Green building is the design, construction, and operation of homes according to resource-efficiency standards for energy, water, building design and materials, as well as indoor air quality standards. As green building becomes more popular, builders, remodelers, contractors, and do-it-yourselfers will have access to a greater number of products and a larger amount of information related to green building. This resource directory is designed to be an easy-to-use tool to help people in the home building trade locate useful green building resources.
Some of the resources listed in this directory were extracted and updated from the US EPA-funded document entitled, “A Guide To Developing Green Builder Programs” (Revised, February, 2000). Additional resources came from research conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs. Some of the resources may appear in more than one category because they pertain to more than one topic, but they are not wide-reaching enough to be put in the “General Resources” category. Selection of any resource should not be considered an endorsement by Home Innovation Research Labs or US EPA. Lastly, keep in mind that this resource directory was created in September, 2000. With the significant changes occurring on the Internet and in the home building industry products and services markets, location and availability of resources will most likely change as time passes.