Welcome to DCATs new and improved website! We hope you enjoy
learning more about our history, approach, and projects, and
gain helpful information and resources.
We are actively engaged in a broad range of programs and
activities, all focused on creating crucially needed transitions
toward sustainable practice, primarily in the area of building
and development. Since most of the problems were facing on
this small planet are systemic in nature, DCAT takes a highly
integrated approach to fostering change.
DCAT has taken on the challenge of addressing the institutional
barriers to sustainable building and development found in
building codes in an ongoing and focused manner. We have made
remarkable progress by developing collaborative relationships
within the code and green building communities, and defining
a long-term vision of sustainability based on the common goal
for both: creating a safe and healthy environment for our
own and future generations.
Creating workable alternative solutions and systems requires
developing the capacity for change in individuals, communities,
organizations, and institutions
not just changing or
improving technology. Our goal is to empower people and organizations
to look at all of the relationships and consequences related
to what they do and to grow into full responsibility for making
informed decisions that consider their effect on all people
and all species, now and in the future.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Compton Foundation
specifically for this project, and general support from our
other contributors, the new website is a huge step towards
our goal of providing a comprehensive forum for communication,
education and collaboration. The message board will be further
developed, and we will be adding an Interactive Forum,
where you will be able to share your experiences with sustainable
building and building regulations (contributing to our ongoing
research), access workspaces such as for code change proposals
that facilitate green building, and network with others with
We encourage your feedback as our website evolves and hope
our site supports your quest for useful and empowering information.