Affordable Housing Design Advisor
This Web site is designed to help the developers, sponsors, and users of affordable housing understand what constitutes quality design, why it is worth striving for, and how to achieve it in their own projects.
Online resource for design information, including education opportunities and green building products.
Building America is a Department of Energy program dedicated to improving the energy-efficiency of new and existing homes. They have built more than 30,000 homes, and frequently publish practical lessons from their hands-on experience.
- Hot-Humid Climate Best Practices Guide
This Building America guide details the best building practices for durable and energy-efficient construction that can save 30% on energy bills in the hot and humid climates of the south and southwestern United States.
- Hot-Dry and Mixed-Dry Climates Best Practices Guide
This Building America guide details the best building practices for durable and energy-efficient construction that can save 30% on energy bills in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climates of the southeast.
- Cold and Very-Cold Climates Best Practices Guide(pdf)
This Building America guide details the best building practices for durable and energy-efficient construction that can save 30% on energy bills in the cold and very-cold climates of the northern United States.
- Mixed-Climate Best Practices Guide(pdf)
This Building America guide details the best building practices for durable and energy-efficient construction that can save 30% on energy bills in the mixed-climate of the mid-atlantic and lower midwest.
- Building America Information Resources Search
This online library disseminates technical information, including guidebooks, fact sheets, and case studies, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Building America program and its associated buildings projects. The publications in this database are presented as PDF files and can be searched according to subject categories or document type.
DOE Building Energy Codes
Resource for tools to facilitate energy code compliance, development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement.
Building Codes Assistance Project
BCAP serves as a clearinghouse of information on building energy codes and other measures for saving energy in homes.
EnergyValue Housing Award Guide: How to Build and Profit with Energy Efficiency in New Home Construction [PDF] 2001
Learn from award-winning builders how to design, construct and sell energy and resource-efficient new homes. These practical lessons offer proven methods for success.
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an independent agency reporting to the President and tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from and mitigating against disaster.
Homes Across America
This Web site features resource efficient homes throughout the United States. It offers a database of contacts, listed by state, which can supply technical assistance on resource efficient building.
International Code Council
Develops comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes.
Engineering News Record
Weekly magazine for construction industry features articles on technological achievements, business conditions, markets, finance, costs, legislation, labor, construction methods, equipment and materials.
NIST- National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.
Review & Comparison of Web- and Disk-based Tools for Residential Energy Analysis
An evaluation of 50 web-based residential calculators and 15 disk-based tools.
Associations and Groups
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Maintains and advances the science and art of architecture.
American Planning Association (APA)
Research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
America's oldest national engineering society represents more than 120,000 civil engineers worldwide.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association
Brings together the professionals of window, door, and skylight manufacturing companies, both large and small, from all across the U.S. and internationally, to represent our individual and shared concerns.
Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF)
Created by ASCE, CERF brings together diverse groups within the civil engineering community to facilitate, integrate, and coordinate common solutions to complex research challenges facing the design, construction, and environmental industries.
The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Coordinates activity and provides resources to 14 affiliated trade unions in the construction industry.
National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS)
Provides technical services, education and training to our members to enhance the public's social and economic well being through safe, durable, affordable, accessible and efficient buildings.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize communities.
Content updated on 7/20/2006