For recycling in your area contact Michigan Recycling Coalition (517) 485-9746.
Commonly recycled items are glass, metal, newspaper and plastic bottles. Recyclables should be clean and free of contaminations.
Aluminum, Brass & Copper
Brown Paper Bags
Resources for Energy Efficient Construction
There are hundreds of resources that can help you make an informed decision when purchasing an energy efficiency product or system. The following resources are just a few that can assist you in making wise purchases and may be available for purchase or library use at Urban Options in East Lansing, Michigan.
Cost Effective Home Building, NAHB Research Center. Guide to material saving techniques in home building. 800-638-8556.
Guide to Resource Efficient Building Elements, Center for Resourceful Building Technology. 406-549-7678
Resource efficiency publications, National Association of Home Builders. Constructed and maintains the Resource Conservation Research House. 301-249-4000
The Sourcebook for Sustainable Design, produced by the “Boston Society of Architects”. A reference guide for building materials, products and systems.
Energy-Star Buildings. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This EPA program encourages construction of energy efficient new homes. 888-STAR YES.
Michigan Businesses for Energy Efficiency. c/o Urban Options
NAHB Research Center Home Base Hotline. Provides assistance with technical questions about home building, including energy efficiency. 800-898-2842.
HOT2000. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). 613-947-3156.
Energy Design Update. Arlington, MA. 800-964-5118.
Environmental Building News. Brattleboro, VT. 802-257-7300.
Fine Homebuilding. Newtown, CT. 800-888-8286.
Home Energy. Berkeley, CA. 510-524-5405.
Journal of Light Construction. Richmond, VT. 800-375-5981.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Provides general and technical information on energy efficiency including a publication titled “Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.” They also publish an annual directory of the most efficient appliances. 510-549-9914.
American Home Lighting Institute. 312-644-0828.
Center for Resourceful Building Technology. Missoula, MT. Sustainable building consulting, information. 406-549-7678.
Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA). 612-871-0413.
Florida Solar Energy Center. 407-638-1000.
Home Ventilating Institute. 708-394-0150.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Offers a Michigan recycled materials market directory and information clearinghouse. 800-662-9278
Michigan Recycling Coalition. Coordinates a waste exchange program; also workshops and conferences. 517-327-9207
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. 800-638-8556.
National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). 301-589-6372.
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). 413-774-6051.
Passive Solar Industries Council. 202-628-7400.
Rocky Mountain Institute. 303-927-3851.
Small Homes Council, University of Illinois. 217-333-1801.
Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation (SEREF). 2022890049.
Southface Energy Institute, Atlanta, GA. Building sciences and energy training, publications, consulting and research. 404-525-7657.
Urban Options. East Lansing, MI. Maintains Energy & Environmental Demonstration House. Offers publications, research services, educational programs. 517-337-0422
Consumers’ Directory of Certified Efficiency Ratings for Residential Heating and Water Heating Equipment. Gas Appliance Manufacturers Assoc. (GAMA). 607-753-6711.
Directory of Certified Refrigerators and Freezers. Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). 312-984-5800.
Directory of Certified Unitary Equipment. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. This directory lists available air conditioners and heat pumps and includes efficiency ratings. 703-524-8800.
Efficient House Sourcebook. Rocky Mountain Institute. 303-927-3851.
Guide to Resource Efficient Building Elements (GREBE). Center for Resourceful Building Technology. 406-549-7678.
The Most Energy Efficient Appliances (annual). American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. 510-549-9914.
REDI Guide, Iris Communications. Directory of energy efficient and sustainable building materials. 800-346-0104.
Industrial Assessment Services
Industrial Technology Institute
Guide to Michigan’s Energy Product & Service Providers
Energy Information Adminstration
National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)
U.S. EPA Energy Star Program
American Gas Association
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Center for the Analysis & Dissemination of Demonstrated Energy Technologies
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
National Energy Conservation Assoc.
Lawrence Berkeley – Environmental Energy Technologies Division
http://www.eren.doe.gov Search for “Motor Challenge Program”
Green Lights Program
The Lighting Resource
Environmental Building News
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center
Oikos Green Buildings
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
U.S. Green Building Council
Home Owners Guide to Energy Savings
Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Center for Building Science. Has links to many other energy-related web sites. On-line computer modeling for houses available
Midwest Renewable Energy Assoc.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Florida Solar Energy Center
The Sun’s Joules
Urban Options Energy & Environmental Demonstration House.
Energy product and service directory, tour, fact sheets, and hot links
U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC). Has energy efficiency information including fact sheets
Global Energy Marketplace
Gridwise Power Guide
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI). ARI answers written inquiries about heat pumps, air conditioners, and refrigerators and publishes directory of available air conditioners and heat pumps and their efficiency ratings.
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) Information Center. AHAM provides energy efficiency information for major appliances and runs a certification program for certain types of appliances. 312-984-5800 ext. 315.
Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, Inc. (GAMA). 703-525-729565. The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association answers questions on residential gas appliances and equipment, electric and oil-fired water heaters, and oil-fired warm air furnaces. Also publishes directory for water heaters.
Insulation Contractors of America. Can provide a list of member contractors for specific areas of the United States.
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