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On this page, we've pulled together a list of what we consider to be useful web resources to assist you in your search for more information about green building. These web sites are arranged by the general topics listed below.

This list is by no means exhaustive and we don't necessarily endorse any viewpoints contained in these sites. Please help us keep this site current by letting us know of any great sites you've come across, and of any broken links you encounter.

On this page:

1. Architects and Consultants

2. Blogs and Publications

3. Building Designs

4. Building Guides

5. For the Green Consumer

6. Green Lifestyle

7. Local

8. Natural Building Specific

9. Renewable Energy

10. Research

11. Search Engine Sites and Databases

12. Video and Radio

13. Volunteer and Employment Organizations

The American Institute of Architects has created a focus on green building by concentrating on reducing the impact of the built environment on the natural world. Through their Local Leaders in Sustainability initiative the AIA has instituted national attention to solutions-based innovation.
Coldham and Hartman Architects is a firm based out of Amherst, MA that emphasizes ecologically intelligent design to a high order of aesthetic refinement.
A speaker, writer and consultant, Jason McLennan is devoted to sustainable design as a necessity for future development. His website offers a glimpse into his own work, as well as an opportunity to contact him.
This site by LEED certified architect Michelle Kaufman includes an array of resources ranging from eco-resorts to designer products, from interviews to current events. Check it out!
Secret Base Design specializes in straw bale construction with experience in geothermal, passive solar and wood heat. By focusing on strength, function and beauty through an ecological approach, this design firm actively promotes green building as not just a trend, but as an architectural paradigm shift.

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Launched by the GigaOm Network, Earth2Tech is designed to create an interactive environment for those interested in clean technologies and innovations.
An experienced blogger, Debra Lynn Dadd addresses issues concerning non-toxic products, green products and living as nature does.
Global Green is a national non-profit committed to fostering a global value shift toward sustainable lifestyle choices. Comprised of publications, blogs, videos and news briefs this website provides a comprehensive approach to green living.
At Green Building Elements, home owners and LEED accredited professional alike can exchange ideas on green and renewable building materials, current projects in sustainable architecture and progressive urban planning, and local guidelines for creating green structures in different regions of the U.S. Designed as an open forum blog, experts contribute, but anyone can learn!
This blog documents the experience of building a green structure, developing eco-communities, becoming a greener business, and addressing challenges and opportunities with building green. is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the environment by educating people through an exchange blogs concerned with green-related topics.
The Green Living Journal includes articles on topical environmental issues, book reviews and offers advice for socially responsible living.
Green Source magazine focuses on green design at the crux of its news. Staying current and relevant, daily articles, forums and blogs encourage an educated public.

Jetson Green is a daily updated site about green building that includes sustainable architecture, good design, green prefab, clean technology in the built environment, affordable housing, and eco-friendly development. They publish about 8-10 articles a week on the newest, freshest, and most unique topics.
The Journal of Light Construction is a monthly magazine published by Hanley Wood, LLC. Since 1982 they have provided residential and light commercial contractors with practical jobsite advice, design ideas, tool reviews and new product recommendations.
This diverse website offers variety resources for a "greener" lifestyle, including a weekly newsletter, topical stories and networking opportunities.

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An interactive book review for Passive Solar Energy-The Homeowner's Guide to Natural Heating and Cooling , this website includes an option to download the book and explore key chapters.
This website gives detailed plans for alternative building designs, making it possible to envision your "dream green home".
Started by Cornell Alumni, this website offers free house plans and affordable home design services to all homeowners.
This website offers an in-depth synopsis of a variety of green building methods, as well as resource links to related books and websites.

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Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) software measures the environmental performance of building products by using the life-cycle assessment approach. Developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Building and Fire Research Laboratory the tool is based on consensus standards and designed to be practical, flexible, and transparent. Download it here!
The leading provider of thorough product information and practicable advice, this website offers a rich array of media and information resources.
Founded in California, this website offers resources for primarily Californians, however it contains alternative rating systems and advice for building "greener" across the globe.
Building Science provides objective, high quality information about building physics, system design concepts and awareness, in addition to consulting services, publications and seminars.
The Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT) works to promote sustainable construction through leadership and education. Located in Arizona this organization has been working on resource guides, workshops, creating alternative building codes and many other activities. Go to their website to learn more!
The Encyclopedia of the Earth has created an article outlining green building standards through the lens of federal, state and non-profit policies.
A comprehensive site that has tips for designing, building and remodeling a green home, the Green Building Advisor offers product lists, blogs and videos.
A green building forum, this site enables homeowners to receive price quotes from green contractors or contact them directly through a comprehensive directory.
The American Recovery Act provided opportunities for homeowners to make smarter and more affordable building decisions. The Green and save website provides news updates, and easy to follow steps about home remodeling, reducing utility costs, producing power, financing options, buying a new car and resources for state incentives.
Enterprise's Green Communities Criteria addresses aspects of design, development and operations. It includes integrated design, maintenance costs, water conservation and neighborhood well-being, as well as an assortment of other qualifications in order to promote sustainable development in affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity has created a framework for sustainable construction that corresponds to their dedication to affordable and efficient housing.
From buying guides to installation this website offers helpful resources for home improvement.
New York State Builders Association provides resources, including research opportunities and endorsed programs for the New York State builder.
Rate It Green is an online community that promotes sustainable building through forums, product and service reviews and industries guides. Green Building 101, their industry guide, is a quick and easy way to learn the essentials of green building without wasting time.
The Sustainable Cities Institute is a compilation of best practices for the green builder.

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Dragon Board is a construction panel that is manufactured from mineral components and water, making it both completely durable and ecologically safe.
ECO Supply is an East Coast distributor of green building materials, both for residential and commercial use.
Dedicated to removing unsustainable plastics and foams with natural combustibles, Ecovactive educates the consumer, as well as offering affordable purchasing options.
Energy Federation Incorporated is an access point to buy wholesale, utility or consumer level products that are Energy Star certified.
The Pharos Project aims to put the control back into the hands of the consumer by providing a comprehensive analysis of products and processes so as to make smart purchasing decisions.

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The site includes the complete contents of the book, Fostering Sustainable Behavior , as well as searchable databases of articles, case studies, turnkey strategies and discussion forums for sharing information and asking questions of others.
Design~Build~Live is a grassroots organization that stemmed from a collective desire to build sustainably. It has now reached beyond Austin, TX to reach a wider audience through its dedication to outreach and education.
Dovetail Partners provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.
The Environmental Protection Agency has compiled vital information about the importance and potential of green building today, as well as provided specific details for the homeowner about funding opportunities and awards.
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Finger Lakes Reuse Center is a non-profit that focuses on deconstruction and the reselling of recycled materials.
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services strives to aid people seeking affordable housing through home buyer education and counseling, home purchase assistance, rental housing and home improvement assistance.

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The aim of this project is to design and construct a code-approved building, using natural materials, that is environmentally-sensitive, healthy and attractive yet still affordable to build and maintain.
The Natural Builders are a California-based team, with an international portfolio, and experience with using various natural materials when building homes.
Through photo documentation this photo gallery of natural building provides information about construction methods, colloquiums and interesting projects from around the world.
Offering a variety of resource guides, both for education and networking, this site is beneficial for learning more about natural building.
The Last Straw (TLS) is the international journal of straw bale and natural building since 1993. In addition to the publication, TLS offers a blog and registry so as to stay current with new resources.

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This site is a searchable comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
This 5-minute excerpt from "Building with Awareness" shows how passive solar design principles and proper window placement can help to heat and cool a green home throughout the year.
An editorial venue for homeowners, business owners, and renewable energy professionals to exchange equipment, design, installation, and system performance experiences in order to make informed and fiscally responsible decisions about alternative home energy.
This website provides information about all aspects of wind energy in the United States.

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The Cornell University Solar Decathlon team participates every two years in an international competition to build the most efficient, entirely solar-powered home within certain parameters. Visit the website to learn more!
The Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon is a major interdisciplinary education and research effort to make an impact on environmental quality through green design. The central idea of the institute is to form partnerships with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering design, management, manufacturing, and regulatory processes that can improve environmental quality and product quality while enhancing economic development.
The Cornell University Center fro a Sustainable Future is targeted to advancing multidisciplinary research and cultivating innovative collaborations within and beyond Cornell to foster a sustainable future.

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This database of green products enables the consumer to make informed purchasing decisions and search for sustainable products.
Green Home Guide is a database of green building professionals that allows you to search by your area and by specialty.
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is North America's fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks representing over 21,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada.

Smart Cities is a project of the Natural Resource Defense Fund that allows for an individual to research "smart" options in their own city. Whether it be solar panel installers or recycling sites, this site is an access point for a greener cities.

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Sea Change is a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast covering the shift to social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
The e 2 series is a critically acclaimed series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically.
GoGreen Tube is a green focused hub of videos that promote a fun and lighter means of living on the planet.
This website offers green building videos in order to promote a paradigm shift in the built environment.

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The Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) is a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance, training and financing so rural communities achieve their goals and visions. Headquartered in West Sacramento, California, RCAC's more than 100 employees serve rural communities from 40 field locations in 13 western states, plus the Western Pacific.
Vermont Sustainable Job Finder uses early stage grant funding and technical assistance to catalyze and accelerate the development of markets for sustainably produced goods and services.

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Last updated July 26, 2019