At last week's International Builders' Show, BuildingGreen launched a new, comprehensive resource to help architects, remodelers, and home builders build green: GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.
The Web-based tool draws on a database of nearly 1,000 construction drawings of high-performance assemblies, the long-respected GreenSpec product directory, and the expertise of a 15-member advisory board of green practitioners to provide a comprehensive suite of knowledge targeted specifically to residential design and building pros. Co-created by BuildingGreen and The Taunton Press, GreenBuildingAdvisor.com's goal is to provide a single source of all the real-world tools necessary to design and build green homes.
Several knowledge components comprise the site, including green basics, a green product guide, code issues, and green home case studies. Integral to the site is its library of construction-detail drawings, which can be printed or digitally pasted into the user's architectural drawings, as well as accompanying installation videos and field tips. A green-building strategy generator allows users to enter project details to generate specific strategies for "greening" the project, along with links to products and details.
The site's 15 expert advisers contribute frequent blog posts, answer user questions, and write articles. (Click here for a complete list of the advisers.) Users also can discuss green building topics through the site's many forums and post questions for the experts.
Though much of the site's content is accessible at no cost, full access requires a monthly or yearly membership as a "GBA Pro." The membership fee is $15 per month or $149.99 per year. Visit www.GreenBuildingAdvisor.com for more information.