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Green Building Resources

Green Building Guides

Build It Green's Green Building Guidelines for Single Family New Home Construction is a comprehensive resource of best practices for green building. Developed with multi-stakeholder input, these guidelines offer recommended practices for improving indoor air quality, increasing energy and water efficiency, conserving natural resources, and planning for livable and vibrant communities.

San Mateo County RecycleWorks' Green-It-Yourself is a reference guide for energy efficiency, water conservation and green materials for home improvement projects.

San Mateo Countywide Guide: Sustainable Buildings was developed to help builders, architects, and owners to design and construct buildings that are friendly to the environment and community. This guide provides illustrations and information on how to implement many green building practices and measures.

Green Building Websites

From guidelines to directories to training information, Build it Green's website, www.builditgreen.org, provides a host of resources in support of green building practices.

San Mateo County RecycleWorks maintains a green building website with resources relevant to San Mateo County residents and businesses.

Water Conservation Resources

The Bay-Friendly Gardening Program offers the home gardener and the professional landscaper tools for designing, constructing and maintaing beautiful, healthy, water conserving, Bay-friendly gardens. The program's Bay Friendly Landscaping Guidelines and Bay Friendly Gardening Guides are rich resources and include information about native plants, irrigation, integrated pest management, and minimizing use of fertilizers and chemicals.

water saving hero logo Visit the The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency's (BAWSCA) Water Saving Hero website to learn more about conserving water in the home, rebates on water-saving appliances, and local programs that encourage prudent water use.
California's "Save Our Water" program offers consumer-oriented information and tools for understanding of the long-term issues facing the state’s water system and practical tips for reducing water use indoors and outdoors.
water use it wisely The Water -- Use it Wisely campaign offers a number of water conserving resources including a list of “100 Ways to Save Water".
hillsborough logo The Town of Hillsborough boasts a well-designed Water Conservation Garden, located at 1600 Floribunda Avenue. Visit the garden to get ideas of what plants will help you save water in your own garden. You can get more information about water conservation in Hillsborough by visiting the Hillsborough Water Department's water conservation pages.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources


Green Towns Sunshares Program Have you been thinking about energy efficiency or solar energy system installation, but don’t know where to start? The Bay Area Climate Collaborative is offering homeowners in Hillsborough, Portola Valley and Woodside a special energy efficiency and solar group buy program. 
Join the community workshop in Hillsborough’s Town Hall, Council Chambers (1600 Floribunda Ave) on January 12th, 2012 at 7:00pm! (Informational Flyer)

The Town of Hillsborough proudly promoted Energy Upgrade California through February 2012. Visit Energy Upgrade California for more information. If you would like to upgrade your home, it is not too late to sign up for the Green Towns Sunshares Program! 
Flex YourPower is California's energy efficiency resource for residents, businesses and institutions. Find rebates, retailers carrying resource-efficient appliances, home improvement resources, a free electronic newsletter, and much more.
energy star ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. If looking for new household products or even a new home, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. And, if looking to make larger improvements to your home, EPA offers tools and resources to help you plan and undertake projects to reduce your energy bills and improve home comfort.
aceee The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy publishes the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings to help inform consumers about ways to save energy.
pg&e Visit the PG&E website to learn about energy-saving tips for home and at work, as well as rebates for energy-efficient equipment.

The Go Solar California website provides California consumers a "one-stop shop" for information on solar programs, rebates, tax credits, and information on installing and interconnecting solar electric and solar thermal systems. The site has information on program rules, including eligible equipment and standards, as well as information on how to find an eligible, licensed solar contractor.

San Mateo County RecycleWorks maintains a website with resources for learning more about harnessing the sun's power for photovoltaics and solar hot water.    

Green Building Materials and Services

Build it Green provides a robust directory of green building products as well as a listing of Certified Green Building Professionals

San Mateo County's RecycleWorks maintains a searchable directory of green product retailers and suppliers. Search under the "Green Building" or "Construction Materials" categories.

The National Association of Home Builders maintains a database of selected innovative building products, processes, and systems that can produce safer, more energy efficient homes at a lower cost and higher quality.

The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging sustainable logging and forestry. The FSC website includes a database of retailers of FSC certfiied wood products.


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