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There are a number of ways to implement sustainable practices into building and construction.  The resources below should assist you by providing access to third party certifications for each of the listed materials, as well as educational materials and tips.  Please check back often.


Green Building Frameworks and Certifications

  • U.S. Green Building Council – develops LEED rating system and green building training modules –      
  • EnergyStar – energy efficiency guidelines and certification systems for a wide range of building types -
  • International Green Construction Codes – An international model code for green building and sustainable design -
  • ASHRAE 189.1 – a comprehensive green building standard that includes energy and water efficiency, site design, materials, and indoor environments -
  • Living Building Challenge – An international green building certification that requires net-zero energy, net-zero water, healthy materials, and a number of other mandatory requirements -
  • Sustainable Atlanta – includes a range of resources for green building, energy and water efficiency, and waste management in the Atlanta region   -
  • Green Globes – green building rating system for new and existing buildings -


Construction Pollution Control

Outdoor Lighting

Building Energy Codes and Incentives

  • Removing Barriers to Compliance: Energy Code Compliance Task Force Recommendations: Summary of recommended energy code improvements for the City of Atlanta and surrounding regions.
  • Best Practices for State Building Energy Code Policy: Improving Energy Efficiency through Building Energy Codes Policy – “Top five best practice policy measures States and municipalities can use to incorporate and enhance current model energy codes into local laws.”
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Energy Code Program (BECP) – Works with other government agencies, state and local jurisdictions, national code organizations, and industry to promote stronger building energy codes and help states adopt, implement, and enforce those codes. Provides resources on national model energy codes.
  • ENERGY STAR – Includes a variety of “tried-and-true” energy-efficient features that contribute to improved building quality and tenant comfort, and lowers energy demand and reduces air pollution.
  • DSIRE – A comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the DOE, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Atmospheric Quality Protection

  • EPA Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program – “Evaluates and regulates substitutes for the ozone-depleting chemicals that are being phased out under the stratospheric ozone protection provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA).”

Water Efficiency

Educational Resources


Furniture - GREENGUARD or GREENGUARD Children & Schools

Paint – GREENGUARD Children & Schools

Carpet – NSF 140 Gold or Platinum

Hard Surface Flooring – GREENGUARD Children & Schools

Cleaners – UL 2759 or EcoLogo CCD-146

Sanitary Paper – EcoLogo CCD – 086/CCD-082