Cohousing and Green Building Resources, Links and Contacts
Eco Housing Corp. and EDG Architects LLC.
Cohousing Association of the United
Promotes the appreciation, interest,
understanding, and development of cohousing nationally and internationally.
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 www.MidAtlanticCohousing.org
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
Searchable database with basic info about green building products. On-line
catalog of sustainable design reference material.
Green Building Council
Information on the Council, its activities, and LEED Green Building Rating
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.
Department of Energy (DOE)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Referral to more than 100 tools on energy efficiency and other information.
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.
Dept of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Energy Star Programs:
Homepage for Energy Star Homes, commercial buildings and labeled products.
GREEN BUILDING ORGANIZATIONS:
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: www.MidAtlanticCohousing.org 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.
Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community,
by Chris Hanson, ©1996. Published by Hartley & Marks Publishers,
Inc., ISBN 0-88179-126-1
A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves,
by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, ©1988, 1994,
published by Ten Speed Press, ISBN 0-89815-539-8
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: www.MidAtlanticCohousing.org or call 1-866-620-2646
by Tracy Kidder ©1999
Published by Mariner Books, ISBN 0-618-00191-3
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
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:
Building News, monthly journal. The September 2002 issue
features Cohousing communities, including Eco Housing's Takoma Village.
Design and Construction Magazine
Periodical with editorials, case studies and other information. Free magazine
with annual subscription. All content is also on-line at www.edcmag.com
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
regional conferences, workshops and bus tours held annually.
North American Cohousing Conference held annually.
The Cohousing Association of the United States. [http://cohousing.org]
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
Building is a discussion forum for anyone interested in green
building issues on all types of projects. Sign
Clips. Accessible, concise, frequently updated real examples
in a free bi-weekly email.
Email ChrisHammer@greenclips.com or visit www.greenclips.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 202-291-7892. Limited to 30 participants. A service of Mid Atlantic Cohousing.
contact Eco Housing Corp.
Environmental Design Group,
see information in the footer below.