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Professionals involved in residential
construction activities consider issues from regulations to marketability
to employee health and safety, to community relations during remodel,
upgrade or new home projects.
Resource efficient building practices
can enable building professionals to meet consumer demand, increase
profits, provide savings for the consumer and enhance marketing
This site is designed to assist building
industry professionals to combine these pieces in a home that provides
the least impact on natural resources while enhancing homeowner
The site is comprised of the following
of the Month: December 2001
the Environment and Ourselves: Are green building concepts
still practical in an age of terrorism?
"With the threat of terrorism on the
rise, existing design philosophies are being re-evaluated
in an effort to improve the safety and survivability of
buildings and their occupants. One need not look too hard
though because, in fact, technology presently exists that
can increase safety and security, and it originates from
an unconventional source - the green buildings movement."
By David J. Freeman and
Robert L. Wegman, Earth Times News Service
||Staying Current (Events
and News Sources)
This page provides a way to keep up-to-date on new technology, trends
and educational events. A list of current conferences, workshops and
other events around the nation is routinely posted. A list of websites
for periodicals, news, and product reviews helps you get to the source
of new information. A "Hot News" topic will also be highlighted
at this location on a monthly basis.
This feature allows the user to browse for fact sheets,
books, links, contacts and other helpful resources through selected
categories, or search using keywords.
& Demolition (C&D) Waste Guide - http://peakstoprairies.org/ConstructionWaste/
This profile defines C&D waste, examines characteristics and impacts
on our landfills, and provides guidance for on-site management of
waste. It contains information on calculating the potential
and savings for reducing waste, reuse and recycling of materials.
It also includes links for waste material exchanges, recycling
organizations and equipment.
Construction Topic Hub - http://www.peakstoprairies.org/topichub/
This hub features a compilation of pertinent on-line resources
(reports, guidelines, news and contacts) to resource efficient
construction or green building practices. It provides
a quick guide for builders, designers, architects and pollution prevention
assistance providers with key resources highlighted for each of nine
topic sections. The hub assists the user toward design and construction
practices that increase homeowner satisfaction, conserve resources,
and minimize waste products, benefiting builders and communities through
financial and environmental avenues.
Guide - http://www.peakstoprairies.org/building_guide/
This guide provides residential construction contractors and designers
with practical ideas on how to reduce or eliminate waste through "Best
Pollution Prevention Practices," as outlined by the Pollution
Prevention Act of 1990. Twelve sections cover important issues of
regulations, health and safety, and resource conservation and management.
Suggestions include free or low-cost operational changes as well as
structural modifications, complex technologies, or material substitutions.
Healthy Indoor Air for
America's Homes - http://www.montana.edu/wwwcxair/
This program provides basic but comprehensive information to consumers
and assistance providers pertaining to residential indoor air quality
including pollution sources, health risks, and control measures.
The site features an indoor air hazard home tour, factsheets and
training modules for pollutant identification, contol and building
Efficient Homes Across America - http://www.peakstoprairies.org/construction/homes.htm
This site provides profiles on resource efficient homes in each
state. Contact information and home characteristics are included.