Here is our complimentary resource library. Download one of our cohousing slideshows, listen to one of our podcast segments, read one of our publications about green building or cohousing, or find out more about sustainability or cohousing by visiting one of the linked websites shown below.
The Green Blueprint is our weekly segment on the local radio station WRSI The River (93.9 and 101.5) which can also be found at The WRSI podcast page.
Episode 1: Context and Lighting
Our first segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River discusses the importance of context in green design.
Episode 2: Designing to Support a Green Lifestyle
The next segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River discusses how buildings can be designed to support other elements of a sustainable lifestyle.
Episode 3: New Urbanism
The next segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River explains the New Urbanism movement and its connection to sustainability.
Episode 4: Build Tight, Ventilate Right
The fourth segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River explores the green adage “Build Tight, Ventilate Right,” and discusses the importance of the choice of ventilation system to a sustainable building.
Episode 5: An Old House
The fifth segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River looks at special considerations for designing a green renovation.
Episode 6: Envelope
The sixth segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River discusses the importance of an efficient, tight building envelope.
Episode 7: Green, Then Remodel
The seventh segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River talks about how to save money by prioritizing envelope or green renovations before doing aesthetic updates.
Episode 8: How to Go About the Green Process
The eighth segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River walks listeners through what an integrated design process looks like, and what its benefits are.
Episode 9: Stay Up-To-Date
The ninth segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River looks at how the green industry has been rapidly evolving, and talks about how important it is for an architect to be up to date with the most current information and technologies.
Episode 10: Cohousing
The tenth segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River looks at the cohousing movement and the opportunities it affords for green living in community.
Episode 11: Mary’s House
The eleventh segment of “The Green Blueprint” on WRSI The River considers a case study of Mary Kraus’ own zero-net energy renovation.
Published Works & White Papers
- Eco-Cohousing Design Part I – Smart Choices for Green Projects by Mary Kraus, published in Cohousing Journal, Spring 2002
- Eco-Cohousing Design Part II – Choices for a Sustainable Planet by Mary Kraus, published in Cohousing Journal, Spring 2002
- Common Sense Approaches to Common House Design by Laura Fitch, published in co-housing e-magazine, Spring 2004
- How Working Together Can Bring Us Together: Participatory Design Process by Mary Kraus, published in Northeast Sun Magazine, Spring 2006
- Can This Home be Greened? A 1953 Massachusetts Home by Mary Kraus, published in Natural Home Magazine, November / December 2006
- Can This Home be Greened? A Vermont Log Cabin by Mary Kraus, published in Natural Home Magazine, September / October 2007
- Green Homes Defined by Mary Kraus, published in SavoirFlair Magazine, 2008
- The Pioneer Valley Cohousing Annual Retreat by Laura Fitch, published in Reinventing Community, the magazine of cohousing
- Creating my Own Zero-Net Energy Home by Mary Kraus, published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette
External Cohousing Resources
Information & Organizations
- Cohousing list-serv
- Cohousing Resource Center
- The Cohousing Association of the United States
- Tours of cohousing communities
External Sustainability Resources
Information & Organizations
- Advanced Framing It’s cheaper and faster to build, and also saves energy. What’s not to like? By Joseph Lstiburek, an industry expert.
- Checklist Toward Zero Carbon The checklist is a step-by-step guide to comprehensively reducing your carbon footprint now. It’s a cut-and-paste job, compiled by Ken Levenson. It is hoped that people will download the checklist, copy it, edit it for their local conditions, and make it their own.
- Green Design at Mosaic Commons Information about green design elements at a Kraus-Fitch designed cohousing community.
- Healthy People Healthy Places A consulting service focused on solving the problems of environmentally induced illnesses. Run by Peggy Wolff, an environmental health consultant and nurse.
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) NESEA is the Northeast’s leading member organization of professionals working in sustainable energy, whole systems thinking, and clean technology. Or, as one member puts it, NESEA is “where all the really great geeks are.”
- The Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network A broad-based network of organizations and individuals who are dedicated to creating a just and sustainable future for the Pioneer Valley region.
- The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission The legally designated regional planning agency for the Pioneer Valley region in Western Massachusetts, the PVPC’s mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life for its individual member communities and for the region as a whole
- Within Reach (movie) A couple gave up their corporate jobs and their traditional houses to “bike-pack” thousands of miles around the USA. Their journey and their film answers the question: Is it possible for all of us to live in a sustainable way? They have found that not only is it possible but its already underway…
- Zero Net Energy Homes A non-profit site “designed to help builders, designers, and home buyers take meaningful steps towards radically reducing carbon emissions and energy bills by building Zero Net Energy Homes and Near Zero Energy Homes.” Check out some of our projects in their Photo Gallery.