Taking the First Steps

For small builders interested in experimenting with new technologies, educate yourself with whatever resources you can find and start with what you're comfortable.

By Maureen McNulty for PATH | May 31, 2003

 


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For small builders interested in experimenting with new technologies, Miller has a few suggestions. Generally, he says to educate yourself with whatever resources you can find and start with what you're comfortable. He cites these resources:

  • Call the ToolBase hotline at 800/898-2842 or visit www.toolbase.org. This PATH-funded resource of the NAHB Research Center includes a database of case studies. Visit www.pathnet.org for field evaluations.

     

  • Check with your local government about fee waivers and other incentives for solar or other nonrenewables. Roughly 30 states offer solar incentive programs (visit www.dsireusa.org for a list). Check with local utility companies for partnership opportunities.

     

  • Tap the nearest university. Engineering, architecture and landscape architecture departments are good bets for environmental research.

     

  • Identify a network of green builders into which you can tap. Check conference listings for learning opportunities. Start with the U.S. Green Building Council at www.usgbc.org.

     

  • Don't forget the DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency. Check out www.eere.energy.gov, www.millionsolarroofs.org, and www.epa.gov/cleanenergy.

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