In May of 2008, as part of our involvement in the Seacoast Green Building Group, we developed GreenBridge’s list of our favorite green building websites – like a great bookstore’s referral cards, we included our comments on the sites and why we find them outstanding. We just updated the post so that the name can remain accurate. Enjoy!!
Local Green Supplies and Materials Donation Center:
Boston Building Materials Co-op
Boston Building Materials Co-op – a non-for-profit consumer co-op that is open to the public. They provide high quality materials at a reasonable cost and work to teach people how to maintain and improve their homes. BBMC sells products represented by the following categories: window repair, kitchen and bath, windows and doors, storm products, weatherization and green products. They offer advice and information on their products and home maintenance and energy-savings. They also resell donated and recycled building products.
Local Green Supplies and Valuable Information on Green Building and Renovation:
SEA Solar Store
Seacoast Energy Alternatives in Dover, NH. SEA is a retail store that offers information and products geared to conserve energy, save money and improve environmental impact. The SEA website is also a great resource for up-to-date and local information on renewable energy.
This site offers information on green products for the home and landscape, assistance with ‘greening’ a project, information on national building standards and advice from ‘ask the experts’ . Green Depot has a store in Stoneham, MA.
Research, Design and Specification for Remodeling Projects:
Tool Base Resources
ToolBase Service is provided by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. ToolBase Service offers information about selected innovative products and processes that can help us build or remodel homes at lower cost, with higher quality and/or energy efficiency, and/or that are safer. The above link to ToolBase Services resources page offers product descriptions, design & construction guides, performance reports, case studies and other resources in useful way for builders and designers.
Green Building Advisor
The Green Building Advisor is part of Building Green, an independent publishing company committed to bringing their members accurate, unbiased and timely green design information. The GBA is focused on residential and small commerical buildings only. It is a valuable resource for tips on any kind or size of construction or renovation project you are taking on. The site is also valuable for product information and detailing for construction documents. There is a fee for full access to the site – I find it worth it and go to the site at least 4-5 times a week.
Green Home Guide
The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Home Guide offers a wealth of information including webinars on what makes a home green, green home standards, green resources, and green living.
greening your home and life:
Low Impact Living
This user-friendly site offers a wealth of information on products and providers as well as environmental impact calulators so you can see how your choices affect the environment. Low Impact Living is a great resource for both those who are ‘deep green’ and for those who have no idea where to start!
This innovative site offers water consumption calculators for the home and office and options for reducing consumption.
Other great weblink pages:
Database of Energy Credits
Database of state incentives for ‘renewables and efficiencies’ – with a link to available federal incentives
Energy Star Homes Links
Energy Star Homes weblinks – includes voluminous links on green building, green energy and climate change and green products.
Green Home Guides Product Directory
U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) recommended green product directories.