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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.
Source: Advancedbuildings.org
URL: http://www.advancedbuildings.org/index.htm

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/

Alternatives to PVC Building and Landscaping Products
Abstract: The Healthy Building Network is working to accelerate the transition away from PVC building materials in favor of safer, healthier alternatives that offer equal or superior performance at comparable prices. Their web site offers lists of alternative products.
Source: Healthy Building Network
URL: http://www.healthybuilding.net/pvc/alternatives.html

ASHRAE's Residential Ventilation Standard [PDF]
Abstract: The standard is an attempt to address concerns over indoor air quality in dwellings and to set minimum standards that would allow for energy efficiency measures to be evaluated.
Source: Berkeley Lab
URL: http://www-epb.lbl.gov/publications/lbnl-42975.pdf

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.
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/

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
URL: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/btc/index.shtml

Characterization of Building-Related Construction and Demolition Debris in the United States [PDF]
Abstract: The purpose of this report is to characterize the quantity and composition of building-related construction and demolition (C&D) debris generated in the United States, and to summarize the waste management practices for this waste stream.
Source: EPA
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/02/01095.pdf

Clearing the Air: seven do's and seven don't for improving indoor air quality
Abstract: "Guidelines for building a healthy home provided by an internationally recognized healthy housing expert. "
Source: By John Bower / In Context, Context Institute
URL: http://www.context.org/iclib/ic35/bower/

Continuous Improvement for Small Volume Builders
Abstract: Good management sets the stage by creating an organized way to capture good ideas and make the right improvements in the right way, the first time. Here are some elements common to the continuous improvement systems of most National Housing Quality award winning builders.
Source: NAHB Research Center Staff
URL: http://www.toolbase.org/ToolbaseResources/level3.aspx?Bucket
ID=5&CategoryID=24

Continuous Improvement on the Jobsite
Abstract: Your response to suggestions from field personnel defines the success of continuous improvement on the jobsite. Field personnel experience problems every day that cost time and money, problems that they would love to solve. Act on their suggestions, watch costs go down, and more ideas emerge.
Source: NAHB Research Center Staff
URL: http://www.toolbase.org/ToolbaseResources/level3.aspx?Bucket
ID=5&CategoryID=23

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)
URL: http://www.dsireusa.org/

Design: Green Building Materials
Abstract: Highlights of sustainable construction materials selected for historic structure re-design including carpet, tile, wood finishes, flooring, fiberboard and composite panels, insulation, paint and adhesives.
Source: Thoreau Center for Sustainability
URL: http://www.thoreau.org/green-design/building-materials-syste
ms/

Ducts - Consumer Information
Abstract: A discussion of methods of diagnosing duct leakage while being aware of changes in the pressure distribution in a home, combustion appliance drafting, radon migration, moisture, ventilation, and indoor air quality. Primarily focuses on tools for large duct sealing programs; Includes graphs, schematics and formulas.
Source: Home Energy Magazine
URL: http://energyteachers.org/download-doc.php?media_id=16

Energy Efficiency [PDF]
Abstract: Contains information about energy consumption and energy efficiency and conservation.
Source: The National Energy Education Development Project
URL: http://www.need.org/needpdf/infobook_activities/IntInfo/Effi
ciencyI.pdf

Energy: Building Basics
Abstract: Discussion of interrelated components involved in energy-efficient design for building construction.
Source: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/information_resources.
html

Establishing Priorities with Green Building
Abstract: Looks at some of the factors to consider and suggest a listing of priorities in green design.
Source: BuildingGreen.com
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?filename=04050
1a.xml

Frost Protected Shallow Foundations [PDF]
Abstract: Frost protected shallow foundations are energy efficient, resource efficient and are reported as saving up to 40% in foundation costs. Approved for slab-on-grade construction for heated buildings in the CABO/ICC their use is spreading. This 12-page guide explains how they work, the benefits involved, where they are approved, and more.
Source: National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)
URL: http://www.toolbase.org/pdf/techinv/fpsf_techspec.pdf

Green Building Professionals
Abstract: A list of green builders and green building professionals throughout the country.
Source:
URL: http://directory.greenbuilder.com/search.gbpro

Green Roofs for Homes
Abstract: Provides examples and things to consider for landscaping a living roof on your home. Links to other resources.
Source: Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
URL: http://www.hadj.net/green-roofs/index.html

Guide to Foundation and Support Systems for Manufactured Homes
Abstract: The changes in the manufactured housing market, the evolution of the industry itself and the diversification of the potential customers for manufactured homes are ushering in a host of innovations and changes to the industry's core product. This guide describes new methods changes than the methods for supporting and fastening the home to the ground.
Source: PATH
URL: http://www.pathnet.org/sp.asp?id=1013

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)
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/1995/3/1/Hot-W
ater-on-Demand-And-No-Energy-Penalty/

Houses That Work
Abstract: Climate-specific technical resource shows how to design and build homes that use 30% less energy for space conditioning and hot water than the 1995 Model Energy Code (MEC) based on results of more than 8000 homes built across the country. It includes an uupdated North American hygro-thermal regions map, climate-specific Best Practices with performance criteria, three building profiles per climate, and a building materials technical and performance specifications.
Source: U. S. DOE Building America Program
URL:

Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities
Abstract: The Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities focuses on the built environment to promote sustainable development.
Source: University of Nebraska
URL: http://www.ecospheres.com/

Manufactured Home Installation Training Manual
Abstract: Manufactured homes are built under a national code administered by HUD and are often referred to as "HUD-Code homes" to distinguish them from other types of factory-built housing, such as modular. Installers, retailers, and inspectors of HUD-Code homes will be interested in the Manufactured Home Installation Training Manual, released from HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research.
Source: Department of Housing and Urban Development
URL: http://www.pathnet.org/sp.asp?id=1003

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

New Privately-Owned Housing Units Completed
Abstract: Provides statistics on housing completions; total, regional, monthly.
Source: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
URL: http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=131

Northwest Regional Sustainable Building Action Plan [PDF]
Abstract: The action plan is intended to serve as a road map for the region - to identify the most critical and practical steps needed to make sustainable building the standard practice in the Pacific Northwest.
Source: Seattle City Lights et al.
URL: http://www.cityofseattle.net/light/conserve/sustainability/N
WBAP.pdf

Oikos: Green Building Source
Abstract: Searchable directory for thousands of green building products.
Source: Iris Communications, Inc.; Oikos: Green Building Source
URL: http://oikos.com/

Smart Wood Certified Product Finder.
Abstract: Overview of certifications for new and reclaimed wood, and links to certified materials and furniture vendors and products.
Source: Website
URL: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/forestry/operation_summar
ies.cfm

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 Architecture Educational Modules
Abstract: Overview of topic and educational resources for sustainable design, building materials, reuse and recycling.
Source: National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education, University of Michigan
URL: http://www.umich.edu/~nppcpub/resources/compendia/architectu
re.html

The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Abstract: CPWR's main focus is to develop practical ways to improve safety and health for construction workers and their families.
Source: Building & Construction Trades Department
URL: http://www.cpwr.com/

The Whole Building Design Approach
Abstract: Buildings are deceptively complex. This discussion of the 'Whole Building' design approach concept helps to understand that complexity..
Source: Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG)
URL: http://wbdg.org/

The Whole Building Design Approach
Abstract: Buildings are deceptively complex. This discussion of the 'Whole Building' design approach concept helps to understand that complexity..
Source: Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG)
URL: http://wbdg.org/

Treated Wood Containing Arsenic : EPA Announces Transition from Consumer Use
Abstract: Industry has voluntarily agreed to phase out wood treated with chromated copper arsenate, also known as CCA, for all residential uses by December 31, 2003. This story relates the news, industry labeling requirements and methods of maintaining existing structures.
Source: BUILDER Magazine
URL: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/b1ab9f485b098972852
562e7004dc686/1a8cfb4970823b3885256b5e006ffd67?opendocument

What Is Sustainable Development?
Abstract: Overview and importance of sustainability.
Source: Dr. R. Warren Flint / Five E's Unlimited
URL: http://www.eeeee.net/sd_manifesto.htm

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
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2012/2/2/What-
Makes-a-Product-Green/

Why Green Buildings?
Abstract: Newsletter article about sustainability and green buildings.
Source: Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
URL: http://www.pprc.org/pubs/newsletter/news0799.html


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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
Abstract: Learn about the leading edge of the building and construction industry, including the latest updates and expansions of the LEED Green Building Rating System. Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, Greenbuild is the nation's largest green-building conference.
Source: US Green Building Council
URL: http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/home.aspx


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Building Greener Building Better: The Quiet Revolution
Abstract: An overview of strategies to build "green homes". Case studies and builder interviews touch on the concepts of 'Smart Growth', building community, site design, use of infill and brownfields, stormwater controls and design, and energy efficiency.
Source: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and NAHB Research Center
URL: http://www.toolbase.org/Home-Building-Topics/Green-Building/
building-greener-building-better

Building Greener Building Better: The Quiet Revolution
Abstract: An overview of strategies to build "green homes". Case studies and builder interviews touch on the concepts of 'Smart Growth', building community, site design, use of infill and brownfields, stormwater controls and design, and energy efficiency.
Source: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and NAHB Research Center
URL: http://www.toolbase.org/Home-Building-Topics/Green-Building/
building-greener-building-better

Center for Sustainable Living
Abstract: The Center for Sustainable Living is a project of the 113 Calhoun Street Foundation.The 113 Calhoun Street Foundation is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to create communities more resistant to losses from natural hazards - flood, wind, and earthquake - and to promote ways of living that help people conserve natural resources.
Source: 113 Calhoun Street Foundation
URL: http://www.113calhoun.org/

D.R. Horton, Inc. [PDF]
Abstract: D.R. Horton, Inc., along with its subsidiaries, engages in the construction and sale of single-family homes in the United States.
Source: Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/pdf_Files/DRHorton-1.pdf

Designing for Sustainability
Abstract: Sustainable re-design of historic structure; includes links to team partners and sustainable design criteria (principles, building materials, building system, ergonomics and recycling).
Source: Thoreau Center for Sustainability
URL: http://www.thoreau.org/green-design/

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
URL: http://www.homes-across-america.org

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
URL: http://www.homes-across-america.org

Houses To Save The Earth
Abstract: Click on "Achievements" and scroll to PARADE. Feature article about builder Steve Loken's home in Montana, built entirely out of recycled materials to show that re-cycled building materials don't compromise the type of house most Americans want.
Source: By Seth Shulman Parade Magazine/ Loken Builders
URL: http://www.lokenbuilders.com/

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
URL: http://www.pathnet.org/sp.asp?id=11984

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/facilities/corvallis_solar.ht
m


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Building Green in a Black and White World
Abstract: The following is an exerpt from the book Building Green in a Black and White World, Section 1; Chapter 1; Part 1; Introduction to Green Building.
Source: HousingZone.com
URL: http://www.housingzone.com/topics/nahb/green/nhb00ca002.asp

Construction Waste
Abstract: Considerations and guidelines for management of construction waste, including recycling and waste minimization.
Source: Sustainable Building Sourcebook published by Sustainable Sources
URL: http://constructionwaste.sustainablesources.com/

Design Considerations
Abstract: Guide to identifying sustainable issues and best practices for addressing these issues during design phase.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service, Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/construction/contrgui
de/section4.cfm

Earth Materials
Abstract: Considerations, commercial status and guidelines for various earth construction materials.
Source: Sustainable Building Sourcebook published by Sustainable Sources
URL: http://sustainablesources.com/

Graywater
Abstract: Considerations, commercial status and guidelines for developing a graywater irrigation system.
Source: Sustainable Building Sourcebook published by Sustainable Sources
URL: http://sustainablesources.com/

Harvested Rainwater
Abstract: Considerations, commercial status and guidelines for harvesting rainwater.
Source: Sustainable Building Sourcebook published by Sustainable Sources
URL: http://rainwater.sustainablesources.com/

Hazardous Materials
Abstract: Comprehensive discussion of hazardous waste determination, regulations and pollution prevention options.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service, Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/construction/contrgui
de/section8.cfm

Indoor Water Conservation
Abstract: Considerations, commercial status and guidelines for assessing indoor water conservation products.
Source: Sustainable BSustainable Building Sourcebook published by Sustainable Sources uilding Sourcebook
URL: http://indoorwater.sustainablesources.com/

Indoor Water Conservation
Abstract: Considerations, commercial status and guidelines for assessing indoor water conservation products.
Source: Sustainable BSustainable Building Sourcebook published by Sustainable Sources uilding Sourcebook
URL: http://indoorwater.sustainablesources.com/

Solid Waste
Abstract: Overview of regulations and best practices pertaining to solid waste; waste evalation worksheet.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service, Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/construction/contrgui
de/section7.cfm

Special Waste
Abstract: Comprehensive discussion of special waste concerns including asbestos, fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and lead.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service, Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/construction/contrgui
de/section9.cfm

Water Quality
Abstract: Identification of construction related water quality issues and best practices.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service, Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/construction/contrgui
de/section6.cfm

Xeriscape
Abstract: Design issues, commercial status and guidelines for implementation; extensive contacts.
Source: Sustainable Building Sourcebook published by Sustainable Sources
URL: http://xeriscape.sustainablesources.com/


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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
URL: http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Conservation/Insulation
/WallFraming26449.pdf

Air Sealing [PDF]
Abstract: This technology fact sheet contains information about how to seal air leaks and save energy.
Source: US Department of Energy
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/technical_bulletins/AS-Airsealing%2000-767.pdf

Air Sealing/ Air Drywall Approach Details
Abstract: A tight building envelope is necessary to control the movement of air in and out of building assemblies. This is important for energy conservation, thermal comfort and building durability. A "how-to" overview with schematics is provided.
Source: Building Science Corporation
URL:

Better Indoor Air Quality Through Filtration [PDF]
Abstract: Filter efficiency, dilution, extraction, high efficiency air filters, electronic air cleaners.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/3airfiltr.pdf

Building Info Central: EEBA Criteria
Abstract: Goals, objectives and criteria for energy-efficient and resource-efficient buildings.
Source: Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
URL: http://www.eeba.org/resources/index.html

Building Info Central: EEBA Criteria
Abstract: Goals, objectives and criteria for energy-efficient and resource-efficient buildings.
Source: Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
URL: http://www.eeba.org/resources/index.html

Built Green of Colorado: Checklist
Abstract: Checklist of Built Green standards. Designed for Colorado, the list is a good example for other programs interested in Green Design.
Source: Home Builders Association of Metro Denver
URL: http://www.builtgreen.org/checklist/checklist.htm

Ceiling and Attic Insulation and Ventilation
Abstract: Discussion of design considerations to consider for energy efficient insulation and ventilation. Includes recommended R-values and diagrams.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/sf_factsheet-menu.htm

Checklist for Environmentally Responsible Design & Construction
Abstract: A checklist that covers the essentials of green building.
Source: Environmental Building News
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/ebn/checklist.cfm

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
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/13e_lite.pdf

Construction Waste: Types and Quantities
Abstract: Generalizations about the type and quantity of residential construction waste generated per square foot.
Source: Iris Communications, Inc.; Oikos: Green Building Source
URL: http://www.oikos.com/library/waste/types.html

Elements of An Energy Efficient House
Abstract: A discussion of the pros and cons of basic elements (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: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)
URL: http://energy.gov/public-services/homes

Energy Efficiency Makes Homes More Affordable [PDF]
Abstract: Long-term savings raise the quality and affordability of a house (mortgage); Covers methods of achieving energy efficiency without great cost including HVAC, ventilation, air leakage, windows, water conservation, lighting, and appliances.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/sav_nrg$.pdf

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
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/11appliances.pdf

Federal Environmental Requirements for Construction [PDF]
Abstract: This guide provides information on federal environmental requirements for construction projects. It is written primarily for owners of construction projects and for general contractors who supervise construction projects. Subcontractors also may find the information useful.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assista
nce/sectors/fedenvconstruction.pdf

Focus on Residential Water Conservation
Abstract: Discussion of water conservation techniques aimed at the homeowner, relevance to builders as well. Information about fixture modifications and low-flow designs.
Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
URL: http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/publicat/wqwm/he2
50.html

Green Building: Frequently Asked Questions
Abstract: Provides explanations for some Green Building suggestions and discusses a variety of individual products.
Source: State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Waste Management Bureau
URL: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2714&Q=324912

Green Building: Proper Use and Disposal of Treated Lumber
Abstract: Information to prevent treated wood i.e. creosote, oilborne chemicals, and waterborne chemicals, from causing adverse health and environmental impacts.
Source: State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Waste Management Bureau
URL: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2714&q=324870

Green Building: What To Consider For Your Green Home
Abstract: Intended for those engaged in home construction and remodeling projects, this factsheet provides an introduction to Green Building considerations.
Source: State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Waste Management Bureau
URL: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2714&Q=324914

Green Built Home
Abstract: Green Built Home (Wisconsin) provides this "top 10" list of measures to reduce the environmental impact of home building. It focuses on where a homebuyer might get the best environmental result for the money. Sample strategies are provided.
Source: Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
URL: http://weigogreener.org/greenbuilthome

Green Built Home
Abstract: Green Built Home (Wisconsin) provides this "top 10" list of measures to reduce the environmental impact of home building. It focuses on where a homebuyer might get the best environmental result for the money. Sample strategies are provided.
Source: Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
URL: http://weigogreener.org/greenbuilthome

Green Construction: Water and Energy
Abstract: Questions to consider and resources to help with energy and water design, including technical assistance and incentives.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL:

Green Construction: Water and Energy
Abstract: Questions to consider and resources to help with energy and water design, including technical assistance and incentives.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL:

Green Landscaping with Native Plants
Abstract: Advice on getting started and choosing plants, environmental benefits, case studies, and further links for natural landscaping.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
URL: http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/greenacres/

Green Seal
Abstract: An environmental product certification organization. View product standards including cleaners, paints, windows, appliances, heat pumps, air conditioners, and much more. Also explains how to have a product certified.
Source: Green Seal / ENN Design Group
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/

Habitat for Humanity Energy-efficient Construction Checklist for Homes
Abstract: By completing the checklist, you can save up to 50% on annual utility bills for your new home. Includes recommendations for foundation, air sealing, insulation, sheathing, equipment closet and water heater.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
URL: http://www.neo.ne.gov/home_const/factsheets/effic_design_and
_const.htm

Indoor Air Hazards Every Homeowner Should Know About
Abstract: Click on "Indoor Air Hazards". Comprehensive list of common indoor air quality contaminants; signs of potential problems.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service - Housing Program
URL: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcxair/

Insulation Fact Sheet
Abstract: Addresses R-values, insulation types and regional needs. Includes many tables.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
URL: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/insulation/

Landscaping with Native Plants
Abstract: Guidelines for selecting native plants and a general overview of the why and how of native landscaping. Links to specific information and state chapters.
Source: Wild Ones non-profit organization
URL: http://www.wildones.org/land/ecotype.html

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)
URL: http://www.toolbase.org/

PVC Construction Products and Alternatives Explained
Abstract: An overview of available alternatives for a variety of construction applications.
Source: Greenpeace International
URL: http://archive.greenpeace.org/toxics/pvcdatabase/productalt.
html

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
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/14radiantbarriers.pdf

Radon-Resistant Construction for Builders [PDF]
Abstract: General overview of radon and design recommendations to add value to homes.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/30_radonresistantconst.pdf

Residential Job-site Disposal of New Construction Waste Gypsum Board
Abstract: Recommended disposal procedures on residential building lots.
Source: Gypsum Association
URL: http://www.gypsum.org/technical-information/technical-topica
l-papers/

Sector Strategies for Construction
Abstract: This site is part of a new partnership between the EPA and the construction industry to promote resource efficient construction. At the bottom of the page are a number of relevant construction links.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs/sectors/construction.html

Smart Material and Product Choices
Abstract: Questions to consider and resources for standards, ratings, product analyses and databases.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL:

Solar Energy: An Overview
Abstract: Technical information to get started with solar design; discussion of various solar systems.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/

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
URL: http://www.oikos.com/library/waste/costs.html

Steel Framing [PDF]
Abstract: Pros and cons; thermal/resource efficiency, indoor air quality, construction techniques.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/7steelframe.pdf

Storm Water Phase II Compliance Assistance Guide [PDF]
Abstract: Comprehensive (97 pages) step-by-step procedures to determine regulatory status and compliance measures for Phase II (small construction activity) and MS4s (municipal separate storm sewer systems) .
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/comguide.pdf

Water Quality Conditions in the US [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet summarizes the findings of the National Water Quality Inventory: 2000 Report, prepared under Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act. Section 305(b) requires that states, territories, and jurisdictions assess their water quality biennially and report those findings to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA then summarizes the findings in a national water quality inventory.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/305b/2000report/factsheet.pdf

What is Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste?
Abstract: Overview of construction & demolition waste characteristics and management opportunities.
Source: Peaks to Prairies / Confluence Associates
URL: http://peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/construction/c&dwaste/ind
ex.cfm

Whole House Energy Checklist--Energy Efficient Construction [PDF]
Abstract: Consider the house as a system; air barriers, foundation, sheathing, HVAC, Water and Air heating efficiencies.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/technical_bulletins/WH-Energy%20Checklist%20GO-10099-76
6.pdf

Window Primer [PDF]
Abstract: Benefits and considerations for appropriate placement, high performance windows and window treatments.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/15windows.pdf

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

Xeriscape Plant Selections and Ideas [PDF]
Abstract: Explanation of xeriscape concepts, including examples of high prairie plants appropriate for use in natural, low input landscaping.
Source: North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service
URL: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/landscap/h957.pdf


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Building Codes, Standards, Guidelines and Rating Systems
Abstract: Provides links to federal and state agencies regarding building codes and links to "Green Building" ratings programs for several states.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://www.pprc.org/pubs/greencon/code_std.cfm

Building Energy Software: Tools Directory
Abstract: Described here are 220 energy-related software tools for buildings, with an emphasis on using renewable energy and achieving energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
URL: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/

Conservation/Water-Related Links
Abstract: Click on "Reuse/Recycling and Rainwater Harvesting". Access topics such as ---greywater, cisterns, recycling, etc.
Source: American Water Works Association, WaterWiser
URL: http://www.awwa.org/awwa/community/links.cfm?FuseAction=Link
s&LinkCategoryID=5

Database on Environmental Information For Products and Services
Abstract: Environmental data on attributes of products, cost considerations, model specifications, standards and guidelines for over 600 products and services provided in a searchable format. Browse the 'Hardware Store' for a variety of building products.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://yosemite1.epa.gov/oppt/eppstand2.nsf

Demolition and Construction Management
Abstract: Provides resources for inquiry into opportunities, methods and services for demolition and construction management.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://www.pprc.org/pubs/greencon/demo.cfm

Energy Crossroads
Abstract: A set of links to web sites related to energy efficiency and environmental technologies for buildings.
Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
URL: http://www.energyxroads.com/

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)
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?fuseaction=find_a_produc
t.

Energy Technology and Issues For Buildings
Abstract: An overview of building technologies and issues regarding energy efficiency; building envelope, water heating, audits, commisioning, codes, whole house design, etc. Solar energy and geothermal heat pumps are also highlighted.
Source: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)
URL: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/

Environmental Yellow Pages
Abstract: The environmental industry's worldwide directory.
Source: Environmental Yellow Pages
URL: http://www.enviroyellowpages.com/

Fannie Mae Supports Affordable Building
Abstract: A state by state list of Fannie Mae mortgage offices throughout the country.
Source: FannieMae
URL: http://www.fanniemae.com/housingcommdev/solutions/index.jhtm
l

Global Energy Marketplace (GEM) Database
Abstract: Searchable database of energy efficiency and related topics.
Source: Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST)
URL: http://www.repp.org/gem.html

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)
URL: http://www.toolbase.org/ToolbaseResources/level3.aspx?Bucket
ID=2&CategoryID=17

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
URL: http://pprc.org/hubs/toc.cfm?hub=31&subsec=7&nav=7&CFID=6600
75&CFTOKEN=90697120

Home Energy Rating System and Energy Efficient Mortgage
Abstract: Links to home energy ratings and energy mortgages.
Source: Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
URL: http://natresnet.org/ratings/default.htm

Housing Assistance Providers
Abstract: This list features assistance providers throughout the country who can provide information on the state of high performance home building within their service area.
Source: Peaks to Prairies
URL: http://homes-across-america.org/search/search.cfm

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

International Code Development
Abstract: Find press releases, schedules, policies and draft codes to help you participate in the code development process. Link to International Code publications through any of three partner sites.
Source: International Code Council (ICC)
URL: http://www.iccsafe.org/

Lighting Programs and Manufacturers
Abstract: Links to education programs, energy efficiency programs, lighting guides, and manufacturers.
Source: Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?c=manuf_res.pt_lighting

Montana Guide for Buying Recycled Products [PDF]
Abstract: Recycled products directory for Montana.
Source: Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Pollution Prevention Bureau (DEQ-PPB)
URL: http://deq.mt.gov/Recycle/pdf/RecyclingGuide_07.pdf

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Economic and Housing Data
Abstract: List of statistics and information for various aspects of the home building industry.
Source: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
URL: http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/landing/sectionID=113

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
URL: http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/pdfs/metering_0604.p
df

Priority List for Top 20 Hazardous Substances
Abstract: Choosing "green" products often involves considerations of "life-cycle" impacts. Link to factsheets on each substance listed to evaluate health and environment impacts from production through use.
Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
URL: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/spl/previous/07list.html

Recycled Products Produced In and Purchased By the Great Lakes States
Abstract: Recycled products directory.
Source: Council of Great Lakes Governors
URL: http://www.cglg.org/projects/recycle/showcase.asp

Recycled-Content Product Database - EPA
Abstract: List of products designated by EPA to be available with recycled-content. Recommended content ranges, model specifications, and vendor information for each product. Includes product categories for construction, landscaping, etc.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/tools/cpg/index.htm

Recycling and Reuse Database (for King County, WA)
Abstract: Find recyclers and reuse options for construction and non-construction related items.
Source: King County Washington, Department of Natural Resources, Solid Waste Division
URL: http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/wdidw/

Solar Radiation Data for Buildings
Abstract: For use by architects and engineers, this provides solar resources information for common window orientations for the United States and its territories. Scroll down for link to 30-year normals and solar radiation maps.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Analytic Studies Division / Home Power Magazine
URL: http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsrdb/1961-1990/blueboo
k/

Solar Radiation Data for Buildings
Abstract: For use by architects and engineers, this provides solar resources information for common window orientations for the United States and its territories. Scroll down for link to 30-year normals and solar radiation maps.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Analytic Studies Division / Home Power Magazine
URL: http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsrdb/1961-1990/blueboo
k/

Solar Radiation Data Manual for Flat-Plate and Concentrating Collectors
Abstract: Solar radiation and illuminance values for a horizontal window and four vertical windows (facing north, east, south, and west) for 239 stations in the United States and its territories. Scroll down for 30-year normals and resource maps.
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Analytic Studies Division / Home Power Magazine
URL: http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/pubs/redbook/

State and Federal Government Environmental Agencies
Abstract: Links to government environmental agencies across the U.S.
Source: John N. Clay, Clay.net
URL: http://www.aehsfoundation.org/Useful-Links.aspx

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/jtr/bizasst/rec-tax.htm

Storm Water Fact Sheet Series: Phase II Final Rule
Abstract: Types of stormwater discharges addressed under Federal Phase II Final Rule; permitting options and requirements for operators of large and small construction activities. Select the link to small construction activities or other applicable links.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/swfinal.cfm?program_id
=6

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
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/factsheets/6resourc.pdf


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Build Green Today!
Abstract: Introduces builders and consumers to products - wood, insulation, concrete, flooring, carpet, paint, decking and used building materials - that are good for both the environment and the pocketbook.
Source: Center for Resourceful Building Technology (CRBT)
URL: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/products/

Building Radon Out: A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Build Radon-Resistant Homes [PDF]
Abstract: Understand the importance of building readon resistant homes and obtain detailed instructions for applying construction techniques. This guide covers it all. It even includes a chapter on marketing these valuable aspects of a new home.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/buildradonout.pdf

Built Smart Program Binder
Abstract: Guidelines and standards for participation in the program. The program mission is to bring resource efficiency to all new construction multifamily buildings in Seattle to sustain the environment for future generations.
Source: Seattle City Lights
URL: http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/light/conserve/resident/bsbinder
/cv5_bsb.html

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

Construction Waste Management Guide for Architects, Designers, Developers, Facility Managers, Owners, Property Managers & Specification Writers
Abstract: The Construction Waste Management Guide was written for professionals who do not deal directly with construction waste, yet have an impact on what happens to it. The purpose of the Guide is to educate these professionals about their role in reducing, reusing and recycling waste generated from remodeling, construction and demolition. The Guide includes step-by-step methods for salvaging and reusing building materials, an overview of deconstruction, information about construction and demolition waste processing facilities and guidance on using a specification, plan and report.
Source: Resourceventure.org
URL: http://resourceventure.org/free-resources/get-started/green-
building-publications/CWM%20Guide.pdf/view?searchterm=co
nstruction+waste+management+guide

Contractor's Guide to Preventing Waste and Recycling [PDF]
Abstract: Guide to provide recycling and waste prevention how-to's for all builders, from handyman/remodelers to large commercial contractors, who want to save money; worksheets and case studies included.
Source: King County Solid Waste Division
URL: http://www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/recycling/constructionguide.pdf

EarthCraft House Guidelines and Program Worksheet
Abstract: Twelve sections which assist a builder through the EarthCraft House application worksheet. Each section provides guidance for areas of focus such as site planning, energy efficient building envelope and systems, waste management, etc.
Source: Southface.org
URL: http://www.earthcraft.org/resources-for-earthcraft-professio
nals

Earthcraft House Project
Abstract: The EarthCraft House is a blueprint for healthy, comfortable, affordable homes that cut energy and water bills and protect the environment. Through training, EarthCraft Houses provide builders a sign of quality and a sustainable commitment to home buyers and their surrounding community.
Source: Southface
URL: http://www.earthcraft.org/

Green Building Primer
Abstract: Green building information for builders, consumers, and realtors.
Source: Building Environmental Science and Technology (B.E.S.T)
URL: http://www.energybuilder.com/greenbld.htm

Healthy and Affordable Housing: Read This Before You Design, Build or Renovate [PDF]
Abstract: Practical recommendations for building and renovating a home. This manual discusses the seven steps to a healthy home with step by step recommendations.
Source: University of Alaska - Fairbanks
URL: http://www.uaf.edu/ces/faculty/seifert/pdf_nuaf/Design_Build
.pdf

Healthy and Affordable Housing: Read This Before You Design, Build or Renovate [PDF]
Abstract: Practical recommendations for building and renovating a home. This manual discusses the seven steps to a healthy home with step by step recommendations.
Source: University of Alaska - Fairbanks
URL: http://www.uaf.edu/ces/faculty/seifert/pdf_nuaf/Design_Build
.pdf

Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon
Abstract: Practical information about residential radon; health effects, testing, and resistant construction methods. Extensive information is provided on proper testing procedures. For: Buyers, sellers and builders.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) et al.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/hmbyguid.html

Houses That Work: House Design Recommendations By Climate
Abstract: Design recommendations are provided as a starting point for designing a specific house in a specific location and climate. Explanations for envelope assemblies and moisture-related risks are discussed for each climate. Includes case studies.
Source: Building Science Corporation
URL: http://www.buildingscience.com/doctypes/designs-that-work

Insulating Foundations and Floors [PDF]
Abstract: Insulating slabs, crawl spaces/walls, methods, under-floor insulation, advantages, disadvantages; includes diagrams.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications
/technical_bulletins/CI-Crawlspace%2000-774.pdf

Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities (MYER) [PDF]
Abstract: Designed to help contractor's meet federal environmental requirements applying to construction issues like stormwater, wetlands, spills, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, air quality, asbestos and various federal environmental acts. It includes questions to help identify and allocate environmental repsonsibility, case studies, and checklists for self-inspection.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assista
nce/sectors/constructmyer/myerguide.pdf

Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities (MYER) [PDF]
Abstract: Designed to help contractor's meet federal environmental requirements applying to construction issues like stormwater, wetlands, spills, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, air quality, asbestos and various federal environmental acts. It includes questions to help identify and allocate environmental repsonsibility, case studies, and checklists for self-inspection.
Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assista
nce/sectors/constructmyer/myerguide.pdf

Model Green Home Building Guidelines
Abstract: These guidelines were created for mainstream home builders. They highlight the ways a home builder can effectively weave environmental solutions into a new home and provide a tool that local associations can use to create their own green home building program. Topics include: lot design, preparation, and development; resource efficiency; energy efficiency; water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; operation, maintenance and homeowner education; global impact; site planning and land development. An email discussion forum is also offered.
Source: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
URL: http://www.nahbrc.org/greenguidelines/

Pollution Prevention for Residential Construction: A Guide for Residential Construction Contractors and Designers
Abstract: Practical ideas on how to reduce or eliminate waste; range of "Best Pollution Prevention Practices" from free or low-cost operational changes to complex technologies, structural modifications or product substitutions; includes "quick list".
Source: Montana State University Extension Service, Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/construction/contrgui
de/

Recycling Plus Program Manual [PDF]
Abstract: A field-tested model for reducing construction waste on job sites. Designed for construction companies, this manual includes individual guides to assist management and field personnel, case studies and sample subcontractor kits, plus more.
Source: Clean Washington Center (CWC)
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/13/12641.pdf

Specification of Energy-Efficient Installation and Maintenance Practices for Residential HVAC Systems [PDF]
Abstract: A tool for proper sizing, installation and maintenance that will help in achieveing the greatest energy savings. Best practices and test procedures for HVAC contractors and technicians as well as builders, designers, and general contractors.
Source: By Rick Karg, John Krigger / Consortium for Energy Efficiency
URL: http://www.cee1.org/resid/rs-ac/reshvacspec.pdf

Sustainable Building Technical Manual
Abstract: Comprehensive manual, 300 pages. Covers a large area of green building considerations, practices and recommendations. (Public Technology, Inc. DOE, EPA, USGBC).
Source: U.S. Green Building Council
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=212

The GreenSpec Directory - 4th Edition
Abstract: The 4th edition of GreenSpec Directory includes information on more than 1,750 green building products carefully screened by the editors of Environmental Building News, organized according to the 16-division CSI MasterFormat? system. Directory listings cover more than 250 categories--from access flooring to zero-VOC paints.
Source: Environmental Building News (EBN)
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/menus/

The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality
Abstract: Comprehensive guide on indoor air quality; types, causes, solutions, improvements.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse
URL: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidestory.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/

Whole-House and Building Process Redesign
Abstract: This roadmap was developed to strategically overcome the slow adoption of new technologies into homebuilding, and the lack of systems science and engineering standards in the manufacturing of products and the construction of houses. The roadmap details five strategies to overcome chronic barriers and outlines the benefits of taking proactive steps. The recommendations of this roadmap have the potential to make home construction more affordable, higher quality, customizable, and receptive to new innovations.
Source: Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing
URL: http://www.pathnet.org/si.asp?id=979


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Climate Change
Abstract: This website contains scientific facts about climate change from a 2001 assessment.
Source: GreenFacts
URL: http://www.greenfacts.org/studies/climate_change/level_1.htm
#2

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines Supplier Database
Abstract: This database provides buyers with the information necessary to find suppliers, comparison shop and make informed purchasing decisions regarding recycled products.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.erg.com/cvehicles/envs.htm

Find Your Local Builders Association
Abstract: To join NAHB or find a local builder, please contact the home builders' association (HBA) in your area. To find the association nearest you, click on the map below or enter your city, state or zip.
Source: National Association of Home Builders
URL: http://www.nahb.org/local_association_search_form.aspx

Green Building Forum
Abstract: Information about green building topics.
Source: HousingZone.com
URL: http://www.housingzone.com/forum-green/

Green Building News
Abstract: Email news feed about green building information.
Source: Iris Communications, Inc.
URL: http://oikos.com/

Green Design and Sustainable Architecture
Abstract: This guide has information on green design topics and ways for locating newer materials.
Source: UC Berkeley
URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/GreenAll.html

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.
Source: P2ric.org
URL: http://www.peakstoprairies.org/topichub/?page=toc&h
ub_id=13

Renewable energy businesses by business name
Abstract: A search database with renewable energy businesses in the United States listed by business name.
Source: Energy.sourceguides.com
URL: http://energy.sourceguides.com/businesses/byGeo/US/byN/byNam
eN.shtml

Sustainable Development
Abstract: This virtual library has links to information and resources about sustainable development.
Source: Université Libre de Bruxelles
URL: http://www.ulb.ac.be/ceese/meta/sustvl.html

Water Wiser Discussion Forum
Abstract: This discussion forum is participant moderated and dedicated to issues that interest drinking water providers throughout the world.
Source: American Water Works Association
URL: http://www.awwa.org/applications/discussion/discussionlist.c
fm?Itemnumber=3715&navItemNumber=1430


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Environmental Building News
Abstract: Provides a summary of the current issue of Green Building News; Subscribe to periodical on environmentally sustainable design and construction; articles, reviews, and news stories.
Source: Environmental Building News (EBN)
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/

Environmental Design and Construction Magazine Archives
Abstract: This bi-monthly magazine reports on the innovative products, strategies and technologies that are driving the green building industry's success, covering such topics as resource and energy efficiency, alternative and renewable energy sources, indoor air quality, and life cycle assessment. Select the "Article Archives" and search by keyword or Table of Contents.
Source: Environmental Design and Construction
URL: http://www.edcmag.com/

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
URL: http://www.homeenergy.org/


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Building Energy Software Tools Directory
Abstract: This directory provides information on 380 building software tools for evaluating energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability in buildings. The energy tools listed in this directory include databases, spreadsheets, component and systems analyses, and whole-building energy performance simulation programs. A short description is provided for each tool along with other information including expertise required, users, audience, input, output, computer platforms, programming language, strengths, weaknesses, technical contact, and availability.
Source:
URL: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/tools_directory/

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)
URL: http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/oae/software/bees.html

eQUEST
Abstract: eQUEST is a quick energy simulation tool.
Source: DOE2.com
URL: http://doe2.com/equest/

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/

Overhang Design
Abstract: Select 'Overhang' in the Tools box. This tool shows to what extent a window is shaded and aids in the proper sizing and positioning of windows and shading devices. Instructions and user interface provide for a friendly experience.
Source: by Christopher Gronbeck, Sustainable By Design
URL: http://www.susdesign.com/

Residential Compliance Using REScheck
Abstract: The REScheck software simplifies energy code compliance by automating the trade-off calculations for this approach.
Source: US Department of Energy
URL: http://www.energycodes.gov/rescheck/

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)
URL: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/states/

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

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
URL: http://hes.lbl.gov/hes/quicklook.shtml

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-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
URL: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/whole_wall/wallsys.html


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A Citizen's Guide to Radon
Abstract: This guide contains information for protecting yourself and your family from radon.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html

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)
URL: http://www.ncat.org/evergreen/evergreen_affordability_genera
l.htm

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)
URL: http://www.ncat.org/evergreen/evergreen_affordability_genera
l.htm

Alaska Building Science Network
Abstract: The Alaska Building Science Network (ABSN) is a member supported association of individuals, businesses, and organizations dedicated to promoting energy efficiency as an essential component of durable, safe and affordable housing in Alaska.
Source: Alaska Building Science Network
URL: http://www.absn.com/

Alaska Energy and Housing
Abstract: The Energy and Housing Program is focused on modernizing the renewable energy and energy efficiency education in Alaska.
Source: University of Alaska
URL: http://www.uaf.edu/coop-ext/faculty/seifert/

Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
Abstract: The Alliance is a national public interest organization formed by leaders in public health, environmental protection, affordable housing, and civil rights. The Alliance seeks to protect children from lead and other environmental health hazards in and around their homes by advocating for policy solutions and building capacity for primary prevention in communities throughout the US and around the world.
Source: Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (AECLP)
URL: http://www.aeclp.org/

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

American Forest and Paper Association
Abstract: The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is the national trade association of the forest products industry and advances public policies that promote a strong and sustainable U.S. forest products industry in the global marketplace.
Source: American Forest and Paper Association
URL: http://www.afandpa.org/

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Abstract: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers advances technology to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.
Source: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
URL: http://www.ashrae.org/

Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy's Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program develops test procedures and minimum efficiency standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment. On this site, you can find out more about DOE's program, find the general rules and regulations that manufacturers need to comply with, and find the latest information on rule making, standards, and test procedures for specific products. The site also welcomes efficiency/environmental advocates, states, utilities, retailers and consumers to use this site as a way to participate in all stages of the rulemaking process.
Source: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
URL: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/

Applied Building Science Program
Abstract: The Applied Building Science team manages the following programs for code officials, the construction industry, manufactured housing industry, public sector facility staff and homeowners in Washington as part of the Washington State University Energy Program.
Source: Washington State University
URL: http://www.energy.wsu.edu/projects/building/

Association of General Contractors (AGC)
Abstract: The Association of General Contractors (AGC) serves our nation's construction professionals by promoting the skill, integrity and responsibility of those who build America.
Source: Association of General Contractors of America
URL: http://www.agc.org/

Austin Energy Green Building Program
Abstract: This program helps homeowners design and build with health, energy-efficiency, and the environment in mind.
Source: Austin Energy
URL: http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Gre
en%20Building/index.htm

BCN Environment Center
Abstract: Contains links to current and past environmental news in the Boulder community.
Source: Boulder Community Network
URL: http://bcn.boulder.co.us/environment/center.html

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
URL: http://www.espenergy.com/building_a_new_home.htm

Building Science Corporation
Abstract: Building Science Corporation specializes in building technology consulting.
Source: Building Science Corporation
URL: http://www.buildingscience.com/

Built Green
Abstract: Introduced in 1995, Built Green Colorado is one of oldest and largest green home building programs in the nation.
Source: Built Green of Colorado
URL: http://www.builtgreen.org/

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 Maximum Potential Building Systems
Abstract: The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, established in 1975, is a non-profit education, research, and demonstration organization specializing in life cycle planning and design.
Source: Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
URL: http://www.cmpbs.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/

City of Portland Green Building Program
Abstract: The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Green Building Program is Portland's gateway to green building innovation, offering resources specific to YOUR green building project.
Source: City of Portland, Oregon
URL: http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/?c=41481

Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center
Abstract: The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center - CICA Center - has a new website which explains environmental rules for the construction industry. Also provided are links to state regulations and other resources, including links to state and local green building programs. The site is virtually indispensible for any construction project.
Source: The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and the EPA.
URL: http://www.cicacenter.org/

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
Abstract: The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery.
Source: The Construction Specifications Institute
URL: http://www.csinet.org/s_csi/index.asp

Design-Build-Live
Abstract: Beginning in 1992 with the Sustainable Building Coalition, from which Design~Build~Live evolved, we have been involved in a variety of natural building and sustainable living activities.
Source: GreenBuilder.com
URL: http://designbuildlive.org/

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/

Energy and Environmental Issues in the Building Sector
Abstract: The information is contained in a database and is related to all aspects of sustainable building
Source: International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environment
URL: http://greenbuilding.ca/

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
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?c=home_improvement.hm_im
provement_index

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
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?c=new_homes.hm_index

ENERGY STAR® Program and Products
Abstract: Information on ENERGY STAR® approved and labeled appliances, heating and cooling equipment, windows, etc.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/

Environ Design Collaborative
Abstract: Environ Design Collaborative's green consultant helps to identify those goals and helps integrate them with the program, budget and design.
Source: Environ Design Collaborative
URL: http://www.environdc.com/

Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
Abstract: The FMB is a trade association established over 60 years ago to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms in the UK building industry.
Source: Federation of Master Builders
URL: http://www.fmb.org.uk/

Forest/Wood Certification and Sustainability
Abstract: Overview of sustainable versus certified forest products; also link to certified wood marketplace (a subscription based exchange).
Source: ForestWorld.com, Inc.
URL: http://www.forestworld.com/

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
URL: http://www.goodcents.com/

Green Building Concepts
Abstract: Green Building Concepts supplies information exchange on a more resource and energy efficient lifestyle.
Source: Green Building Concepts
URL: http://www.greenconcepts.com/

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
URL: http://www.thegbi.org/

Green Design and Building
Abstract: This website is for everyone interested in making smart choices about how we build our structures and infrastructure -- choices that are both economically and ecologically intelligent.
Source: EcoIQ.com
URL: http://www.ecoiq.com/greendesign/

Greenerbuildings.com
Abstract: A resource center for environmentally responsible building development.
Source: GreenBiz.com and U.S. Green Building Council
URL: http://www.greenerbuildings.com/

Hanley Wood Market Intelligence
Abstract: Hanley Wood Market Intelligence is the housing industry's leading independent real estate research and analytical firm providing residential construction information for real estate development and new-home construction planning.
Source: Hanley Wood Market Intelligence
URL: http://www.hwmarketintelligence.com/v4/default.asp

Health House
Abstract: Navigation to explore different aspects of optimum indoor air quality practices.
Source: American Lung Association of Minnesota
URL: http://www.healthhouse.org/

Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes
Abstract: Indoor air quality issues, includes sections pertinent to construction, remodeling, and building furnishing. Includes fact sheets and catalog for instructional modules.
Source: Montana State University Extension Service - Housing Program
URL: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcxair/

Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Abstract: The Hinkley Center coordinates research, training, and service activities relating to waste management.
Source: University of Florida
URL: http://www.hinkleycenter.com/

Illinois State University: College of Applied Science and Technology
Abstract: The College of Applied Science and Technology graduates individuals skilled in critical thinking with a life-long passion for learning and a strong commitment to civic engagement.
Source: Illinois State University
URL: http://www.cast.ilstu.edu/

LEED Rating System for Homes
Abstract: The LEED for Homes program is being developed by the USGBC with input from local and national stakeholder groups. It is a voluntary initiative promoting the transformation of the mainstream home building industry towards more sustainable practices.
Source: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147&

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

Montana Green Power
Abstract: Offers solid facts on how, where, and why to use solar power in Montana - or any place with abundant sunshine. Shines light on solar projects throughout Montana homes, businesses, and schools. Reviews national green power legislation.
Source: National Center for Appropriate Technology
URL: http://www.montanagreenpower.com/solar/

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
URL: http://www.nado.org/

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Abstract: The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority.
Source: National Association of Home Builders
URL: http://www.nahb.org/

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center
Abstract: The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center is a full-service product commercialization company that strives to make housing more durable and affordable.
Source: National Association of Home Builders
URL: http://www.nahbrc.com

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
Abstract: National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)'s core purpose is to advance and promote the remodeling industry's professionalism, product and vital public purpose.
Source: National Association of the Remodeling Industry
URL: http://www.nari.org/

National Center for Healthy Housing
Abstract: To develop and promote practical methods to protect children from residential environmental hazards while preserving the supply of affordable housing.
Source: National Center for Healthy Housing
URL: http://www.centerforhealthyhousing.org/

National Fenestration Rating Council
Abstract: An organization created by the window, door and skylight industry. It is comprised of manufacturers, suppliers, builders, architects and designers, specifiers, code officials, utilities and government agencies. NFRC provides consistent ratings on window, door and skylight products. NFRC's primary goal is to provide accurate information to measure and compare the energy performance of window, door, or skylight products.
Source: National Fenestration Rating Council
URL: http://www.nfrc.org/

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
URL: http://www.nibs.org/

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/

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Abstract: The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is an association of builders, designers, homeowners, tradespeople, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in ecologically sustainable building.
Source: Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
URL: http://ecobuilding.org/

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/

Oregon Housing and Community Services
Abstract: Oregon Housing and Community Services is Oregon's housing finance agency, providing financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of lower and moderate income.
Source: Oregon Housing and Community Services
URL: http://www.ohcs.oregon.gov/

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
URL: http://www.pathnet.org/

Powell Center for Construction and Environment
Abstract: The Powell Center for Construction and Environment is primarily a research organization dedicated to the resolution of environmental problems associated with planning and architecture activities and the determination of optimum materials and methods for use in minimizing environmental damage.
Source: University of Florida
URL: http://www.cce.ufl.edu/

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
URL: http://eetd.lbl.gov/BT/

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/

Residential Energy Services Network
Abstract: The Residential Energy Services Network's (RESNET) mission is to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's housing stock and to qualify more families for home ownership by expanding the national availability of mortgage financing options and home energy ratings. RESNET's activities are guided by a mortgage industry steering committee composed of the leading national mortgage executives.
Source: National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Rated Homes of America
URL: http://www.natresnet.org/

Residential Environmental Design
Abstract: Provides links to green resources, articles, and frequently asked questions.
Source: Residential Environmental Design
URL: http://www.reddawn.com/

Sage Mountain Center
Abstract: Sage Mountain Center (SMC) is an Education and Demonstration Facility with a vision of promoting sustainable living and holistic well being.
Source: Sage Mountain Center
URL: http://www.sagemountain.org/

Scottsdale Green Building Program
Abstract: The Green Building Program encourages a whole-systems approach through design and building techniques to minimize environmental impact and reduce the energy consumption of buildings while contributing to the health of its occupants.
Source: City of Scottsdale
URL: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/greenbuilding/

Southface
Abstract: Southface promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.
Source: Southface
URL: http://www.southface.org/

State and Local Green Building Programs
Abstract: This section of CICA will include a tool that provides quick links to state and local Green Building Programs.
Source: Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center
URL: http://www.cicacenter.org/gbres.html

State Occupational Safety and Health Plans
Abstract: States develop and operate their own job safety and health programs. OSHA approves and monitors State plans.
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
URL: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/index.html

Stormwater Authority
Abstract: Stormwater Authority is a place where specifying engineers, contractors, developers, site owners and regulators can learn and share information. It's a place to research best management practices and regulations.
Source: Stormwater Authority
URL: http://www.stormwaterauthority.org/

Stormwater Center
Abstract: The Stormwater Manager's Resource Center is designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others that need technical assistance on stormwater management issues. Created and maintained by the Center for Watershed Protection, the SMRC has everything you need to know about stormwater in a single site
Source: Center for Watershed Protection
URL: http://www.stormwatercenter.net

Stormwater Manager's Resource Center (SMRC)
Abstract: The Stormwater Manager's Resource Center (SMRC) web site is made possible through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The SMRC web site was funded to provide Phase II communities with the tools and techniques necessary to protect their watersheds and to enhance and restore their local water resources.
Source: Stormwater Manager's Resource Center
URL: http://www.stormwatercenter.net/

Stormwater: What You Need to Know
Abstract: Stormwater runoff from construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality by contributing sediment and other pollutants to creeks, streams, lakes, etc.
Source: Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center
URL: http://www.cicacenter.org/stormwater.html

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

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 American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Abstract: The AIA represents the interest of architects before federal, state and local governments and comprises some 300 component organizations across the United States and around the world. Their mission is to: serve its members, advance their value, and improve the quality of the built environment.
Source: American Institute of Architects
URL: http://www.aia.org/

The Environmental Council
Abstract: The Environment Council works to put sustainability at the heart of people's choices, decisions and aspirations.
Source: The Environmental Council
URL: http://www.the-environment-council.org.uk/

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

The Sustainable Building Association (AECB)
Abstract: The AECB is a network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. It brings together builders, architects, designers, manufacturers, housing associations and local authorities, to develop, share and promote best practice in environmentally sustainable building.
Source: The Sustainable Building Association
URL: http://www.aecb.net/

US Green Building Council
Abstract: The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.
Source: US Green Building Council
URL: http://www.usgbc.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/

What is Sustainability?
Abstract: Definition and background information for sustainability.
Source: Building Environmental Science and Technology
URL: http://www.energybuilder.com/greenbld.htm#sustain

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