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Details of Historic Vernacular Homes in Florida

Save Money: Green & Energy Efficient Remodeling

Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc.
Florida-specific information, home guide, and checklists for new homes and remodeling.
REGREEN Residential Remodeling
Green case study projects plus an interactive tool to help identify just the right green application for your very own project.
An EPA partnership program to save water and protect the environment. Learn more about WaterSense and what you can do to help make every drop count.
Building America: Hot-Humid Climate
US Department of Energy's in-depth Best Practices Handbook and Case Studies for climate-specific residential building projects. Links to other climate zones available.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
Comprehensive, searchable source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Save Space: Quality not Quantity

The Not So Big House website
"The Not So Big House book series by Sarah Susanka brings to light a new way of thinking about what makes a place feel like home - characteristics many people desire in their homes and their lives, but haven't known how to verbalize. How big is Not So Big? Not So Big doesn't necessarily mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed, but designed and built to perfectly suit the way you live." (Copyright 1998-2012 Susanka Studios. Not So Big(R) is a registered trademark of Susanka Studios.)

Houzz website
"Home design, decorating and remodeling ideas and inspiration, kitchen and bathroom design."

Stay in Place: Universal Design & Independent Living

IDeA: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
Research and publications on remodeling for aging-in place, handicapped features, visitability, accessible design, and more.
Center for Universal Design
Pamphlets showing techniques for home modifications, including how to construct a barrier-free, curbless, no step shower.
Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities. Includes the Fair Housing requirements and the tenant's rights, as well as finding or remodeling accessible housing.

Stay in Place: Safe from Natural Disasters

Hurricane Retrofit Guide
Proven information to help you strengthen your home for today's updated building codes based on hurricane wind loads.

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
Learn how to be prepared and protect your home from Earthquakes, Extreme Temperatures, Flood, Hail, Hurricanes, Lightning, Rip Currents, Terrorism, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Tsunami, and Wildfires.
FORTIFIED for Safer Living
Where building safety research leads to real-world solutions.
FEMA Mapping Information
Check your flood zone easily here.