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Useful Resources


Your Green Home by Alex Wilson
Alex Wilson is a very well known and respected member of the building science community. He has done an excellent job of guiding homeowners through the process of planning a green a home.

“The Builder’s Guide” books by Joseph Lstiburek
This author, in addition to having an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, also received a master’s degree in Civil engineering and a doctorate in Building Science from the University of Toronto.

He as written four “Builder’s Guide” books one for each climate type in the United States; Hot-Humid, Cold, Mixed-Humid and Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry. These books are written for building professionals and are technical but very informative. Access www.eeba.com to order.

Universal Design for the Home by Wendy A. Jordan
One of the few resources available for helping homeowners build or remodel with the idea of remaining in their homes as they grow older.

Rebates and Tax Incentives:

Information on the new Federal Housing Tax Credit www.FederalHousingTaxCredit.com
Federal, State, and Local Tax Credits and Rebates www.dsireusa.org
Federal Tax Incentives www.EnergyStar.gov

Home Testing for Leakage:

Information on testing for duct system leakage: Ductwork Smoke Test
Duct Blaster Test
Information on testing for whole house leakage: Blower Door Test
Information on insulation inspection: Thermal Bypass Test

Nationwide List of Local Green Building Certification Programs:

The National Association of Home Builders NAHB Green

Nationwide List of Extension Agencies:

The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a network of local or regional offices. These offices provide a surprising amount of useful and usually free information and advice on subjects such as trees, landscaping, and irrigation. Get to know your local Extension Office. You’ll be amazed at what they have to offer. Visit USDA Cooperative Extension Offices

Residential Construction Information:

HGTV Pro.com This site offers a good video library on many construction procedures. Visit www.HGTVPro.com

ToolBase Services is the housing industry's resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems. Visit www.ToolBase.org

Water Conservation:

The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Program
WaterSense® will help you identify water-efficient products and programs. The WaterSense label indicates that these products and programs meet water efficiency and performance criteria. WaterSense labeled products will perform well, help save money, and encourage innovation in manufacturing.

WaterSense is also partnering with irrigation professionals and irrigation certification programs to promote water-efficient landscape irrigation practices. Visit www.EPA.gov/WaterSense/

Energy-Oriented Organizations:

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® Program.
This site lists energy saving products along with a magnitude of energy related information. www.EnergyStar.gov

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. www.ACEEE.org

The Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This site offers a world of information on energy saving products and tips for home, car, and workplace. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Lifestyle Tips for Green Living:

TreeHugger is a Discovery Company www.TreeHugger.com
The Daily Green is published by the Digital Media unit of Hearst Magazines www.TheDailyGreen.com
Healthy Living with a Twist www.Lime.com
The Green Guide is part of National Geographic www.TheGreenGuide.com
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