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Solarshield metal roofing. This company will be installing the super insulating roof on my new green - tech home project.

Green Concrete

Green Concrete Home Building plans

Commercial Warehousing & PreFab Building Consults
Bat the competition by having the ability to out-bid them because you overhead is lower due to energy efficient construction materials & renewable energy building design.
Tampa area -Matthew Mosk
Mosk Development Co.
12397 Belcher Road #270
Largo, FL 33773
Tel: (727) 539-7587

Advanced Buildings Organization - Amazing resource site

Earthships & Solar Survival Bioitechture
An Earthship is a home design--utilizing recycled tires, aluminum cans & earth for construction materials, that Mike Reynolds & his company have been building & perfecting for the last 25 years. It is self-sufficient, getting power from the sun, water from rain, and recycling its gray water and sewage. The Earthship would be perfect for hurricane beleaguered Caribbean Islands & Florida. These buildings are so heavy, & built into the Earth, that they should to much better in wind storms. Thanks to Mike Reynolds.

Sustainable Resource Real Estate Development

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
SBIC is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of America's buildings.

The U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

The Green Building Alliance
a non-profit organization that drives market demand for green building through education and project facilitation.

Affordable Comfort - The Source for Building Science Solutions

community greens - The mission of Community Greens: Shared Parks in Urban Blocks is to catalyze the development of community greens in residential neighborhoods across the United States.

Building Performance Center
A building performance contractor that provides technical training, diagnostic services, indoor air quality investigations / mitigation and energy efficiency retrofits. They analyze and develop practical solutions to problems associated with building performance and the indoor living environment. The BPC also provides consulting services in organizational and program development.

Building Performance Institute
BPI is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the building trades by establishing standards of performance and administering certification of technicians and accreditation of contracting companies. BPI's objective is to create an institutional platform to define a method of treating homes that is based on sound building science and "house as a system" principles.

Eco-Smart Design Software - Web-based software program designed to evaluate the economic trade-offs between different landscape practices on residential parcels. The program estimates the impacts of strategic tree placement, rainfall management, & fire prevention practices. Users work in a computer-simulation environment to test various landscape and hydrologic alternatives to arrive at environmentally & economically sound solutions.

Smart Growth & New Urban Development (New Urbanism)
New Urbanism is designing for people, not automobiles... Recreating the phenomenon of human social interaction. One in every four American is obese. One reason may be the design of our neighborhoods and cities.

Smart Growth Online -
About Smart Growth - In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that current development patterns -- dominated by what some call "sprawl" -- are no longer in the long-term interest of our cities, existing suburbs, small towns, rural communities, or wilderness areas. Though supportive of growth, communities are questioning the economic costs of abandoning infrastructure in the city, only to rebuild it further out. Spurring the smart growth movement are demographic shifts, a strong environmental ethic, increased fiscal concerns, and more nuanced views of growth. The result is both a new demand and a new opportunity for smart growth.

National Center for Appropriate Technology
NCAT's mission is to champion sustainable technologies and community based approaches that protect natural resources and assist people, particularly the economically disadvantaged, in becoming self-reliant. Their site contains a description of their technical assistance services in building technology and technology transfer programs. It also contains a section called the LIHEAP clearing house, which provides the latest information on energy programs for low-income citizens.

The Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Rocky Mountain Institute
The Rocky Mountain Institute is a nonprofit research and educational foundation whose mission is to foster the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security. The site contains information on how to make a home more resource efficient, alternative fuels and construction techniques, water conservation, sustainable communities, energy policy and education resources.

Department of Energy Resources:

Building Standards and Guidelines Program
This DOE Program is developing compliance tools and training materials, providing information, and offering technical assistance on building energy codes. Their site contains model energy codes, code compliance materials, contacts, and training information.

Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)
A database and search engine on energy efficiency and renewable energy. A gateway to the energy world for architects, builders, remodelers, building operators, home owners, code officials, building performance professionals, non-profit housing an community development agencies, energy engineers, students, kids, environmentalist, etc.
Building Technology, State & Community Programs
Part of EREN. Deals specifically with building science, technology and DOE programs. Has building energy audit tools, and a how to guide on energy efficient retrofits and new construction techniques.

Efficient Windows Collaborative
Sponsored by the Efficient Window Collaborative (EWC) with support from DOE's Windows and Glazing Program. Pprovides unbiased information on the benefits of energy efficient windows with recommendations for their selection and use.

Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Independent statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. DOE. Includes downloadable reports on all types of buildings and facilities with status reports on utility restructuring.

Lawrence Berkeley Lab-Energy Efficiency Site
Lawrence Berkeley laboratory's Center for Building Science has, among other things, an interactive tool for calculating residential energy use. Their site also contains on-line reports, newsletters and a directory of Internet energy efficiency resources.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Links

Energy Star Products and Programs
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. DOE are promoting the purchase of energy-efficient appliances and equipment by awarding the Energy Star label. Their site includes program descriptions, lists of qualifying products and manufactures, news and updates.

Green Lights Program of the U. S. EPA
The U.S. EPA Green Lights Program encourages the widespread use of energy-efficient lighting and is closely linked to the Energy Star Program. The site includes a list of Green Lights participants, support services, and on-line manuals and publications.

Home Energy Magazine
Home Energy Magazine supports the systems approach to building performance. It is a practical guide for architects, builders, remodelers, engineers and building performance professionals on how to improve building performance. The site contains an index to all feature articles, some full articles, a contractor training guide plus an extensive energy link feature.

SBIC is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of America's buildings.

Whole Buiding Design Guide
Evaluating & Selecting Green Products

Ecostructure Magazine
Improving environmental performance of the building envelope through education and design.

Marilyn Crenshaw
A green architect known for her ability to navigate and negotiate the complex and often confusing world of permits and paperwork, contracting and construction while turning her client's desires and dreams into reality through an artistic, creative and vibrant intimacy.

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