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Here is a collection of resources with more information about sustainable living, environmentally friendly building materials and energy efficiency. If you know of an informative link that we have missed, please let us know.

 

Environmental House Resource Center
A comprehensive resource and touring facility dedicated to furthering the causes of green building, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Environmental Friendly Building Material Resources
The Rocky Mountain Institute provides this great list of resources for environmentally sustainable building materials.

Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world's energy supplies.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
A gateway to hundreds of Web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Consumer Guide to Energy Efficiency
From the US Department of Energy.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s mission is to accelerate the sustainable utilization of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.

California Green Building Design and Construction Guide
Sustainable design or building "green" is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings.

Seattle City Light Conservation guide
Conserving energy is an easy way for you to help save the environment and save you money.

US Green Building Council
Promotes environmentally responsible, profitable, healthy places to live and work.

Pennsylvania Green Building guide
Includes good information on new construction, as well as retrofitting buildings for higher efficiency.

Portland Green Building Resource
Green building means designing and constructing buildings to increase performance and enhance the experience for all people who work, live and play in these structures.

Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide
Educates and assists architects, building owners, occupants, educators, students, and the general public concerning sustainable building design.

Maryland Environmental Design Program
Dedicated to advancing the application of economically sound and environmentally sensitive building and site-design techniques.

Vital Signs Curriculum Materials Project
Project that encourages architecture students to examine architectural, lighting, and mechanical systems in existing buildings with attention to energy use, occupant well-being, and architectural spacemaking.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
NREL is a part of the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to secure an energy future for the nation that is environmentally and economically sustainable.

US Energy Star site
Everything about the Energy Star standard, and products that meet it.

Taking Charge of Your Home Energy Use
Great article about how you can cut your home energy use and reduce your energy bills without a lot of effort.

Green Roof Technology
This article features information on how architects and homeowners are transforming their roofs into green spaces that help cool down the city.

Photovoltaics (PV) for Buildings
Site with the goal to improve PV building technology and to educate consumers and the building industry about PV to overcome technical and commercial barriers to market acceptance of the technology.

Home Energy Saver
A terrific do-it-yourself home energy site by the government that helps you learn how to reduce energy costs.

Small Appliances can Waste Energy
Scientists have determined that U.S. consumers would save more than $1 billion each year if manufacturers applied proven technologies to reducing the "leaking" component of miscellaneous electricity use.

Home Power Magazine
Hands-on Journal of Home-Made Power. If you are interested in: making your own electricity from renewable energy, alternative vehicles, or finding out the latest in related technologies and life-styles, then this publication can keep you up to date.

 

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