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The following are information links and organizations that work in building science activities that are very helpful and useful.
ACI (Home Performance Coalition) - Affordable Comfort Inc. is working to advance the performance of residential buildings through unbiased education so that every family has a green home that is energy efficient, durable, comfortable, healthy, and safe, and every community has access to and values skilled home performance services. ACI offers some of the best building science training programs and conferences both nationally and regionally, with courses taught by the best building science educators.

ASTHMA Home Inspection Checklist - The Environmental Protection Agency has put together a thorough checklist for evaluating a home for asthma generating issues. The checklist can be used for pinning down the sources of asthma problems.

BCAP - Building Codes Assistance Project was established in 1994, as a joint initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Major funding for this website and for BCAP's advocacy and technical assistance work comes from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Foundation. BCAP provides custom-tailored assistance on building energy code adoption and implementation. We assist state and local regulatory and legislative bodies and help coordinate others representing environmental interests, consumers, labor, and industry. BCAP provides states with code advocacy assistance on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, and coordinates with DOE techncial assistance.

CMHC Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is Canada’s national housing agency. Established as a government-owned corporation in 1946 to address Canada’s post-war housing shortage, the agency has grown into a major national institution. CMHC is Canada’s premier provider of mortgage loan insurance, mortgage-backed securities, housing policy and programs, and housing research. The Canadians have done excellent research in building science and have tons of information and data on approaches that work and some that aren't quite so successful.

FurnaceCompare.com was established in 2002 to provide comprehensive, unbiased information about heating and cooling systems. While in the beginning, they focused solely on furnaces, they now cover more than 2,000 series (and more than 54,000 individual models) of air source heat pumps, boilers, central air conditioners, furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, pellet stoves, water heaters, outdoor wood furnaces and wood stoves.

Healthy Heating This is a really useful and informative site including many resources on the relationship between ventilation and health. The site is Moderated by Robert Bean who knows more about Indoor Air Quality issues than anyone around.

Home Energy Pros This is the "unique digital community by and for those who work in the home energy performance arena." This website was put together by Home Energy Magazine and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. It is a gathering of professionals who work with homes every day. You can pull out information about heating systems, testing, training, and a multitude of events.
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), the national HVACR industry association. HRAI is a partnership of industry sector organizations that represents Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors who provide the Canadian public with products and services for indoor comfort and essential refrigeration processes.
MortgageLoan.com Guide to Green Mortgages/Energy Efficient Mortgages: There are a lot incentives around to building more efficient housing, but it can be really confusing. This useful site provides unbiased information on how to go about securing an EEM or Energy Efficient Mortgage. These mortgages, "let you borrow extra money to pay for energy efficient upgrades to your current home or a new or old home that you plan to buy. The result is a more enviromentally friendly living space that uses fewer resources for heating and cooling and has dramatically lower utility costs." Mortgages

NCHH LogoThe National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH - formerly the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing) was founded as a nonprofit organization in October 1992, to bring the public health, housing, and environmental communities together to combat our nation's epidemic of childhood lead poisoning. As the National Center for Healthy Housing it continues its important role in reducing children's risk of lead poisoning and has expanded its mission to help to decrease children's exposure to other hazards in the home including biological, physical, and chemical contaminants in and around the home. The NCHH has done one of the most comprehensive comparative studies on green building programs "Comparing Green Building Guidelines".

Southface masthead logo With a longstanding reputation for providing sound environmental education and outreach programs, Southface has been recognized for excellence by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Institute of Architects, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Georgia Environmental Council, Earth Share of Georgia and numerous other industry and community organizations. Southface has some of the best building sciece training programs. They established one of the first Green Building Conferences, Greenprints.

Tax Incentives Assistance Project
The Tax Incentives Assistance Project sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the energy efficiency field, is designed to give consumers and businesses information they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and subsequently amended several times.