AIA Materials Matter Initiative

Knowing where our materials come from, what’s in them, how they were made, and how long they’ll persist in the environment beyond the life of a building gives us greater control over our projects and product decisions.  The AIA Materials Matter initiative empowers us to become advocates for materials transparency, and in so doing, enhancing design of a healthier, greener, more prosperous, and more equitable built environment.

Aquaponic Greenhouse

Prolific system for growing an abundance of greens and fish that is fertilizer and pesticide free.

Building Green

An online resource for environmentally sensitive building design research.

Cascadia Green Building Council

A regional network of green building professionals and advocates.

Design Philosophy Papers

Promoting greater recognition for the study of design by the intellectual community at large.

Elemental Green

The percentage of firms expecting to have more than 60% of their projects certified green has grown from 16% in 2016 to 32% in 2018. Building pros report that they expect that percentage to grow to 45% by 2021. With more people building green, more people are also developing innovative, new, green materials to take advantage of this growing marketplace opportunity.

Green Building Advisor

An online resource for sustainable building design research.

Healthy Stuff

Researching toxic chemicals in everyday products.

High Country Gardens

Beautiful plants for water-wise landscaping.


Kinfolk is the marriage of an appreciation for art and design and spending time with family and friends.


Radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning to promote health.


Comprehensive research data base for certified building materials.

Passive House Institute

The Passive House Institute (PHI) is an independent research institute that has played a crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept - the only internationally recognised, performance-based energy standard in construction.

Passive House Institute US

Creating commerical and residential buildings so well designed that traditional heating and air conditioning equipment can be eliminated, saving eighty to ninety percent of energy use compared to mainstream construction.

Perkins & Will Architectural Research Labs

"Practice-informed research for a research- informed practice."  A wealth of architectural research on a broad range of topics.


The Pharos Project connects you to a network of building professionals and manufacturers committed to transparency as a core value. A resource for investigating of building materials for concerns related to health, sustainability, and resilience.


The best walls on the planet... the best walls for the planet.

Six Classes: Reducing Chemical Harm

Many of the products we use every day contain chemicals that may harm our health. Many of these substances can be grouped into “Six Classes”, each containing similar chemicals. The Six Classes approach allows us to better understand these chemicals, their functions, where they are used, and how they can be avoided. 

Small Planet Workshop

Education and specialty products for the high performance building envelope.

The Living Building Challenge

Beyond LEED Platinum… Setting the ideal as the indicator of success. Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower.

The Original Green

Honest and coherent discussion of the most abused, and most critical, topic of our age.

U. S. Global Change Research Program

Coordinating and integrating federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society.


Purely natural plasters, paints, and wood finishes.


Helping companies, communities, and individuals save energy.