What People are Saying about the Primer...

"O'Brien and Smith's The Northwest Green Home Primer is a timely,
comprehensive manual, certain to inform and inspire.  From initial
conception and planning through construction, commissioning and
disassembly, the well-illustrated primer walks you through all stages
of a green building project, helping you navigate this exciting,
dynamic, important design process.  It includes an introduction to
modern green technologies and practices, up-close and personal case
studies, and detailed checklists to ensure that your methodology is
complete.  If you're building or remodelling a home, The Northwest
Green Home Primer will be an indispensable partner, giving you the
knowledge and confidence to do it green."

~Christopher Gronbeck
Sustainable by Design


"It looks GREAT! I will put it on my list of recommended reading for my clients!"

~Rob Harrison
Principal, Harrison Architects


Links and Resources

The book contains dozens of additional green building resources. Here are a few of our favorites:

Green Materials

ecohaus, formerly the Environmental Home Center
BuildingGreen.com, information on hundreds of green products


Buy, Build or Remodel a Green Home

National Resources

National LEED for Homes rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council
The Green Home Guide, a rich web site developed by the US Green Building Council
NAHB National Green Building Program, developed by the National Association of Home Builders.
American Lung Association Healthy House Program

Regional Resources

Built Green Washington, a web portal to all of the Built Green Programs in Washington State
American Lung Association - Washington Healthy House Program
Earth Advantage, provides standards for homes in Oregon, and covers indoor environmental quality, resource and energy efficiency, and environmental responsibility.
Energy Star Northwest, a regional division of the national Energy Star program. Provides verification for products as well as homes that are at least 15 percent more efficient than local and/or state standards.
Green Pages, directory of Northwest green building professionals
Santa Barbara Built Green, a certification program for green building projects in Santa Barbara

Nature Based Landscaping

Natural Lawn and Garden Care
Native Plant Resources for the Pacific Northwest
Building Soil, shows builders and home owners how to meet new Washington guidelines for protecting and restoring healthy soil, for a healthy, easy-care landscape.

Sustainable Living

Redefining Progress, Calculate your ecological office footprint as well as your own individual ecological footprint!
Low Impact Living Calculator A household ecological and carbon footprint calculator with recommendations based on your calculator inputs.
Green cleaning methods, resources and recipes

Universal Design

Sustainability and Remodeling Your Home. By Mike Vowels. An Eastside Business Journal article which discusses the crossover of sustainability and universal design, as applied to home remodels.

Organizations Related to Green Building

US Green Building Council (National)
American Indoor Air Quality Council (National)
Energy Star and IAQ Star, Environmental Protection Agency (National)
Cascadia Region Green Building Council

Global Green
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Green Building Initiative

....and even more resources from the US Green Building Council


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