• Chinese Green Building Council

    Established within the Chinese Society for Urban Studies,, and now a World Green Building Council member. It encourages collaboration between industry, academia and the authorities in the development of green building standards and products.
  • Green Building Evaluation Standard

    Billed as China's first attempt to develop a locally applicable green building standard, it borrows strongly from the US LEED system. Developed by the Ministry of Construction,, it rates buildings under a three-start system according to a range of criteria, including energy, materials, water and waste saving.




  • Green Mark Scheme

    Green Mark is an initiative of the Building and Construction Authority to promote sustainability in Singapore's built environment and to raise environmental awareness among developers, designers and builders when conceptualisation and design commences, as well as during construction.







  • Passivhaus Institut

    The Passivhaus concept was launched in 1990. It is a construction concept for application in any environment. It centres on the use of sun, internal heat sources and heat recovery, combined with an energy efficient envelope and controlled ventilation in a building, to reduce the need for conventional fossil fuel-fired heating systems significantly. The target is 90% energy savings compared with typical building stock.
  • German Sustainable Building Council, DGNB

    Founded in 2007, the DGNB now has 1200 members worldwide across the construction sector. The heart of the operation is the DGNB Certification System for planning and assessment of sustainable buildings, which has so far issued 750 of its gold, silver and bronze-level certificates. It also operates the DGNB Academy green building educational and training facility, which runs courses taking students to DGNB registered professional, consultant or auditor level, and the DGNB Navigator online database of key sustainable construction information, including building product data.


  • Promolegno

    Provides technical information and codes about construction systems, connections, static and calculation, physics, durability and protection, seismic, fire, regulations and roofing.


  • TRADA (The Timber Research and Development Association)

    International membership organisation, including architects and structural engineers among members, dedicated to best practice design, specification and use of wood in the built environment and related fields. A major resource of technical data and timber construction case studies.
  • Edinburgh Napier University

    Napier University includes the Centre for Timber Engineering, focused on use of timber in high value engineering and construction, and the Wood Studio, which encourages wood use and innovation in architecture and design and includes research facilities at the Timber Expertise Centre. Its Wood Products Innovation Gateway helps smaller businesses develop new wood products. Timber courses are construction oriented, including a bachelors in civil and timber engineering and master in timber engineering and timber industry management.
  • UK Green Building Council

    With over 400 members, the UKGBC is one of the biggest green building councils. Its aims are to influence government policy, lead industry action and build industry knowledge and green skills. Among its events and initiatives are Embodied Carbon Week.

    BREEAM is generally regarded as an international system, and with LEED, arguably the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for construction. It is the preferred scheme for a number of European national Green Building Council's. including those of the UK, Netherlands and, Norway.

North America

  • Rethink Wood

    A resource of technical information for North America as it relates to wood performance, cost and sustainability in construction. Especially focused on fire, seismic, wind resistance, structural performance and green building for mid-rise and commercial structures.


  • Canadian Wood Council (CWC)

    The CWC provides technical and knowledge transfer services relating to codes, standards and regulations.
  • Green Globes

    Green Globes is an online green building rating and certification tool used primarily in Canada and the US. It is licensed for use by Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (for Existing Buildings) and Green Building Initiative in the USA (New and Existing Buildings). And there are Green Globes modules for a range of building types and work. It also devised the Green Globes New Construction Assessment for commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings.

United States

  • Californian Green Building Standards Code, CALGreen

    Launched by the California Standards Commission in 2011, CALGreen is seen as an international template for green building. It includes compulsory reductions in water use, construction waste, emissions from building materials and products. It also encourages building energy reduction through use of thermally insulating fabric and cool roof systems.
  • LEED

    An initiative of the US Green Building Council, LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.


  • American Wood Council

    Resource of engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure safe and efficient design, as well as information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations.




    The National Australian Built Environment Rating System is a scheme for benchmarking individual building energy and wider environmental performance in use, administered by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage.
  • Green Star

    An initiative of the Green Building Council of Australia, the Green Star building rating tools help construction and property industries to reduce the environmental impact of buildings. Built on existing green building tools and systems, including the UK's BREEAM, and America's LEED.
  • Green Building Council of Australia

    Established 2002, the Council runs a comprehensive informational and educational programme, including the annual Green Cities conference and industry forums. It also launched the Green Star environmental rating system in 2003.
  • WoodSolutions' Design & Build

    WoodSolutions is a resource is for teachers and lecturers in Australian universities and technical and further education establishments delivering curriculum material on timber building, timber engineering, timber construction and timber design.

South America


  • Argentina Green Building Council

    The Argentina Green Building Council has over 70 members and encourages construction to the LEED Certification standard. It runs the Expo Buildgreen conference and backs Green Apple Day and other educational/promotional/informational events.


  • GBC Brasil

    GBC Brasil works closely with German Green Building Council (DGNB) and the LEED certification programme. This August it hosts the World Green Building Council Congress as part of the Greenbuilding Brasil conference in Sao Paulo, South America's biggest green building event (


  • Green Building Information Gateway

    An open-access online portal, providing information and links to key green building schemes, initiatives, news and case studies.
  • World Green Building Councils

    A network of national green building councils in over 100 countries, its mission is to drive collaboration and raise green building's market profile and overall deliver carbon emission reductions in global construction.
  • EDGE

    Developed by IFC (International Finance Corporation,, EDGE (Excellence in Design and Building Efficiencies) is a software for designing green buildings in over 100 countries. It also promotes resource-efficient building by explaining the business case for building green. The system is a design tool, which highlights how different technical solutions can save energy in use, embodied energy and water on any building project. The scheme will also certify a project as meeting the EDGE standard, a minimum 20% resource efficiency improvement over conventional building.

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