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Alliance for Sustainable Building Products – set up to champion the cause of sustainable building products

Association for Environment-Conscious Building (AECB) – directory of UK companies and organisations involved in ecological construction – builders, architects & products

BREEAM – ‘the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings

Builders Without Borders – international network of ecological builders working together for a sustainable

Building Research Establishment (BRE) – independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries

Dirt Cheap Builder – books and resources on natural building

Ecological Building Network – US site: ‘collaborative group of builders, scientists, architects and engineeers sharing the best knowledge we can find for everyone’s benefit’

Green Building Calculator – made by Brian Murphy of the Green Building Encyclopedia, it helps people to pick the right materials with the right U-values and to assess their environmental impact.

Green Building Press – green building magazines, books, info

Green Register – directory of green building professionals, engineers, architects, eco-refurbishers

Green Spec – directory of sustainable building products and contractors

INTBAU – international organisation supporting traditional building and local character

Natural Homes – interactive map of natural homes around the world, with lots of beautiful case studies

Open Source Ecology – network of farmers & engineers creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open-source, low-cost, platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization – this site has to be seen to be believed

Passive & Low-Energy Architecture – organisation engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through annual international conferences, workshops and publications

Planning Portal – information on Building Regulations

Power Tool Spares – get difficult spares for power tools

Salvo – directory of salvage yards for recycled timber and building materials (UK and international)

Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) – promoting ecological design in Scotland

The Self-Build Guide – site providing information to assist in building your own home

Self-Build It – more information for self-builders

The Self-Build Portal – portal site for potential self-builders

Sustainable Build – articles and directory of suppliers


International Passive House Association – promote the Passive House Standard and foster a greater public understanding of its significance

PassivHaus Trust – non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology

Passive House Designers – listing of over 3000 passive house designers and consultants around the world

Passive House Institute – independent research institute that has played a crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept – the only internationally recognised, performance-based energy standard in construction

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