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Advanced Buldings Technologies & Practices
Abstract: This site contains ninety technologies and practices that improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial and multi-unit residential buildings.

Advanced Framing Details [PDF]
Abstract: Provides a brief overview of Advanced Framing, which incorporates Optimal Value Engineering (OVE), to make the optimum use of wood in terms of cost and building science. Text is highlighted by a series of schematic diagrams with key details.
Source: Building Science Corporation

Building a New Home
Abstract: Basic elements for a building a more energy-efficient home include: a well-constructed and tightly sealed thermal envelope, controlled ventilation, properly sized, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, and energy efficient doors, windows, and appliances.
Source: ESP Energy

Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES)
Abstract: BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in ISO 14000 standards; includes performance data for 65 building products.
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)

Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC)
Abstract: The Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) focuses on research and development of new building technologies, whole-building and community integration, and improved energy management in buildings and industrial facilities during their operational phase.
Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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

Energy Efficiency [PDF]
Abstract: Contains information about energy consumption and energy efficiency and conservation.
Source: The National Energy Education Development Project

Energy Star Home Improvement
Abstract: Making your home more energy efficient with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Improving energy efficiency is also an important first step for homeowners interested in green remodeling.
Source: Energy Star

Energy Star Qualified New Homes
Abstract: To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.
Source: Energy Star

Green Building Initiative
Abstract: The Green Building Initiative is a not-for-profit organization supported by a broad cross section of groups and individuals interested in promoting energy efficient and environmentally sustainable practices in residential and commercial construction. The site includes many resources for residential and commerical builders to help them build green profitably.
Source: The Green Building Initiative

Green Building Resource Directory
Abstract: An easy-to-use tool to help people in the home building trade locate useful green building resources; mostly on-line resources.
Source: National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHBRC)

Green Purchasing Topic Hub
Abstract: This primer is intended to provide the non-purchasing professional with a quick introduction to basic P2 information on Green Purchasing, as well as provide the purchasing professional with a thorough compilation of pertinent on-line resources.

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

Home Energy Magazine
Abstract: Home performance information tailored to two distinct building and energy-efficiency groups: professionals and consumers. Includes searchable archives.
Source: Home Energy Magazine

Homes Across America
Abstract: This site profiles resource efficient homes throughout the country, highlighting techniques and technologies appropriate for specific sites, climatic conditions, and affordability ranges.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center

Hot Water On Demand - And No Energy Penalty
Abstract: Water and energy considerations when installing a hot water recirculation system; article highlights the Metlund hot water demand system from Advanced Conservation Technology (ACT); includes schematics.
Source: Environmental Building News (EBN)

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

National Institute of Building Sciences
Abstract: Although there is a strong orientation toward commercial building issues on this website, it provides abundant information to those in home construction about products, committees, hazards, and other issues.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences

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

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

Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
Abstract: The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is an online resource for homeowners and homebuyers, the homebuilding industry and federal agencies. It includes case studies, technology profiles, links to articles and publications and tips for homeowners.
Source: Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing

PATH Home of the Future
Abstract: The PATH Concept Home is a vibrant reflection of the people who live in it, whoever they may be. It recognizes our common need for a healthy and flexible living environment. It promises stronger communities, sustainable development, and a better quality of life for all homeowners.
Source: Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing

PATH Technology Inventory Toolbase
Abstract: PATH?s Technology Inventory is a unique source of information on technological innovations in the housing industry. The inventory focuses on technologies currently considered to be "emerging" (i.e. with a market share of 5% or less) in a wide range of categories; from new materials, components and systems to complete houses. The comprehensive discussion of the technology includes overview, benefits/costs, limitations and field evaluations.
Source: National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHBRC)

R&D for the Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building
Abstract: Berkeley Lab performs a broad range of multidisciplinary research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities on advanced energy technologies and building systems, improved design tools and operating practices, high-quality indoor environments, and mechanisms for more effective policy, finance, and other innovative market transformation activities.
Source: Berkeley Lab

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

Solar Roof Project
Abstract: In January 2005, installation of a roof-mounted, 9.5-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) or solar energy array was completed atop the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. The state-of-the-art solar roof will not only supply the facility with clean energy to fulfill up to 5 percent of its electricity consumption, but also serve as a demonstration project for other facilities interested in the rapidly evolving field of solar power technology.
Source: EPA

State Energy Alternatives
Abstract: Renewable energy potential and background on electricity sector in each state. Describes technologies of wind, photovoltaics biomass, solar thermal, concentrating solar power, and geothermal. Includes cost information, case studies and policy options.
Source: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)

Steel Framing [PDF]
Abstract: Pros and cons; thermal/resource efficiency, indoor air quality, construction techniques.
Source: Southface Energy Institute

Sustainable Building Resources [PDF]
Abstract: Contact information for resources covering a variety of sustainability topics, e.g. general, HVAC, publications, alternative construction, compact flourescents, catalogs/suppliers.
Source: Southface Energy Institute

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

The Hidden Cost of Home Energy Use
Abstract: This web site is a tool for consumers developed under the ENERGY STAR program, which aims to encourage pollution prevention through energy efficiency. The site provides information needed to choose more energy-efficient products so that you can save the earth, reduce your utility bills, and make your home more comfortable and livable.
Source: Energy Star

What Makes a Product Green
Abstract: There are nearly a dozen directories of green building products available, some national in focus, some regional. In compiling any directory of green building products, the authors have to figure out what qualifies a product for inclusion.
Source: Environmental Building News

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

Whole-Wall Thermal Performance Calculator
Abstract: This whole-wall thermal performance calculator helps design teams evaluate the effect that different types and levels of insulation can have on a building's energy performance. In addition, the designers can predict how different structural assemblies will affect thermal performance. Calculators show how advanced framing techniques, for exmaple, reduce wood use, but also improve whole-wall R-values.
Source: Oak Ridge National Labs


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