U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a coalition of
over 1400 organizational members from across the building
industry that seeks to promote sustainable building through
market transformation. Its primary product is its green rating
system called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
International Code Council
The International Code Council (ICC) began in 1994 as the
three U.S. model code organizations moved to create a single
model code for the country. This effort has resulted in a
set of performance codes, referred to as the International
Codes. The predecessor organizations, ICBO, SBCCI, and BOCA,
are in the process of merging into the ICC.
Natural Building Network http://www.nbnetwork.org/
The Natural Building Network is a non-profit organization, visible through a website and personal phone contact, where Natural Builders can gather to share ideas, announce events and opportunities, and where the public can find skilled help and accurate and up-to-date information.
Through your support, we will be able to provide the most comprehensive resource on Natural Building available in one place. With your help, we will have tools available where you might enter your zip code into a search engine and find a listing of trained builders, contractors, teachers, workshops or skilled volunteers near you with whom you can build, learn or collaborate.
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, Volume 1 is the core of the complete three-volume guide on how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. This book enables you to access your on-site resources (rainwater, greywater, topsoil, sun, plants, and more), gives you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empowers you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional, and water-sustainable water-harvesting landscape plan specific to your site and needs.
Clearly written with more than 40 photos and 115 illustrations, this volume helps bring your site to life, reduce your cost of living, endow yourself and your community with skills of self-reliance and cooperation, and create living air conditioners of vegetation growing beauty, food, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain into their life and landscape will invite you to do the same!
Create an Oasis with Greywater
Create an Oasis describes how to quickly and easily choose, build, and use a simple greywater system. Some can be completed in an afternoon for under $30.
It also provides complete instructions for more complex installations, how to deal with freezing, flooding, drought, failing septics, low perk soil, non-industrialized world conditions, coordinating a team of professionals to get optimum results on high-end projects, and “radical plumbing” that uses 90% less resources.