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Cohousing and Green Building Resources, Links and Contacts

ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Eco Housing Corp. and EDG Architects LLC.
  • Cohousing Association of the United States
    Promotes the appreciation, interest, understanding, and development of cohousing nationally and internationally.
  • Mid-Atlantic Cohousing
    Promotes and supports the efforts of people to create cohousing communities in the mid-Atlantic region. A complete list of communities and contacts in the mid-Atlantic region can be found at www.MidAtlanticCohousing.org
  • Building Green Inc.
    Foremost private-sector resource for green building information, including Environmental Building News, monthly journal, Green Spec Product Directory, Green Building Advisor, Annual Bibliography and green building listserves.
  • Iris Communications
    Searchable database with basic info about green building products. On-line catalog of sustainable design reference material.
  • US Green Building Council
    Information on the Council, its activities, and LEED Green Building Rating System.
  • Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
    A public-private partnership to improve the development, dissemination, and use of new housing technologies.
  • SustainableBuild (UK) contains an extensive collection of features and articles written by professional journalists and experts - who have a particular interest, or a background in sustainable building techniques, materials and participants.
  • US Department of Energy (DOE)
    Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network

    Referral to more than 100 tools on energy efficiency and other information.
  • US Department of Energy High Performance Buildings Database
    A new online database with indepth case studies on a variety of U.S. green buildings, including Eco Housing’s Takoma Village Cohousing.
  • US Dept of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Energy Star Programs: Homepage for Energy Star Homes, commercial buildings and labeled products.


LOCAL GREEN BUILDING ORGANIZATIONS:

DVD:

  • Building Sustainable Neighborhoods for Today's Housing Market. Detailed interviews with top three cohousing developers in the US. Companion book with budgets and other details also available. Order: www.MidAtlanticCohousing.org or call 1-866-620-2646

BOOKS:

  • Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Living independently. The Handbook. Charles Durrett, published by Ten Speed Press, Fall 2005 / Paper with flaps. ISBN: 0-945929-30-7.
  • The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community,
    by Chris Hanson, ©1996. Published by Hartley & Marks Publishers,
    Inc., ISBN 0-88179-126-1
  • Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves,
    by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, ©1988, 1994,
    published by Ten Speed Press, ISBN 0-89815-539-8
  • Collaborative Communities, by Dorit Fromm ©1991
    Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, ISBN 0-442-23785-5
  • Building Sustainable Neighborhoods for Today's Housing Market. Detailed information on each of three cohousing communities developed by the top three cohousing developers in the US. Companion DVD a MUST! Order: www.MidAtlanticCohousing.org or call 1-866-620-2646
  • House, by Tracy Kidder ©1999
    Published by Mariner Books, ISBN 0-618-00191-3
  • A Primer on Sustainable Building
    Excellent introduction to green building concepts and their importance – easy read; a good place to start. Available from:
    Rocky Mountain Institute
    1739 Snowmass Creek Road, Snowmass, CO 81654-9199
    Phone 970-927-3851/ Fax 970-927-4178


PERIODICALS TO DOWNLOAD:

  • Cohousing: The Journal of the Cohousing Association of the United States (quarterly). The Spring 2002 issue featured an article about Designing and Building Green at Eco Housing's Takoma Village. Telephone: 303-413-9227.
  • Environmental Building News, monthly journal. The September 2002 issue features Cohousing communities, including Eco Housing's Takoma Village. See article.
  • Environmental Design and Construction Magazine
    Periodical with editorials, case studies and other information. Free magazine with annual subscription. All content is also on-line at www.edcmag.com


CONFERENCES:


E-MAIL LIST SERVICES:

  • The Cohousing-L. About 500 participants use this list many of whom currently live in a cohousing community; excellent source of up-to-the-minute info on cohousing. Sign up .
  • Green Building is a discussion forum for anyone interested in green building issues on all types of projects. Sign up.
  • Green Clips. Accessible, concise, frequently updated real examples in a free bi-weekly email.
    Email ChrisHammer@greenclips.com or visit www.greenclips.com

TELE-TALK:

  • Irregularly held live telephone conference call on topics of interest to cohousers of all stripes. Topics are announced on The Cohousing-L e-mail list service and include: Common House design; working w/ professionals; children in cohousing; dealing with dogs, and more. First Thursday of the month at 10:00 EST. Reserve a space or find out topics zabaldo@earthlink.net or call 202-291-7892. Limited to 30 participants. A service of Mid Atlantic Cohousing.

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