Green Resources

Local Area Green Builders & Architects

A list of some of the prominent green builders and architects who serve Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.

We Buy Local
A website to easily source local goods and services, sponsored by the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. Search and support local businesses, so your $$ spent are in the communities where you live, work, attend school and play.


Solar Tribune's Guide to Solar Panels and Guide to Solar Thermal Energy

Designed to cover everything you need to know before going solar. Comprehensive resources created by solar experts at the Solar Tribune.

The Residential Services Energy Network

The site provides a list of “certified raters” who can qualify a home for state and federal tax credits, as well as energy efficient mortgages.

 

Green Building Certificate Institute

Here you’ll find a directory of architects, builders, contractors, and developers who are LEED certified.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system which is national in scope.


Global Green
This website offers a search application to find green building products and services in your local area, including contractors, suppliers, landscapers, interior designers and green resorts & hotels.

 

Energy Star

An extensive website of information regarding energy efficient appliances, new home features and home improvements.

 

Greenandsave.com

A comprehensive website offering Return on Investment calculations for home improvements, directories of green professionals, carbon calculators, green articles and more.

 

Database of NC State Incentives

This website lists North Carolina Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, including tax credits, tax exemptions, rebate & loan programs, and utility discounts and rebates.

 

NC Green Building Council

A non-profit organization with a mission of promoting green building practices and knowledge in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel-Hill area and eastern North Carolina.

 

New Ecology Inc. 
The site features EnergyTracker is an on-line tool available free of charge for monitoring and analyzing the energy use of multifamily and single family housing.

US Department of Energy Builder’s Challenge
This resource provides a list of builders who have joined the Builder’s Challenge, committing to constructing homes that rate 70 or better on the EnergySmart Home Scale  and that deliver comfort, quality, durability, and a healthy indoor environment consistent with the Department of Energy's Building America performance criteria. 


The National Green Pages
This innovative website advertises itself as the nation’s only directory of screened and approved green businesses.  Visitors to the site can search by category or state to find a myriad of green businesses in their area, from clothing and health, to food, office, travel and transport.


Ecologo
Ecologo offers third party certification of environmentally preferable consumer products.  The site certifies environmental leaders in over 120 product and service categories, “helping customers find and trust the world’s most sustainable products.”

Ecosystem Valuation
This resource is designed for consumers who need answers to questions about the benefits of ecosystem conservation, preservation or restoration.