Zero Net Energy Home – Envisioning a lifestyle of renewable energy for home and transportation, the Honda Smart Home US will feature new and emerging technologies to greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed by individual households, and will provide a pathway for the full integration of electric vehicles into the home.
Towards a Climate-Friendly Built Environment – This Pew Center report is part of the effort to examine key sectors, technologies, and policy options to construct the “10-50 Solution” to climate change. The idea is that we need to tackle climate change over the next fifty years, one decade at a time. Looking at options for the near (10 years) and long (50 years) term, this report yields the following insights for reducing GHG emissions from the largest portion of our nation’s physical wealth – our built environment.
The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse – This study provides the most comprehensive analysis-to-date of the potential environmental impact reductions associated with building reuse. It compares the relative environmental impacts of building reuse and renovation versus new construction over the course of a 75-year life span.
2013 SBD Participant Handbook – Savings By Design (SBD) is California’s nonresidential new construction energy efficiency program, administered statewide and funded by Utility customers through the Public Purpose Programs surcharge applied to gas and electric services. Projects participating in Savings By Design receive services including design assistance, Owners Incentives, Design Team Incentives, and Energy Design Resources. Services begin in the project design phase and continue through construction completion.
Case for Green Build Executive Summary – This report investigates the business costs and benefits of green building in five vital categories and finishes with an exploration into both the impacts that a greener built environment can have at a macro scale and how this can be achieved.
EDC Greenbook – EDC Magazine provides education for designing, constructing, remodeling, operating and maintaining the sustainable built environment. The EDC GREENBook is a Sustainable Product + Resource Guide, available online to members of the USGBC or by purchase of a print copy.
AIA Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process – With the increasing awareness and focus on sustainability, the twenty-first century architect must become fluent with vocabulary and technologies that predict, test, and quantify energy performance in buildings. This fluency is essential to respond to the requirements of new green building codes and savvy clients who demand to know how actual performance matches predictions of energy consumption by their design team. The energy model and focus on energy performance is not meant to supplant the importance of design. Rather, a building energy model is a tool that can be utilized throughout the design process to test various design options and optimize the performance of all building typologies.
Green+Schools+Investment+Guide – This guide outlines how architects can team up with schools and districts to design and implement comprehensive strategies that simultaneously improve the wellness of students and staff, enhance learning conditions and set strong examples of sustainability for our communities.
ZNE Action Plan 2010 – This Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Action Plan is designed to help California‘s commercial buildings sector achieve the goals described in the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan by the CPUC (the Strategic Plan or the Plan).
Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan – This report summarizes current sustainability activities within the AIA and with partner and ancillary organizations. It also identifies a few specific priority areas for the AIA to focus its resources.