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Sustainability: Guides & Standards




Energy ratings, endorsement programs, consumer incentives, guidelines, and standards play an important role in creating awareness for energy efficiency among consumers, builders, architects and others. These programs provide information and incentives for designing energy-efficient homes.


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Panelization | Energy Efficiency | Materials | Simplicity | Guides & Standards

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
ASHRAE develops standards for both its members and others professionally concerned with refrigeration processes and the design and maintenance of indoor environments.

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
ASTM International provides a global forum for the development and publication of international voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevance, ASTM standards are used in research and development, product testing and quality systems. ASTM standards are a critical element of the information infrastructure that guides manufacturing and trade in the global economy.

ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program Guidelines
ENERGY STAR for New Homes helps homebuyers easily identify homes that are significantly more energy efficient than standard construction in the marketplace.

Enterprise Green Communities
Enterprise Green Communities Criteria provide proven, cost- effective standards for creating healthy and energy-efficient homes.

Green Building Initiative-Residential
The Green Building Initiative has been working with local home builder associations across the country to develop locally-relevant green building programs.

Green Seal
We develop life cycle-based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offer third-party certification for those that meet the criteria in the standard.

ICC 700 National Green Building Standard
The resulting ICC 700 National Green Building Standardâ„¢ is the first and only residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.

Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines
An interdisciplinary team of local and national experts has developed sustainable building guidelines for the State of Minnesota Departments of Administration and Commerce that will be used on all new state buildings.

Minnesota Sustainable Housing Initiative
This website is a portal for information and research to inform and support the creation of affordable, healthy, durable, and resource and energy efficient homes throughout the state and region.

NAHB Green Scoring Tool
Ready to build green? Look at all the choices, pick your methods and materials and then score the results using this interactive tool.

National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)
A non-profit, public/private organization created by the window, door and skylight industry. It is comprised of manufacturers, suppliers, builders, architects and designers, specifiers, code officials, utilities and government agencies. NFRC provides consistent ratings on window, door and skylight products.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Through its partnerships with industry, government, and academia, NIST is helping to advance measurements and tools for environmental science, for example by calibrating the sensors of climate-mapping satellites and detecting ever more minute quantities of toxins and pollutants in our air, soil, water, and blood.

UL Environment
A source for independent green claims validation, product certification, training, advisory services and standards development.


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