Green Architecture

This is the web page for Arcosanti, a prototype city founded by Paolo Soleri. The information is mostly based on the thoughts and of Paolo Soleri, an architect who has published several books on his views of urban living. The objective of the page is clearly defined: to further Soleri’s views. It is kept up to date as shown by the many workshops available currently and in the future.

This is the web page for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, an organization that is promoting the use of green roofs throughout North America. It is a network of both private and public interests. They support green roof technologies and are actively engaged in the spread of such technologies. It covers a variety of subjects about green roofs including benefits, financing, resources, and installation. The information is very up-to-date and they have a link to The First North American Green Roof Infrastructure Conference Awards and Trade Show., which I found as a link from I don’t know where, I found the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems (  It has connections to research publications in the fields of Agriculture, Buildings, Transportation, Renewable Energy and Packaging.  They are jam-packed with great information, and it tells you the author and sponsor.  I am pretty sure they are all associated with the U of M.  For example: Life Cycle Based Indicators for Sustainable Agriculture, sponsored by the National Pollution Prevention Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region V, North Central Region Sustainable Agricultre Research & Education; written by Martin Heller and Gregory Keoleian; researched by the Heller, Aistars research team.  Nice, huh?  The more specific site is Sustainable Architecture.  Okay, this is a selfish site to post, but it is fantastic.  It has free information from journal articles, bibliographies, citations, publications, etc.  It also has listings of good book and journal references.  Comes complete with email, phone and address contact info and last revision date.


Sustainable Architecture, Building, and Culture (since 1996)
P.O. Box 30085, Santa Barbara, CA 93130, USA
Me:    Yet another site dedicated to directing our inquiring minds into the nooks and crannies of the web where all of the useful information is hidden away.  You just click on internet resources and it leads you to a list of topic choices.  Click on a topic and it leads you to a list of specific sites.  Click on a site of your choosing and BINGO!  More likely than not you have found quality info.  This site is overall extremely helpful in filtering out the crap you get from search engines and narrowing your search down to information.  The cherry on top, they welcome your comments about the web site, and suggest that you email them.  (P.S. This site has useful connections to transportation, air quality, permaculture, etc.  Not just Architecture)
Them:  Directory of Green Building and Environmental Health Professionals and an Internet Resource Center for Sustainable Development, Green Building & Environmental Health is a web site devoted to exploring the relationship between ecology (a branch of science concerned with the relationships between organisms and their environment).and sustainability (to provide with nourishment), and how we can apply these values to our daily lives. It is our goal to nourish and strengthen ecologically oriented design, construction and lifestyle choices.  SustainableABC is devoted to developing a community of eco-conscious citizens, building bridges between the public eco-professionals, and developing tools for eco professionals to network with each other. Your hosts are Roy Prince, Architect and Deb Stanton, Environmental Consultant.  Solar Design Associates
(SDA) is North America's oldest, largest, and most respected building design firm dedicated to the artistic integration of solar energy in homes and buildings and it shows through their website.  You can take a tour of a solar home, find services for architects, and look at recent developments in solar energy.

The Home Energy Saver

            At this site anyone in the U.S. can test a home’s energy efficiency by just entering in a zip code.  Additionally this site offers a refined search that will allow one to enter more specific information about their house (i.e. appliances, insulation, windows, etc.).  Then an instantaneous graph compares your home to an energy efficient home and provides tips on improving efficiency.  This an easy exercise to gauge how much energy is used and often wasted in your home.

The National Solar Architecture Research Unit of The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia created this site.  The links and references have been collected as a resource for people looking for information on sustainability, architecture, and environmental design.  This website’s downfall is its relatively small size.  It provides no documents, only links to recommended websites.  The website was created by the Media and Marketing staff of UNSW.  There is contact information available.  The site was last updated January 19, 2001.

Residential Energy Efficiency

This site contains an extensive list of fact sheets to provide homeowners with information for increasing energy efficiency.  The scope of information ranges from “Energy-Efficient Windows” to “Environmental and Energy Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps”.  Each fact sheet ends with a list of organizations pertinent to the subject.  The website is organized by “Northwest Builders Network”. BB

Home Energy Magazine is a nonprofit organization that maintains this web site ( It includes information on residential energy conservation, articles for do-it-your-self home owners and a training calendar for contractors to build more energy-efficient homes. SF

This article from May 1999 is from It gives examples of cost-effective ways to incorporate green building techniques and how building green saves money in the long run. SF

The City of Austin’s Green Building Program and Sustainable Sources agreed to make this Sourcebook available in electronic format in early 1994.  It contains guidelines and information for the design and construction of a number of different Green building techniques, from sunspaces and straw bale houses to roof ponds and passive solar water heating.  Specific topics covered are Water, Energy, Building Materials, and Solid Waste.  AH

This site explains “technologies and practices that improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial and multi-unit residential buildings.”  The information can be applied to overall efficiency in buildings in general.  It gives the definition, description, benefits, limitations, applications, experience, and costs of many efficient building strategies. AH

This is a sub site within a site for use by all geography students and teachers, although much of it has been designed with the Northern Ireland Geography Curriculum in mind. The topic discussed is the city of Belfast. The topics discussed include the urban structure of Belfast, the central business district, and a few others. The topic that caught my attention was Belfast - a sustainable city? They talk about the ecological footprint and show how much affect a small area can have on the whole. An interesting way to incorporate this concept into more mainstream education. E