Green building integrates
sustainable development and sustainability. Green building seeks to
achieve ecological and aesthetic harmony between a structure and its
Effective green building can:
- reduce operating costs by using less energy and water
- improved health with improved indoor air quality
- reduce environmental impacts by lessening storm water runoff and
the heat island effect
Advanced Methods and Materials
AMM400 - Advanced Framing (PDF)
AMM305 - Raingardens (PDF)
AMM304 - Amended Soils (PDF)
AMM303 - Vegetated Roof (PDF)
AMM302 - Pavers (PDF)
AMM301 - Pin Foundation (PDF)
AMM300 - Porous Concrete/Asphalt (PDF)
AMM202 - Rainwater Harvesting (PDF) and
Rainwater Harvesting Permitting Guide(PDF)
AMM201 - Composting Toilets (PDF)
- Waterless Urinals (PDF)
AMM101 - Solar Water Heating Systems (PDF)
AMM100 - Roof Mounted Photovoltaic Solar Panels (PDF)
Green Building in Bellingham
interactive map developed by City GIS staff and Sustainable
Connections. It shows City projects that used Low Impact
Development techniques for stormwater management.
Map of green
buildings and low impact developments in
Bellingham (4,700K PDF) -
To purchase a hard copy, contact the Planning Division.
- Built Green Whatcom County -
A certification program
sponsored by the BIAWC for residential building projects.
Community Energy Challenge -
A one-stop shop for energy efficiency! Sign up for a home
assessment, learn about incentives, adn get connected with a contractor.
Each ENERGY STAR NW qualified home has been built to
meet energy efficiency guidelines set forth by the Environmental
- LEED -
A certification program sponsored by the US Green Building
Council for new construction (residential and commercial) project.
Sustainable Connections’ Green Building and Smart Growth Program
works with local government, building industry professionals and
community members to promote healthy, durable, efficient, and
environmentally responsible homes, neighborhoods and workplaces through
education, technical assistance and advocacy.
Cascadia Green Building Chapter is the regional site for the Northwest Chapter of the USGBC. This
objective of this site is to provide an accessible roadmap for
sustainable building. This site includes resources such as; books, LEED
materials, regional resources, green building fact sheets, green
posters, LEED AP study materials and information on past and future
workshops and presentations.
- Energy Star
Program is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and
protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Green Tools by King County, created
by the Solid Waste Division, serves as a resource for
information on green building certification programs, guidebooks for
residential remodeling, construction recycling, deconstruction
techniques and a green building evaluator.
King County Green Remodel Guides covers common remodeling topics,
giving helpful hints on materials and strategies to create a home that is
healthy, saves money, and is easy on the environment. The guides are
available in PDF format.
Tree Protection on Construction and Development Sites outlines the
best management practices for tree protection in the Pacific Northwest.
- USGBC: The United
States Green Building Council is a non-profit organization that certifies LEED development
projects and is dedicated to expanding green building practices
including LEED Neighborhood Design. (LEED ND)