General Products & Practices
Building Green publishes Environmental Building News, a monthly newsletter on environmentally responsible design and construction, and the GreenSpec® Directory, which lists product descriptions for over 2,100 environmentally preferable products. Browse product descriptions, news, articles, and project case studies covering a range of green building topics on this website.
California Building Climate Zone Map
Depicts the 16 climate zones within California.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Explore your options for saving energy and using renewable energy at home, at work, in your community, and while driving.
Green Building Basics
Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment. This site gives a good overview of these issues.
Green Building Materials Characteristics
A discussion of the attributes and criteria involved in determining if a product is green.
A comprehensive technical resource with information on building systems, construction methods, best practices, home building topics, and design and construction guides.
A look at legislative updates, trends, and potential opportunities.
Philosophy of Sustainability (pdf)
A look at the essence of sustainability, the human impact, and natural steps for a sustainable future.
Defining greenwashing and associated misleading practices vs eco standards provided by legitimate organizations.