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Green Design and Construction: Overview

Award Winning Green Designs

Award Winning Green Roof Designs. Belk Main Stacks SB419.5 P43 2008

SBIC Award Winners. Winners of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.


Key Publications

Energy Performance of LEED for New Construction Buildings. 2008

Guide to Green Energy Building Rating Systems: Understanding LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star, the National Green Building Standard, and More. TH880 R48 2010.

ASHRAE Greenguide: The Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buldings. 3rd ed. TH880 A83 2010.

Web Sites and Blogs

The Green Guide. This National Geographic site focuses on energyuse in everyday living. Includes amounts of energy used in many daily activieis, buying guides, a list of the top 25 green cities, and much more.

Our Green Cities. Web site of researcher and author Kent Portney, which includes a list of the top sustainale cities.

Best Green Blogs

Electronic Recylers International, Inc.  Find a place to recycle cell phones, computer equipment, and more.

Passive House Institute. Independent research institute. Offers the PHPP (passive House Planning Package).

What Is Green Design and Construction?

Green design and construction, also called sustainable design and construction, is a comprehensive process that employs techniques to minimize adverse environmental impacts and reduce the energy consumption of a building while contributing to the health and productivity of its occupants. Green design and construction have many components, such as architecture, building construction, building materials, energy, landscape design, and much more.

Click here for a brief overview of green building.


The ASU/Universite d'Angers Maison Reciprocity team finished ninth in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. It's an awesome project led, designed, and built by students.

Sports Facilities Going Green, Getting LEEDS Certification.
Read about a number of green inititiaves in sports facilities in Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, October 7013, 2013. Shelved in Periodicals, Belk Library Lower Level.

Solar Decathlon in the News.

ASU Selected to Compete in 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe

ASU Leading the Green Revolution.

A March 2011 report issued by the Appalachian Regional Commission recognizes ASU as a leader in environmental sustainability and education-community partnership. Other institutions cited for best practices are Cleveland State Community College, Hocking College, lanier Technical College, Alfred State College, and Frostburg State University.

ASU Solar Homestead on YouTube.

View an awesome video of ASU's entry in the Solar Decathlon.

SPI Green Firm Certification Goes National

Design and construction firms that have the institutional capacity to deliver consistent high-quality sustainability services and projects.


Subject Guide

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Suzanne Wise
Belk Library and Information Commons
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608-2026
tel: 828-262-2798

Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection; Bibliographer for the departments of Communication, Computer Science, and Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Writing for Construction Professionals

The Architect's Guide to Writing: For Design and Construction Professionals. P211 S34 2014.

Distance Education Library Services

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