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Sustainable or Green Building References and Information

Carbon: a byproduct of creating power. A Big topic that we'll have to expand on sometime

One Calculation for Electical use: In Clark Co WA Take the Kilowats x 0.276 = pounds of carbon. Clark has a lot of hydro power. In the rest of Wa St the coefficient is about 0.52. Nation Wide the avgerage coefficent is 1.34

Here in Cark Co the average home uses 1500 KWH/mo so about 414 pounds of carbon


Carpet Recycling thoughst and commentary: Also project CARE

Green Built Home


The following is our recommended list of reading materials, publications, resource guides, internet sites and organizations to assist you in learning more about sustainable building. If you know of other useful green building resources, please let us know—we’ll add them to our list


* City of Austin Sustainable Building Guidelines, Department of Public Works and Transportation, Environmental Resources and Conservation Services Department, Austin, TX, 1994.

* The Ecology of Architecture; A complete guide to creating the environmentally conscious building, Laura Zeiher, Whitney Library of Design, 1996.

* Ecological Design, Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowen, Washington DC: Island Press, 1995.

* Green Development, Rocky Mountain Institute, 1739 Snowmass Creek Road, Snowmass, CO 81654-9199, phone 970.927.3851 (includes a CD-rom version).

* The Hannover Principles/Design for Sustainability. William McDonough, New York: William McDonough Architects, 1992.

* Healthy by Design - Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes, David Rousseau and Jim Wasley, Hartley & Marks, 1997.

* Healthy House Building - A Design and Construction Guide, John Bower, Unionville, IN, House Institute, 1993.

* The Natural House Book, David Pearson, Simon & Schuster, Rockefeller Center, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, phone 201.767.5937.

* A Primer on Sustainable Building, Rocky Mountain Institute 1739 Snowmass Creek Road, Snowmass, CO 81654-9199, phone 970.927.3851

* Residential Construction Waste Management: A Builder’s Field Guide, How to Save Money and Landfill Space, Peter Yost and Eric Lund, National Association of Home Builders, NAHB Research Center, 1997.

* Your Natural Home: The Complete Sourcebook and Design Manual for Creating a Healthy, Beautiful, and Environmentally Sensitive House, Janet Martinelli and Paul Bierman-Lytle, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1995.

* Sustainable Building Sourcebook, $60, Austin Energy Green Building Program.


* Environmental Building News, RR 1, Box 161, Brattleboro, VT 05301, phone 802.257.7300, email:
* Environmental Design & Construction, Business News Publishing, phone 248.362.3700.

Resource Guides:

American Institute of Architects
Environmental Resource Guide
1735 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC

Construction Materials Recycling Guidebook, Pamela Winthrop Sauer, Metropolitan Council, Attn: Data Center, Mears Park Center, 230 E Fifth Street, St. Paul, MN 55101, phone 612.291.8140.

Construction Resources: A Waste Reduction Guide for Wisconsin Builders and Contractors, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, UW – Extension, Madison, WI, 608.262.0910.

Environmental Building News Product Catalog, Environmental Building News, RR 1 Box 161, Brattleboro, VT 05301, email , phone 802.257.7300.

Good Wood Directory, Certified Forest Products Council, 14780 SW Osprey Drive, Suite 285, Beaverton, OR 97007, phone 503.590.6600.

Green Building Resource Guide, John Hermansson, Tauton Press, email:

GreenSpec - Specifications for Environmental Sustainability, Kalin Associates Inc, 1996, 154 Wells Avenue, Newton Centre, MA 02159, phone 617.964.5477.

Green Pages, Andrew Fuston, Kim Plaskon Nadel, 45 East 25th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10010-2941.

Guide to Resource Efficient Building Elements, 4th Edition, Center for Resourceful Building Technologies. P.O. Box 3866, Missoula, MT 59806, phone 406.549.7678.

The Harris Directory, BJ Harris, 508 Jose Street, Suite 913, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1855, phone 505.995.0337.

Healthy House Building: A Design and Construction Guide, John Bower, Healthy House Institute, 7471 North Shiloh Road, Unionville, IN 47468, phone 812.332.5073.

Interior Concerns Resource Guide, Victoria Schomer, 131 W. Bithedale, Mill Valley, CA 94941, phone 415.389.8049.

The Professional’s Green Building Guide Book, North Carolina Recycling Association, 7330 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 207, Raleigh, NC 27607, phone 919.851.8444.

The Sourcebook for Sustainable Design, Andrew St. John, Editor, Boston Society of Architects, 52 Broad Street, MA 02109, phone 617.951.1433 x221.

Sustainable Building Technical Manual, US Green Building Council, phone 415.543.3001.

WasteSpec, Triangle J Council of Governments, P.O. Box 12276, Research Triangle Park NC 27709, phone 919.549.0551.

Internet Sites:

Austin Energy Green Building Program

Green Building Information Council

Green Building Resource Guide

Sustainable Building Sources

Environmental Building News

HOK Architects - Green Design Team building manual and specification guidelines

US Green Building Council

Green Building Source

For information on construction waste and salvaging

Business Material Exchange of Wisconsin

WasteCap Wisconsin

Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation


Buy Recycled Business Alliance
2408 N. 67th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Phone: 414.453.1077
Fax: 414.453.0526

Center for Resourceful Building Technology
P.O. Box 100
Missoula, MT 59806
Phone: 406.549.7678
Fax: 406.549.4100

Certified Forest Products Council
14780 SW Osprey Drive
Suite 285
Beaverton, OR 97007
Phone: 503.590.6600
Fax: 503.590.6655

City of Austin Green Building Program
Planning, Environmental & Conservation Services Department
P.O. Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767-9949
Phone: 512.499.3029
Fax: 512.499.3518

Energy Center of Wisconsin
595 Science Drive
Madison, WI 53711-1060
Phone: 608.238.4601
Fax: 608.238.8733

Forest Stewardship Council
US Initiative
R.D. #1
Box 182
Waterbury, VT 05676
Phone: 802.244.6257
Fax: 802.244.6258

Scientific Certification Systems
(Certified Sustainable Wood Products)
1939 Harrison Street
Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510.832.1415
Fax: 510.832.0359

Smart Wood Program
(Certified Sustainable Wood Products)
C/o Rainforest Alliance
65 Bleeker Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212.677.1900
Fax: 212.677.2187

US Green Building Council
90 New Montgomery Street
Suite 1001
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415.543.3001
Fax: 415.957.5890

Wisconsin Energy Bureau, Department of Administration, State of Wisconsin
101 E. Wilson Street
P.O. Box 7868
Madison, WI 53707-7868
Phone: 608.266.8234

Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
4759 N. Milwaukee St. Suite 304
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: 414-224-9422




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