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Resources and Tools

Energy and Climate

  • Better Buildings Challenge is a Department of Energy (DOE) program providing free technical assistance and national recognition for commercial and industrial building owners to demonstrate energy efficiency leadership and innovation.
  • Buildings Energy Data Book a DOE resource including statistics on residential and commercial building energy consumption. Data tables contain statistics related to construction, building technologies, energy consumption, and building characteristics. It is updated periodically.
  • Climate Consultant Tool a DOE free, easy-to-use, graphic-based computer program displaying climate data in ways useful to architects, builders, contractors, and homeowners.  It includes temperatures, humidity, wind velocity, sky cover, and solar radiation in both 2-D and 3-D graphics.
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a no-cost interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings.
  • ENERGY STAR Target Finder is a no-cost online tool enabling architects and building owners to set energy targets, calculate their building’s energy use index (EUI) and receive an EPA energy performance score for projects during the design process.
  • The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) an online tool from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for exploring and comparing the green dimensions and best practices of the built environment. 


  • Architecture 2030  a non-profit, started by architect Ed Mazria in 2002, which has issued the 2030 Challenge transforming the global architecture and building community by setting goals making buildings carbon neutral by 2030.
  • International Living Future Institute (ILFI) a visionary hub including the Cascadia Green Building Council, the Natural Step, Ecotone Publishing and the Living Building Challenge.
  • The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.
  • US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (USGBC LEED) a national non-profit that created and administers the LEED green building certification program and professional accreditation.