EDUCATION: CERTIFICATION, CLASSES AND TESTS
The following organizations provide annual and semi-annual daylong intensive courses and can demonstrate some of the major problems that result from not following good building practice and present solutions.
Building Knowledge Consulting
Leading industry expert in residential green building, managing the USGBC’s LEED for Homes Program.
Building Science Consultant / Joe Lstiburek
Specializes in building technology consulting with a focus on preventing and resolving problems related to building design, construction and operation.
A website devoted to you. Whether you are a homeowner looking to remodel your home green or a building professional wanting to learn more about how to build green, this is the place for you.
Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET®)
Mission is to ensure the success of the building energy performance certification industry, set the standards of quality, and increase the opportunity for ownership of high performance buildings.
Saturn Resource Management / John Krigger
Books and trainings on energy conservation and efficiency for buildings to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What’s Working / David Johnston
Sustainability consultancy that provides social, economic and ecological guidance to businesses, agencies and communities around the world.
American Council for An Energy-Efficient Economy
Dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.
Crafted the 2030 Challenge, which asks the building and architecture communities to make buildings carbon neutral by 2030 through achieving a series of target fossil fuel reductions over the next 25 years.
Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG)
An association of building professionals dedicated to promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and work places.
Center for Resourceful Building Technology (CRBT)
Started by Montana homebuilder Steve Loken back in 1990, when he saw the environment around him declining due to the overuse of natural resources. At the same time, he was frustrated by the shortage of quality lumber available. This inspired him to gather information on environmentally-responsible and resource-efficient building materials and technologies. Through research, education, and demonstration, he’s been distributing this information to both the building industry and the general public.
Center for Resource Conservation (CRC)
Leads, educates, and empowers Colorado residents to live a more sustainable life and hosts the annual Boulder County Tour of Solar & Green Homes.
Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES)
Increases the awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and energy efficiency technologies.
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)
Provides education and resources to transform the residential design, development, construction and remodeling industries to profitably deliver energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities.
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
Promotes green building and green technology through programs in sustainable agriculture, rural development, renewable energy, and low-income housing.
Best local resource for quality used building materials with stores in Boulder & Ft. Collins.
Rocky Mountain Institute (Colorado)
Think-and-do tank™ that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources established in 1982 by Amory and Hunter Lovins.
Southface Energy Institute (Georgia)
Tips, publications, and resources for homeowner-do-it-yourself efficiency and conservation measures.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.
Manufacturer of the most efficient air conditioners made, using renewable atmospheric energy to provide cool, dry, healthy air.
Boulder-based window manufacturer leading the way in high efficiency window design & production.
Building America Program
Supports research and development of energy-efficient solutions for new and existing housing that can be implemented on a production basis; some funding/support available for new home projects.
New Home Choices Program / City of Fort Collins, Colorado
One of the best guides to choosing and designing new homes with energy efficient, high performance home features.
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES
Resource center for environmentally responsible building: articles, product reviews, great email newsletter, covers all topics of green buildings.
Green Building Advisors
The complete source for building, designing, and remodeling green homes. Note: Due to a special affiliate relationship with GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, colleagues of Ecofutures founder, Eric Doub, are entitled to a 33% discount off the price of a GBA Pro membership, which provides full access to the GBA site.
The Voice of Sustainable Design & Construction: forums; huge amount of articles, great resources for green builders.
Solar Energy research group tracking advances in policy & technology of solar photovoltaics. Valuable information on this site includes analysis of current prices per kWh of electricity, both from solar panels and power plants.