RESEARCH GUIDE: SUSTAINABLE BUILDING STANDARDS
Find explanations of different types of U.S. and international green building standards, green product certifications, and green building rating and certification systems, with links to relevant codes, standards and organizations.
New homes with the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to use 15-30% less energy than typical new homes.
Available for new construction, existing buildings, and interiors, Green Globes certification indicates that the project demonstrates a commitment to the reduction of environmental impacts and the improvement of water, energy and environmental efficiency.
New homes with the Indoor airPLUS label are independently certified to use construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. To be eligible for the Indoor airPLUS certification, a home must first earn the ENERGY STAR Certified Home label.
Available for new construction, existing buildings, interiors, ongoing building operations, and neighborhood development, LEED certification recognizes sustainable design and construction in commercial and residential projects.
To meet the Living Building Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.
Commercial and residential buildings can achieve the international Passive House certification by meeting criteria related to energy efficiency, airtightness, and thermal comfort.
The PHIUS+ Passive Building Standard is passive building energy standard, cost-optimized by climate for all areas of North America and based on the same passive design principles as the international Passive House Certification.
New homes with the WaterSense label are independently certified to use approximately 20% less water than typical new homes.
Available for new construction, existing buildings, and interiors, WELL certification indicates that spaces have been designed to improve the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and performance of its occupants
When your instructor doesn’t care how you cite as long as you do cite, make sure to include the information someone would need to find your source on their own. A citation for a web page might look like this:
“Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors.” Green Building Initiative. https://www.thegbi.org/green-globes-certification/how-to-certify/sustainable-interiors/.
Cite It Where You Use It
Every time you use a quotation, a piece of information, or an image from another source, cite the source right where you use it, whether it’s on your project board or in your paper, job book or presentation.
Include enough information to allow your audience to figure out which source (from your complete list at the end) you’re citing. For example, if you use the web page in the example above, the citation on your board or presentation slide might be “Green Globes”.
Check out this tutorial on Citing Sources Informally for more guidelines and examples to informally cite every source you use - whether it’s a book, magazine, website, blog or video - and avoid plagiarism.
- Websites About Sustainable Standards & Certifications
- Research Guide: Building Codes & Standards
- Research Guide: LEED
- Research Guide: Presentations
- Research Guide: Sustainable Building Systems
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