AIA Sustainable Design Policy Center, Federal – Includes compilation of information on federal, state, and local efforts to promote high-performance design principles and standards.
Center for Environmental Design Research – Located at UC Berkeley, this center’s mission is to foster research in environmental planning and design. Building science is the largest of CEDR’s programs and provides research to increase the scientific knowledge used in building design and operation.
California Lighting Technology Center – Provides classes and course materials at UC Davis for designers, contractors, energy auditors, distributors, and other professionals working to meet or exceed California’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards.
CIFE Center for Integrated Facility Engineering – Housed at Stanford University, CIFE brings together faculty members, researchers, students, and industry participants from diverse domains, such as civil engineering, architecture, computer science, business, and law. It strives to be the world’s premier academic research center for Virutal Design and Construction of Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC industry projects.
Center for Resource Efficient Communities – Within in UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, CREC is dedicated to supporting California’s climate change and resource efficiency goals through interdisciplinary research, public communication, and professional outreach.
Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) – The UC Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) provides a coordinating hub for all of Berkeley’s energy and climate efforts to ensure the integration of science, engineering, social science, market, and policy research. Its research provides a multi-faceted approach to solving the world’s energy challenge from four major perspectives: supply, demand, environment, and policy.
Green Building Research Center (GBRC) – The Green Building Research Center at UC Berkeley was created to advance and promote sustainable building design and operation on the UC Berkeley campus, and provide resources to aid other universities in similar efforts across the state.
i4 Energy – A nexus for bringing multi-disciplinary minds together to create information technology advances for our multi-layered energy challenges, it is rooted in its three founding institutions: UC’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
National Institute of Building Sciences – NIBS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that successfully brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests, and regulatory agencies to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the US. NIBS includes the Building Enclosure Council, the Building Enclosure Technology & Environment Council, and building SMART alliance, among others.
PIYUSH Homes – Passive House Institute US is a nonprofit organization that provides training, education and research to promote implementation of Passive House Building Energy standard, as well as the design and approach and techniques to accomplish that standard. The Passive House concept represents today’s highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by 90%.
US Green Building Council – USGBC invests over $30 million a year to maintain, operate, and improve LEED and its customer delivery. It represents the probable largest infrastructure for any building energy rating system. In April `1993, representatives from approximately 60 firms and a few nonprofit organizations met in the boardroom of the AIA in Washington DC for the council’s founding meeting.
UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center – The EEC was established in 2006 with a challenge grant from the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) as the first university-based energy efficiency center in the United States to focus on the transfer of technology into the marketplace. The EEC mission is to accelerate the development and commercialization of energy efficiency technologies and to train future leaders in energy efficiency
Pacific Energy Center – The Pacific Energy Center offers educational programs (PEC calendar), design tools, advice, and support to create energy efficient buildings and comfortable indoor environments. Most of its efforts are focused around commercial buildings, however, other departments offer advice and information for residential buildings.