Green Building Advisor Martin Holladay’s Musings of an Energy Nerd.
zeroandbeyond.com Spartan and Hannah’s super energy-efficient build.
Potwine Passive House GO Logic Passive House project from owner’s POV.
Four Thick Walls Deep energy retrofit project in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
Edgewater Haus Passive House project. A lot of information on planning and choosing materials – their struggles with choosing windows is definitely worth reading.
Modern in Minnesota Cool house project – a lot of interesting design details.
Matt Risinger Austin, TX based builder — a lot of useful green building info.
Bleu Nest Passive House blog by builder.
Vermont Passive Passive House building principles from homeowner’s POV.
Life of an Architect Building process from an architect’s POV — definitely worth reading.
Green Building / Architecture / Design:
Sarah Susanka The Not So Big House
Julie Torres Moskovitz The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design
Sheri Koones Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid
Janet Cotterell The Passivhaus Handbook
Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein A Pattern Language
Kevin McCloud 43 Principles of Home
Alain de Botton The Architecture of Happiness
Matthew Frederick 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
Cristina Paredes Benitez Small ECO Houses: Living Green in Style
Leonard Koren Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Andrew Juniper Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence
Permaculture / Landscaping:
Masanobu Fukuoka The One Straw Revolution
Toby Hemenway Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture
Sepp Holzer Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
Edward O. Wilson Biophilia
Peter Bane The Permaculture Handbook
Will Allen The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities
Eric Toensmeier Paradise Lot
Jessi Bloom, Dave Boehnlein Practical Permaculture
Ann Ralph Grow a Little Fruit Tree
Paul Stamets Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
B.C. Wolverton How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home or Office
John Greenlee The American Meadow Garden (lots of info and beautiful photos throughout)
Lew French Stone By Design (includes many photos of his intricate, amazing work)
Dan Snow In the Company of Stone (more beautiful examples of stone in the landscape)
Art Ludwig Create an Oasis with Greywater
Brad Lancaster Rainwater Harvesting
Robert Kourik Drip Irrigation: For Every Landscape and All Climates
greenbuildingadvisor.com Great research tool, but watch out — information overload!
buildingscience.com When you start reading about “green” building, two names, both with BSC, keep popping up over and over: Joseph Lstiburek and John Straube. Great research tool.
greenguard.org Greenguard Certification. Independent third party (part of UL) testing organization that researches product claims regarding “green” status.
jetsongreen.com A lot of interesting green building info.
treehugger.com Great info, always interesting articles, more wide-ranging than just construction.
proudgreenhome.com Green building info.
greenbuildingsupply.com Located in Iowa.
foursevenfive.com 475 High Performance Building Supply. Passive House oriented supplies (many European in origin).
smallplanetsupply.com Energy-efficient building materials and info; for consumers, a sister company to 475 High Performance Building Supply.
afmsafecoat.com (low/No VOC paints and finishes)
gologic.us GO Logic. Design/Build firm located in Maine. Lots of useful info, and their projects are always interesting.
hammerandhand.com Passive House-Green builder in Seattle/Portland area. Lots of useful info and fantastic videos — indispensable for DIYers tackling a Passive House-level new build.
living-future.org From their website: “We are committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world….”
permies.com Plenty of info, regardless of experience with permaculture principles. Great learning tool. Useful forums to share, or just read about, problems/solutions.
geofflawton.com Really interesting permaculture projects from around the world. Great videos.
midwestpermaculture.com They are based in Illinois. I did a phone consultation with husband and wife team Bill & Becky Wilson — extremely nice people, and definitely worth it.
Journal of Light Construction
Mother Earth News
This Old House (PBS)
Rehab Addict (HGTV)
Grand Designs. UK, Channel 4 program that follows the progress of unique builds from start to finish — sometimes shows up on YouTube — always interesting, many of them “green” builds. It has Australian and New Zealand spin-offs that are equally good.
Growing a Greener World (PBS)
The Victory Garden (PBS)
P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home (PBS)
Wisconsin Foodie (PBS)
BUYING PLANTS ONLINE
naturalgardening.com Great selection of organic seeds and veggie transplants.
groworganic.com Peaceful Valley Farm Supply — wide variety of products, seeds, plants, and even fruit and nut trees.
bluestoneperennials.com Wide selection of ornamental ground covers, flowers, shrubs, and even some trees.
highcountrygardens.com Western/Southwestern US selection of plants. I’ve had good luck with many of them in the Chicago suburbs as long as they’re at least Zone 5 rated. Their Agastache (Hummingbird Mint) varieties are perfect for attracting pollinators, but especially hummingbirds!
johnnyseeds.com Employee-owned company supplying seeds, plants, and tools.
seedsavers.org Seed Savers Exchange. Wide selection of heirloom seeds — you can share with small growers all over the US. Great info on site. Based in Decorah, Iowa — definitely worth a visit to check out their facilities, but also the downtown area and surrounding area has a lot to offer in terms of shopping and outdoor activities, including great parks and forest preserves.
prairienursery.com Supplier of Midwest natives.
seedsofchange.com Large selection of organic seeds and seedlings.
dahlias.com Swan Island Dahlias. Large selection of beautiful dahlias — they’re a little fussy, but well worth the effort — hard to beat for size and color, and they make great, long-lasting cut flowers.