If you are going to build a new home and you want to "Go Green," you are in a position to really make a Green statement. To start from the bottom up, there are many possibilities.
The two things you are going to need are: 1) An experienced Green builder.
2) Information and options.
The following websites will give you a good start in the direction you want to go as you plan your Green Home.
One of the best places to start is to find a builder familiar with LEED. Developed by the U.S Green Building Council, LEED provides building owners "a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions." Leed for Homes is a comprehensive rating system that examines the entire structure. This article printed in USA Today is a good story of someone trying to build green and the problems they found as they moved forward.
Green Building Advisor
This is a great site for all the latest new ideas for building green. There is also a section that talks about Strategies & Details where you can find a "Construction Detail Drawing Library." This is the perfect site to begin, there is a section for "Green Basics," "Green Homes," a "Product Guide" and even a section for Question & Answers.
Energy Star Qualified Homes
Energy Star qualifications focuses on energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR can help builders and other home industry professionals to differentiate themselves in the market. New Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR provide lower utility bills, greater comfort, and enhanced durability for home buyers, while helping to protect the environment.