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How do I find a list of Green builders (contractors) in my area? I’m in New Jersey and we’re in the northern part of the state.

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I want to expand my kitchen and I’m very interested in going green.

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    I would start with the DOE Energy contractor database listed at they are showing 226 registered builders in New Jersey. Their homes are inspected by Home Energy Raters who are also listed at that site. Those guys may be able to help lead you in the direction of good green builders.

    I would also check the website at and follow the link to find a Certified Green Practitioner who is also an Energy Star Builder. Neither affiliation by itself tells that a builder has a green orientation, but the guys who have both tend to be better informed that the rest of the pack.

    Another way to approach it is through word of mouth by asking Architects and even the guys behind the counter at the local building supply (not the big box stores though) they generally know who's doing "that weird green stuff".

    If you are feeling adventurous, you could explore the Urban Green Expo on September 22-23 at 125 West 18th Street in New York City. Our own Alex Wilson will be the keynote speaker and there will undoubtedly be lots of builders from northern New Jersey in attendance.

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