Green Building

What is GREEN building?

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources – energy, water and materials – while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle – design, construction, operation, maintenance and removal.

Green building has significant environmental, economic and social benefits including improved air and water quality, conservation and restoration of natural resources, reduced operating costs, improved occupant productivity and heightened aesthetic qualities.

Components of green building include:

  • Water Efficiency
  • Environmentally Preferable Building Materials and Specifications
  • Waste Reduction
  • Toxics Reduction
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Smart Growth and Sustainable Development
  • Green Building in California (CALGreen)

    In 2011, the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code (aka CALGreen) went into effect requiring new buildings to reduce water consumption, employ building commissioning to increase building system efficiencies, divert construction waste from landfills, and install low pollutant emitting finish materials.

    Guides to the 2013 CALGreen Building Standards Code
    These go-to guides assist code officials, designers, plan reviewers, inspectors and contractors in understanding how to apply and enforce the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen).

    Starting January 1, 2014, CALGreen strives to have all new construction be Net-Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) by 2020. A NZEB is a building with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually.

  • ABC Green Education & Certification

    We are committed to sustainability and the green building industry and offer severak tools to help support you in your green construction efforts.

    Green Building Toolbox Talks

    Educate those in the field. ABC’s Green Building Toolbox Talks equips field supervisors to present a series of 52 sessions focused on enhancing employees’ knowledge and training about green construction practices on the jobsite. Available in English and Spanish.

    ABC Green Contractor Certification
    Gain distinction as a green industry leader. ABC developed this certification program to illustrate the merit shop construction community’s commitment to creating sustainable workplace environments both on and off the jobsite and to recognize members who are leading the way.

    Certification Benefits

    • Competitive advantage and distinction in the marketplace
    • Operational cost savings, efficiency and effectiveness
    • Commitment to the environment, customers, employees and the community
    • Increased employee morale, retention and productivity
    • Protect the health and well-being of employees
    • Reduce pollution, waste and greenhouse gas emissions
    • Save energy, water and raw materials

    The Steps to Certification

    1. Download Green Contractor Certification Manual.
    2. Comply with all prerequisites. Complete 12 of the 36 elective items and fulfill all education and training requirements.
    3. Submit application, required documentation and $495 application fee.
    4. ABC National will schedule a third-party onsite assessment at applicant’s office. Assessor recommends either certification or additional changes (subject to an additional onsite assessment by third party). 
    5. ABC National Green Building Committee reviews application and assessment report and determines certification eligibility.  
  • Additional Green Training Resources

    National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
    NCCER offers an arrage of green and energy-related training and assessment programs that are tied to nationally-recognized credentials. Many of NCCER’s green programs are approved for continuing education hours for credential renewal.

    Your Role in the Green Environment 
    Approved for 15 CE CMP hours

    Sustainable Construction Supervisor 
    Endorsed by Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and approved for 20 CE CMP hours

    Green Topics in HVAC 
    Approved for 40 CE CMP hours

    Solar Photovoltaic Systems Installer

    Aligned to NABCEP solar installer task analyses


    Aligned to DOE weatherization program and DOL work processes

    Alternative Energy

    Endorsed by FEWC and aligned to the Get into Energy competency model 

    Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician 

    Aligned to AWEA Core Skill Set for Wind Turbine Service Technicians

  • Green Building Rating Systems

    Green Globes 
    Green Globes is a green management tool that includes an assessment protocol and a rating system and guide for integrating environmentally friendly design into both new and existing commercial buildings. 

    LEED Rating Systems 
    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program and benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  LEED provides building owners and operators with the tools they need to have an immediate and measureable impact on their buildings’ performance.