Custom Home Building Resources

State and National Links

Energy Star Custom Home Building in Durango

ENERGY STAR -- ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-efficient improvements that deliver better performance, greater comfort, and lower utility bills.


DOE Custom Home Builder in Durango DOE Zero Energy Ready Home -- A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a high performance home which is so energy efficient, that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption.

NAHB Custom Home Building in Durango with desgin buildNAHB Research Center Green Program -- Through the National Green Building Program, the National Association of Home Builders is helping its members move the practice of green building into the mainstream. Energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality are increasingly incorporated into the everyday process of home building.

NAHB Custom Home Building in Durango with desgin buildEPA Indoor airPLUS - EPA created Indoor airPLUS to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality. Additional construction specifications include moisture control systems; heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems; combustion-venting systems; radon resistant construction; and low-emitting building materials.

A builder must first design a home to earn the ENERGY STAR label — the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. The result is a home that is significantly more energy efficient than a home built to minimum code, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Built Green Colorado contractor in durangoBuilt Green Colorado -- Introduced in 1995, Built Green Colorado is one of oldest and largest green home building programs in the nation. Originally a voluntary industry-driven certification program for new home construction offered to builders across the western states, the program now is focused on educating builders and others in the construction industry in sustainable building techniques. The purpose of Built Green Colorado is still to encourage home builders to use technologies, products and practices that result in homes that are better built and better for the environment.

Colorado Green Building Guild -- The Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG) is a non-profit trade organization representing a wide range of leaders in the green building movement.

Colorado Energy Office -- Providing information and links on the states role in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) and information and links to available rebates.

Energy Efficient Building Association -- Nonprofit organization dedicated to energy efficient building and environmentally sound development.

USGBC Member durango custom home builder USGBC LEED for Homes -- LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.

Durango, CO Area Links

4CORE4CORE -- The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) mission is to advance resource efficiency. They provide free or low-cost educational opportunities for home builders and homeowners throughout the region.

Green Business Round Table/San Juan Citizens Alliance -- San Juan Citizens Alliance is a grass roots organization dedicated to social, economic and environmental justice in the San Juan Basin. They organize San Juan Basin residents to protect our water and air, our public lands, our rural character, and our unique quality of life while embracing the diversity of our region’s people, economy and ecology.

Durango Discovery Museum -- Durango, Colorado's hands-on, interactive science center for all ages.

Sustainability Alliance of SW Colorado -- SASCO's mission is to promote sustainability in Southwest Colorado through facilitation, communication, and community collaboration.

Durango Mountain Resort - A mountain community that feels like home but is like no place you've ever been. A central ground between the quintessential Colorado mountain town of Durango and the uniqueness of the Four Corners Region.

Durango Chamber of Commerce -- Chamber of Commerce for Durango, Colorado.

Durango Herald -- Daily newspaper serving Durango, Colorado

Durango Telegraph -- The Independent Weekly Line on Durango and Beyond

Durango Downtown -- Durango Colorado community and vacation guide.

LPEA -- La Plata County Electric Association offers renewable energy and energy efficient rebates

Annadel Building Solutions, LLC -- An experienced local energy rater who can assist you with residential or commercial 3rd-party verification. Contact Mike Frisoni at