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Details of Historic Vernacular Homes in Florida

Save Money: Green & Energy Efficient Remodeling

Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc.
Florida-specific information, home guide, and checklists for new homes and remodeling.
REGREEN Residential Remodeling
Green case study projects plus an interactive tool to help identify just the right green application for your very own project.
LEED for Homes
The US Green Building Council is a nonprofit community that give voice to our commitment to improve human health, support economies and protect the environment through green buildings.
WaterSense
An EPA partnership program to save water and protect the environment. Learn more about WaterSense and what you can do to help make every drop count.
treehugger
Green design articles and news.
Building America: Hot-Humid Climate
US Department of Energy's in-depth Best Practices Handbook and Case Studies for climate-specific residential building projects. Links to other climate zones available.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Consumer resources to home energy savings online, including home energy checklist and appliance recycling.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
Comprehensive, searchable source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
Web-based tool listing customized recommended measures and the incremental cost, savings, and payback produced by your choices. Developed with funding from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, and based on EnergyStar specifications, where applicable.
Plan It Green, the Big Switch
An online game that allows players to design and create their own energy-efficient city of the future with new energy technologies. Sponsored by National Geographic Society, GE, and the center for science.

Save Space: Quality not Quantity

The Not So Big House website
"The Not So Big House book series by Sarah Susanka brings to light a new way of thinking about what makes a place feel like home - characteristics many people desire in their homes and their lives, but haven't known how to verbalize. How big is Not So Big? Not So Big doesn't necessarily mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed, but designed and built to perfectly suit the way you live." (Copyright 1998-2012 Susanka Studios. Not So Big(R) is a registered trademark of Susanka Studios.)

Houzz website
"Home design, decorating and remodeling ideas and inspiration, kitchen and bathroom design."

Hometalk website
"Home improvement ideas, photos and answers."

Stay in Place: Universal Design & Independent Living

IDeA: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
Research and publications on remodeling for aging-in place, handicapped features, visitability, accessible design, and more.
Center for Universal Design
Pamphlets showing techniques for home modifications, including how to construct a barrier-free, curbless, no step shower.
disability.gov
Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities. Includes the Fair Housing requirements and the tenant's rights, as well as finding or remodeling accessible housing.
The Universal Design Living Laboratory
A national demonstration home in Columbus, OH. One woman's journey to research and design her own home after an accident.

Stay in Place: Safe from Natural Disasters

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
Strengthening homes and safeguarding families: learn how to be prepared and protect your home from Earthquakes, Extreme Temperatures, Flood, Hail, Hurricanes, Lightning, Rip Currents, Terrorism, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Tsunami, and Wildfires.
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Where building safety research leads to real-world solutions. Practical, meaningful solutions through their FORTIFIED for Safer Living programs.
FEMA Mapping Information
Check your flood zone easily by using the "Stay Dry" application - the FEMA map overlaid on Google Earth. You must download both applications to use. In the left hand column of Google Earth, use SEARCH to type in your address, then under PLACES, select "View flood hazards for an address".

Third-Party Product Certification Programs

EnergyStar
Homeowner's guide to selecting products and materials with the EnergyStar label. Information about the EnergyStar Home program.
Green Seal
Third-party verification for household products, construction materials, paints and coatings, printing and writing paper, paper towels and napkins, food packaging, cleaning products and hand soaps. Sustainability standards based on life cycle research.
GreenGuard Environmental Institute
Certifying products and materials for low chemical emissions, enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people's exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. Primarily for building materials, finishes, interior furnishings, furniture, cleaning products and electronic equipment.
Cradle to Cradle Design
Program that assesses a product's safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles - using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled.
Forest Stewardship Council
Chain of custody (COC) certification process allows products to be segregated and identified as having come from an FSC-certified forest, an evaluation based on forest management activities which are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable.

Online Industry Magazines

Remodeling Magazine
Home remodeling, kitchen and bath design, renovation, and building products for the professional remodeler.
residential architect Magazine
Home building news, home design ideas and building products for Architects.
Green Builder Magazine
Green news, education and current green trends.
EcoHome Magazine
Devoted to the latest trends in green building products and technology.
homepower magazine
Comprehensive, technical coverage of solar, wind, microhydro electricity, energy efficiency, solar hot water systems, space heating and cooling, energy-efficient building materials and home design, and clean transportation options.