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ACCA is a non-profit trade association of service to the independent heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors. Check out their Points of Interest and Consumer Information page for help with selecting AC contractors, how to make your home more comfortable, indoor air quality and much more.

ABMA is the national, nonprofit trade association of manufacturers of commercial/institutional, industrial and power-generating boilers, related fuel burning equipment and environmental systems, users of boiler and boiler-related equipment, and companies which provide products and services to the combustion equipment industry.

AGA represents 195 local energy utility companies that deliver natural gas to more than 56 million homes, businesses and industries throughout the United States.

API is the trade association of the oil and natural gas industry.

APPA is the service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 43 million Americans.

ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers is an international organization of 50,000 persons with chapters throughout the world. The Society is organized for the sole purpose of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration for the public's benefit through research, standards writing, continuing education and publications. Through its membership, ASHRAE writes standards that set uniform methods of testing and rating equipment and establish accepted practices for the HVAC&R industry worldwide, such as the design of energy efficient buildings. The Society's research program, currently more than 100 research projects worth nearly $8 million, investigates numerous issues, such as identifying new refrigerants that are environmentally safe. ASHRAE organizes broad-based technical programs for presentation at its semiannual meetings and co-sponsors the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, the largest HVAC&R trade show in North America.

ASES is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment.

The American Wind Energy Association is a national trade association that represents wind power plant developers, wind turbine manufacturers, utilities, consultants, insurers, financiers, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry.

AEE is a society of over 8,000 professionals involved in all areas of the energy field. With a 19-year track record of excellence in service to its membership of energy and environmental engineering professionals, AEE is dedicated to remaining in the forefront of a rapidly changing network of industries. To serve its members, AEE seeks to provide practical direction and reasonable solutions in areas of energy management strategies, contingency planning, and viable alternatives for dealing with fuel price increases in a positive way.

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (formerly the Association of Demand-Side Management Professionals) is an association of nearly 2,000 utility executives, consultants, manufacturers, researchers, government regulators, and others concerned with promoting energy efficiency and value. Our members are individuals active in the energy services industry. Founded in 1989, the AESP conducts training courses, topical conferences, and workshops.

CIBSE is the British counterpart to the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The fifty or so files accessible from this server include links to UK sources and listings of our own publications, many of them concerned with building energy efficiency.

CTI's mission is to advocate and promote the use of environmentally responsible Evaporative Heat Transfer Systems (EHTS), cooling towers, and cooling technology for the benefit of the public by encouraging Education, Research, Standards Development and Verification, Government Relations, and Technical Information Exchange.

EEI is the premier trade association for U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, and serves international affiliates and industry associates worldwide. Our U.S. members serve almost 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry and nearly 70 percent of all electric utility ultimate customers in the nation, and generate over 70 percent of the electricity produced by U.S. electric utilities. Organized in 1933, EEI works closely with all of its members, representing their interests and advocating equitable policies in legislative and regulatory arenas.

EPSEA was founded in 1978 and is the oldest, continuously active, local solar organization in the United States. The purpose of EPSEA is to further the development and application of solar energy and related technologies with concern for ecologic, social and economic fabric of the region (West Texas, Southern New Mexico, Northern New Mexico).

The EEBA website offers online documents describing their mission, history, functions, programs, and membership options. Background information about attending, sponsoring, and participating at their annual conference and exposition; a draft of their "Criteria" for designing, constructing, and rehabilitating residential and small commercial buildings; and ordering information for available EEBA publications can also be obtained here.

The Energy Management Association of New Zealand is dedicated to the promotion of efficient and sustainable energy use. The organization structure and scope is presented in the Profile. A Code of Practice maintains the professional integrity of the Association and ensures that the Clients of Members are well served.

Energy User News, a Chilton business news magazine, reports on information for professional facility managers and their engineering staffs; the consultants, contractors, and architects who work with them; and companies that provide goods and services in the energy and energy-efficiency marketplace. Coverage includes all areas of managing energy-intensive building systems, and fuel and power acquisition.

Envirosense Consortium, Inc. is a non-profit organization of strategic companies and other Associations that address Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues. The Consortium provides educational programs that focus on proactive solutions for building, product, and maintenance systems.

GNET contains information resources on environmental news, innovative environmental technologies, government environmental technology programs, contracting opportunities, market assessments, market information, current events and other material of interest to the environmental technology community.

HPA is the UK's leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology and includes many of the country's leading manufacturers of heat pumps, components and associated equipment.

The IEA Heat Pump Centre is the International Energy Agency's information centre for heat pumping technologies, applications and markets. The HPC operates worldwide via a network of national contacts in its member countries.

IESNA is home to over 70 technical, research, design and application, and educational committees that study and report on all aspects of lighting. These committees set consensus standards and recommended practices which affect the public and the lighting professional alike. Once a year, hundreds of lighting professionals gather together at the IESNA Annual Conference to learn about the latest activities and advances in the industry. LIGHTFAIR, cosponsored by the IESNA, is the largest lighting trade show in the United States. The IESNA has over 90 local sections and 18 active student chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society. A non-profit organization, we promote the development and application of electrotechnology and allied sciences for the benefit of humanity, the advancement of the profession, and the well-being of our members.

As its name implies, the International Commission on Illumination—abbreviated as CIE from its French title Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage— is an organization devoted to international cooperation and exchange of information among its member countries on all matters relating to the science and art of lighting.

The IEC was founded in 1906 as a result of a resolution passed at the International Electrical Congress held in St. Louis (U.S.A.) in 1904. The object of the Commission is to promote international co-operation on all questions of standardization and related matters in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering and thus to promote international understanding. The IEC is composed of National Committees, of which there are 49 at present, representing all the industrial countries in the world.

Geothermal Heat Pumps are a technology that save energy, money, and repairs, while providing superior air-conditioning and heating comfort. If you are interested in Energy Efficiency, HVAC, Geothermal Energy, Solar Energy, Water Source Heat Pumps, Earth Energy, the Environment, New Technology, Home Building, Commercial, Residential, or the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA); then you've come to the right place.

ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. ISO's work results in international agreements which are published as International Standards.

NAESCO's mission is to promote the delivery by ESCOs of comprehensive energy services including energy efficiency, to maximize customer benefits and environmental sustainability. NAESCO accomplishes this mission by encouraging high standards of quality and integrity among its members; disseminating information about developing technologies and their appropriate applications; participating in legislative and regulatory proceedings which affect energy policy; ensuring the best use of ESCOs in the delivery of energy services; providing opportunities to share and publicize ESCO project successes; and generally speaking on behalf of the Association membership when its welfare and that of the public requires a single voice.

NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our Economics Group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry. NAHB also hosts the Construction Forecast Conference held twice a year to help you keep on top of housing and the economy. Check our economic and housing data regularly for the latest updates and insights.

NAHB's Home Builder Press and Bookstore were established to publish and sell high quality professional development and educational products to the building industry. Our goal is to provide these products at a reasonable price, while maintaining the highest standards of professional integrity. We hope you will find them challenging, productive, and a good value.

BUILDER Online is the ultimate professional resource to help you succeed in today's competitive home building market. The home page of BUILDER Online groups the content into two wells of information. In the left-hand column you'll find easy access to our many databases. You can find product specs and manufacturers via ebuild, books from our bookstore, house plans from eplans, free subscriptions to our e-mail newsletters, and services and software for builders from our BUILDER Yellow Pages. You can start your searches right from the home page, to speed you toward your goals. And these searchable databases are always one click away in the left-hand column of the site, even as you move deeper into the site.

The NAHB Research Center was founded in 1964 as a separately incorporated, wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB has 182,000 members, including more than 50,000 who build more than 80 percent of all U.S. homes. The Research Center keeps the U.S. home building closely tied to new technology and changing needs. Through this and through testing and certification of building products, the Research Center maintains the position of American homes as the best in the world.

NARUC concerns itself with the advancement of commission regulation through the study and discussion of subjects concerning the operation and supervision of public utilities and carriers, the promotion of uniformity of regulation of public utilities and carriers by the several commissions, the promotion of coordinated action by the commissions of the several States to protect the common interests of the people with respect to the regulation of public utilities and carriers, and the promotion of cooperation of the commissions of the several States with each other and with the Federal commissions represented in the Association. This list includes the titles, number of pages, dates and prices per copy of the latest editions of publications available from the NARUC.

Since its formation in 1946, the NPC has prepared over 200 reports, which deal with virtually every aspect of oil and gas operations. NPC reports include: examinations of the ongoing and future operations and requirements of the U.S. oil and gas industries; statistical studies descriptive of these industries; delineations of the U.S. oil and gas resource base; and comprehensive analyses of the domestic energy supply/demand situation. On numerous occasions, the Council has provided advice on governmental response to emergency situations, both prospective and actual. Other studies have focused on environmental and energy conservation, technology, and legal issues.

NPGA is the national trade association representing the U.S. propane industry. Our membership includes small businesses and large corporations engaged in the retail marketing of propane gas and appliances; producers and wholesalers of propane equipment; manufacturers and distributors of propane gas appliances and equipment; fabricators of propane gas cylinders and tanks; and propane transporters.

NRCA, established in 1886, is one of the construction industry's oldest trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals worldwide. It is an association of roofing, roof deck, and waterproofing contractors; industry-related associate members, including manufacturers, distributors, architects, consultants, engineers, city, state and federal government agencies; and international members. NRCA has more than 4,000 members and is affiliated with 99 state, regional, and international roofing contractor associations.

Founded in 1942, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve. NRECA's more than 900 member cooperatives serve 40 million people in 47 states.

NERC's mission is to promote the reliability of the electricity supply for North America. In short, NERC helps electric utilities and other electricity suppliers work together to keep the lights on. It does this by reviewing the past for lessons learned, monitoring the present for compliance with policies, criteria, standards, principles, and guides, and assessing the future reliability of the bulk electric systems.

NAIMA is a trade association of North American (United States, Canada and Mexico) manufacturers of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products. NAIMA members manufacture the vast majority of fiber glass, rock and slag wool insulations produced and used in North America. The website offers information on products used for residential buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, HVAC/Duct systems, and more.

Guide to colleges offering an online engineering degree.

For over twenty years, SEIA has been the national trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, and engineers in the photovoltaic and solar thermal industries. SEIA is dedicated to promoting the use and acceptance of solar technology in the world marketplace through publications, statistics and marketing data, policy development, education and outreach to the general consumer, and its annual conference, SOLTECH.

SBIC is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of America's buildings.