North American Coalition on Green Building
The North American Coalition on Green Building is composed of over 30 organizations from various industries with a material interest in green building issues. Meetings are held throughout the year to discuss pending legislation, new green building standards, and other issues. ACA sends a representative to each meeting and communicates relevant issues from these meetings with our membership.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 13,500 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Members include building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies, and nonprofits.
The USGBC developed Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), which addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED is a practical rating tool for green building design and construction that provides immediate and measurable results for building owners and occupants.
Green Building Initiative (GBI)
The GBI is a not for profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy efficient, healthier environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction. The GBI formed a strategic partnership with the National Association of Home Builders and developed the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating tool in 2004.
National Association of Home Builders-National Green Building Standard
The National Association of Home Builders is currently in the process of updating their National Green Building Standard. The latest version of this standard will be published in 2012. The Standard is used for new home construction projects, renovations, and site development. The Standard incorporates elements of energy efficiency, resource conservation, water conservation and other common green building elements.