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Chimney Safety Institute of America
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to chimney and venting system safety. CSIA is committed to the elimination of residential chimney fires, carbon monoxide intrusion and other chimney-related hazards that result in the loss of lives and property. To achieve these goals, CSIA devotes its resources to educating the public, chimney and venting professionals and other fire prevention specialists about the prevention and correction of chimney and venting system hazards.

Your one-stop source for chimney information, products, and services.

Design and Construction

Fine Homebuilding Magazine
A magazine both online and offline with detailed articles covering all phases of construction written by pros.

Journal of Light Construction
A great magazine for those in the construction trade as well as home construction enthusiasts

NYC Building Code Reference

Duct work

National Air duct Cleaners Association
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association is a non-profit association of companies engaged in the cleaning of HVAC systems. Its mission is to promote source removal as the only acceptable method of cleaning and to establish industry standards for the association.

Sheet Metal and Air conditioning Contractors National Association
SMACNA standards and manuals address all facets of the sheet metal industry, from duct construction and installation to air pollution control, from energy recovery to roofing. SMACNA's Technical Resources Department fields several thousand technical questions annually from architects, engineers, manufacturers and government personnel.


The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Energy Efficiency and Green Building

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.

Building Science.com
buildingscience.com provides objective, high-quality information about buildings. This resource combines building physics, systems design concepts, and an awareness of sustainability to promote the design and construction of buildings that are more durable, healthier, more sustainable and more economical than most buildings built today.

Energy & Environmental Building Association
To provide education and resources to transform the residential design and construction industry to profitably deliver energy efficient and environmentally

Energy Conservatory
The Energy Conservatory (TEC) manufactures precision diagnostic equipment used to solve comfort, energy use, durability and air quality problems in buildings. Our reputation for innovative design and excellent technical support have made us a leading manufacturer of performance testing tools for the building industry.

Energy Federation Incorporated
An on-line store for all sorts of products related to energy conservation including fluorescent lights, insulation, and air sealing products.

Energy Star
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Home Power Magazine
Featuring online articles on wind, solar, and other renewable types of home energy.

Home Ventilating Institute
HVI represents a wide range of home ventilating products manufactured by companies in the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe, producing the majority of the residential ventilation products.

Environmental Issues

US Environmental Protection Agency
Air, Asbestos, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Cleanup, Global Warming, Human Health, Lead, Mercury, Mold, Oil Spills, Ozone, Pesticides, Radon, Recycling, Water, and more

Heating systems

FurnaceCompare`s detailed reports and subscriber-only content can help you choose the best furnace, boiler or central air conditioner.

Heating help.com

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association
The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) is a non-profit, member driven organization established in 1987 to advance geothermal heat pump (GHP) technology on local, state, national and international levels.

Radiant Design Institute
An in-depth web site on radiant heating

Home Repair

Do It Yourself.com
instructions for all sorts of home-related projects

instructions on just about anything

Home Tips
Home Tips is your FREE resource for expert help with home improvement, remodeling houses, home repair, decorating, DIY, and tips for buying appliances and other home repair products.

Ian Evans World of Old Houses
Restoring, renovating, remodelling or maintaining an old house, heritage building or traditional architecture? Look here for information, advice & assistance as well as all the bits n pieces you need: castings, decorative glass, fireplaces, fabrics, hardware, joinery, lighting, plumbing, plaster, tiles as well as colour schemes, decoration, bathrooms & kitchens - absolutely everything for old houses!

Home Safety

Household product database
A database containing safety effects of over 7000 consumer brand products from the manufacturer MSDS

The Consumer Product Safety Commission
Information on product safety and product recalls

HVAC - Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning

Air conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of more than 90 percent of the air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment installed in North America.

American Society of Heating Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers, founded in 1894, is an international organization of over 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

Associated Air Balance Coucil
The Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) is a non-profit association of qualified, independent test and balance agencies. By the 1960s, the complexity of commercial HVAC systems exceeded the test and balance abilities of most HVAC contractors. As a result, testing and balancing emerged as a new specialty within the HVAC industry. Recognizing this trend and the valuable role of testing and balancing in finalizing construction projects, a small group of engineers met in 1965 to discuss ways of enhancing the reputation and technical skills of TAB professionals.

Indoor Air Quality

ACGIH - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
ACGIH is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. Examples of this include our annual editions of the TLVs and BEIs and work practice guides in ACGIH's Signature Publications.

American Industrial Hygiene Association
The AIHA is one of the largest international associations serving the needs of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations.

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
The IICRC was formed in 1972 to serve as an independent, non-profit certification body, to set and promote high standards and ethics; and to advance communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industry.

Interior items

Kitchen Design
Kitchen Secrets: The Ultimate Kitchen Design Guide. We will tell you the 21 Secrets that more unscrupulous Kitchen Design Companies DON’T want you to know. In addition, we have some great kitchen layout ideas and offer free kitchen planning advice. Kitchen Secrets is THE comprehensive overview of the kitchen remodeling industry. Make sure that you read the 21 Kitchen Design Secrets before you make this all-important purchase for your home.

National Wood Flooring Association
The NWFA is a not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the hardwood flooring industry, from manufacturers, to distributors, to retailers, to installers.

Local building departments

City of Glen Cove Building Department

City of Long Beach Building Department

Municipality Websites Listed By County
This page presents links to the official government websites for countie

My Nassau Property.com
Maps, photos, survey drawings, values of many of the houses in Nassau County

NYC Building Department
Contact phones number

Town of Babylon Department of Planning and Development

Town of Brookhaven Building Division

Town of East Hampton Web Site

Town of Hempstead Building Department

Town of Huntington Building Department

Town of Islip Building Department

Town of Notrh Hempstead Building Permits

Town of Oyster Bay Building Division

Town of Riverhead Building Department

Town of Shelter Island Web Site

Town of Smithtown Building Department

Town of Southampton Building and Zoning Division

Town of Southold Building Department

Westchester County Links
A list of links to individual cities and incorporated villages with Weschester County


NYS CoE and SoP
New York State Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice conditions of Home Inspector state licenses

NYS DOS info about home inspectors
New York State pertinent links regarding home inspection

NYS Home Inspector law
Text of law relating to the practice of home inspection in New York State


Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association
GAMA is the national trade association of manufacturers of residential, commercial and industrial appliances and equipment, components and related products.

The Plumber.com
Since 1994, the plumbing Internet site for plumbers and do-it-yourselfers

Real Estate (free) Appraisal Sites

Cyber Homes.com
Free, instatnt appraisal for any house in the US. Not as accurate as a traditional appraisal, but in the ballpark. Also check the other following links.


Home Gain.com

Real Estate ABC.com



Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
The official home of asphalt roofing in North America.

Certainteed Roofing products
Product info, installation guides, etc.

Metal Roofing Alliance
The Metal Roofing Alliance’s website designed to provide a wealth of information to help you make an educated roofing decision.

National Slate Association
The National Slate Association was first established in 1922 by producers of slate material. The goal then was to promote the use of slate for roofing and structural applications. It also set the standards in slate roof materials and construction still adhered to today.

Tile Roofing Institute
The Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) is a non-profit association of producers and associates of concrete and clay tile and is considered one of the leading experts in the industry.


CDC - Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CPSC - Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Providing National and World Leadership to Prevent Workplace Illnesses and Injuries

OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.


Vinyl siding institute
The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) is the trade association for manufacturers of vinyl and other polymeric siding and suppliers to the industry.


APA engineered wood association
The leading resource for information about engineered wood products

Swimming Pools

National Swimming Pool Foundation
Since 1965, the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has focused on creating healthy pools and healthy bodies by attracting more people to safer aquatic environments. The Foundation’s mission is to encouraging healthier living through aquatic education and research. NPSF earns revenue almost exclusively from their world-class educational materials and then reinvests those proceeds to help mankind through new educational materials and grants to elevate our field.

Swimmer’s guide
Swimming pool information and links


National Fenestration Rating Council
The window industry standards association. If you’re planning on installing replacement window