green Building Council represents every sector of the building industry that is working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
Information Sources

CAGBC: Resource Site On LEED4 Canada
Canada Green Building Council site provides resources on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED4) which is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Eco Sense: BC Resource Site On Cob & Green Building
Eco Sense site provided by cob builders Ann & Gord Baird has information and resources on SLIC Cob, engineering/seismic wall system, living roof, rain water harvesting, composting toilets, grey water, natural plaster, earth floors, high fly-ash concrete, fabric forms, initial design considerations, passive solar, electrical systems, heating systems , and more

Green Builder: Residential Industry Magazine On Green Building
Green Builder magazine provides the residential industry with recommendations on products and practices, guidance on green design and news, updates on legal and legislative issues, profiles of green builders, reviews of recent and classic construction practices books, and business and marketing advice on how to sell themselves as green builders.

Green Home Building: Resource Site On Natural Building
Green Home Building focuses on sustainable architecture, natural building, solar energy, ecology, water and forest conservation, recycling, greenhouses, adobe, cob, strawbale, cordwood, papercrete, earthbag and vernacular architecture, with related resources of books, videos and links.

Green Home Guide: Reviews & Tips On Green Products & Procedures
Green Home Guide a US green building resource site for consumers and industry offers articles, product reviews, tips, newsletter, and a US product & service directory.

Green Home Guide: Reviews & Tips On Green Products & Procedures
Green Home Guide a US green building resource site for consumers and industry offers articles, product reviews, tips, newsletter, and a US product & service directory.

HGTV Remodels: Online Videos & Articles On Green Building
HGTV Remodels offers online videos and articles covering the basics of energy efficiency, and green building products and procedures.

HGTV Remodels: Resources On Green Building
HGTV Remodels provides overview on Green Building, from renewable resources and energy efficiency to recycling programs and sustainable design.

Inhabitat: Articles On Green Building Design & Products
Inhabitat offers weblog on green building design & products covering innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

NAHB: Purchasable Book On Green Building Strategies: From Plan to Profit
Builder Books sells Green Building Strategies: From Plan to Profit. It explains in plain language what's happening in the rapidly evolving field of building science, discusses current best practices for designing, constructing, testing, and ensuring longevity for new high-performance homes. It takes you step-by-step from design through site development and construction, quality assurance, marketing, and customer service. $34 USD

NAHB: Purchasable Book What Green Means To Home Buyers: Perceptions & Preferences
US National Association of Home Builders book What Green Means to Home Buyers: Perceptions and Preferences summarizes a study of consumer preferences focusing exclusively on green/high-performance features in the home and the community. It examines consumer attitudes of various green features, concepts or terminologies, the resonance of those terms as potential marketing tools, and the likelihood that the home purchase decision may be influenced by any of these features or terms. $150 CDN

Smart Home Owner: US Consumer Magazine On Green Building
Smart Home Owner publication for homeowners offers articles and resources on innovative techniques for creating energy efficient, healthy and eco friendly green homes.

Sustainable Sources: Resource Site On Green & Sustainable Building
Sustainable Sources site has professionals directory, online materials and methods source book, calendar of events & conferences, discussion forums, materials exchange, and links to more resources.

Tree Hugger: Resource Site On Green Design & Architecture
Tree Hugger resource site provides information and resources on green design and architecture, by breaking it down in a series of how-to articles that will help green your life.
Issues & Performance

Alameda County: Multifamily Green Building Guidelines
US Alameda County provides Multifamily Green Building Guidelines that include what measures are appropriate to use in specific developments, at what point to incorporate measures into the project schedule, relative costs and benefits of specific measures, and where to get additional technical information or materials. (PDF)

BC Gov: BC Building Code Requirements For Energy Efficiency
BC Building and Safety Standards Branch provide resources which are designed to help code users understand and comply with BC Building Code new requirements for the minimum energy efficiency of buildings and their equipment and minimum ventilation requirements for houses and some residential apartments.

Build It Green: New Home Construction Green Building Guidelines
Build It Green provides these guidelines which give some good tips on design, products, construction and marketing/sales of green building homes. (PDF)

Built Green: Canadian New Home Green Building Program
Built Green is an industry driven voluntary program that promotes green building practices to reduce the impact that building has on the environment.

Built Green: Program Updates on 2020 Single Family Checklist
Built Green provides a summary of the adjusted and added items to their 2020 Checklists, which provide new opportunities to earn points towards Built Green certification.

CaGBC: LEED Canada for Homes Standard
Canada Green Building Council offers the LEED Canada for Homes rating system that is an initiative designed to promote the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices. LEED Canada for Homes is targeting the top 25% of new homes with best practice environmental features. LEED Canada for Homes is a collaborative initiative that actively works with all sectors of the homebuilding industry. (PDF)

CAGBC: Resource Site On LEED4 Canada
Canada Green Building Council site provides resources on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED4) which is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

California Univ: Value Of Green Labels In California Housing Market
University of California research report The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market, An Economic Analysis of the Impact of Green Labeling on the Sales Price of a Home summarizes a pricing analysis done on all single-family home sales in California over the time period 2007 to 2012. It shows that homes labeled with Energy Star, LEED or Greenpoint Rated, transact for a premium of nine percent relative to otherwise comparable, non-labeled homes.

Canadian Contractor: Canada's Energy Efficiency Certification Programs, Built Green
Canadian Contractor review of certifiable energy-efficiency and sustainable building programs in Canada, concludes with a look at BuiltGreen, a builder-driven program that goes beyond mere energy-efficiency.

CMHC: Life-Cycle Environmental Study Of Six CMHC EQuilibrium Net Zero Homes
CMHC research project A Life-Cycle Environmental Assessment Benchmark Study of Six EQuilibrium Housing Initiative Projects assessed the extent to which targeting net zero annual energy consumption in houses can increase the material, technology, and related embodied energy intensity and environmental impacts relative to more conventional housing designs over a 20 year life cycle period. (PDF)

CMHC: The Five Essentials of Healthy Housing
CMHC provides an overview on the five essentials of healthy housing, including occupant health, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, environmental responsibility and affordability.

EQuilibrium: CMHC EQuilibrium Housing Initiative
CMHC EQuilibrium housing is a design and development approach that addresses integrate the following five key principles for sustainable design: Health, Energy, Resources, Environment, and Affordability. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Case Studies On Costs & What It Takes To Meet LEED For Homes
Fine Homebuilding article provides three US home case studies that outline what it takes to achieve LEED for Home silver, gold, and platinum ratings.

GBA: Affordable LEED Platinum Habitat For Humanity House
Green Building Advisor online video shows a super-affordable superinsulated house. Building Science Corporation, the architecture and engineering firm that designed this Habitat for Humanity house, thinks that the people who need the highest-performance homes are the ones who can only bear the lowest operating costs: energy, water, and maintenance bills. It does not help to get first-time affordable-home buyers into houses they cannot afford to keep. The utility bills for this house are expected to be about $50 per month for the year or $400 total. How do they do it? Tight envelope and superinsulation.

GBA: How To Cheat At LEED For Homes
Green Building Advisor says the road to green certification is paved with low-hanging fruit, and offers a cheat sheet with 22 shortcuts that will get you to LEED certification without a lot of trouble.

GBA: LEED-H Clarifications Raise More Questions Than They Answer
Green Building Advisor says for its LEED for Homes program, the USGBC needs to step back and look at the big picture instead of arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Harmony House: Profile Of Burnaby EQuilibrium Net Zero Energy Home
The Harmony House in Burnaby, built by Habitat Design & Consulting and Insightful Healthy Home, is part of the CMHC EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative. It features a healthy indoor environment, energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, low environmental impact, significant resource conservation and affordability considerations. The house is predicted to produce more energy from on-site renewable energy systems than it consumes in a year. (PDF)

Harmony House: Vancouver EQuilibrium Net Zero Energy Home
Harmony House Equilibrium project is a net zero energy (zero carbon) house using on-site solar energy systems to provide all energy requirements.

LEED Canada For Homes: Canadian Rating System For Green Homes
LEED Canada for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.

NAHB: 2020 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard
NAHB says the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is the first residential green building standard to undergo the full consensus process and receive approval from the American National Standards Institute. First developed in 2008, the standard is regularly revised in accordance with the ANSI process. The ICC 700-2020 NGBS is now available for use, and copies of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 NGBS are still available as well.

NAHB: Purchasable National Green Building Standard Commentary
US National Association of Home Builders sells the National Green Building Standard Commentary, the companion publication to the ANSI-approved National Green Building Standard. It provides valuable insights into the intention and implementation of the practices and provisions found in the standard. $32 USD

NAHB: US National Green Building Standard 2015 Edition
Builder Books offers a free eBook of the US National Green Building Standard 2015 Edition. A collaborative effort between the ICC and NAHB, NGBS outlines the green practices that can be incorporated into new homes, including multifamily buildings, as well as home remodeling and additions, hotels and dormitories, and residential land developments. The green practices address site and lot design, preparation and development; resource, energy, and water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; and operation, maintenance, and building owner education. (PDF)

New York Times: How Green Can a Huge House Be
New York Times article describes how a 7,000 sq. ft. house is being built to LEED For Homes standards, and whether or not it should be considered green.

TreeHugger: Green Building Isn't Enough; We Need Green Zoning
TreeHugger says the great hypocrisy is that the single biggest factor in the carbon footprint of our cities isn't the amount of insulation in our walls, it's the zoning.

US Air Force: Life Cycle Assessment Of LEED vs Conventional New Homes
US Air Force constructed 1,028 LEED for Homes Silver and/or ENERGY STAR certified energy efficient homes. They compared these energy efficient homes to conventionally built homes using a hybrid LCA and energy simulation. These energy efficient homes have a 16% less environmental impact, consume 15% less energy, and save 2% in total life cycle cost while incurring a 1% cost increase in project construction compared to conventional homes. The simple payback period of the project to payback this initial 1% construction cost increase is 10 years. (PDF)

US HUD: Evaluation Of Affordable Housing Using US National Green Building Standard
US Department of Housing & Urban Development report An Evaluation of Affordable Housing Using the National Green Building Standard provides a retrospective evaluation of affordable housing designs that were built in compliance with various green building programs. In addition, the report identifies how green remodeling can enhance older houses. (Large PDF)

USGBC: LEED for Homes v2008 Energy Requirements
US Green Building Council says beginning on October 1, 2014, newly registering LEED Homes projects are required to meet new energy requirements. LEED for Homes v2008 addresses changes made to energy codes over the last three years in the residential construction market sector.

USGBC: LEED Green Building Rating Systems
US Green Building Council provides a green building rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.

USGBC: Purchasable LEED For Homes Reference Guide
US Green Building Council offers The LEED for Homes Reference Guide which is the most comprehensive guide for the design, construction and renovation of residential projects. The guide is intended for use by homebuilders and provides detailed information on the process for achieving LEED certification, with complete credit and prerequisite information. It also provides access to resources, documentation guidance, standards and implementation information. $120 USD

AIA: Online Videos On Designing A Sustainable House
American Institute of Architects online videos show how an experienced AIA architect helps her client define what she wants in a new house, and incorporate Kyoto Protocol standards into a modern Minnesota home.

Architect Magazine: Six Trends That Will Shape Green Homes In 2011
Architect Magazine says conservation of energy, water, resources, and homeowners' money will drive green home building in 2011. Energy-efficient and low-water-use products, smaller homes, affordable design ideas, and denser neighborhoods will score big with homeowners and buyers.

Builder Magazine: Four Reasons Buyers Choose Energy-Efficient Homes
Builder Magazine describes how to market the benefits of a green home without talking about green features.

Builder Magazine: Marketing Energy-Efficient Homes
Seeing Green offers some articles with tips on the most effective ways to communicate the benefit of green features.

CIOB: Making Money From Sustainable Homes
UK Chartered Institute of Building developer guide to making money from sustainable homes covers seven areas of business that benefit from adopting sustainable design and construction processes, showing that sustainability has the potential to save money and increase profit margins. (PDF)

Civic Info BC: Salt Spring Island Sustainability Checklist
Salt Spring Island Sustainability Checklist for new single family dwellings and renovations is a guide that allows property owners to design in a manner that will save long term costs and lessen damage on the environment. Information about financial incentives and other construction resources is also included. (PDF)

CMHC: Advancing Sustainable & Affordable Housing in Canada
CMHC online video Advancing Sustainable and Affordable Housing in Canada offers CMHC's current knowledge on tactics, technologies, and practices that can improve the performance of housing.

CMHC: Comparing Canadian New Urbanist & Conventional Suburban Neighbourhoods
CMHC study of four Canadian New Urban Developments says there is considerable evidence they achieved their specific objectives more successfully than their Conventional Suburban Neighbourhoods counterparts. These objectives include travel decisions, mixed uses, mixed housing, better streetscapes, and public amenities. (PDF)

CSRwire: KB Home Program Educates Buyers On Eco-Friendly Products
CSRwire article explains how KB Home has introduced myEarth, a program educating homebuyers on the eco-friendly products available at the KB Home Studio. The KB Home Studio offers thousands of design choices for homebuyers to turn their dream home into a reality.

Ecohome: Green Home Building Guide
Ecohome provides a step-by-step guide to sustainable and healthy housing whether you are building, renovating or maintaining a home. All the green home building advice and guidance you will need for renovations and new home construction can be found in the following categories; planning & design, foundations & basements, walls & roofs, mechanical systems, interiors and exteriors.

Energy Vanguard: Top 10 Mistakes I Made In Building A Green Home
Allison Bailes describe the top 10 mistakes he made 10 years ago when building his green home.

Fine Homebuilding: Is Green Building Too Expensive?
Fine Homebuilding article about green homes discusses how green is becoming a bad word, there is no such thing as a green house, expensive does not mean unaffordable, and value as the other half of the equation.

FP Innovations: Pathways To High-Performance Housing In BC
FPInnovations online Pathways to high-performance housing in British Columbia focuses on design and construction strategies and detailed measures to improve home energy efficiency in BC. The primary purpose of this publication is to provide guidelines for designers and builders who are interested in the design and construction of single-family and small multi-family buildings that are substantially more energy efficient and lower in environmental impact than traditionally built homes. (PDF)

GBA: Convincing Clients To Upgrade To Pretty Good House
Green Building Advisor describes the most compelling arguments for investing in a Pretty Good House that exceeds minimum code requirements.

GBA: Green Building for Beginners
Green Building Advisor offers some guidance if you are embarking on a construction project, but still uncertain about how to make your home green.

GBA: How To Select Green Builder Or Remodeler
Green Building Advisor describes considerations for selecting the appropriate builder or remodeler for your green project. (PDF)

GBA: Marketing High Performance Homes
Green Building Advisor article offers tips to help you market and sell more high performance homes that save energy, conserve water, are more durable, cost less to maintain, are healthier for the occupants and are less stressful on the environment.

GBA: More Top Things To Consider In Building Green Homes
Green Building Advisor podcast describes the other 8 of 15 things that you don't want to blow on your next green building project.

GBA: Planning A Green Building Lot
Green Building Advisor describes how, in terms of green success, some of the most important planning goes into the surrounding site. In the short term, limiting construction damage to the landscape is high on the list. In the long term, however, success depends on how well the house is integrated into its surroundings. Even a thoughtful building design won't reach its potential if the site is an afterthought.

GBA: The Pretty Good House
Green Building Advisor says finding the right balance between construction cost and energy performance is crucial. Many programs with different metrics can help you to determine how green your home is, but what elements of green building are important when you are designing and building a home?

GBA: Top Things To Consider In Building Green Homes
Green Building Advisor podcast describes the first 7 of 15 things that you don't want to blow on your next green building project.

GBA: Using Sun For Passive Heating & Daylighting
Green Building Advisor describes how to design around the sun to lower heating and lighting needs. How a house is oriented to the sun has a dramatic impact on heating and cooling costs, the largest energy load in most homes.

GBA: When High-Performance Homes Don't Sell
Green Building Advisor says despite the advantages, cutting edge housing doesn't always excite potential buyers.

GBM: Selling & Marketing Green Homes
Green Builder Media offers advice from the industrys best on selling and marketing green homes. CR Herro, VP Environmental Affairs for Meritage Homes gives compelling advice and unique insights into how to turn green building, considered a chore by some builders, into a brilliant business opportunity.

Green By Design: Online Consumer Booklet On 7 Steps To Green Building
Green By Design consumer booklet on green building covers assessing your needs, forming a team, designing for your conditions, choosing green materials, choosing the right mechanical systems, getting maximum benefit from your site & landscape, and testing & maintaining. (PDF)

Healthy Indoors: Tradeoffs of Building Green
Healthy Indoors online video walks through all the geeky decisions a homeowner made when building a green new house, looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think.

HIRL: Align Your Green Home Marketing With Your Buyers' Values, Not Your Own
Home Innovation Research Labs says one of the most significant obstacles to green home building is the prevailing builder myth that ALL consumers ONLY care about energy efficiency because an energy-efficient home will cost less to operate.

HIRL: Provide A Green Homeowner Manual
US Home Innovation Research Labs says you should not leave homeowners guessing on the care of their complex green home systems. Educate them by providing a Green Homeowner Manual.

JLC: Five Ways To Refine Your Strategy To Profit From Green Building
Journal of Light Construction artcle describes five ways to turn steeply rising energy costs into an opportunity for building green rather than a premature exit strategy.

NAHB: Purchasable Book On How To Build Green & Save
Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line, by builder Matt Belcher, is a comprehensive, easy-to-read reference that provides builders with the information they need to build green - and save money at the same time. In the publication, Belcher shows builders how to: identify and select green building materials, implement green construction techniques, explain the benefits of green housing to consumers, offer affordable green building solutions to consumers, use resources wisely and reduce water and energy consumption, and market environmentally sound practices. $15 USD

NAR: Green MLS Implementation Guide
US National Association of Realtors new Green MLS Implementation Guide is designed to serve as a blueprint for MLS staff and software vendors to implement green MLS fields that are compliant with industry standards. (PDF)

NELSONBRAIN: Purchasable Book On Principles & Practices Of Green Building In Residential Construction
NELSONBRAIN sells Green Building: Principles & Practices in Residential Construction. It provides a current, comprehensive guide to the construction of green homes. It covers core concepts, innovative applications of cutting-edge technology and the latest industry trends. $138 USD

NIBS: Purchasable Book On Guidelines For High-Performance Homes
US National Institute of Building Sciences sells Beyond Green: Guidelines for High-Performance Homes, Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes for $38 USD. It covers: Green Principles; Codes and Standards; Community and Site Planning; Renewable Energy; The Building Enclosure; Energy-Efficient Equipment and Systems; Efficient Water Use; Indoor Environmental Quality; Materials; Hazard Resistance; Operation and Maintenance; and Special Considerations for Retrofits. It contains a dozen case studies and more than 40 figures.

Professional Builder: Green Helps Sell Homes
Professional Builder readers surveyed say despite facing significant barriers to widespread adoption of green, the majority of builders recognize the marketing power of sustainable, high-performance homes.

Professional Builder: How To Sell Green Certified Homes
Professional Builder says there is no single way to sell green successfully. Experts from the NAHB Research Center share best practices from some of the nation’s leading green-home builders.

Professional Builder: Making Room In Your Budget For Green
Professional Builder magazine describes how home builders can offset cost premiums for going green by following best practices from the NAHB Research Center.

SBC: Archetype Condominium For Energy Efficiency
Sustainable Buildings Canada report Archetype Condominium identifies ways that a condominium building might exceed the energy requirements in the Ontario Building Code (i.e. reduce energy use) by 25% or more. (PDF)

Taunton: Free eBook Green From The Ground Up
Taunton publishing provides Green from the Ground Up, a book that presents forward-thinking theories and proven methods of new and remodeled green construction. It has down-to-earth explanations of green building basics, site planning, materials selection, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. (PDF)

Taunton: Purchasable DVD On Building Better Homes
Taunton publishing sells the DVD Building Better Homes that shows you how to apply the latest in green building science ideas to residential construction. Using a whole house systems approach, learn how to design and build high-performance houses that are healthier and more comfortable, more durable and energy efficient, and more affordable to own. $125 USD

US DOE: Advanced Construction Documentation For High Performance Homes
US Department of Energy online Strategy Guideline: Advanced Construction Documentation Recommendations for High Performance Homes identifies differences between the requirements for construction documents for high performance housing and the documents that are typically produced for conventional housing. There are four changes recommended to achieve improvements in energy efficiency, durability, and health in Building America program houses: create coordination drawings, improve specifications, improve detail drawings, and review drawings and prepare a Quality Control Plan. (PDF)

WBDG: 8 Green Principles For Residential Design
Whole Building Design Guide describes eight design objectives which are all, to some greater or lesser degree, important to any green residential project.

Wiley: Purchasable Book On Green Home Improvement
Wiley sells Green Home Improvement, a book covering 65 projects that help homeowners make a difference in their living expenses, health, comfort, and the environment. It describes what each project involves, how much it costs, and what the benefits are. $42 USD
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CMHC: Mortgage Loan Insurance Refund For Energy Efficient Houses
CMHC is offering a premium refund of up to 25% on the CMHC mortgage loan insurance premium when you buy or build an energy-efficient home, or you buy an existing home and make energy-saving renovations.

GBA: Does Green Building Have To Cost More?
Green Building Advisor discusses some simple strategies for building green that cost no more than conventional building, and may even reduce costs.

GBA: Home Buyers Will Pay Extra For Energy Efficiency
Green Building Advisor says according to a national survey of 116 single-family home builders, developers, and remodelers performed by McGraw Hill in 2013, 73% of those surveyed said that home buyers will pay more for a green home. This is up from 61% in 2011.

Green Homes For Sale: Listings Of Green Homes For Sale
Green Homes For Sale provides paid online listings of green homes for sale in North America, with pictures and descriptions of each.

IMT: New Report Finds Green Homes Sell For Premium
Institute for Market Transformation study shows homebuyers are not only increasingly interested in high-performance homes, or homes incorporating green features, but they are also willing to pay more for them.

IMT: Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums In Washington
Institute for Market Transformation report What is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C. shows homebuyers are not only increasingly interested in high-performance homes, or homes incorporating green features, but they are also willing to pay more for them. (PDF)

NAHB: Costs To Incorporate Green Features
NAHB says a survey from McGraw Hill Construction highlights the higher cost of incorporating certain energy-efficient or other green features. The incremental cost for builders to construct green homes was 8% in 2013.

Seattle Post Intelligencer: Certified Green Homes Sell For More
Seattle Post Inteligencer article says Seattle-area homes certified by third parties as environmentally friendly sell for nearly 10 percent more than non-certified homes, according to a new report.
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