Green Building

What is Green Building?
Green building is a whole-systems approach for designing and constructing buildings that conserve energy, water, and material resources. Green buildings are healthier, safer, and more comfortable.

In practical terms, green building includes:
  • Using sun and wind to the building's advantage for natural heating, cooling, and daylighting
  • Landscaping with native plants and using water efficiently
  • Building quality, durable structures
  • Insulating well and ventilating appropriately
  • Incorporating salvaged, recycled, and sustainably-harvested materials
  • Maintaining healthy indoor air quality with appropriate building techniques and materials
  • Using energy efficient and water-saving appliances and fixtures
  • Reducing and recycling construction waste
Resources
  • Products and tips for your green home improvement: The green products directory is a local unbiased resource for green home improvements.
  • Energy Conservation and Green Building Agencies and Resources
  • Build It Green offers:
    • Continuing education and networking for public agencies, non-profits, and building professionals
    • Listing of certified green architects and building contractors
    • Materials database - An extensive listing of green products, materials, and technologies available in the Bay Area
    • Fact sheets, referrals, case studies, event listings, green building links, and in-depth information on green building materials and strategies
    • Green home tours, workshops, and presentations