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Member/Industry Green Building News

Jun
26

Johnson Controls Announces Opening of Asia-Pacific Headquarters

On June 22, Johnson Controls announced the opening of its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China. The building is 44,300-square meters and is located in Shanghai’s Chang’ning district. This building is the first in China to earn several top global efficiency awards, some...

Jun
12

Green Building Community Affirms Commitment in Reaction to Paris Accord Withdrawal

On Thursday, June 1, President Donald Trump announced that America would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) between 196 countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Many state and local admini...

Jun
09

groSolar Assists in Operation of New Solar Farm

  Rate It Green Member, groSolar, along with companies, JEA, and AEP Onsite Partners, announced the commercial operation of their Northwest Jacksonville Solar Partners solar farm (NWJAX). The seven-megawatt farm includes single axis trackers to track the sun from east to west thr...

Jun
06

Johnson Controls Partners with World Green Building Council

  Rate It Green Member, Johnson Controls, has entered into a partnership with the World Green Building Council as the first partner of the newly formed the Americas Regional Network. The Americas Regional Network represents nineteen national Green Building Councils with thousands of m...

Jun
05

Harvard University, Snøhetta, and Skanska Technology Announce The HouseZero Project

Harvard University, Snøhetta, and Skanska Technology have announced The HouseZero Project, a collaboration to retrofit an 80-year old timber-framed former house in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Purchased by the University in 2011, the building serves as the headquarters for the Harvar...

Jun
01

Unbelievable but True: US Withdraws from the Paris Accords

Just before 4pm today, President Trump announced that the US will with draw from the Paris Climate Accords.  The agreement, ratified by 194 other countries, limited average global temperature change to below 2 degrees Celcius.  Only Nicaragua and Syria had not ratified the Agreement ...

May
25

ZeroEnergy Design Receives Fine Homebuilding's 2017 Award for Best Energy-Smart Home

Congratulations to ZeroEnergy Design for winning Fine Homebuilding's Best Energy-Smart Home 2017 Award!   Rate It Green Member ZeroEnergy Design has been awarded the 2017 Award for Best Energy-Smart Home, along with Thoughtforms Corpporation, for a Net Positive Farmhouse in L...

May
17

Appraisal Institute Updates Green and Energy Efficiency Home Tool

The Appraisal Institute has updated a resource first released in 2011 called the "Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum."  The Addendum is designed to help appraisers and real estate professionals better analyze and clearly report on data related to sustainable and ene...

Apr
07

Pledge Your Support for Vehicle Emissions Standards - Climate Reality

Put simply, the President's effort to roll back vehicle emissions standards makes little sense. As Climate Reality points out, these standards "will prevent about 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and save over 2 million barrels of oil a day and $1.7 trillion in fuel...

Apr
07

Alliance to Save Energy Campaigns - To Support Energy Star and to Support Energy Efficiency Standards

Posted by: Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin There are two Alliance for Energy petitions/campaigns open right now that relate to green building and energy efficiency. Add your voice! These camaigns are highly professional. Protecting the environment should be a biparti...

Mar
19

Petition in Support of the EPA's EnergyStar Program

The Alliance to Save Energy has a petition you can sign in support of the EPA's EnergyStar program.   It can be difficult to sign some petitions at times due to not agreeing with all the positions or the extreme language that is often used, but this is very reasonable and I e...

Mar
18

We should be INCREASING the EPA Budget, not Decreasing it.

The above image suggests an EPA budget of $10billion in 2016.  According to the Washington Post, the current budget is approximately $8.1 billion headed to $5.7 billiont, with a projected loss of about 3200 jobs.  If the Trump budget is passed.  The suggestion alone that th...

Feb
01

Executive Order: Dakota Access and Keystone Pipeline To Move Forward?

On January 24th, President Trump made a statement by signing off on the continuation of two major oil pipelines that have made headlines in the United States: The Dakota Access and Keystone XL. One of the documents signed invites the company behind Keystone XL, TransCanada, to resubmit a propo...

Jan
14

Should the Green Building Industry Be Worried about a Trump Administration? (Yes)

Should the Green Building Industry Be Worried about a Trump Administration? (Yes) Some (ok, MANY) in the green building industry are worried about a pending Trump Administration, as reported by Construction Drive recently: http://bit.ly/2hXLpHo. While it may be affirming that you aren...

Nov
30

Tesla Unveils Revolutionary Solar Panels

On October 28th, tech tycoon Elon Musk unveiled a new product that could revolutionize the household implementation of solar energy. With the aid of SolarCity, a solar company that merged with Tesla earlier this summer, Musk has developed a new brand of solar panels, one that in many ways chal...

Oct
25

Landmark Kigali HFC Deal to Amend Montreal Protocol – Aims Reduce Global Warming a Critical .5 degrees Celsius

Following great celebration over the ratification of the Paris Climate Accords, 170 nations reached a new binding deal this October on the reduction of global hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) use. HFCs are common chemical coolants used in air-conditioners and refrigerators, and are a particularly power...

Jun
24

Post-Brexit: The UK Must Continue The Fight for Environmental and Climate Progress

Ever since the term Brexit, the decision of whether the UK should leave the European Union or not, was coined June of 2012, green groups have been warning voters that the decision to leave will have disastrous environmental consequences. Their arguments are not without evidence, as these group...

Jun
20

The COP21 Paris Agreement - Where Do We Go From Here?

As the negative impacts of climate change become more imminent and dire, it becomes necessary for all countries to band together in the fight against climate change. The 2015 COP21 convention gives us hope that nations are willing to agree to take a stand on key climate issues, compromising an...

Jun
17

BREEAM Brings Competition to the US Green Building Certification Market

BREEAM, the leading UK green-building rating system, has recently crossed the pond, looking to take on its US counterpart LEED in the market for green building. Over the last 24 years, the international Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology, BREEAM, has...

Apr
10

Smart Home Client Service Disaster - Help Encourage Google and Nest to Make a Better Decision about the Revolv Home Hub Shut Down!

Don't turn out the lights on loyal smarthome clients! Providing good customer service sometimes seems difficult and maybe even costly, but in the long run, doing the right thing can help grow trust for a company and for a growing market. I am hoping we can convince Google and its subs...

Dec
09

COP21 World Buildings Day - USGBC Commits to Scaling LEED Green Buildings to More Than 5 Billion Square Feet Over Five Years

As a part of World Buildings Day at COP21, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced on December 3rd that it will commit to scaling green buildings to more than 5 billion square feet (478 million square meters) over the next five years through the LEED and EDGE green building rating sy...

Nov
29

Demand for Green Building Expected to Continue Fast-Paced Growith

Contributed by NSchepis.   The United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) 2015 Building Economic Study reports that green construction spending is expected to grow 15.1 percent each year. Annual spending is expected to reach $224 billion in 2018. This boom in sustainable c...

Nov
29

Top Trends in Green Home Construction for 2016

Contributed by NSchepis.   More and more residential construction projects are ‘going green’. According to green building elements (http://greenbuildingelements.com/), green building activity is growing and continues to double every three years. Clients and tenants are...

Nov
17

Operator Consortium to Launch for Environmental Product Declarations Market at Greenbuild 2015

It's great to see green building organizations working together to increase clarity in product ingedient and impact reporting.  From PR Newswire:  (ASTM International, ICC Evaluation Service, NSF International and Sustainable Minds) will launch the first Program Operator Cons...

Oct
30

Sustaining Solar Industry Growth - We need to Support and Create Forward-Thinking Policies

What can be done to sustain solar industry growth? We need to focus on the political and regulatory environments of the solar industry. One significant answer is in forward-looking policies, existing or new, that create incentives and limit obstacles or restrictions for people to reduce their ...