Resources

Other Places to Look for Information:

Building Science

Synergy Companies Construction, LLC    Zero Energy Home

Serious Windows

1000 Home Challenge

Wikipedia article on Deep Energy Retrofit   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_energy_retrofit

Other DER’s to check out:

Super Insulation Project

Auburndale Renovation

About Somerville:

Groundwork Somerville

Since Renters make up 2/3rds of 25 Ellington Road, here are some general resources for renters as well as homeowners:
Green renters blog- http://www.greenrenters.org
Healthy & green lifestyle info- http://www.care2.com/greenliving/healthy-home
How to green rental properties- http://planetgreen.discovery.com/go-green/rental-properties/ Green rental properties database- http://www.greenrenter.com
“Natural Home” magazine – Green living & space planning- http://naturalhomemagazine.com
National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) Verified Green – http://www.greenremodeling.org/ U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) & American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID)) ReGreen green remodeling guidelines- http://www.regreenprogram.org/
Community action:
Climate action, weatherization & solar ‘barnraisings’:
Cambridge Home Energy Efficiency Training: http://www.heetma.org
Boston Climate Action Network: http://www.bostoncan.org
Mass Climate Action Network: http://www.massclimateaction.net
Seacoast Renewable Energy Initiative (NH)- Solar barnraisings- http://www.searei.org
Energy Audits/ Assessment:
Free home energy audits- http://www.MassSave.com
Savings calculators & energy conservation information- http://www.EnergyStar.gov Home energy dashboard (web-based)- http://www.visibleenergy.com
Air sealing products:
http://www.energyfederation.org http://www.conservationtechnology.com
Third-party window ratings/ resources:
http://www.nfrc.org
http://www.energystar.gov
http://www.efficientwindows.org
CFL sources:
http://www.estarlights.com http://www.energyfederation.org
Energy Star savings calculators:
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=dishwash.prdishwashers http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=clotheswash.prclotheswashers http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=boilers.prboilers

BuildingGreen’s online GreenSpec materials database:
http://www.buildinggreen.com
Green product standards & 3rd Party product certifications:
The Precautionary List (green materials, finishes, etc)- http://transparency.perkinswill.com GreenSeal- http://www.greenseal.org
Scientific Certification Systems- http://www.scscertified.com
GreenGuard- http://www.greenguard.org
Forest Stewardship Council- http://www.fscus.org/
Pharos- Product database that examines all significant lifecycle impacts, including social justicewww.pharosproject.net
Water conservation resources:
Mass Water Resources Authority (MWRA; a good water conservation resource even if you’re not covered by them)- http://www.mwra.com
http://www.mwra.com/comsupport/conservation/gardeningtips.htm
http://www.waterwiser.org
http://www.irrigation.org
EPA’s WaterSense program: http://www.epa.gov/watersense
Financing and incentives:
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)- http://www.dsireusa.org/ Federal tax credits- http://www.energy.gov/taxbreaks.htm
Energy Efficient Mortgages- http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cictext/housing/energymort/energy-mortgage.htm HERS Ratings- http://www.energyratings.org/; http://www.natresnet.org/
Green loans (example)- http://www.wainwrightbank.com/html/personal/loans/green.html
State (MA) renewables tax credit & sales tax exemptionhttp://www.state.ma.us/doer/programs/renew/renew.htm#taxcred
Renewable energy rebates (MA) – http://www.masstech.org
Commonwealth Solar (MA) – http://www.masstech.org/renewableenergy/commonwealthsolar/index.html
Directories of green building & sustainability professionals:
NEXUS Green Service Provider Directory- http://www.nexusboston.org/gspd/about Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Sustainable Yellow Pages- http://www.nesea.org/syp Rate it Green- http://www.rateitgreen.com

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