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Build Green Resources

Move your curser over the link, click, and a new page will open for you to explore your selected resource. Education and knowledge are two critical ingrediants to making sound, informed decisions while planning your project. Contact us with questions or if you need assistance with the planning of your project.

Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy
Alternative energy news and information resources about renewable energy technologies.
Alternative Energy -Wikipedia
Alternative energy is energy derived from sources that do not harm the environment or deplete the Earth's natural resources.
Alternative Energy Store
Making Renewable Do-able -- The Alternative Energy Store is the premiere retailer of renewable energy goods.
Alternative Energy Technologies
Once all energy-efficient design strategies have been exhausted, consider what technologies may be used with your home that would help reduces its need for fossil fuels.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.
Renewable Energy Access
A trusted source for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.
Small Wind from American Wind Energy Association
Wind-powered electric systems sized for homes, farms, and small businesses.

Products and Suppliers

Build It Green offers tools and technical resources to build quality green homes with practical, unbiased, quality information.

EcoSmart Fire
Environmentally friendly modern fireplaces fueled by green energy.
ENERGY STAR Qualified Products
Products in more than 50 categories are eligible for the ENERGY STAR. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.
Environmental Home Center
Your source for green building materials, including low-toxic, low-odor paints, finishes, sealers, carpets, and cork and linoleum flooring from Nature's, AFM/ Safecoat, BioShield, Forbo and OS.
Forest World
Forest World is a manufacturer of sustainably harvested forest products.
Green Home Building
Using natural, non-industrial materials will improve the energy equation when building.
Green Home Building from ToolBase Services
Selected innovative building products, processes, and systems that can produce safer, more energy efficient homes at a lower cost and higher quality.
Green2Green
This non-profit organization offers free environmental and practical data about green building materials and the practice of green building.
GreenSpec Directory
Lists product descriptions for over 2,100 environmentally preferable products.
Marin Outdoor Living
EcosmartFire, Furniture, Spas, Swim Spas, Shade Makers, Planters, Infrared Grills, and more products.
Oikos Green Building Source
Environmentally friendly building materials and products.
Premier Building Systems
Premier Building Systems SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) manufacturer.

Financing and Tax Credits

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
IRS tax credit guidelines for constructing energy efficient new homes, available under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Greener Buildings
IRS Guidance on Tax Credits for Homebuilders.

Codes, Standards and Rating Systems

ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes
An ENERGY STAR qualified new home performs better for the homeowner and the environment thanks to a variety of energy-efficient features.
LEED Rating System for Homes
LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
NAHB Green Guidelines
The National Association of Home Builders' Green Home Building Guidelines.

Interactive Tools

Carbon Calculator from EcoNuetral
Use the EcoNeutral Carbon Calculator to determine your carbon footprint.
Carbon Footprint Calculator from Green Progress
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Your Impact.
Ecological Footprint Quiz from Earthday
Ever wondered how much "nature" your lifestyle requires?
Myabodo
Myabodo is an interactive toy that lets you shape a house to fit you.
Test Your Energy IQ from National Geographic
Is your home a Green House?

Solar

Akeena Solar
Residential Solar Power Systems. Be Energy Independent -- And Save Money.
Enertia
Designers and Manufacturers of Geo-solar Homes.
HelioPower
HelioPower specializes in helping you manage your energy consumption, as well as helping you reduce or eliminate your energy bills - whether gas, propane, or electricity.
Solar Power from DIY's Best Built Home
Imagine using the sun to generate your own electricity.
SunPower
SunPower residential solutions is not a conventional solar system, and their all-black panels blend in the home's rooftop.

Publications and Media

Green Building from HGTVpro
Get going with green building -- from using renewable resources in construction to energy efficiency in the finished home.
GreenBiz.com
Daily News and Resources on Green Business, Sustainable Practices, Environmental Innovation.
Home Power Magazine
Whether you're a do-it-yourselfer or not, off-grid or on-grid, Home Power can help you make informed decisions about your energy use. Extensive product information, homeowner testimonials, buyer advice, and "how-to" instructions are provided.