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Alliance to Save Energy
Abstract: A coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit the environment, the economy, and national security.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
URL: http://www.ase.org

Alternatives to Old Growth
Abstract: This guide offers solutions to preserve old growth forests while ensuring a supply of lumber for building materials and paper. It includes links to suppliers.
Source: Rainforest Action Network
URL: http://ran.org/what_we_do/old_growth/resources/alternatives_
to_old_growth/

Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Abstract: The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) is a nonprofit public-benefit organization founded in 1990 in Sacramento to bring together concerned scientists, environmentalists, public interest advocates and innovative energy technology companies ? all of whom share a vision to benefit the environment with sustainable solutions to California?s growing appetite for energy.
Source: The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
URL: http://www.ceert.org/

Center for Resource Conservation
Abstract: The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) implements programs for the community through three divisions - Waste (Deconstruction/Re-Use), Energy, and Water.
Source: Center for Resource Conservation
URL: http://conservationcenter.org/

Construction Waste Handbook
Abstract: This handbook was prepared for the Homestead, Florida Habitat for Humanity affiliate by the NAHB Research Center with funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Source: Smartgrowth.org
URL: http://sgnarc.ncat.org/engine/index.php/resources/2001/08/23
/Construction-Waste-Management-Handbook

Development Center for Appropriate Technology
Abstract: The Development Center for Appropriate Technology works to enhance the health of the planet and our communities by promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development through leadership, strategic relationships, and education.
Source: Development Center for Appropriate Technology
URL: http://www.dcat.net/

High Performance Buildings
Abstract: The High Performance Buildings Database is research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that seeks to improve building performance measuring methods by collecting data on various factors that affect a building's performance, such as energy, materials, and land use. The database collects information from buildings around the world, ranging from homes and commercial interiors to large buildings and even whole campuses and neighborhoods. These may be certified green projects, or simply projects that have one or more notable environmental features.
Source: US Department of Energy
URL: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/highperformance/

Lighting Design Lab
Abstract: The Lighting Design Lab works to transform the Northwest lighting market by promoting quality design and energy efficient technologies. The Lab accomplishes this mission through education & training, consultations, technical assistance, and demonstrations.
Source: Lighting Design Lab
URL: http://lightingdesignlab.com/led-list

Longmont, Colorado's Department of Water and Wastewater
Abstract: The City of Longmont's Pollution Prevention Program is a free nonregulatory service to the residents and businesses of Longmont. The goal is to reduce waste and help preserve and protect our environment.
Source: City of Longmont, Colorado
URL: http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/water_waste/index.htm

Material Exchanges On The Web
Abstract: An extensive list of material exchanges for the nation. A "profile" is provided for each exchange including contact information for the operating organization, manager and a URL address. Sponsored by the Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX)
Source: Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX)
URL: http://mxinfo.org/list.cfm

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy's premier laboratory for renewable energy research & development and a lead lab for energy efficiency R&D.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://www.nrel.gov/

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Abstract: The mission of the Buildings Technology Center is to identify, develop, and deploy sustainable and energy-efficient building system technologies by forming partnerships between the public sector and private industry for technology development analysis, well-characterized laboratory and field experiments, and market outreach. The BTC facilities are available to manufacturers, universities, and other organizations for proprietary and nonproprietary research and development.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/btc/apps/

Renewable Energy Policy Project
Abstract: The Renewable Energy Policy Project's (REPP) goal is to accelerate the use of renewable energy by providing credible information, insightful analysis, and innovative strategies amid changing energy markets and mounting environmental needs.
Source: Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
URL: http://www.crest.org/

Sustainability Objectives
Abstract: Importance of reduced resource consumption to sustainability; methods for creating opportunities to encourage change.
Source: Dr. R. Warren Flint / Five E's Unlimited
URL: http://www.eeeee.net/being_green.htm

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
Abstract: SBIC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings nationwide. SBIC offers professional training, consumer education, and energy analysis tools for sustainable design and product information. SBIC provides accurate, easy-to-use guidelines, software, and general information about energy conservation measures, energy efficient equipment and appliances, daylighting, and sustainable architecture.
Source: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
URL: http://www.nibs.org/?page=sbic

Targeted Residential Energy Analysis Tools (TREAT)
Abstract: This energy software computes home energy consumption and identifies the most cost effective energy efficiency upgrades for both single-family and multifamily dwellings. The tool helps building performance contractors and energy auditors accurately assess energy use and recommend the best options for improving energy effiency.
Source: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
URL: http://www.treatsoftware.com

Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau
Abstract: A joint labor/management organization. TABB is striving to keep the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning industry certified contractors and technicians the most qualified and prepared in the industry by keeping them abreast of industry developments and cutting edge specifications.
Source: National Energy Management Institute
URL: http://www.tabbcertified.org/

The Green Roundtable
Abstract: The Green Roundtable, Inc. is an organization in New England that approaches issues of green development by bringing together all of the different stakeholders including building, land and planning professionals, universities, governments, facility managers, community and environmental groups.
Source: The Green Roundtable
URL: http://www.greenroundtable.org

Used Building Materials Association
Abstract: The website offers companies and organizations involved in the acquisition and/or redistribution of used building materials news, resources and the Used Building Material Exchange (also available to the general public (Click on Exchange).
Source: Used Building Materials Association (UMBA)
URL: http://www.bmra.org/

Used Building Materials Exchange
Abstract: List of used building materials for sale/trade; international, mostly North America.
Source: RecycleNet Corporation
URL: http://build.recycle.net/exchange/index.html

Whole Building Design Guide
Abstract: The guide provides an Internet resource to a wide range of building-related design guidance, criteria, and technology, including sustainable energy design. The guide is a public/private-sector collaboration and is maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences with support from GSA, DOE, the Navy and other public and private agencies.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences
URL: http://www.wbdg.org/

Wood/Construction/Carpentry Laboratory Self-Audit
Abstract: Designed to help educators and managers of teaching laboratories examine how they currently prevent pollution and manage waste. This checklist provides suggestions to improve that deal with common materials in new construction and renovation.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/voed/AuditWCC.cfm

 


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