Building Codes, Standards, Guidelines and Rating S...
Provides links to federal and state agencies regarding building codes and links to "Green Building" ...
Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA)...
The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center - CICA Center - has a new website which expla...
Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities (MYER...
Designed to help contractor's meet federal environmental requirements applying to construction issue...
Model Green Home Building Guidelines
These guidelines were created for mainstream home builders. They highlight the ways a home builder c...
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Abstract: The leading program for evaluating and recognizing green buildings is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). By understanding the LEED system and the specific credits, suppliers can offer customers the materials they need and help them achieve LEED certification. This represents a significant value-added opportunity for the industry.
Source: Dovetail Partners
Guide to Foundation and Support Systems for Manufactured Homes
Abstract: The changes in the manufactured housing market, the evolution of the industry itself and the diversification of the potential customers for manufactured homes are ushering in a host of innovations and changes to the industry's core product. This guide describes new methods changes than the methods for supporting and fastening the home to the ground.
Houses That Work
Hard Copy Publication - Climate-specific technical resource shows how to design and build homes that use 30% less energy for space conditioning and hot water than the 1995 Model Energy Code (MEC) based on results of more than 8000 homes built across the country. It includes an uupdated North American hygro-thermal regions map, climate-specific Best Practices with performance criteria, three building profiles per climate, and a building materials technical and performance specifications.
Source: U. S. DOE Building America Program
Manufactured Home Installation Training Manual
Abstract: Manufactured homes are built under a national code administered by HUD and are often referred to as "HUD-Code homes" to distinguish them from other types of factory-built housing, such as modular. Installers, retailers, and inspectors of HUD-Code homes will be interested in the Manufactured Home Installation Training Manual, released from HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research.
Source: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Treated Wood Containing Arsenic : EPA Announces Transition from Consumer Use
Abstract: Industry has voluntarily agreed to phase out wood treated with chromated copper arsenate, also known as CCA, for all residential uses by December 31, 2003. This story relates the news, industry labeling requirements and methods of maintaining existing structures.
Source: BUILDER Magazine
Case study/success story
Abstract: This site profiles resource efficient homes throughout the country, highlighting techniques and technologies appropriate for specific sites, climatic conditions, and affordability ranges.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
Abstract: Goals, objectives and criteria for energy-efficient and resource-efficient buildings.
Source: Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
Abstract: Provides links to federal and state agencies regarding building codes and links to "Green Building" ratings programs for several states.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
International Code Development
Abstract: Find press releases, schedules, policies and draft codes to help you participate in the code development process. Link to International Code publications through any of three partner sites.
Source: International Code Council (ICC)
Abstract: Twelve sections which assist a builder through the EarthCraft House application worksheet. Each section provides guidance for areas of focus such as site planning, energy efficient building envelope and systems, waste management, etc.
Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities (MYER) [PDF]
Abstract: Designed to help contractor's meet federal environmental requirements applying to construction issues like stormwater, wetlands, spills, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, air quality, asbestos and various federal environmental acts. It includes questions to help identify and allocate environmental repsonsibility, case studies, and checklists for self-inspection.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Model Green Home Building Guidelines
Abstract: These guidelines were created for mainstream home builders. They highlight the ways a home builder can effectively weave environmental solutions into a new home and provide a tool that local associations can use to create their own green home building program. Topics include: lot design, preparation, and development; resource efficiency; energy efficiency; water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; operation, maintenance and homeowner education; global impact; site planning and land development. An email discussion forum is also offered.
Source: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Specification of Energy-Efficient Installation and Maintenance Practices for Residential HVAC Systems
Abstract: A tool for proper sizing, installation and maintenance that will help in achieveing the greatest energy savings. Best practices and test procedures for HVAC contractors and technicians as well as builders, designers, and general contractors.
Source: By Rick Karg, John Krigger / Consortium for Energy Efficiency
Abstract: BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in ISO 14000 standards; includes performance data for 65 building products.
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy's Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program develops test procedures and minimum efficiency standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment. On this site, you can find out more about DOE's program, find the general rules and regulations that manufacturers need to comply with, and find the latest information on rule making, standards, and test procedures for specific products. The site also welcomes efficiency/environmental advocates, states, utilities, retailers and consumers to use this site as a way to participate in all stages of the rulemaking process.
Source: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center
Abstract: The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center - CICA Center - has a new website which explains environmental rules for the construction industry. Also provided are links to state regulations and other resources, including links to state and local green building programs. The site is virtually indispensible for any construction project.
Source: The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and the EPA.
LEED Rating System for Homes
Abstract: 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.
Source: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)