Building design guidance and resources

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Energy performance

ASHRAE: Advanced Energy Design Guides

Energy Design Resources: Design Guidelines

National Institute of Building Sciences: Whole Building Design Guide

New Buildings Institute: Core Performance Guide

State of Pennsylvania: High-Performance Green Building Guide

U.S. Department of Energy: Design and Construct a New Energy Efficient Building

U.S. EPA: ENERGY STAR Certified Products 

U.S. EPA: Guidance on Purchasing Energy-Saving Products


Building Commissioning Association: Best Practices

Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.: Model Commissioning Plans & Guide Specs

Indoor air quality

ASHRAE: Indoor Air Quality Guide

U.S. EPA: IAQ Design Tools for Schools

General sustainability

AIA COTE: Writing the Green RFP

University of Minnesota: Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines

U.S. EPA: Green Buildings

Technology and equipment

ACEEE: Buildings and Equipment

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Tools and Guides

Software tools

Department of Energy: Building Energy Software Tools Directory

Autodesk: Green Building Studio

Department of Energy: COMcheck

Edison International: eQUEST