National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

A trade association for commercial real estate that provides education, networking, and advocacy to the office, industrial, and mixed-use development community. The site offers information on local chapters, educational programs and seminars, an online membership directory, national forums, advocacy, publications and communication vehicles, industry links, and business development opportunities.

National Association of Manufacturers

The NAM, “the nation’s largest industrial trade association,” represents small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states, and helps shape a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth and favorable to manufacturing. The site includes information on and links to policy issue information, allied associations, manufacturing and trade data, the NAM Buyer-Seller Network with 70,000+ products and services, and numerous member services.

National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA)

A professional organization dedicated to state facilities professionals and suppliers. Members are responsible for the planning, development, operations and maintenance of state facilities including transportation, real estate, natural resources, prisons, colleges, universities, and correctional facilities, and/or private sector suppliers for facilities. The site offers a calendar, a career center, resources, and membership services.

National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) [HHS]

NDMS operates under the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Preparedness and Response. It is a federally coordinated, cooperative system that provides a single, integrated national medical response to assist state and local authorities in dealing with the medical and health effects of major peacetime disasters, and provides support to the military in caring for wartime casualties.

National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

NFRC is a nonprofit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products. NFRC’s goal is to provide fair, accurate, and reliable energy performance ratings. The site offers product rating information, fenestration facts, NFRC and energy codes, links, FAQs, documents and resources, and a Certified Products Database.

National Gypsum

A supplier of gypsum wall board, often referred to as drywall. Its site is meant to serve as a central repository of key information and a quick reference for use by the media, vendors, suppliers, builders and consumers. It offers basic facts about drywall, as well as more detailed scientific information and links to other relevant websites.

National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) [DHS]

The US Department of Homeland Security’s NIPP and supporting Sector-Specific Plans (SSPs) provide a coordinated approach to critical infrastructure and key resources protection roles and responsibilities for federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector security partners to help ensure that government, economy, and public services continue in the event of a terrorist attack or other disaster.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Part of the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), this federal agency is responsible for conducting research and providing information and training in the area of occupational safety and health. The site offers news, research, and numerous resources in the areas of industries and occupations, hazards and exposures, diseases and injuries, chemicals, safety and prevention, emergency preparedness and response, and data and statistics.

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

This US government site is the building community’s connection to the authoritative national source of knowledge and advice on matters of building regulation, science, and technology. NIBS councils/committees include: the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, the Building Seismic Safety Council, the Facility Information Council, the International Alliance for Interoperability of North America, Multihazard Mitigation Council, the Building Enclosure Council, and the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee. Each council’s Web page offers news and relevant information. Programs and projects include: HAZUS Multihazard Loss Estimation, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Total Building Commissioning, and Whole Building Design Guide.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)

NOD is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life, focusing on increasing employment opportunities for those who are not employed. The site includes a section For Business Leaders, which offers Employment Best Practices, Assistive Technologies in the Workplace, and Disability and Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace.

National Packaging Waste Database

This site, launched by the U.K.’s Environment Agency, helps companies in the U.K. comply with the European Union’s packaging recycling regulations. Under the Producer Responsibility (Packaging) Regulations, any company involved in the packaging supply chain that is larger than £2m turnover and which handles more than 50 tons of packaging each year is obligated to recover and recycle a set level of its packaging waste.

National Property Management Association (NPMA)

Membership association for personal property and fixed-asset professionals who (as opposed to real estate property managers) oversee the effective management of fixed assets at local, state, and federal government agencies, colleges, universities, medical facilities, and private industries. NPMA offers training, certification programs, and educational opportunities. The site offers information on those as well as publications, a vendor directory, chapter support, and research.

National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

A not-for-profit membership organization of recycling professionals and advocates dedicated to maximizing recycling as well as source reduction, composting, and reuse by providing technical information, education, training, outreach and advocacy services to its members. Members can calculate the environmental benefits of their recycling program with NRC’s recycling calculator.

National Register of Historic Places [NPS]

The nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the US Department of the Interior.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) [DOE]

The nation’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy-efficiency research and development, under the Department of Energy. The site gives information about renewable energy basics and storage, and applying various technologies. R&D areas include: Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal, Building, Advanced Vehicles & Fuels, Electric Infrastructure Systems, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Concentrating Solar Power, Basic Sciences, Energy Analysis, and Computational Sciences.

NIST Technology Services

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Technology Services provides a variety of products and services to US industry and the public in collaboration with NIST laboratories, federal agencies, national measurement institutes, state and local governments, and the private sector. These products and services include support for NIST calibrations, standard reference materials, standard reference data, and weights and measures; coordination of documentary standards activities; training of foreign standards officials; laboratory accreditation; facilitating partnerships between NIST researchers and US industry; and access to the NIST Research Library.

Noise and Hearing Conservation [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses the common hazards of occupational exposure to high noise levels, including noise-induced hearing loss. OSHA says these hazards can be reduced or eliminated through the successful application of engineering controls and hearing conservation programs. The page addresses where noise hazards occur and what their health effects are, and how to measure and control noise exposures, and offers applicable standards, OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool, and other resources.

North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC)

A clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for NC and beyond. The site covers extensive resources, NCSC programs, research, professional development and technical assistance services, and the NCSU Solar House. Topics include: solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, biofuels, buildings, and CHP.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

A regional nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency in homes, buildings, and industry in the Northeast US through regionally coordinated programs and policies that increase the use of energy-efficient products, services, and practices. The site offers news, publications, a calendar, and information on regional energy-efficiency initiatives, public policy, appliance standards, building operator certification, high-performance schools, and building energy codes.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Part of the US Department of Labor (DOL), this federal agency’s mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. The site offers news, information on OSHA regulations for various industries, compliance assistance, information on enforcement and voluntary safety and health programs, and resources for numerous occupational safety and health topics.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) [DOE]

A division of the US Department of Energy. The site offers news, education, events, and information about clean energy technologies. Technology programs include: Biomass; Building Technologies; Federal Energy Management; Geothermal Technologies; Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, & Infrastructure Technologies; Industrial Technologies; Solar Energy Technologies; Vehicle Technologies; Weatherization & Intergovernmental; and Wind & Hydropower Technologies.


This site focuses on disseminating information to professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and construction. Oikos offers architects, designers, building contractors, consultants and consumers detailed information on products and techniques, as well as numerous publications. It includes a searchable database of sources of building materials and equipment with environmental benefits.

Open Energy Information

This open-source Web platform from the U.S. Department of Energy makes DOE resources and open energy data widely available to the public. Data and tools on the free, editable and evolving wiki-platform can be used by government officials, the private sector, project developers, the international community and others to help deploy clean energy technologies across the country and around the world.