Building design guidance and resources

Scroll down or click on a category to find energy efficiency strategies and other design resources.

Energy performance

ASHRAE: Advanced Energy Design Guides
https://www.ashrae.org/standards-research--technology/advanced-energy-design-guides

Energy Design Resources: Design Guidelines
http://www.energydesignresources.com/resources/publications/design-guidelines.aspx

National Institute of Building Sciences: Whole Building Design Guide
http://www.wbdg.org/

New Buildings Institute: Core Performance Guide
http://advancedbuildings.net/core-performance

State of Pennsylvania: High-Performance Green Building Guide
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=588208&mode=2

U.S. Department of Energy: Design and Construct a New Energy Efficient Building
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/commercial/new_building.html

U.S. EPA: ENERGY STAR Certified Products
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_find_es_products 

U.S. EPA: Guidance on Purchasing Energy-Saving Products
http://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/save-energy/purchase-energy-saving-products

Commissioning

Building Commissioning Association: Best Practices
http://www.bcxa.org/knowledge-center/bca-public-library/

Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.: Model Commissioning Plans & Guide Specs
http://www.peci.org/model-commissioning-plans-guide-specifications

Indoor air quality

ASHRAE: Indoor Air Quality Guide
https://www.ashrae.org/resources--publications/bookstore/indoor-air-quality-guide

U.S. EPA: IAQ Design Tools for Schools
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schooldesign/

General sustainability

AIA COTE: Writing the Green RFP
http://www.aia.org/practicing/groups/kc/AIAP074117?dvid=&recspec=AIAP074117

University of Minnesota: Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines
http://www.sustainabledesignguide.umn.edu/

U.S. EPA: Green Buildings
http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/

Technology and equipment

ACEEE: Buildings and Equipment
http://www.aceee.org/sector/commercial

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Tools and Guides
http://buildings.lbl.gov/tools

Software tools

Department of Energy: Building Energy Software Tools Directory
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/subjects_sub.cfm

Autodesk: Green Building Studio
http://usa.autodesk.com/green-building-studio/

Department of Energy: COMcheck
http://www.energycodes.gov/comcheck/

Edison International: eQUEST
http://www.energydesignresources.com/resources/software-tools/equest.aspx