Designed for Habitat: Collaborations with Habitat for Humanity
by APLA faculty David Hinson & Justin Miller
The LADC recently acquired campus-wide access to BuildingGreen Suite, an online resource for building industry professionals and students that provides information on sustainable design and construction.
This database includes GreenSpec, an online product guide with 2,200+ environmentally preferable product listings, and 360+ project case studies provided by the High Performance Buildings Database, as well as articles & videos for continued education, blogs, discussions, the e-version of Environmental Building News, and more. BuildingGreen Suite also offers the option of browsing/searching information by CSI division or LEED credit.
Auburn University Libraries recently subscribed to Material ConneXion's online Materials Database, which can be used to access information on over 6,500 materials for design, building, and manufacturing. Material ConneXion focuses on collecting the most advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials from around the world.
Materials in the database are categorized by their composition (polymer, natural, metal, glass, etc.). They can be searched by keyword, manufacturer, or country. With Advanced Search, you can narrow your search by selecting physical properties (such as translucent, flexible, or good impact resistance), usage (fire resistant, outdoor use, acoustics, etc.), sustainability (non-toxic, recycled, etc.), or processing (weldable, printable, etc.).
Here's the link: AU Libraries' portal to Material ConneXion.
You can also get into the Material ConneXion database through the LADC's home page, lib.auburn.edu/ladc. Under "Search for E-Resources," click on "databases", and you'll find the link to Material ConneXion under M.