Sustainability & Health
The links in this article lead to educational resources that promote a sustainable future for the built environment.
Energy and Thermal Performance Tools
Energy and thermal performance software is a critical component in an architect's toolbox. This list contains free and paid software and web tools.
Energy Use Intensity (EUI)
Energy Use Intensity (EUI) is a way of comparing the energy use of different buildings.
Site vs Source Energy
The difference between site vs source energy is important to understand when considering energy use for buildings.
Guide to Building Commissioning
Our guide to Building Commissioning covers all of the basics you need to know as an architect, engineer, or building owner.
Common Refrigerants Used in Buildings and HVAC Equipment
An overview of the most common refrigerants used in buildings and the effects they have on the environment.
Green Building Certification and Rating Systems
We review a number of green building certification programs and rating systems for sustainability, resiliency, and health.
Green Building Product Certifications
Green building products are identified by various certification that follow many standards. Learn how to understand the different product certifications.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs): A Guide for Architects
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are like nutrition labels on a food product, but geared toward environmental and sustainable attributes.
Health Product Declarations (HPDs): A Guide for Architects
Health Product Declarations (HPDs) help owners, architects, and contractors understand what ingredients are in building materials and products.