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BUILDING Organizations & Agencies

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Below are some valuable resources that put the homeowner in contact with local, national and international organizations and agencies who protect homeowners throughout the building process. These organizations and agencies provide support and information for understanding the laws and policies in your area.

AIBD (American Institute of Building Design) - AIBD is a nonprofit organization established in 1950 dedicated to the development, recognition, and enhancement of the profession of building design. AIBD strives to protect and enhance our member's ability to practice their profession.

ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) - ASLA is a national professional association representing landscape architects.Visit this site for a wide variety of products and services.

Energy Star - Energy Star qualified products and practices help you save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE. The Energy Star label also designates superior energy performance in homes and buildings.

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) - The EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. View the agency's complete srategic plan, annual report and policy resources.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) - FSC is an international not-for-profit organization that brings people together to find solutions to the problems created by bad forestry practices and to reward good forest management.

Habitat for Humanity - Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 250,000 houses with families in need.

HPMA (House Plan Marketing Association) - An organization that embraces the excellence, ethics, and quality in design while establishing, promoting and enforcing standards (plan standards, copyright standards, and information standards) within the industry.

NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) - The voice of the housing industry and designed for those interested in home building and the industry containing resources for both members and consumers.

New Urban Guild - Members of this Guild include architects, landscape architects, designers and urbanists.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - HUD's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. Check out the provided information by state.