HES Extension Department of Environmental Design

Environmental Design
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Green Architecture and Sustainable Living

Building Utility Systems

Building Envelope Systems

Community Development and Planning

Home Management and Home Improvement

Indoor Air Quality


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Architectural Studies

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
AWEA is a national trade association which promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity.

Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)-
ADPSR is an architectural organization dedicated to ecological and sustainable practices for the built environment.

Building Environmental Science and Technology (BEST)
Tons of good technical information.  See publications listing links where you can access a few publications on-line.

Building Research Establishment (BRE)-BREbookshop.com
The BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) tool allows the owners, users, and designers of buildings to review and improve environmental performance throughout the life of a building.

Campus Center for Appropriate Technology
The mission of the CCAT residents is to demonstrate technologies which contribute to a healthy environment, to examine the ethical and social consequences of the use of technology and to provide a forum for experiential learning. This web site has links to many related web sites.

Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association (CIMA)
This site has technical information on cellulose insulation.

Center for Neighborhood Technology
The web site features programs and projects that promote community development, smart growth, transit-oriented development, and sustainable development.

Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST)
Site provides information on different types of renewable energy.

The Cob Cottage Company Online
http://www.deatech.com/cobcottage www.cobcottage.com
Conducts hands-on research on natural building methods and materials. Through practical training in natural construction, they help empower ordinary people to take charge of providing their own housing at moderate cost. By mail and phone, and through publications and tours, they supply information, support and inspiration for people to make healthy choices about buildings. Committed to de-consumerizing, to reducing the flow of cash, resources and waste, and to helping others to do the same. They work with a wide range of natural materials but specialize in unbaked hand-formed sculptural earthen building--cob construction. About 25 cob demonstration buildings all over Western North America are now open to visitors.

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
Lists minimum recycled-content recommendations for construction products, landscaping products, and park and recreation products. Recovered Materials Advisory Notices (RMAN) provide purchasing guidance and recommend recovered and post-consumer material content levels for designated items. 

Congress for the New Urbanism
This collaboration of professionals who revitalize sprawling neighborhoods and urban centers.  The site includes task force projects an additional links to related organizations.

Efficient Windows Collaborative
Assists with step-by-step process for selecting energy efficient windows by geographic regions of the U.S., based on three different climate zones. Links to energy -efficient window are also provided.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
EPRI researches issues on electrical power and publishes excellent reports.

Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA):  E-Building Discussion E-mail List
This nonprofit organization provides a list that focuses on residential energy efficiency.

Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA)
EEBA is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy-efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities. Provides information and training to a variety of audiences. List of publications is also provided.

Energy Efficient Mortgage-PATH
Provides information on technological innovations in housing industry. Links to results, PATH chat, and technology inventory are also provided.

Environmental Building News
Environmental Building News is the leading periodical on environmentally sustainable design and construction. Their articles, reviews, and news stories are a good resource for information on energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices. They address material selection, siting, indoor air quality, daylighting, etc.!

Forest Products Laboratory
The Forest Products Laboratory is the leading wood research institute for the development of environmentally friendly technologies, recycling, and forest management.

The Green Builders Catalogue
Provides service to contractors, homeowners, weatherization agencies and utilities throughout the country.

Green Design Initiative
This initiative was created to promote environmentally conscious engineering, product and process design, manufacture, and architecture.

Green Seal
This independent, nonprofit organization provides product rating and evaluation services and promotes environmentally responsible consumer products.

The Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
This recycling guide provides a starting point for consumers in the USA and Canada searching the net for recycling information. The information is for regular folks with regular household quantities of materials to recycle. The goal is to help make recycling so easy and automatic that it blends into the flow of everyday life.

National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL)
NREL develops renewable energy technologies and transfers these technologies to the private sector.

OIKOS: Green Building Source
Information on green building products and materials along with techniques for sustainable design and construction.

Residential Energy Services Network
Includes information on the national market for home energy rating systems and energy-efficient mortgages.

Smart Growth Network
This nonprofit organization that helps created national and local coalitions to promote economic, social, and environmental development in communities. This site contains primers on alternatives to sprawl and a smart growth bibliography and policy database.

Solar Energy Lab (SEL)
SEL has been recognized nationally and internationally for its accomplishments in practical applications for solar energy.

Surface Transportation Policy Project
This site contains reports, resources, and the newsletter Progress, which features community and transportation issues.

Sustainable Building Industry Council
SBIC works to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings.

Sustainable Building Sourcebook
Professional and general assistance lists are provided on Sustainable Building practices and products.

User Building Materials Association

This is an association of companies and organizations providing used building materials, exchanges, or services.

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