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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Green Building

Glass structures like this can be built to conserve resources
Pavilion in the Park: Lifecycle Building Challenge winning entry by David Miller from The Miller|Hull Partnership.
Building joins like this can expand or contract in 6 directions to accomodate expanding or contracting buildings
GroJoint: Lifecycle Building Challenge student entry by Adam Fenner, Jason Bond, Thomas Gerhardt, Josh Canez, and Nick Schaider from Texas A&M University.

Resources Related to Green Building

The Brownfields Program in Region 9 works to clean up and redevelop potentially contaminated lands in the Pacific Southwest region, making it easier for such lands to become vital, functioning parts of their communities. Brownfield grants include sustainability and green building criteria.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials consist of the debris generated during the construction, renovation, and demolition of buildings, roads, and bridges.

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Energy Star is a joint program of the EPA and the Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Indoor Airplus logoIndoor Air Plus Indoor Air Plus is a set of EPA specifications for newly constructed homes designed to help builders decrease the risk of poor indoor air quality. The builder must employ a variety of construction practices and technologies to earn the label. Those practices include: taking extra precautions to prevent rain from getting into the roofs, walls, and foundation; preventing radon in the soil below the home from entering into the home (in areas where radon is present in the native soils); bringing in fresh, filtered outside air on a periodic basis; sealing the home from pollutants in the garage; preventing combustion appliances from emitting combustion gases into the home; and using only low emitting building products like plywoods, fiberboard, particle board, carpet and paint. Buyers concerned about good indoor air quality should ask for the Indoor Air Plus label on their next home purchase. Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

Lifecycle Building Challenge The Lifecycle Building Challenge is a national competition run by the EPA, American Institute of Architects, and Building Materials Reuse Association to promote building material reuse though disassembly and adaptability.

Organics: GreenScapes The GreenScapes Partnership program promotes safer, more sustainable landscaping practices that protect our environment and provide beautiful outdoor areas.

WaterSense seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices.

green building tribal logo Tribal-Specific Resources

Building and Buying Green in Indian Country: A Practical Guide for California Tribes (157 pp, 8.7MB) Exiting EPA (disclaimer) This comprehensive guide provides tribal project decision-makers and planners with an overview of "green" building practices to help them evaluate and choose sustainable options as they develop projects with architects, contractors, suppliers, or other building professionals.

Rural Information Center  Exiting EPA (disclaimer) This Rural Information Center provides information about State, federal and nonprofit programs that assist Native Americans needing housing or loans.

Native American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC)  Exiting EPA (disclaimer) NAIHC is a national organization representing housing interests of tribes and housing entities across the United States. NAIHC does:

  • Advocacy for housing opportunities and increased funding for Native American housing and community development programs,
  • Training in many areas of Indian housing management,
  • On-site technical assistance to Indian housing professionals,
  • Research and information services on Indian housing issues and programs.
  • NAIHC can assist with:
    • The fundamentals of Indian housing management and financial accountability.
    • Preparation of operating budgets, review of staffing and personnel policies, and organizational structure.
    • Assessments of financial management and control functions including bookkeeping, computers, and computer software.
    • Indian Housing Plans and Annual Performance Reports.

Giving Form to Traditional Values: Design Principles for Indian Housing, PDF  (46pp, 1.7MB)

The purpose of this guidebook is to assist architects and designers who are contracted by Indian Housing Authorities to understand how to incorporate traditional Native American cultural and spiritual elements of life into housing forms, and to understand the importance of including the homeowner in the decision making process.

Buildings of the Land: Energy Efficiency Design Guide for Indian Housing, PDF  (97pp, 3MB)

This guide is a product of the Department of Energy and Department of Housing and Urban Development Initiative on Energy Efficiency in Housing. The guide is in three basic sections:

  • Section 1 contains information about energy-efficient techniques and how they work, and gives some specific design advice.
  • Section 2 introduces the reader to the personal computer program BuilderGuide, which provides a simple, fill-in-the-blanks format you can use to quickly evaluate the performance of your specific design. It includes two worked examples for proposed Indian houses.
  • Section 3 gives designers and Indian Housing Authorities a realistic set of goals for energy-efficient design in different climates.

Road Design for Indian Housing, PDF (60pp, 1.8MB)

This guidebook provides a reference for Indian Housing Authority directors and tribal members to use when organizing, managing and administering a successful road development program.

Southwest Housing Traditions: Design Materials Performance  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

This book is about design and construction, materials and culture, human habitation and intentions. It considers the lessons which traditional architecture holds for today’s designers and builders, and explores to what extent traditional designs and materials are relevant to creating higher quality affordable housing for low and moderate income families in the border region. It discusses the advantages and limitations of each traditional material or element, and quantifies its performance through engineering modeling.

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