Resources

The City of Seattle, other governments, and nonprofits offer a variety of resources to help citizens understand what the City is doing and to implement green building, energy conservation, and renewable energy measures at home, at work, and in the community. 

The REGREEN Strategy Generator for Residential
This tool, based on the REGREEN guide from US Green Building Council and the American Society of Interior Designers, provides a list of strategies tailored to the scope of a homeowner or building professional's residential remodeling project.

EcoCool Remodel Tool for Residential
Take a tour of the King County GreenTools program's virtual home to discover common green building improvements room-by-room.

Energy STAR Portfolio Manager for Commercial
Portfolio Manager is the online building energy tracking tool referenced by Seattle's Energy Benchmarking ordinance. It is a convenient interface for tracking building energy use and comparing building use to national averages for the building type. 

Whole Building Design Guide for Commercial
This exhaustive online design guide covers all aspects of high performance building design and construction.

Sustainable Building Advisor Certification
Nine-month intensive course with optional certification exam that comprehensively addresses the foundational concepts that underpin green building.

LEED Accredited Professional
The US Green Building Council offers a series of green building credentials related to their LEED products, ranging from the most general Green Associate designation, through Accredited Professional designation with specialty in one of the LEED Rating System products, to LEED Fellow, for distinguished green building professionals demonstrating deep experience and technical knowledge.

Certified Passive House Consultant
This designation from the Passive House Institute US provides deep understanding of Passive House standard and certification process. Training and certification for builders and Passive House raters is also available.

REGREEN Trained Certificate Program
A program of the US Green Building Council and the American Society of Interior Designers, REGREEN certified professionals receive training via online modules in green and healthy remodeling design and construction practices.

AIA+2030 Professional training
Originating in the AIA Seattle office, this in-depth energy efficient building design series is now offered in more than twenty AIA chapters across the country. The ten, four-hour sessions cover the gamut of topics needed to design and build next-generation energy efficient buildings that support the 2030 Challenge for dramatic reductions in buildings' energy use intensity.

Green Building Advisor
From the publishers of Environmental Building News, Green Building Advisor is a residential-focused online resource for building design and construction professionals. Includes significant information in free blog and news articles, and a wealth of information for members.

Building Science Corporation
"Building Science" examines the effect of heat transfer, ventilation and moisture on buildings. BSC has conducted extensive research and testing of various building assemblies and designs to determine those most resistant to damage from bulk moisture, water vapor, and other building hazards. A variety of fact sheets, reports, and guides cover these topics from the building science perspective.

Toolbase
Technical information on energy efficient and green design approaches and technologies for residential buildings from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.

Environmental Protection Agency: Green Building Information
The US Environmental Protection Agency maintains extensive information on green building-related topics. These include general green building, waste prevention and recycling, purchasing recycled content building materials, and combating building-related human health hazards like lead and asbestos.

Passive House Northwest
PHNW is a regional association of Passive House Consultants and advocates in the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle chapter holds monthly meetings at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, and periodic conferences provide applied information on building super-efficient homes and buildings.

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a member-based green building nonprofit. The Central Puget Sound chapter serves the Seattle area, and holds monthly meetings at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. The EcoBuilding Guild's Green Pages publication lists their members, ranging from architects to rainwater harvest specialists.

BetterBricks
The commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Better Bricks provides extensive resources, tools, and access to technical advice through its regional network of labs.

Department of Energy: Energy Saver
A portal to all residential energy conservation, targeted at the homeowner. Learn about weatherization, insulating, heating and cooling, appliances, residential renewable energy, home energy audits, and much more.

Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
As its name implies, this DOE office provides information on both energy conservation and energy production, including extensive information applied at the building scale.

Environmental Building News
Published by BuildingGreen.com, this monthly publication covers green building design, construction, and current events. Supported solely by subscription revenues, this advertisement-free periodical provides in-depth reporting on timely green building topics.

Greensource magazine
A partnership between BuildingGreen.com and McGraw Hill, Greensource focuses on commercial and institutional building types.

Fine Homebuilding
This monthly publication from Taunton Press consistently features articles on energy-conscious design and construction, healthy building practices, and other aspects of green building, written from the architect and builder perspectives. Special issues and other publications from Taunton address residential green building concepts in depth from an applied perspective

Green Building Certification Programs
Green building and energy efficiency certifications provide assurance that a builder has instituted measures to increase the performance of a building. Consider certifying your new building under one of the green building rating systems available.
Green Building
Green building is a building design, construction, and operation approach that provides a host of benefits to people and the planet.
City Light Integrated Resource Plan
2012 plan shows how an increasing amount of the City’s electricity demand will be met through conservation.
City Greenbuilding Project Case Studies
Spotlight on Green City of Seattle Facilities
Green Remodeling Guides
Remodeling? Building New? Help Is Here
Residential GB Case Studies
These residential case studies demonstrate how smart technologies, eco-friendly materials, energy-efficiency and other green features combine to make a great living environment.
Green Tenant Improvement Guides
Green building design practices and management principles can reduce building operating expenses, increase worker productivity and asset value.
Green Building Task Force (Archived)
The year-long Green Building Task Force produced a report and policy recommendations that helped shape the identification and prioritization of Seattle’s current green building initiatives. Visit the archived site for background.
Seattle Energy Code Compared to ASHRAE 90-1-2010
A strong energy code is one of Seattle’s key tools for achieving significant reductions in energy use in the building sector and reaching the city’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality.