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Affordable Sustainability
Abstract: This website guides users to incorporate sustainable design into affordable housing. The site has application to all building projects with sustainable or resource-efficient design and construction goals.
Source: National Center For Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

Building on a Green Budget
Abstract: Low-cost green design and construction practices for commercial and residential construction.
Source: Environmental Building News prepared by Building Green, Inc.

Compact Fluorescents: Save money and prevent pollution [PDF]
Abstract: Comparison of different bulb types; typical bulb cost, rated life, efficacy, energy cost; focus on fluorescent.
Source: Southface Energy Institute

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
Abstract: The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. Overall, this is an outstanding resource.
Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

Energy Star Labeled Products
Abstract: Find guidelines and manufacturers for energy-efficient products for the home or business.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Energy Wise Appliances [PDF]
Abstract: Learn to identify the true cost of appliances using the Energy Guide Label. Overview of cooking, dishwashing, laundry, food storage appliances.
Source: Southface Energy Institute

Fannie Mae Supports Affordable Building
Abstract: A state by state list of Fannie Mae mortgage offices throughout the country.
Source: FannieMae

GoodCents Homes - Energy Efficient and Environmental Homes
Abstract: Energy efficient certification program for builders; training, certification, marketing and mortgage information for builders and consumers.
Source: GoodCents

Green Construction: Specific Project Resources
Abstract: Links to articles, software, and funding organizations. Includes discussions about budgeting, commissioning, incentives, etc.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

Home Energy Rating System and Energy Efficient Mortgage
Abstract: Links to home energy ratings and energy mortgages.
Source: Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

Incentives, Programs and Policies Search Form
Abstract: Click on the renewable energy (RE) directory icon for a state list.
Source: Home Power

National Association of Development Organizations
Abstract: The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides training, information and representation for regional development organizations in small metropolitan and rural America. The association, a public interest group founded in 1967, is the largest and leading advocate for a regional approach to community, economic and rural development and provides a network for its members to share ideas and innovations.
Source: National Association of Development Organizations

Net Metering [PDF]
Abstract: Questions and Answers (Q&A) that cover basics in net metering and information about individual state laws.
Source: Department of Energy

Radiant Barriers [PDF]
Abstract: Benefits and cautions of using a radiant barrier to create more efficient heating and cooling; includes cost and savings estimates.
Source: Southface Energy Institute

Some Basics About Disposal Costs
Abstract: General information regarding structure of waste disposal costs; national averages for builder's disposal costs; weight to volume conversions.
Source: Iris Communications, Inc.; Oikos: Green Building Source

State and Federal Government Environmental Agencies
Abstract: Links to government environmental agencies across the U.S.
Source: John N. Clay,

State Recycling Tax Incentives
Abstract: Descriptions of tax credits, deductions, and exemptions for recycling related activities, ie. equipment purchases, product purchases, etc. by state. Tax incentives apply to a variety of businesses and individuals as shown.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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)


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