Utne Reader's Online Guide to Green Building

Venturing into the realm of green building can be a daunting task for any homeowner, let alone those of us who are trying to keep a tight rein on the household budget. But fear not. There are some handy, user-friendly online resources out there waiting to walk you through it, without breaking the bank.

--> Sierra's July/August issue has a budget savvy guide to green remodeling that ranges from "simple fixes" to "more sophisticated" to "whole hog."

--> New Ecology Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit that promotes affordable sustainable development, offers an exhaustive list of links and resources.

--> For the financial side of things: The Residential Energy Services Network, an industry group that sets the national standard when it comes to rating buildings' energy efficiency, gives the low-down on and the benefits of home energy ratings and energy efficient mortgages. And EcoBroker website has a wealth of information on the green real estate market.

--> And, believe it or not, the U.S. government (via EnergyStar) has some helpful hints for the green buyer or remodeler. Check out the federal program's information on Home Improvement (including a Remodeling Guide) and New Homes.

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