Cohousing and Green Building Resources, Links and Contacts


Eco Housing Corp. and EDG Architects LLC.

Cohousing Association of the United States
Promotes the appreciation, interest, understanding, and development of cohousing nationally and internationally.

Mid-Atlantic Cohousing
Promotes and supports the efforts of people to create cohousing communities in the mid-Atlantic region. A complete list of communities and contacts in the mid-Atlantic region can be found at

Building Green Inc.
Foremost private-sector resource for green building information, including Environmental Building News, monthly journal, Green Spec Product Directory, Green Building Advisor, Annual Bibliography and green building listserves.

Iris Communications
Searchable database with basic info about green building products. On-line catalog of sustainable design reference material.

US Green Building Council
Information on the Council, its activities, and LEED Green Building Rating System.

Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
A public-private partnership to improve the development, dissemination, and use of new housing technologies.

SustainableBuild (UK) contains an extensive collection of features and articles written by professional journalists and experts - who have a particular interest, or a background in sustainable building techniques, materials and participants.

US Department of Energy (DOE)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network

Referral to more than 100 tools on energy efficiency and other information.

US Department of Energy High Performance Buildings Database
A new online database with indepth case studies on a variety of U.S. green buildings, including Eco Housing’s Takoma Village Cohousing.

US Dept of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Energy Star Programs: Homepage for Energy Star Homes, commercial buildings and labeled products.



Building Sustainable Neighborhoods for Today's Housing Market. Detailed interviews with top three cohousing developers in the US. Companion book with budgets and other details also available. Order: or call 1-866-620-2646


Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Living independently. The Handbook. Charles Durrett, published by Ten Speed Press, Fall 2005 / Paper with flaps. ISBN: 0-945929-30-7.

The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community,
by Chris Hanson, ©1996. Published by Hartley & Marks Publishers,
Inc., ISBN 0-88179-126-1

Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves,
by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, ©1988, 1994,
published by Ten Speed Press, ISBN 0-89815-539-8

Collaborative Communities, by Dorit Fromm ©1991
Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, ISBN 0-442-23785-5

Building Sustainable Neighborhoods for Today's Housing Market. Detailed information on each of three cohousing communities developed by the top three cohousing developers in the US. Companion DVD a MUST! Order: or call 1-866-620-2646

House, by Tracy Kidder ©1999
Published by Mariner Books, ISBN 0-618-00191-3

A Primer on Sustainable Building
Excellent introduction to green building concepts and their importance – easy read; a good place to start. Available from:
Rocky Mountain Institute
1739 Snowmass Creek Road, Snowmass, CO 81654-9199
Phone 970-927-3851/ Fax 970-927-4178


Cohousing: The Journal of the Cohousing Association of the United States (quarterly). The Spring 2002 issue featured an article about Designing and Building Green at Eco Housing's Takoma Village. Telephone: 303-413-9227.

Environmental Building News, monthly journal. The September 2002 issue features Cohousing communities, including Eco Housing's Takoma Village. See article.

Environmental Design and Construction Magazine
Periodical with editorials, case studies and other information. Free magazine with annual subscription. All content is also on-line at


Mid Atlantic Cohousing regional conferences, workshops and bus tours held annually.
North American Cohousing Conference held annually.
ontact: The Cohousing Association of the United States. []


  • The Cohousing-L. About 500 participants use this list many of whom currently live in a cohousing community; excellent source of up-to-the-minute info on cohousing. Sign up .
  • Green Building is a discussion forum for anyone interested in green building issues on all types of projects. Sign up.
  • Green Clips. Accessible, concise, frequently updated real examples in a free bi-weekly email.
    Email or visit

Irregularly held live telephone conference call on topics of interest to cohousers of all stripes. Topics are announced on The Cohousing-L e-mail list service and include: Common House design; working w/ professionals; children in cohousing; dealing with dogs, and more. First Thursday of the month at 10:00 EST. Reserve a space or find out topics or call 202-291-7892. Limited to 30 participants. A service of Mid Atlantic Cohousing

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