Additional Resources

Assessment Tools & General Information
Green Buildings 101 Definitions
  • Sustainable Building Glossary
Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit Sustainable Design & Green Building Toolkit
June 2010

This toolkit aides planners by asking for answers to specific questions in a number of green building categories found in most if not all green building rating systems:
  • Sustainable Sites and Responsible Land Use Development
  • Materials & Resource Conservation
  • Energy Conservation & Atmospheric Quality
  • Water Efficiency, Conservation, and Management
  • Indoor Environmental Air Quality
Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods Playbook for Green Buildings + Neighborhoods
A web-based resource providing strategies that local municipalities can use to take immediate action on climate change through: Green building, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure.

Green Affordable Housing Policy Toolkit
from Enterprise Green Communities

This publication highlights public policy efforts to make green and affordable housing synonymous:
  • Policy Tools
  • Framework
  • Case Studies
Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania
from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 2005

Implementing Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania
Free Toolkit to aide in implementation
from The Conservation Fund, 2006

Adopted Ordinances: Pennsylvania
Municipality Policy
Borough of Doylestown Population: 8,380 "Green Points" Green Building Incentive Program
Certification Guideline: LEED and "Green Points" Worksheet
Primary Incentive: Reduction in Building Permit Fee

Other municipalities using "Green Points:
-Borough of Swarthmore, Delaware County, PA (pop: 6,170)
-Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, PA (pop: 17,500).
  • Hatfield Resolution adopting Doylestown's "Green Points" framework
  • Hatfield Green/LEEDs Permit Procedures
Borough of West Chester Population: 18,429 West Chester Borough Council created an ad-hoc committee in the winter of 2006, West Chester Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction (BLUER), which developed the first mandatory ENERGY STAR building requirement; however applies only to conditional use permitting of buildings greater than 45 feet in height.
Certification Guidelilne: EPA ENERGY STAR
Primary Incentive: Mandatory
Pittsburgh Population: 305,000 The City of Pittsburgh recently adopted legislation promoting green buildings, however much of the growth in green building square footage can be attributed to the actions of the Green Building Alliance

Sustainable Development Bonuses Ordinance
Certification Guideline: LEED
Primary Incentive: Density Bonus
Philadelphia Population: 1.5 million High Performance Building Renovation Guide for Municipal Construction

Ordinance Requiring Green Municipal Construction
Certification Guideline: LEED
Primary Incentive: Mandatory

Solar Incentives

Pennsylvania Environmental Council developed a report detailing solutions to green building in the report:
"Building Green: Overcoming Barriers in Philadelphia."

Model Ordinances & Adopted Ordinances: Nationwide
Municipality/Region Policy
Florida Miami-Dade Model Green Building Ordinance & Final FGBC Model Green Building Ordinance
Developed for the Florida Green Building Council by the Miami-Dade Planners Technical Committee
Geographically Neutral Model Green Building Ordinance
from the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University (includes law review)
Arlington County, VA Green building program providing a bonus density for LEED-equivalent buildings and technical assistance for home owners

Green Building Certification Guidelines
U.S. Green Building Council
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
(commercial & residential)
National Association of Home Builders
ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (commercial & residential)
Green Building Initiative
Green Globes (commercial)
Free 30 day assessment
Environmental Protection Agency
Design to Achieve ENERGY STAR (commercial)
Energy Star for Homes (residential)
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (residential)

Local/Regional Green Building Guidelines
Southeastern US EarthCraft House
Available in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama for single and multi-family homes, renovation projects, community developments, and light-commercial buildings
California Build It Green
A non-profit program offering local government support, professional training, collaboration forums, consumer education, and green produce marketing in California. Rates houses and compares to average homes by local jurisdiction.
Washington Built Green
A program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Washington. Program of the same name is located in Colorado
  • Northeast Ohio Green Building Initiative Checklist
  • Cleveland Green Building Standard

  • Cost of Green Buildings

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