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  • Materials & Resources

    In the construction and day-to-day operations of buildings, many materials and resources are used and a great deal of waste is generated. ...

  • Biophilic Design

    Learn why nature is so important to us, what we know about the benefits of nature, and how biophilia is being applied in buildings, particularly in ...
  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project’s sustainability. Environmentally r...

  • Spatial Equity

    Organizations today are less hierarchical and work is more team based, more mobile, and more cross functional. A key to spatial equity is that sp...

  • Keys to Success

    Sustainable design, construction, operation, and renovation are best thought of as an integrated process, rather than a collection of things. The pr...

Biobased Content

A product or material derived from plants or other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Biobased products generally provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics. See the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred program for more information.

Read up on bioenergy basics from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Click the link below for more information on bio-based products and their selection.

http://www.wbdg.org/design-objectives/sustainable

Whole Building Systems

  • Solid Waste - Food Service Manager

    The Food Service Manager advises on sustainable concessions contracts, consistent with federal sustainability and health and wellness guidance, and ...

  • Solid Waste - Resources

    By instituting an effective building recycling program, recyclable material replaces virgin material through multiple product lives. Recycling avoid...

  • Submetering - Enabling Monitoring-Based Commissioning

    Enhances building performance by utilizing metered data to recognize system inefficiencies and energy anomalies. Identifies energy-consuming load...

  • Submetering - Green Tips and Strategies

    Consider choosing and sizing submetering equipment based on actual design loads instead of switch gear outputs.

  • Water - Green Tips

    Implement water efficient irrigation equipment such as drip or micro irrigation and   advanced weather based controls for landscaping that...

Materials

  • Alternative Bio-based Composite

    Bio-composites, or biodegradable composites, are the next generation of sustainable building materials. Plant fibers such as sunflower hulls, or whe...
  • Wood

    Wood panel ceilings, like metal ceilings, are not often used in office spaces as they tend to be a high-end finish. Wood panel ceilings do not of...
  • Bio-Based Tile

    Bio-Based tiles are a type of resilient flooring comprised of  polymers made with plant materials rather than traditional PVC. The product cate...
  • Composite Wood

    Interior doors are often made of a composite wood core covered with a laminate or wood veneer. Doors made with engineered wood are cheaper than sol...
  • Solid Wood

    There are many different species and types of wood that can be used for doors including reclaimed, suppressed, and wood from [responsibly manage...
  • Desk

    Desk selection should be driven by sustainable materials. Refer to the compare section for guidance. Using casters will support the flexibility ...
  • Casework / Millwork

    Select casework and millwork that have sustainable attributes such as rapidly renewable, recycled content and sustainably managed forest materia...
  • Composite Wood Furniture

    Engineered wood, also known as composite wood, is man-made and includes a range of wood products that are bound together by adhesives. Plywood, pa...
  • Wood Frame

    Window frames are one component of a window assembly. In naturally ventilated buildings window frames allow the window to be opened to bring in fre...
  • Compost

    Composting is the collection of organic food waste that can be used for fertilizer or soil enrichment once the food items biodegrade. Many types of...
  • Toilet Partitions

    Toilet partitions can be floor-mounted, wall-mounted, or ceiling-mounted for ease of cleaning. Floor mounted toilet partitions ...
  • Broadloom Carpet

    Broadloom carpet (also known as sheet carpet) is any type of carpet which is woven on a wide loom. The most common carpet fibers are made of Nylon, ...
  • Carpet Tile

    Carpet tile flooring is composed of individual carpet sections installed in sequence. Carpet tile fibers can be made of a variety of materials, but ...