|Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development operates a grant program for state and local governments, conducts research and outreach, enforces the lead hazard disclosure law, and develops lead-based paint regulations and policies.|
|Alliance for Healthy Homes is a national, nonprofit, public interest organization working to prevent and eliminate hazards in our homes that can harm the health of children, families, and other residents. These hazards include lead, mold, carbon monoxide, radon, pests, and pesticides.|
|Environmental Protection Agency's Indoor Air, Green Indoor Environments Page. Green Building for new homes, offices, institutional buildings and schools.|
|Environmental Protection Agency's Organic Gases-
Volatile Organic Compounds - VOCs Page.
|Health House. Building a house according to American Lung Association's Health House builder guidelines helps ensure a healthy, durable, and energy efficient home. Identify Home Pollutants, tips, more.|
|Healthy Homes Initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Info, Resources, Reports.|
|Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) is a consulting and research firm working to further the implementation of Passive House standards and techniques nationwide.|
|Passivhaus Institut is an independent research institution. It employs physicists, mathematicians and civil, mechanical and environmental engineers, performing research and development on highly efficient energy use.|
|New York Times Graphic explaining the different parts of a passive house, April 30, 2009. ***|
|"No Furnaces but Heat A plenty in ‘Passive Houses’"
NY Times Article. December 26, 2008. Compact design, sealed doors and windows, majority of windows facing south, R-60 walls, ventilation system, heated by appliances and human occupants...
|''The energy services required by residential, commercial, and industrial buildings
produce approximately 43 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.''
Recent Issues Blog Posts
Methane hydrate, will it be a godsend and replace dirty coal and oil within the next five years, or will it delay our investment in renewable energy and set us on an ever longer road of hydrocarbon addiction?
A destruction of the world's resources, leaving long term greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution and habitat loss.
A new infographic from Healthy Child, Healthy World.
The World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme have just listed endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) a "global threat" after the release of a collaborative study.
Recent Building Blog Posts
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
Recent Art Blog Posts
Decommissioned and ready for reuse as art.
A small sampling of painters who have been inspired by seeds...
The intricacy and diversity of the seed.
Yao Lu an emerging Chinese artist digitally reworks photos of garbage into traditional Chinese landscape paintings.
Recent Movies Blog Posts
The many voices of the film share a unified vision: we must start acting as a planetary civilization.
a journey into the soul of humanity and a testimony of the damage inflicted by humans on the natural world...
Hazaribagh is ranked among the 30 most polluted places in the world.
By the directors of Food, Inc.