The New Jersey Green Building Manual (NJGBM or Manual) is a comprehensive web-based document that provides economic and environmental best practices for green building. The NJGBM is organized into four sections – New Commercial, Existing Commercial, New Residential and Existing Residential – each of which contains best practice strategies and case studies that illustrate how these strategies have been implemented in New Jersey within a “lessons learned” framework. Best practice strategies include all aspects of green building, but are focused on those that promote energy efficiency in keeping with recent policy trends. The best practice strategies are presented in an operational framework based on a new building’s design-build-operate-evaluate process or on common building upgrades for existing buildings.
The development of the New Jersey Green Building Manual (NJGBM) Version 1.0 by the Rutgers Center for Green Building was funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) and overseen by a master advisory group of State Agencies including NJDEP, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA), the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the Governor’s Policy Office. The NJGBM is a consensus-driven product.
Throughout its creation, two groups — the Residential and the Commercial Technical Advisory Group — provided substantive expertise and judgement across all aspects of the Manual. Additional groups that contributed to the Manual include the Municipal Advisors and the Local Code Officials, Rutgers Center for Green Building staff and student researchers and of course the group of state agencies who oversaw the development of the Manual.
This Manual also has benefited from the expertise and knowledge of additional professionals in the public and private sectors and has undergone extensive peer review. Data and information was gathered from case studies and research projects throughout the state including extensive energy audits conducted through the NJ Board of Public Utilities, Office of Clean Energy. Members of the Technical Advisory Committees and public and private partners throughout the state contributed the case studies, which appear with permission on this website. All other photos and graphical material appear with permission or are under the Creative Commons and are properly credited.
NJGBM also defines a baseline of performance for green building in NJ by offering compliance paths for each module. The legislature authorized the creation of the Manual (C:52:27D130.6) to provide this green building guidance to owners and builders who participate in any state program that either encourages or requires the construction of green buildings. The suggested compliance paths are currently under review and it is expected that information about them will be released pending approval from the managing partners.
The NJ Green Building Manual is not intended to be exhaustive and all-inclusive and the enclosed guidelines are not to be considered the only method of green building. The guidance and strategies presented do not supercede applicable building codes, laws or regulations and are not a substitute for the judgment and services of competent or licensed professionals. Nothing in this manual should be construed as policy, an endorsement, warranty (express or implied) or guaranty by the project’s managing partners (NJ DEP, NJ DCA, NJ HMFA, NJ BPU, NJ EDA, Governor’s Office of Policy) or any persons or organizations involved in the creation of this publication, or of any technical descriptions, systems, details, requirements, materials, or products. The mention of a particular product, business or manufacturer does not constitute an endorsement, expressed or implied, by managing partners, the Rutgers Center for Green Building or the State of New Jersey. The managing partners, the Rutgers Center for Green Building expressly disclaim any responsibility for any damage arising from the use, application, or reliance on the recommendations and information contained herein.
We invite you to visit the NJ Green Building Manual website: http://greenmanual.rutgers.edu