Additional D&C Partners & Resources

NEEA's BetterBricks coordinates with local, regional and national partners who offer additional tools and resources that can help you.

AIA's Integrated Practices | Integrated Project Delivery

Integrated Practices | Integrated Project Delivery leverages early contributions of knowledge and expertise through the utilization of new technologies, allowing all team members to better realize their highest potentials while expanding the value they provide throughout the project life cycle.

AIA's 50to50
50to50 is a how-to resource intended to assist architects and the construction industry in moving toward the AIA's public goal of a minimum 50 percent reduction of fossil fuel consumption in buildings by 2010 and carbon neutrality by 2030. Note that this is a 7 MB file.

AIA's Integrated Project Delivery Guide
This Integrated Project Delivery Guide developed by the AIA is offered as a tool to assist owners, designers and builders to move toward integrated models and improved design, construction and operations processes. The goal of the Guide is to identify the characteristics of IPD and to provide specific information and guidance on how to utilize IPD methods to achieve enhanced design, construction and operation.

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and AC Engineers's (ASHRAE) High Performance Buildings Magazine
ASHRAE publishes a new quarterly magazine called High Performing Buildings distributed to building owners, facility managers, architects, contractors and engineers. It is designed to help decision makers in the building community learn about the benefits of innovative technologies and energy-efficient design and operation. Filled with case studies of exemplary buildings, developed through the support of leading practitioners in the sustainability movement. High Performing Buildings is available in digital form at no cost.

Architecture 2030
Architect Ed Mazria and Architecture 2030 issued 2030 Challenge in response to the global-warming crisis. 2030's mission is to rapidly transform the US and global building sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the global-warming crisis. Their goal is to achieve a dramatic reduction in the global-warming-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the building sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed. A brief overview of the 2030 Challenge is available to download and distribute HERE. 

Cascadia Region Green Building Council

The Cascadia Region Green Building Council is one of three original chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council. Incorporated in Oregon in December 1999, the chapter covers Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, but also includes members from Idaho and Montana. Cascadia delivers programs and training and developed and promotes Living Buildings.

Early Identification of Building Construction Projects - Early ID
Early ID, a program sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration, helps you maximize energy efficiency in your new commercial building. Consider energy efficiency in the concept design phase to develop cost-effective strategies and maximize benefits from participating utility programs and reduce the cost of your building through integrated design, utility incentives and tax credits.

Energy Smart Design™ - Office (ESD Office)
Prescriptive Packages are structured to reduce the incremental cost of a package of measures, without requiring building energy performance modeling. This package of energy-efficient measures, when installed according to ESD Office specifications, may be eligible for incentives from your utility: high efficiency cooling systems; high performance windows; enhanced economizer; integrated design of HVAC system, and high performance lighting and lighting controls.

ENERGY STAR'S Building Design Guidance
These guidelines are a strategic management approach, not a technical reference, to incorporate energy performance in the building design process. It is a set of suggested actions for design professionals and building owners to establish and achieve energy goals. These guidelines encourage best practices for energy design as part of the overall design process, and can help translate design intent to top energy performing buildings.

Energy Efficiency Pilot Program for Small Commercial Market
A new energy efficiency pilot program for owners who construct office, school or retail buildings 10,000 to 70,000 sq. ft. is now available through the Energy Trust of Oregon and Earth Advantage Institute. Eligible new construction or major renovation projects can receive design assistance and cash incentives from Energy Trust, and can achieve certification as a green building for implementing a wide range of sustainable features developed by Earth Advantage institute.

International Living Building Institute
The International Living Building Institute is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the creation of a truly sustainable built environment.  The Institute’s mission is to encourage the creation of Living Buildings, Sites and Communities in countries around the world while inspiring, educating and motivating a global audience about the need for fundamental and transformative change.

The Living Building ChallengeSM is is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that promotes the most advanced measurement of sustainability in the built environment possible today. It can be applied to development at all scales, from buildings - both new construction and renovation, to infrastructure, landscapes and neighborhoods. Living Building Challenge is comprised of seven performance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty.

New Building Institute (NBI)
NBI works with national, regional, state and utility groups to promote improved energy performance in commercial new construction. NBI manages projects involving building research, design guidelines and code activities to ensure all elements of this chain are available for use by energy efficiency programs throughout the US. 

NBI's Getting to 50
A resource by the New Buildings Institute to help designers, architects, owners and contractors achieve their goals of truly high-performance buildings. Research by NBI indicates there are about 100 new commercial buildings whose energy efficiency features are 50 percent better than code.

Oregon Sustainability Center
As one of the highest performing commercial buildings in the world, the Oregon Sustainability Center will achieve triple net-zero performance in energy and water use and carbon emissions. It is designed to meet the world's most stringent green building criteria, the Cascadia Region Green Building Council's Living Building Challenge. The OSC will also serve a "living laboratory" to maximize experimental opportunities and provide an optimal setting for hand-on green training, research and growing Oregon's green economy.

Small Construction Pilot Program
A new pilot program is now available through Energy Trust of Oregon and Earth Advantage Institute for owners who construct office, school or retail buildings 10,000 to 70,000 square feet. Eligible new construction or major renovation projects can receive design assistance and cash incentives from Energy Trust for designing and constructing an energy-efficient building, and can achieve certification as a green building for implementing a wide range of sustainable features developed by Earth Advantage Institute.

US DOE Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative: Design & Evaluation
This USDOE initiative aims to achieve marketable net-zero energy commercial buildings by 2025. Net-zero energy buildings generate as much energy as they consume through efficiency technologies and on-site power generation.

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

USGBC is a non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings accessible to everyone within a generation. USGBC developed and implements the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ that encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG)
WBDG is a gateway hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to up-to-date information on integrated 'Whole Building" design techniques and technologies. The goal of WBDG is to help users apply the integrated design method and the team approach to projects during the planning and programming phases.

Zero Energy Buildings Database
The Zero Energy Building Database features profiles of commercial buildings that produce as much energy as they use over the course of a year. Learn more about the types of zero energy buildings HERE. This database highlights projects from across the country and provides ideas that can be applied to any new building. The Zero Energy Buildings Database is part of the High Performance Buildings Database, which lists many additional projects. Visit the High Performance Buildings Database to discover more energy efficient building techniques. 

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