As "consumers" we are frequently confronted with life style decisions that can impact our environment. There are a few choices in this life that can make a big difference in what the quality of life will be for those who follow us. Going with the flow of our culture is hard to avoid, and unfortunately the flow is not in the right direction for evolving a sustainable future. One of the most momentous choices that any of us will make is the kind of house we live in. I have come up with a list of thirteen principles of sustainable architecture (listed as links on the left) that can guide you in your housing choices.
buildingscience.com has a searchable database of articles about
building physics, systems design concepts, and awareness of sustainability.
grisb.org The Geiger Research Institue of Sustainable Building features workshops, a strawbale certification program, articles and publications on many aspects of sustainable building, house plans (including a free emergency shelter plan), and links to much more information.
oikos.com green building source for news, classifieds, library, etc.
arch.hku.hk thorough analysis of sustainability, with lots of links
squ1.com this ecologically oriented architectural software company has assembled a huge array of related information.
sustainablebuild.co.uk This U.K. website features a vast collection of articles about most aspects of sustainable building.
alternativebuilder.com has assembled an increasing array of information related to sustainable architecture.
dongardner.com has some good tips on various considerations for green building.
aecb.net Association for Environment Conscious Building (from the UK).
nahbgreen.org describes the National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Program.
nahbrc.org The NAHB Research Center facilitates liaisons between builders and manufacturers, design professionals and housing research, and government and industry the Research Center is dedicated to advancing housing technology and enhancing housing affordability for the benefit of all Americans.
eeba.org Energy & Environmental Building Association
openarchitecturenetwork.org The purpose of this network is to allow designers and architects to work together in a whole new way, through the power of the internet to bring diverse folks together to forge new design solutions for housing mankind.
wiserearth.org is a community of people and organizations that connect with others working in the field of sustainable architecture.
greenbuildingpages.com has assembled a list of ten organizations that are at the forefront of promoting green building.
Homes Across America profiles resource efficient and high performance home building in the U.S. You can search for homes around the country and find out about the "green" technologies and techniques used to build them. Examples include everything from "off the grid" homes to high performance production models to multi-family apartments. My Earthbag/Papercrete home is listed under Colorado. You can submit your own resource efficient home for their consideration.
greenerbuildings.com provides resources and case studies related to sustainable design, materials land and water use.
guardian.co.uk The Guardian has launched 'Green your home', a project that follows homeowners as they attempt to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, with pictures, blogs, and advice from a panel of experts.
endeavourcentre.org "Canada's greenest home" can be explored here.
naturalhomes.org lists workshops conducted around the world relating to all aspects of natural building.
sustainablesources.com features a calendar of events related to sustainable living which can be updated by visitors online.
totalmortgage.com has assembled a guide for buying a green home.
dsireusa.org The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.
ecotecture.com free online journal of ecological design.
smart-homeowner.com features innovative solutions for creating efficient, healthy, eco-friendly homes and has many articles and resources available at the on-line version of their magazine.
newvillage.net semi-annual journal on building sustainable cultures.
buildinggreen.com informative site for Environmental Building News.
motherearthnews.com Mother Earth News has provided solid information on many topics related to sustainable living for several decades, and now many of these articles are available on-line.
hopedance.org magazine for finding pathways to sustainable living and positive solutions.
newbuilder.co.uk publishes Building for a Future magazine, with many issues available on-line.
homebuilding.co.uk The A-Z of Green Homes from the UK's Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine.
greenbuildingelements.com is a blog-style magazine featuring articles by various professionals related to all aspects of sustainable design.
greengeezer.com is a blog with this motto: "Green homes for baby boomers: Because there's still time to do it right."
thenauhaus.com blog-style updates to the book Building Green provide some excellent information about many aspects of building green.
toponlineengineeringdegree.com lists 50 Great Green Architecture & Design Blogs
mcdonough.com William McDonough's site features articles by and about him and his radical ideas for transforming design into an art of creating no waste.
inika.com this Indian firm combines many aspects of sustainable architecture in their designs.
100milediet.org/100-mile-housing This article describes the 100-mile-housing concept with one example of locally-sourced materials.
greenfootstep.org The Rocky Mountain Institute offers a simple online tool for evaluating new construction and what its carbon footprint will be.
builtgreen.org features an online form to calculate a score for green buildings based on their system of evaluation.
rebuildingcommunity.org devoted to sustainable disaster relief around the world.
intlistings.com This article entitled "Greenify Your Home: 100 Tips and Resources to Make Your House Environmentally Friendly" offers substantial tips for moving forward with making your home more sustainable.
construction.com McGraw Hill Construction Community Forum has many threads related to sustainable architecture.
lowimpactliving.com A directory of green products and services available in the U. S.
greenbuildingpages.com has an expanding database related to sustainable design, products and resources.
sustainabilitystore.com is a directory of socially and environmentally responsible products and services.