New SBIC Guidelines Provide “Whole Building” Approach to Constructing High-Performance Homes
Friday, August 9, 2013
Today, the National Institute of Building
Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) released Beyond
Green™: Guidelines for High-Performance Homes—Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy,
Resource-Efficient Homes. This new publication goes beyond green and
instead uses a "whole building” approach to constructing homes.
Whole building design
focuses on integrating and optimizing the important characteristics desired in a
high-performance home, such as safety and security; resource efficiency; and
indoor environmental quality, to assure the home meets the long-term needs of
Previously published as the Green Building
Guidelines (the fifth edition came out in 2007), this, the sixth edition of
the Guidelines, features an expanded focus on high-performance building
attributes, from functionality to resilience against natural hazards.
The Guidelines for
High-Performance Homes are not a rating system and do not assign point
values to specific building elements. Rather, these Guidelines describe
important aspects that make a home green. Broken into twelve chapters,
including: Green Principles; Codes and Standards; Community and Site Planning;
Renewable Energy; The Building Enclosure; Energy-Efficient Equipment and
Systems; Efficient Water Use; Indoor Environmental Quality; Materials; Hazard
Resistance; Operation and Maintenance; and Special Considerations for Retrofits,
the document contains a dozen case studies and more than 40 figures.
A true green home
incorporates a design that takes into account the importance of all building
elements, from an air-tight, well-insulated wall system to high-quality windows
and doors. The purpose of the Guidelines is to encourage homebuilders
and developers to equally consider all of these design aspects when constructing
Guidelines are available in print
($50.00/$40.00 for members), as a PDF ($37.50/$27.50 for
members), and, for the first time, as a Kindle book
($40.00/$40.00 for members).
Don’t wait! Order now.