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This guide is one in the Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A): Understanding Energy series. This one lists numerous green building programs that can help you see the value of not only the purchase price, or first price tag, of a building but also the second price tag, the operation and maintenance costs.


  • Earth Advantage Institute
  • Environments for Living
  • Incentives
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Green Building Stand
  • The Passive House Institute, U.S. (PHIUS)
  • Renewable energy design strategies
  • State and local programs
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Program
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program


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