an Energy Expert: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse
Provides free general and technical information to the public on a wide
spectrum of topics and technologies pertaining to energy efficiency and
and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Promotes improvements in designs, techniques, technologies, products and
materials that will result in the construction and renovation of housing
and communities that are healthier for occupants; more energy-efficient;
more resource-efficient; healthier for the global environment in the long-term;
and more affordable to create, operate and maintain.
of Energy Solar Buildings Program
An introduction to various solar technologies and zero energy homes.
of Energy's Buildings Program
Building energy codes, partnership opportunities (including the Building
America program), emerging green building technologies, building materials,
building systems, and whole-building design.
and Renewable Energy Network
Information on a comprehensive range of energy-related technologies, featured
sites, and specialized resources.
Information on all forms of energy, including petroleum, natural gas,
coal, nuclear, renewables, and alternative fuels. Also provides environmental,
international, and forecast information about electricity.
Energy Star Program
Participate in the Energy Star program, search for builders in the program
and learn about Energy Star appliances.
EPA Indoor Air Quality
Covers general indoor air quality topics, including radon, asthma, and
mold. Also highlights an extensive list of EPA publications.
Berkeley National Laboratory
Includes research on all aspects of building energy efficiency.
Partnership for Advancing
Technology in Housing (PATH)
PATH aims to dramatically improve the quality, cost effectiveness, durability,
safety, and disaster resistance of housing in the United States.
The "Green Buildings" section includes descriptions of building principles,
rating systems, and municipal codes and ordinances that promote sustainable
building. Articles, publications and educational materials are available,
as well as a collection of inspirational "success stories."
State-by-state information about renewable energy. Also includes summaries
of renewable-energy technologies and policy issues.
Department of Energy Building Technologies Program
Brief introduction to many building-related topics. Includes links to
Department of Energy programs as well as initiatives on energy efficiency
and sustainability in buildings.
Whole Building Design
An effort by the U.S. government to consolidate design guidelines into
one easily updateable reference. Web resources managed by the Sustainable
Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) and the National Institute of Building
American Solar Energy
Dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S.
citizens and the global environment. Publishes Solar Today Magazine.
American Wind Energy
A national trade association that promotes wind energy as a clean source
of electricity for consumers around the world.
and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)
A national nonprofit organization of architects, designers, planners and
related professionals. ADPSR's efforts are directed towards arms reduction,
protection of the natural and built environment, and socially responsible
Association of Home Appliance
Provides energy-efficiency information for specific brands of major appliances.
Also runs a certification program for certain types of appliances.
Bay Area Build It
A program designed to provide Bay Area homeowners, homebuyers, remodelers,
and builders a trusted resource for information on Green Building and
its various applications. A local effort with far reaching effects, this
organization is dedicated to creating healthier, more durable and energy-efficient
By directing attention to sustainable development and sustainable design,
BIPERUSA focuses on such issues as: quality of life, vibrant inner cities,
urban planning - TND?s, TOD?s, storm water pollution prevention, green
building products, soft energy, distributed generation, micro-girds, heat
stacks, indoor air quality, interoperability/BAC?s and LEED, state and
federal legislation, urban heat islands/green roofs, and probably the
most complete international green building Upcoming Events listings anywhere
online or print.
Builders Without Borders
An international network of ecological builders who form partnerships
with communities and organizations around the world to create affordable
housing out of local materials. Its site includes free, downloadable educational
materials about natural building, as well as descriptions of the organization's
current projects and upcoming activities.
An independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and
timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and
policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse
impacts, of buildings. Publishers of Environmental Building News
This site includes the valuable information on mold, with proposed vapor
barrier code changes, designs that work and information on seminars and
Center for Resourceful
Building Technology (CRBT)
A project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, CRBT promotes
resource efficiency in building design, materials selection and construction
practices. Includes a database of resource-efficient building products,
demonstration sites, publications, and educational materials.
Offers clear, well-organized background materials on forest product certification.
Its primary feature is a series of databases tied directly to the Forest
Stewardship Council's official listing of certified organizations. Also
features a toolkit that helps designers specify certified wood.
A market research and consulting firm that helps investors, industry,
and society understand and profit from the emerging clean-tech revolution.
Solar Catalyst Group
Focused on building demand for solar and lowering the price of solar technologies.
Database of State
Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
A comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected
federal incentives that promote renewable energy.
Based in Canada, the EcoDesign site contains links to architects, construction
firms, landscape designers, and many other environmental building practitioners.
Lists products, descriptions and contact information for retailers. Articles
and books are available as well as recent sustainable construction news.
Energy and Environmental
Building Association (EEBA)
EEBA promotes the awareness, education and development of energy efficient,
environmentally responsible buildings and communities. Diverse membership
base includes architects, builders, developers, manufacturers, engineers,
utilities, code officials, researchers, educators, and environmentalists.
Florida Solar Energy Center
View the work of some of the US's leading researchers on energy conservation
and comfort in hot, humid climates.
Forest Stewardship Council
An independent, nonprofit organization that promotes responsible forest
management by evaluating and accrediting certifiers, encouraging the development
of national and regional forest management standards, and providing public
education about independent, third-party certification.
Provides contact and certification information for manufacturers of forest
products. Categorizes over 6,000 industry-related sites by description,
company name, or category. Also includes information about more than 900
species of wood, including uses, distribution, physical properties, and
Energy Marketplace (GEM)
A searchable renewable energy and energy efficiency web encyclopedia.
Includes information on greenhouse gas mitigation.
An environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the use
of solar and renewable energy in the United States. They hope to reduce
our dependency on fossil fuels through consumer education and sustainable
design curriculum development.
Green design news and events. Also includes a searchable link library
and Green Bookstore that contain hundreds of resources on sustainable
Building Resources from the Energy and Environmental Building Association
Links to builder programs around the country, including Austin Energy's
Green Building Program and Built Green Colorado.
A bi-monthly email newsletter with news about sustainable building design.
The Green Guide
Consumer source for practical everyday actions benefiting environmental
and personal health. The information is presented in a way that is brief
and focused, with all facts rigorously researched and verified.
An independent non-profit organization that provides an evaluation of
products for "certification" as green. Green Seal promotes the
manufacture, purpose and use of environmentally friendly products.
A national education program created by the American Lung Association
of Minnesota to raise the standards for better indoor environments. Includes
indoor air quality home checklists and training programs.
Residential construction website that caters to builders, remodelers,
architects, consumers, and manufacturers. Includes an online buyer's guide,
store, classes, research, events, and many other helpful features.
The primary source for information on light pollution worldwide. Their
goal is to stop the adverse environmental impact on dark skies by building
awareness of light pollution while educating people about the value and
effectiveness of quality nighttime lighting.
Technical information relating to the design and specification of energy-efficient
National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB)
Massive collection of documents on case studies, indoor air quality, land
development, and more. Experts can answer green building questions through
the ToolBase Service.
Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
The Cities and Green Living section of NRDC's site has information and
resources for green building, including descriptions and photographs of
the organization's environmentally-friendly offices in New York, Los Angeles,
San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Promotes energy efficiency through policy development, research, guidelines,
and codes. Includes links to guidelines, reports, and tools for energy-efficient
lighting, architecture, and mechanical systems.
The Noise Pollution
Extensive resource for myriad information on noise and its control. Includes
a technical reference on noise impacts and frequently updated resources
section for current publications and articles.
A nonprofit public health and safety company. Focuses on food, water,
indoor air, and the environment. NSF develops national standards, provides
learning opportunities through its Center for Public Health Education,
and provides third-party conformity assessment services.
A site devoted to serving professionals whose work promotes sustainable
design and construction. Includes an extensive green products directory,
recent news stories, a bookstore, green project articles, and marketing
Focuses on improving the quality and availability of new technologies
while reducing their costs.
Information about remodeling, including articles, resources, and news.
Aims to accelerate the use of renewable energy by providing credible information,
insightful policy analysis, and innovative strategies amid changing energy
markets and mounting environmental needs.
Rocky Mountain Institute
Data and resources on green energy, green development, case studies, and
consulting services. Also includes a bookstore.
Provides independent, third-party certification of environmental and food
Smart Growth Network
A coalition of developers, planners, government officials, lending institutions,
and others involved in the development process of US cities and states.
They encourage development that serves the economy, community, and environment.
SmartWood, a program of the Rainforest Alliance, works to reduce the negative
impact of commercial forestry by rewarding its seal of approval to responsible
Society of Building Science
An association of university educators in architecture who support excellence
in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies.
Solar Energy Industries
SEIA is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers,
dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants,
and marketers, concerned with expanding the use of solar technologies
in the global marketplace.
Solar Living Institute
A nonprofit that offers hands-on workshops on renewable energy, ecological
design, sustainable living practices, and alternative construction techniques.
Industry Council (SBIC)
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability,
energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional,
and commercial buildings in the US.
Specializes in permaculture and ecological design as well as ecobuilding
Sustainable building Sourcebook, events calendar, and email discussion
Union of Concerned
A nonprofit alliance of concerned citizens and scientists across the country,
connecting scientific insights with environmental and social advocacy.
United States Green
Building Council (USGBC)
Promotes understanding, development, and implementation of green building
policies, technologies, and design practices. Extensive information about
the LEED Green Building Rating System. Members gain access to product
database case studies and directories.
The American Water Works Association's water efficiency clearinghouse
website. Offers reliable information on water conservation strategies.
A modeling tool designed to make life-cycle analysis more accessible to
(Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability)
Free software that gives environmental and economic performance data for
65 building products.
Energy Tools Directory
A collection of 210 software tools with pro/con descriptions. Searchable
by function or computer platform.
Building Energy Software Tools
EnergyPlus, a building-energy simulation program, and other DOE-sponsored
Graphical and animated tools that illustrate the workings of various energy
systems in buildings.
Software from the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
Simulates the design of your project and calculates whole-building performance,
including thermal, HVAC, and daylighting components.
Allows user to convert energy generation into emissions, and differentiates
between power generation from different sources, such as coal, natural
gas, nuclear, hydro, solar, and wind.
Under "Tools," you can estimate greenhouse gas emissions for various activities.
Additionally, you can measure and analyze energy consumption and emission
Identifies green design strategies in building projects.
Materials Spec Database with discussion and supplier info. Throughout
the site, you'll find building products, local dealers, and helpful programs
near you. But Greenerbuilding.org really begins with you — it's
a place for you to share your personal expertise about products with the
sustainable building community.
A registry for products that have been tested and found to meet applicable
government and NGO standards for emissions to ensure healthy indoor air
Contains detailed listings for more than 1,700 green building products
with environmental data, manufacturer information, and links to additional
Federal Energy Management Program
Includes analytical software for life cycle costing and other methods
of economic analysis. The tools help project designers choose conservation
measures that are the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.
Information and resources to stop climate change, including an online
tool to calculate your carbon footprint.
Scorecard's searchable database includes information about pollution in
your neighborhood, various chemicals' health effects, current toxic chemical
regulatory controls, and more.
An extension of the Environmental Protection Agency's Portfolio Manager
(provides rough calculations of energy performance for existing buildings),
this simple online calculator helps architects estimate energy targets
for new buildings.
The Power Scorecard
A rating mechanism that assesses the environmental impact of different
types of electricity generation. Gives users comprehensive environmental
information on green power providers.