Point & click. Use the U.S. Green Building Council’s online database to generate a list of local LEED-accredited architects who have “demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles.” www.usgbc.org
Find useful links to American Solar Energy Society (ASES) regional chapters and their member directory that searches by city, state, and expertise (i.e., architecture). www.ases.org
Search Co-op America’s “Green Pages” for eco-friendly architects and designers who have been screened and approved by this national nonprofit organization. www.coopamerica.org
Window-shop. Solar home tours—such as the National Solar Tour organized by ASES—are great ways to browse for architects and ideas, and meet with homeowners who have been through the process.
Subscribe. Keep your eye on the business sections and home and garden features in regional newspapers and magazines. An article might turn you on to a rising star or an established pro who suits your needs.
Talk, listen & learn. A good referral trumps traditional advertising any day. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the best architects always have the biggest ads. Many talented architects rely on word-of-mouth endorsements from homeowners.