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Residential Construction: Where To Go for Help
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This section displays contact information for experts in residential construction.

Programs listed: 6

1.  Advanced Housing Research Center - USDA Forest Service

The Center evaluates technology needed for both new and existing housing and encompasses all types of residential structures in which wood and/or wood-based products are used as primary or secondary building components. Emphasis is on the improved use of traditional wood products, recycled and engineered wood composite materials, durability, moisture control, natural disaster resistance, and an improved living environment. The Center’s research focuses primarily on the housing structure and practical technologies that can be readily adopted by homebuilders, industry, and consumers.

One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53705-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (000) 000-0000

Contact:  Karen Martinson, Program Specialist

2.  Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center

Here you will find plain language explanations of environmental rules for the construction industry. Also provided are links to detailed information, including state regulations and other resources. This web site is being developed by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, in conjunction with: Associated General Contractors of America National Association of Home Builders American Road and Transportation Builders Association Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Golf Course Builders Association of America. Funding for this project has come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

3025 Boardwalk
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-3266
Phone: (734) 995-0300
Fax: (734) 995-4004

Contact:  Paul Chalmer

3.  Construction Materials Recycling Association

Devoted exclusively to the needs of the rapidly expanding North American construction waste & demolition debris processing and recycling industry. Information exchange, a campaign to promote the acceptance and use of recycled construction materials, and representation at trade shows and other industry functions.

PO Box 644
Lisle, IL 60532-0644
Phone: (630) 548-4510
Fax: (630) 548-4511

Contact:  William Turley, Executive Director

4.  Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT)

DCAT works to support the health of communities and the planet by promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development through leadership, strategic relationships, and education.

P.O. Box 27513
Tucson, AZ 85726-7513
Phone: (520) 624-6628
Fax: (520) 798-3701

Contact:  David Eisenberg, Director
Contact Phone: (520) 624-6628

5.  Health House - American Lung Association

A national education program created by the American Lung Association of Minnesota to raise the standards for better indoor environments. The mission is to change the way homes are built in America to be healthier, more energy and resource efficient. The Health House Advantage™ Program is an educational program for builders and consumers to test and deliver a written report on how a house has met the Health House® performance standards. Over 120 demonstration houses have been built in over 30 states to provide a means of educating builders and homeowners on how to more effectively make choices when building, remodeling and maintaining a home.

490 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103-2441
Phone: (877) 521-1491
Fax: (651) 281-0242

Contact:  Angie Lien, National Director

6.  U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council is a coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. They offer a membership, news, conferences, research and guidelines.

1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 805
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 828-7422
Fax: (202) 828-5110

Contact:  Christine Ervin, President and CEO


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