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Homes Across America
This site profiles resource efficient homes throughout the country, highlighting techniques and tech...

Model Green Home Building Guidelines
These guidelines were created for mainstream home builders. They highlight the ways a home builder c...

The Whole Building Design Approach
Buildings are deceptively complex. This discussion of the 'Whole Building' design approach concept h...

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Keyword: Economic incentives, 19 Links

Energy Wise Appliances [PDF]
Abstract: Learn to identify the true cost of appliances using the Energy Guide Label. Overview of cooking, dishwashing, laundry, food storage appliances.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications/factsheets/11appliances.pdf

Compact Fluorescents: Save money and prevent pollution [PDF]
Abstract: Comparison of different bulb types; typical bulb cost, rated life, efficacy, energy cost; focus on fluorescent.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications/factsheets/13e_lite.pdf

Radiant Barriers [PDF]
Abstract: Benefits and cautions of using a radiant barrier to create more efficient heating and cooling; includes cost and savings estimates.
Source: Southface Energy Institute
URL: http://www.southface.org/web/resources&services/publications/factsheets/14radiantbarriers.pdf

Building on a Green Budget
Abstract: Low-cost green design and construction practices for commercial and residential construction.
Source: Environmental Building News prepared by Building Green, Inc.
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=080501a.xml

Some Basics About Disposal Costs
Abstract: General information regarding structure of waste disposal costs; national averages for builder's disposal costs; weight to volume conversions.
Source: Iris Communications, Inc.; Oikos: Green Building Source
URL: http://www.oikos.com/library/waste/costs.html

GoodCents Homes - Energy Efficient and Environmental Homes
Abstract: Energy efficient certification program for builders; training, certification, marketing and mortgage information for builders and consumers.
Source: GoodCents
URL: http://www.goodcents.com/# Choose

Home Energy Rating System and Energy Efficient Mortgage
Abstract: Links to home energy ratings and energy mortgages.
Source: Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
URL: http://natresnet.org/ratings/default.htm

Fannie Mae Supports Affordable Building
Abstract: A state by state list of Fannie Mae mortgage offices throughout the country.
Source: FannieMae
URL: http://search.fanniemae.com/query.html?col=&ht=0&qp=&qs=&qc=&pw=100%25&ws=0&la=en&charset=utf-8&qm=1&si=0&ct=42

Energy Star Labeled Products
Abstract: Find guidelines and manufacturers for energy-efficient products for the home or business.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.

State and Federal Government Environmental Agencies
Abstract: Links to government environmental agencies across the U.S.
Source: John N. Clay, Clay.net
URL: http://www.clay.net/statag.html

Incentives, Programs and Policies Search Form
Abstract: Click on the renewable energy (RE) directory icon for a state list.
Source: Home Power
URL: http://homepower.com

Net Metering [PDF]
Abstract: Questions and Answers (Q&A) that cover basics in net metering and information about individual state laws.
Source: Department of Energy
URL: http://www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/pdfs/metering_0604.pdf

Green Construction: Specific Project Resources
Abstract: Links to articles, software, and funding organizations. Includes discussions about budgeting, commissioning, incentives, etc.
Source: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
URL: http://pprc.org/hubs/toc.cfm?hub=31&subsec=7&nav=7&CFID=660075&CFTOKEN=90697120

Affordable Sustainability [PDF]
Abstract: This website guides users to incorporate sustainable design into affordable housing. The site has application to all building projects with sustainable or resource-efficient design and construction goals.
Source: National Center For Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
URL: http://www.ncat.org/ncatimages/pdf/lowcostnocostweb.pdf

State Recycling Tax Incentives
Abstract: Descriptions of tax credits, deductions, and exemptions for recycling related activities, ie. equipment purchases, product purchases, etc. by state. Tax incentives apply to a variety of businesses and individuals as shown.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/jtr/bizasst/rec-tax.htm

National Association of Development Organizations
Abstract: The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides training, information and representation for regional development organizations in small metropolitan and rural America. The association, a public interest group founded in 1967, is the largest and leading advocate for a regional approach to community, economic and rural development and provides a network for its members to share ideas and innovations.
Source: National Association of Development Organizations
URL: http://www.nado.org/

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
Abstract: The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. Overall, this is an outstanding resource.
Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
URL: http://www.dsireusa.org/

Green Building Goes Mainstream
Abstract: This article highlights several indicators that point to 2004 as a vanguard year for the green building movement.
Source: Housingzone.com
URL: http://www.housingzone.com/topics/pb/build/pb04ca011.asp

Targeted Residential Energy Analysis Tools (TREAT)
Abstract: This energy software computes home energy consumption and identifies the most cost effective energy efficiency upgrades for both single-family and multifamily dwellings. The tool helps building performance contractors and energy auditors accurately assess energy use and recommend the best options for improving energy effiency.
Source: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
URL: http://www.treatsoftware.com

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