Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration
AHRI is a national trade association that represents manufacturers
of more than 90 percent of U.S.-produced central air conditioning
and commercial refrigeration equipment. It publishes directories of
efficiency ratings online, in print, and on CD-ROM for all
certified air conditioners, heat pumps, and chillers.
The AHRI Web site includes an online bookstore
where the full text of AHRI standards (often accepted as "the
industry standard") and other documents are available for
Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)
The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of business,
government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote energy
efficiency and clean energy. Regarding new construction, the
Alliance works with building code experts, lending institutions,
the construction industry, real estate agents, and state and local
policymakers to develop and implement building standards and
innovative financing mechanisms. Covers both nonresidential and
American Council for
an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
ACEEE is a nonprofit organization that advocates energy efficiency
as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental
protection. ACEEE conducts technical and policy assessments;
publishes books, conference proceedings and reports; organizes
conferences and workshops; and more.
The Council advocates more stringent energy codes for new
buildings. ACEEE participates in the Building Code Assistance
Project to advocate for code upgrades at the state level.
of Architects (AIA)
This national organization of architects offers many
building-related resources (including e-mail discussion lists),
particularly for new construction. Two sub-groups of AIA that are
related to energy issues are the Center for
Building Performanceand the Center for the Environment. AIA
also has a group that focuses on advanced-technology
of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers
This organization of more than 50,000 engineers and other
building-industry professionals works to advance the fields of
heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration through
research, standards, continuing education, and publications.
The full text of selected ASHRAE standards and
other key documents are available online, along with many other
resources. Other ASHRAE publications can be purchased by calling
ASHRAE Customer Service (404-636-8400).
Energy Engineers (AEE)
This professional organization provides information on energy
efficiency, energy services, deregulation, plant engineering,
facilities management, environmental compliance and more. It also
sponsors seminars and conferences, as well as numerous professional
Building Codes Assistance
This nonprofit organization works to save energy in homes and
buildings by promoting the adoption and implementation of
commercial and residential building energy codes. BCAP provides
free help with implementing energy codes to states and
municipalities. It also is a clearinghouse of information on
building energy codes and other energy-saving strategies.
The Building Industry Exchange is a virtual Builders Exchange for
Building Industry Web sites on the Internet.
Building Owners and
Managers Association International (BOMA)
This international organization provides real estate professionals
with the tools to better manage office space, including improving
energy efficiency in existing and new buildings. BOMA sponsors
Skylines magazine, as well as continuing education courses and the
Most of the information on this site applies to existing
buildings, but some new construction information is scattered
Building Association (EEBA)
EEBA is an organization of builders, architects, utility staff,
engineers, building owners, code officials, manufacturers, and
others. The group promotes energy-efficient and environmentally
responsible buildings and communities. EEBA publishes reports,
conducts training workshops, and sponsors an annual"Excellence
in Buildings" conference.
Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
IESNA is the technical society for the lighting industry. The
society publishes recommended practices for office lighting,
outdoor lighting, and dozens of other applications, It also
produces the Lighting Handbook - a comprehensive manual of lighting
design. In addition, IESNA offers training programs that cover
basic and advanced lighting technologies.
Concrete Form Association (ICFA)
The Insulating Concrete Form Association represents the interests
of ICF manufacturers, fabricator/distributors, and associated
building professionals and promotes the use of ICFs through
education and dissemination of information.
Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)
The International Association of Lighting Designers and the
Lighting Industry Resource Council work together to create a forum
for lighting design professionals and manufacturers so that they
can work together to improve products, services, business practices
and lighting education.
Controls Association (LCA)
The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), an adjunct of the
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is the
association dedicated to educating the professional building
design, construction and management communities about the benefits
and operation of automatic switching and dimming controls. The site
features an education center covering the latest in lighting
controls and controllable ballast general information, research,
technical issues and application ideas.
on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP)
The NCQLP is the official administrator of the new LC certification, which establishes industry
professionals as "Lighting Certified." LC applicants must meet
certain criteria and pass a comprehensive exam to earn the LC
Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
NEMA is one of the leading standards-development organizations for
electrical equipment. The current EPACT motor efficiency standards
are based on standards developed by NEMA (such as NEMA
NEMA standards are sold online by a company called Global Engineering
of Building Sciences (NIBS)
The NIBS is a non-profit organization authorized by Congress to
act as a national resource of information on building science and
technology, and to foster communication between all groups
interested in building construction and maintenance. The NIBS Web
site features links to numerous information resources, as well as
programs such as the Building Enclosure
Technology and Environment Council and the Construction
Criteria Base (a database of 10,000 construction
National Lighting Product Information Program
The National Lighting Product Information Program is a non-profit,
independent effort to provide manufacturer-specific performance
data on efficient lighting productsin order to help consumers
(including contractors, homeowners, designers, and building
managers) find efficient, quality products that will meet their
lighting needs, and to help them use lighting effectively.
Defense Council (NRD)
The Natural Resources Defense Council provides a comprehensive
environmental perspective on what's happening in the world today.
You'll find everything environmental on NRDC's website, from quick
overviews and fun features to in-depth technical materials. The
hundreds of resources include news, legislative updates, scientific
research, policy analyses and an action center.
Renewable Energy Policy Project -
Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology, Residential
Heating and Cooling
This site is a Consumer Guide to heating and cooling and has
detailed lists of the most energy-efficient appliances for your
home. Using information such as that presented in the Consumer
Guide can help you lower your energy bill by hundreds of dollars a
year while making your home a more pleasant place to live.
Insulated Panel Association (SIPA)
The Structural Insulated Panel Association represents the
interests of SIP manufacturers, fabricator/distributors, and
associated building professionals and promotes the use of SIPS
through education and dissemination of information.
Industry Council (SBIC)
SBIC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the
design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental
soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings
nationwide. SBIC offers professional training, consumer education,
and energy analysis tools and is active in presenting workshops and
seminars geared toward improving building energy performance in
cities and towns throughout the nation.
Communities Network (SCN)
The Sustainable Communities Network addresses a broad range of
issues which demonstrate how innovative strategies can produce
communities that are more environmentally sound, economically
prosperous, and socially equitable. They provide resources to
increase the visibility of what has worked for other communities,
and to promote a lively exchange of information to help create
community sustainability in both urban and rural areas.
for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools aims to increase
the energy efficiency of public schools in California by marketing
information, service, and incentive programs directly at school
districts and designers. The Collaborative's goal is to facilitate
the design of high performance schools: environments that are not
only energy efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit and
contain the amenities needed for a quality education.
The Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE - the world's largest technical professional society -
advances the theory and practice of electrical engineering by
sponsoring seminars, and research. IEEE also writes
This group publishes about 25 percent of all technical papers on
electrical engineering topics worldwide. It is a valuable source of
technical information on issues such as power quality and
motor/variable-speed drive compatibility.
The site features online access to IEEE standards and
Building Council (USGBC)
This coalition of companies, environmental groups, and other
organizations is a center of debate and action on environmental
issues facing the building industry.
The mission of the USGBC is to accelerate the adoption of green
building practices, technologies, policies, and standards. For
instance, the Green Building Rating System (developed by the
USGBC) is an independent rating system for assessing the energy
efficiency and sustainability of commercial buildings.