Taking the First Steps

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

June 01, 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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