Beyond Green™: Guidelines for High-Performance Homes—Meeting
the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes.
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.The Guidelines are also available in print and, for the first time, as a Kindle book on Amazon.com.