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  • EPA Green Homes website
    See Contacts page for regional contacts

    Description: The green home Web site is an "umbrella" Web site for EPA and other federal agency information on residential environmental issues. The site provides introductory information and links in an organized fashion for the homeowner to access more detailed information. For energy issues, this site links extensively to the EPA-DOE ENERGY STAR® program.
  • Housing Education and Research Association
    Phone: 406-994-3451   Fax: 406-994-5417
    Address: Montana State University Extension Service, PO Box 173580, Bozeman, MT 59717-3580
    Contact:
    - Dr. Michael Vogel, Executive Director mvogel@montana.edu
    - Joe Laquatra, President jl27@cornell.edu
    - Marilyn Bode, President-Elect mbode@MAIL.FCS.IASTATE.EDU
    - B.J. White, Vice-President White@humec.ksu.edu

    Description: HERA is an organization that promotes excellence in the planning, development, delivery and service of decent, safe, sanitary, affordable, ecologically sound, and appropriately designed housing for all people. Members of the organization recognize and understand the relationship that exists among the well being of individuals, families, and communities and the holistic housing environment. The organization is a major forum for professional dialogue among educators, researchers, and policy makers in the field of housing.
  • National Association of Home Builders
    Research Center (NAHBRC)
    Phone: 301-249-4000   Fax: 301-430-6180
    Address: 400 Prince George's Boulevard, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
    Email: toolbase@nahbrc.org
    Contact:
    - Richard Dooley, Environmental Issues, Green Building, Waste
    - Mark Nowak, Environmental Issues, Green Building
    - James Lyons, Energy Efficiency, Mold
    - Jay Crandell, Durability, Wood
    - Joseph Wiehagen, Solar
    - Thomas Kenney, Indoor Air Quality, Mold

    Description: A subsidiary of the NAHB. The Research Center's mission is multi-faceted and aimed at keeping America's builders on the leading edge of technology, while enhancing the quality and affordability of housing for all Americans. At one end of the spectrum is research on the design and construction of homes. At the other end are some of America's most important social and policy issues, such as land use, the environment, affordable and sustainable housing, and special needs housing. Research Center staff are dedicated to bringing technical, regulatory, and practical factors into consideration as they facilitate the adoption of technology that will provide alternatives and improve housing performance.
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology
    Center for Resourceful Building Technology
    Phone: 406-549-7678   Fax: 406-549-4100
    Address: PO Box 100, Missoula, MT 59806
    Contact:
    - Tracy Mumma, Program Specialist crbt@ncat.org

    Description: CRBT actively promotes resource efficiency in building design, materials selection and construction practices through research, education and demonstration. CRBT's parent organization, NCAT, is a champion of sustainable technologies and community-based approaches that protect natural resources and assist people, especially the economically disadvantaged, in becoming self-reliant. In addition to http://www.crbt.org/ this organization manages the Affordable Sustainability Technical Assistance for HOME (ASTA) website at http://www.homeasta.org/.
  • Sustainable Sources - Green Building Professionals Database
    Address: 108 Royal Way #1004, Austin, TX 78737

    Description: For a list of Green Building Professionals in your area, choose the Directory Category or a keyword for the type of services that you're interested in and your location (Metro area, State, and/or Country).
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
    Phone: 202-828-7422   Fax: 202-828-5110
    Address: 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 805, Washington, DC 20036
    Email: info@usgbc.org
    Contact:
    - Christine Ervin, President and CEO

    Description: 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.
  • Whole Building Design Guide
    National Institute of Building Sciences
    Phone: 202-289-7800   Fax: 202-289-1092
    Address: 1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4950

    Description: The Whole Building Design Guide contains Resource Pages written by industry experts that explain standards, technologies, and emerging issues relevant to the subject, and links to internal pages and external websites, publications, and points of contact.

SITE AND DESIGN

  • DisasterSafety.org
    The Institute for Business and Home Safety
    Phone: 813-286-3400   Fax: 813-286-9960
    Address: 4775 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33617
    Email: wedwards@ibhs.org

    Description: Get the latest building code information from around the country in the interactive map on this site.
  • The Community Builders, Inc.
    Phone: 617-695-9595   Fax: 857-221-8618
    Address: 95 Berkeley Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02116-6240
    Email: Boston@tcbinc.org
    Contact:
    - Beverly Bates, Senior Vice Present, Development Operations

    Description: The Community Builders, Inc became an Energy Star builder in 2001. It is a leader in comprehensive neighborhood revitalization and is the largest non-profit urban housing developer in America.

GREEN PRODUCTS

  • Greener Building Local Product Dealer Locator

    Description: In Greenerbuilding.org we have created a forum to bring information to the building community, be they professional builders and architects, or a homeowner doing a small remodel. Most importantly we have created community meeting place where people around the world can discuss green building products and their strengths and weaknesses in specific regions and climates.
  • oikos - Searchable Green Product Directory
    Phone: 541-647-2449   Fax: 541-647-2469
    Address: Iris Communications, Inc., PO Box 6498, Bend, OR 97708-6498

    Description: The Oikos® site is devoted to serving professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and construction. That's a broad goal, but then environmental sustainability touches virtually every aspect of a building.
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified Products and Companies Locator
    Phone: 888-MY-EARTH   Fax: 212-677-2187
    Address: 544 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, NY 10012
    Email: info@ra.org

    Description: By choosing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products anyone can support forest practices that protect biodiversity and promote decent conditions for workers and their communities.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

  • Health House
    American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
    Phone: 800-788-5864   Fax: 217-787-5916
    Address: 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62711
    Email: info@healthhouse.org
    Contact:
    - Angie Lien, National Director Angie.Lien@healthhouse.org

    Description: 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.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Clean Air Act Compliance Assistance

    Description: This Web site focuses on EPA's compliance assistance tools supporting air quality. It enhances the access to air-related environmental compliance assistance, compliance monitoring and enforcement information by providing links to documents, tools, information and other related and linked Web sites for compliance with environmental requirements to protect air resources.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • Earth 911 Recycling Locator
    Phone: 800-CLEANUP  
    Address: 1375 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 360, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

    Description: Earth911 is an environmental services company that addresses solutions for products' end-of-life for both businesses and consumers.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • Burn Wise
    US EPA
    Phone: 919-541-5398   Fax: 919-541-2664
    Address: Mr. Larry Brockman, US EPA, OAQPS, Mail Code C304-05, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
    Email: brockman.larry@epa.gov

    Description: Burn Wise is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that emphasizes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe.
  • Certified Rater Directory
    Phone: 800-785-8154   
    Address: P.O. Box 4561, Oceanside, CA 92052-4561
    Email: info@resnet.us

    Description: RESNET issues a Rater Seal of Quality to its rater members who subscribe to these highest standards. These raters have committed to RESNET that they will meet the high standards of ethics and quality.
  • DSIRE - Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

    Description: DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
  • Find Solar
    Phone: 866.485.2757  
    Email: info@coolerplanet.com

    Description: Our suite of interactive solar maps are great for researching the Solar Power potential of your home or business, check out federal, state, and local rebates and incentives, as well as researching the growth of solar over the last decade.
  • Green Power Locator
    US EPA

    Description: This tool allows the user to select a state to find local green power producers.
  • Montana Weatherization Training Center
    Address: 705 Osterman Drive Suite A, Bozeman, MT 59715

    Description: Here at the Weatherization Training Center our goal is to train the professionals who are on the ground weatherizing homes every day. This site also offers advice for individuals on weatherizing their homes. Check out the WxTV episodes hosted here.
  • Solar Energy International
    Phone: 970-963-8855   Fax: 970-963-8866
    Address: PO Box 715, 76 S. 2nd St., Carbondale, CO 81623
    Email: rachel@solarenergy.org
    Contact:
    - Rachel Connor

    Description: The SEI mission is to provide education and technical assistance so that others will be empowered to use renewable energy technologies (solar, wind and water. These technologies are practical, reliable, cost-effective, and healthier for people and the environment. SEI works cooperatively with grassroots and development organizations to meet sustainable development goals with renewable energies. SEI provides education and training to decision makers, technicians and users of renewable energy sources. SEI also provides the expertise to plan, engineer and implement sustainable development projects.

WATER CONSERVATION

  • Watersense
    US EPA
    Phone: 866-987-7367  
    Address: EPA Office of Wastewater Management (4204M) , 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. , Washington, DC 20460

    Description: Launched in 2006, WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. Features include water efficiency partner locator and product locator tools.


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