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Top 5 Green Home Sites

Top 5 Green Home Sites

1. Green Source Magazine and USGBC Green Home Guide

  • Green Source is the official magazine of the United States Green Building Council ("USGBC") and the online version is highlighted by up-to-date articles on topics ranging from products to policy. Links to Sweets Green, blogs, forums, project highlights and book reviews put the Greensource page on another level when it comes to high quality information.
  • The USGBC Green Home Guide focuses on the how-to side of going green with both your home and your life. There is a healthy dose of LEED (link to LEED page on G3DH)on this site, but that is to be expected from the publishers of the LEED standard.
2. National Association of Home Builders - National Green Building Program

  • The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are making concerted efforts to bring sustainable design and construction practices to the residential markets. The site includes information directed specifically at professionals, home owners and policy makers, tools to find the right professionals and tools to help 'score' your home's green performance.
3. Green Living Ideas

  • Green Living Ideas provides ideas, tips, and information to help you improve the environmental sustainability of every aspect of your life: home energy, green building and remodeling, cars, food, waste recycling-and everything in between. Green Living Ideas is a comprehensive green living website with information on how to live greener in over 200 different areas of life! They've assembled the world's top green living authors and experts to bring consumers the latest info on green and sustainable living.

  • This is a great place to research the latest products, regulations and news on energy-efficiency products. You'll learn lots of facts and tips that will help you save money and natural resources. They also have a great tool that allows you to search manufacturers for all product categories, including appliances, HVAC, windows, doors and much more. Help educate your children on energy-saving practices with their special interactive Kids section.
  • You'll also want to explore 'Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR,' which is a year old partnership between ENERGY STAR and architects and designers, to promote green home building. House Plans that are 'Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR' generally include energy-efficient details and specifications for features such as tight construction and duct systems, properly-installed insulation, high performance windows, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances.

  • Building Green is a very information intensive site that can help all home builders, buyers or renovators with their projects. Highlights include up-to-date news, a 'live' blog, product reviews, and case studies. Building Green also sells a set of online tools for sustainable building design.

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