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High-Performance Guidelines and Rating Systems


Advanced Energy Design Guide (2009)

ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from the Department of Energy (DOE). The Advanced Energy Design Guide series provides a sensible approach to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without having to resort to detailed calculations or analysis. The four-color guides offer contractors and designers the tools, including recommendations for practical products and off-the-shelf technology, needed for achieving a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. The document is downloadable free of charge.

advancedenergyAdvanced Energy Design Guide for Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities (2009)

199 pp. This Guide provides recommendations for small healthcare facilities up to 90,000 square feet to achieve 30 percent energy savings over the minimum requirements of ASHRAE 90.1-1999.

Bird-Safe Building Guidelines (2008)

birdsafebookNew York City Audubon Society. 55 pp. This manual reveals the magnitude of bird-collisions with glass and describes the conditions that cause these deadly collisions. Bird-safety in buildings is integral to the “green” sustainable building movement, and the guidelines suggest strategies that complement the LEED® Green Building Rating system and the Green Guide for Health Care. The guidelines also suggest ways to retrofit existing buildings.

Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines for Health Care Facilities (2007)

guidelinesbookInternational Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. 17 pp. The Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Guidelines are technical reference documents with general and industry-specific examples of Good International Industry Practice (GIIP). When one or more members of the World Bank Group are involved in a project, these EHS Guidelines are applied as required by their respective policies and standards.   URL?

The Green Guide to Specification, 4th Edition (2009)

ggspecbookWiley-Blackwell, London. Building Research Establishment (BRE). This fourth edition provides designers and specifiers with easy-to-use guidance on how to make the best environmental choices when selecting construction materials and components. The Green Guide to Specification provides robust information to assist decision-making by translating numerical life-cycle assessment data into a simple A+ to E scale of environmental ratings, enabling specifiers to make meaningful comparisons between materials and components.

Green Star Green Building Rating System

Developed by the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA), Launched in 2002, the GBCA is a national, not-for-profit organization committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Australia by encouraging the adoption of green building practices. The Green Guide participated in the development of the GreenStar Healthcare tool.

GreenStar Healthcare V1

greenstarlogoThis rating system includes a number of calculator accessory tools, including a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator, Solar Hot Water, Material Calculator, and Commuting Mass Transport Calculator.

Labs 21 Environmental Performance Criteria (EPC)

Labs21® is a voluntary partnership program dedicated to improving the environmental performance of U.S. laboratories, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

A Design Guide for Energy-Efficient Research Laboratories Version 4.0

designguide4.0Assists facility owners, architects, engineers, designers, facility managers, and utility demand-side management specialists in identifying and applying advanced energy-efficiency features in laboratory-type environments. This Guide focuses comprehensively on laboratory energy design issues with a “systems” design approach.

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) family of products

The US Green Building Council’s family of products have informed the development of the Green Guide Construction and Operations, particularly the following specific rating systems:

threebooksBuilding Design and Construction

Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance

Commercial Interiors

coreshellbookCommercial Interiors Core and Shell

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Living Building Challenge

Developed by the Cascadia Chapter of the US Green Building Council. The Living Building Challenge is attempting to raise the bar and define the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment, using a benchmark of what is currently possible and given the best knowledge available today. Projects that achieve this level of performance can claim to be among the ‘greenest’ anywhere, and will serve as role models to others that follow. Although it may be difficult to achieve the Living Building Challenge, understanding the standard and documenting compliance with the requirements is inherently easy: Just 16 simple and profound requirements that must be met.

livingbuildingbookThe Living Building Challenge: In Pursuit of True Sustainability in the Built Environment, Version 1.3, 2008

New York City Department of Design and Construction, Office of Sustainable Design

This internationally recognized green building reference was first published in 1999, Since then, more than 60 projects have been completed using them.

highperformancebookHigh Performance Building Guidelines

The guidelines are supplemented with a series of in-depth manuals. Completed to date are a Manual for Cool Roofing, a Manual for Quality Energy Efficient Lighting, a Geothermal Manual, a Construction and Demolition Waste Manual, and a Manual on Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel.

High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines

This companion guideline, released in 2005, was developed in partnership with the New York City Design Trust for Public Space. It has seven sections: Site Assessment, Streetscape, Pavement, Utility, Stormwater Management, Landscape and Construction Practices.

Sustainable Sites Initiative

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. After four years of development and public feedback, the Initiative has released the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes.

sustainablesitesThe Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009

The Case for Sustainable Landscapes

Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG)

wbdglogoNational Institute of Building Sciences. The WBDG is the only web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a ‘whole buildings’ perspective. Organized into three major categories — Design Guidance, Project Management and Operations & Maintenance — the WBDG includes both Resource Pages and reductive summaries on particular topics. Development of the WBDG is a collaborative effort among federal agencies, private sector companies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

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