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American Solar Energy Society
Abstract: The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the United States section of the International Solar Energy Society. A nonprofit, ASES is dedicated to the development and adoption of renewable energy in all its forms. Its website includes resources for renewable energy, as well as links to Solar Energy Home Tours in each state.
Source: American Solar Energy Society

BEES - Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability
Abstract: BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the life-cycle assessment approach specified in ISO 14000 standards. All stages in the life of a product are analyzed: raw material acquisition, manufacture, transportation, installation, use, and recycling and waste management. Economic performance is measured using the ASTM standard life-cycle cost method, which covers the costs of initial investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and disposal. Environmental and economic performance are combined into an overall performance measure using the ASTM standard for Multi-Attribute Decision Analysis.
Source: Office of Applied Economics; National Institute of Standards and Technology

Building America Building Technologies Program
Abstract: Building America is a private/public partnership that develops energy solutions for new and existing homes. The Building America program combines the knowledge and resources of industry leaders with the U.S. Department of Energy's technical capabilities. Together, they act as a catalyst for change in the home-building industry. The Building America Web site provides a portal to technical resources supporting the construction of energy- and resource-efficient homes.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy

Clean and renewable energy basics
Abstract: An extremely comprehensive portal to curriculum materials about the state of the art research being done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Department of Energy. This portal covers virtually every type of renewable energy being researched. Appropriate materials for every level.
Source: National Renewable Energy Lab

Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB)
Abstract: The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), led by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) since 1995, is one of six teams that are working to achieve the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program goal of making zero net energy homes - homes that require no net off-site energy over the year to operate - a practical, cost-effective reality by 2020.
Source: Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings

Continuing Adult Education and Training in Energy
Abstract: This site features resources on continuing adult education and vocational training opportunities in energy, including classes for homeowners interested in renewable energy systems and in building energy-efficient homes.
Source: US Department of Energy

Current Sustainable Energy Projects
Abstract: This website has links to sustainable energy projects.
Source: National Center for Appropriate Technology

Energy Lesson Plans
Abstract: There are tremendous resources here for higher education, as well as K - 12.Here you'll find information for lesson plans, curriculum, and educational materials for teaching students about energy, particularly energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Source: Department of Energy

Environmental Impact Estimator
Abstract: Allows users to do life cycle assessments (LCA) for conceptual designs of new buildings or renovations to existing buildings. The tool incorporates the Institute?s life cycle inventory databases covering more than 90 structural and envelope materials and can simulate over 1,000 assembly combinations. The software is for sale but a free demo version is available.
Source: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

GeoPowering the West [PDF]
Abstract: The GeoPowering the West (GPW) initiative identifies geothermal opportunities and facilitates the development and deployment of geothermal technologies.
Source: US Department of Energy

Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy
Abstract: The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy conducts research towards the establishment of geothermal energy as an economically viable energy source. The Center specializes in collecting and synthesizing geologic, geochemical, geodetic, geophysical, and tectonic data, and using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to view and analyze this data and to produce favorability maps of geothermal potential.
Source: University of Nevada

Green Tree decisions for environmental buildings
Abstract: An excellent introduction to the considerations that go into selecting resource efficient building products for a particular project. Applying these considerations is a process that the designer, builder or client can use over and over again to arrive at sound decisions for environmental buildings. The site also offers some examples of materials and technologies that were selected and used on actual building projects, just to demonstrate how the ideal product meets the real world.
Source: National Center for Appropriate Technology

Abstract: HOMER is a computer model that simplifies the task of evaluating design options for both off-grid and grid-connected power systems for remote, stand-alone, and distributed generation (DG) applications.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Houses that Work II [PDF]
Abstract: the Building America Building Science Consortium developed the Web-based Houses That Work (HTW) as a climate-specific technical resource for designing and building homes that are 30% or more energy efficient than the 1993 Model Energy Code (MEC). The resource reflected the experience gained from five years of Building America teamwork, including insights gained during the construction of more than 8,000 production homes from across the country. Houses That Work was and is a freely-accessible learning resource and reference for builders, building product manufacturers, building researchers, and the general public.
Source: Building America Building Science Consortium

Intro to Hydro Power
Abstract: Hydropower is based on simple concepts. Moving water turns a turbine, the turbine spins a generator, and electricity is produced. Many other components may be in a system, but it all begins with the energy already within the moving water. This introduction suggests these and other things to consider to get the most bang for your flow.
Source: Canyon Industries

LEED for Homes
Abstract: LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. Green homes use less energy, water and natural resources, create less waste, and are more durable and comfortable for occupants.
Source: US Green Building Council

Miscellaneous Building Resources
Abstract: Links to publications and papers on a variety of topics including green building, domestic hot water, photovoltaics, black stains, wood efficiency & durability and more.
Source: Building Science

NAHB Model Green Home Building
Abstract: This publication contains guidance for builders engaged in or interested in green building products and practices for residential design, development and construction. This publication is not intended to be exhaustive and all-inclusive and the enclosed guidelines are not to be considered the only method of green building. These guidelines for green building originate from the collective experience of leading personnel in the green building movement (marketplace), but must, due to the nature of the responsibilities involved, be presented only as a guide for the use of a qualified developer, builder, remodeler, or design professional.
Source: National Association of Home Builders

National Institute of Building Sciences
Abstract: This site is the building community's connection to the authoritative national source of knowledge and advice on matters of building regulation, science and technology. One of its major programs - and there are many - is the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences

National Laboratories and Technology Centers
Abstract: The Department of Energy's laboratories and technology centers house world-class facilities where more than 30,000 scientists and engineers perform cutting-edge research. Much of the work is done cooperatively with universities and industry, some of which impacts building science.
Source: Department of Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Abstract: Contains information about research and development of renewable fuels and electricity that advance national energy goals to change the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Buildings Research
Abstract: NREL's buildings research is primarily done through the Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration Center, which conducts research in heat transfer, thermal dynamics, and systems engineering to reduce the energy consumption of buildings.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research
Abstract: Researchers are developing a wide range of advanced processes for producing hydrogen economically from sustainable resources.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Photovoltaic Research
Abstract: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Photovoltaic (PV) research is focused on decreasing the nation's reliance on fossil-fuel generated electricity by lowering the cost of delivered electricity and improving the efficiency of PV modules and systems.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Wind Research
Abstract: Researchers are working in partnership with industry to develop larger, more efficient, utility-scale wind turbines for land-based and offshore installations, as well as more efficient, quieter small wind turbines for distributed applications.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Lab's Student Competitions
Abstract: NREL's Office of Education Programs seeks to develop a capable and diverse workforce for the Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the nation through mentored research internships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. Many opportunities are linked from this site.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Buildings Technology Center
Abstract: The mission of the Buildings Technology Center (BTC) is to identify, develop, and deploy sustainable and energy-efficient building system technologies by forming partnerships between the public sector and private industry for analysis, well-characterized experiments, technology development, and market outreach. Because the BTC is a "National User Facility," its facilities are available to manufacturers, universities, and other organizations for proprietary and nonproprietary research and development.
Source: Oak Ridge National laboratory

Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence
Abstract: An outreach program of Penn State University and industry, the site promotes integrating teaching, research, and service to the Building Industry
Source: Penn State University, faculty, and the building industry

Residential Construction Topic Hub
Abstract: This topic hub introduces the importance of resource efficient construction or green building practices for builders, designers, architects and pollution prevention assistance providers. Nearly one hundred and fifty links direct users to some of the best information relating to green design, marketing, products, affordability, indoor air quality and related topics.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center

Sustainable Design Certifificate Program
Abstract: Architects and interior designers are increasingly being challenged to design spaces in harmony with the environment. The Sustainable Design Certificate prepares practitioners to respond to this challenge. The Sustainable Design Certificate may be earned at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The Sustainable Design Certificate Program is now available entirely online, in partnership with BuildingGreen Inc.
Source: Boston Architectural Center and BuildingGreen Inc.

Sustainable Housing at Pine Ridge Reservation
Abstract: The Pine Ridge Reservation, located in rural South Dakota is plagued with deteriorating infrastructure, poverty, lack of local employment, and high utility bills. Many of the residents, the Oglala Lakota Nation, live in mobile homes or substandard housing and spend nearly 25% of their income on utilities. Few people on the reservation have the resources or construction knowledge to improve their current residences or building energy-efficient, culturally appropriate houses. Ina Maka O Tipi (Living with Mother Earth), a new alliance of organizations, universities, and reservation residents, is committed to improving the living conditions on the Pine Ridge Reservation. As part of a long-term commitment toward a more sustainable reservation, Ina Maka O Tipi and a multidisciplinary group of students will collaborate on a design project focused on sustainable housing. Students and faculty at Colorado State University (CSU) have formed a special 2004-2005 course that will involve interaction with Oglala Lakota College students and other residents from Pine Ridge.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Wood for Building Green Project Guide
Abstract: The Wood for Building Green Project Guide introduces salvaged wood, recycled-content, and certified wood products. It provides strategies for specifying these wood products, and offers resources for achieving wood related green building program credits. This guide also provides information and opportunities for specifying and sourcing wood products in innovative ways that support healthy communities and forest ecosystems throughout the world.
Source: Metafore


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