California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Sustainable (Green) Building

Case Studies

There are many buildings that include notable environmental features. CalRecycle has compiled the following list of case studies to highlight a variety of sustainable design features. While these may be considered green buildings as a whole, every feature of each building's features may not be considered "green." 

Most buildings are included on this list based on self-certification for green building design and construction. Some buildings may not meet the green building definition using the LEEDâ„¢ Green Building Rating System or CHPS Criteria.

California

The buildings are included as examples for others who may be interested in learning about sustainable design features in their pursuit of designing and building green. Additional buildings, details, and contacts can be added to this dynamic list of buildings. Please provide information and corrections to Gregory Dick (gdick@calrecycle.ca.gov).

Out-of-State

Residential

  • Environmental Showcase Home: Greens the desert and saves "green" with a $30/month energy bill.
  • CANMET: Showcases the use of recycled-content materials and construction practices that reduce waste in the building of several homes in Canada.
  • Ecovillages: A residential community in Loudoun County, Virginia committed to sustainable development.
  • The Tofte Project: An interactive website describing the earth-friendly remodeling of a 50-year-old summer cabin in the town of Tofte on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Commercial

Educational

Public Facilities

Links to Other Web Sites With Case Studies

Some of these sites may contain overlapping information.

Last updated: April 3, 2006
Green Building http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/GreenBuilding/
Greg Dick: Gregory.Dick@calrecycle.ca.gov  (916) 341-6489