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Efficiency Articles


REACHBarrier offers an extensive library of energy efficiency, management and related online links and resources. Links are displayed by category (on separate pages). To help in your evaluation of the link, a brief explanation is provided for each.

Inclusion in this list does not represent an endorsement by this web site, although we do try to be selective - and reserve the right to do so.

The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) is a federally sponsored industrial energy efficiency program operating within the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) at the University of Massachusetts.

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
A leader in the design of sustainable buildings and developments.

Center for Resourceful Building Technology (CRBT)
Promotes environmentally responsible construction practices .

Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA)
A housing industry association dedicated to the development, dissemination, and acceptance of information for energy and resource-efficient buildings.

Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Official energy statistics from the U.S. government.
Web site for professional homebuilders, contractors, and remodelers.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Energy Performance of Buildings Group—A U.S. Department of Energy laboratory specializing in problems associated with whole-building integration involving modeling, measurement, design, and operation.

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
Serves the public interest by promoting a more rational regulatory environment for the building community.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Buildings Technology Center
A U.S. Department of Energy research facility devoted to the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings.

Southface Energy Institute
An education and research facility specializing in energy, building science, and environmental technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program
BestPractices has a variety of resources to help address your company's energy management needs and make decisions a little easier. BestPractices offers a range of software tools and databases that can help you self-assess your plant's steam, compressed air, motor, and process heating systems. The program also provides an extensive library of publications covering just about every aspect of energy management.

SWEEP is a public-interest initiative that promotes greater energy efficiency in a six-state region, including: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

CANMET Energy Technology Centre (CETC)
The CANMET Energy Technology Centre (CETC) is one of the main research and development arms of Natural Resources Canada. CETC develops and delivers knowledge- and technology-based programs for the sustainable production and use of Canada's energy supply.

Building America
Building America is a private/public partnership that develops energy solutions for new and existing homes. The Building America project combines the knowledge and resources of industry leaders with the U.S. Department of Energy's technical capabilities. Together, they act as a catalyst for change in the home-building industry.

Advanced Energy Corporation (AEC)
Advanced Energy Corporation is a national resource that aids utility, industrial, and residential customers improve the return on their energy investment.

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
Design a residential heating and cooling system based on best practice recommendations from Air Conditioning Contractors of America Manuals J, S, and D.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.

BuildingGreen, Inc.
An independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings.

Web page providing best practices in homebuilding.

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