Associations and Organizations
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
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 sale.
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 residential applications.
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.
American Institute 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 facilities.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
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).
Association of 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 certification programs.
Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP)
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.
Building Industry Exchange
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 annual Office Building Show.
Most of the information on this site applies to existing buildings, but some new construction information is scattered throughout.
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.
Energy-Efficient 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.
Illuminating 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.
Insulating 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.
International 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.
Lighting 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.
National Council 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 designation.
National Electrical 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 12-10).
NEMA standards are sold online by a company called Global Engineering Documents.
National Institute 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 documents).
National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP)
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.
Natural Resources 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.
Structural 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.
Sustainable Building 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.
Sustainable 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.
The Collaborative 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 standards.
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 other resources.
U.S. Green 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.