Sustainable Design Links

Sustaining the Growth of Green Design , by The Design-Build Network
The impact of sustainable design can be clearly seen in some parts of the world, and it remains a hot topic among architects. However, it should not be assumed that sustainability is a top priority for clients commissioning new buildings. LEAF-award-winning German architect Claus Wendel believes that this will change gradually, and designers’ attitudes must keep in step with clients’ needs.

Green Building Design and Construction , by The California State Government
Sustainable design or building “green” is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings. It provides cost savings to all Californians through improved human health and productivity, lower cost building operations, and resource efficiency–and it moves us closer to a sustainable future.

Green Home Guide , Heating and cooling your home accounts for 44 percent of its energy use and should be your first priority for energy efficiency.

Your Home , by The U.S. Department of Energy
Homeowners and renters know saving energy means saving money without sacrificing comfort. There are many things you can do to save energy in your current home, or when designing and building a new energy-efficient house. Whether you choose no/low cost improvements or invest in long-term energy saving strategies, the following sites can help you choose what is best for your energy picture.

Sustainable Design Program , by the U.S. General Services Administration
Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.