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Member/Industry Green Building News

Aug
12

Auburndale Builders - High-Performance Building Education Center Planned for Newton, MA

  Auburndale Builders is extensively retrofitting a new headquarters building in Newton, MA. The space is planned to be the first Passive House Office in the state. As if this wasn't impressive enough, the company will be creating a High-Performance Building Education Center....

Aug
07

Jarami Bond Named to the 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 - Congrats!

Rate It Green Community Member Jarami Bond was recently named to the 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 List.  GreenBiz works with the World Business Council for Sustaonable Development to search globally for those who are shaping the future of sustanable business.   As the Sustaina...

Aug
03

IKEA has Apparently Entered the Retail Solar Market

Forbes reports that IKEA will start selling solar panels and battery sotrage to retail customers, starting in the UK. The combined solar-battery storage syste will help consumers raise solar consumption from 40% to up to 80% of power generated. Electric bills might be cut up to 70%.  The ...

Aug
03

Will California Go 100% Renewable by 2045?

The California Assemly Utilities and Energy Committee has approved Senate Bill 100, a step towards a statewide goal of delivering 100% renweable energy.  Introduced by Senate President De Léon, the bill would set a 60% renewable energy goal for 2030 and 100% by 3045.  If the b...

Aug
02

Tesla Puts a Price on The Solar Roof - and It's Competitive

Tesla is now taking orders on the company's Solar Roof, at $21.85 a square foot. Consumer Reports had predicted the tiles would need to come in at $24.50  to be competitive, and the company has clearly delivered.   The tiles will come in four styles - Tuscan, Slate, Text...

Jul
28

Hawaii Makes Plans to Work 100% on Renewables

Hawaii has set a goal to be powered 100% on renewable energy by 2040. Regulators have been pushing for this for some time, but Hawaiian Electric’s Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) has recently been approved by the Public Utilities Commission.   Since Hawaii is so remote...

Jul
24

New Homes in South Miami Now Require Solar Panels

New homes being built in South Miami will now have to install solar panels due to new law approved on July 18. This law will also apply to existing houses that chose to renovate and will be going into effect on September 18. The new law requires new residential construction to have 175 square ...

Jul
19

Executive Director & Founder of Member Project Green Schools, Robin Organ, named a HUBweek change maker

Executive Director and Founder of Member Project Green Schools, Robin Organ was recently named a HUBweek change maker. Robin is responsible for creating and applying Project Green School’s programs across first United States, and now internationally. Robin has spoken with the former...

Jul
17

USGBC LA Turns 15!

USGBC-LA is turning 15 years this week! The organization is celebrating over 80,000 LEED projects across 162 countries, including more than 32,500 certified commercial projects, and over 770 v4 projects registered. Stacy Sinclair makes this the theme of her blog post this week - Read more abou...

Jul
16

Renewable Energy Will Be The Cheapest Energy Source by 2020

In recent research done by Morgan Stanley, it has been estimated that renewable energy will be the cheapest resource by 2020. If this pans out, analysts predict that the U.S. will meet the Paris commitment goals regardless of Trump’s withdrawal from the climate agreement.   ...

Jul
13

Volvo Announces A Big Commitment to Electric Vehicles - All Models to be Hybrid of Electric by 2019

This week, automaker Volvo made a significant announcement - the company will make all models hybrid or electric by 2019.  Volvo is the first major automaker to annnounce such a shift. According to the New York times, "Volvo's move may be the latest sign that the era of the gas g...

Jul
13

Zero Energy Design Project Featured in New Book: "Passive House Details"

Congratulations to Zero Energy Design - ZED's Hollis Montessori School Project is featured in the new book "Passive House Details," by Donald B. Corner, Jan C. Fillinger and Alison G. Kwok. The book, now available for pre-order, profiles top energy-efficient healthy and sust...

Jul
13

Former President Jimmy Carter Leases 10-Acre Site For Solar Farm

Earlier this year, in February, Jimmy Carter launched a solar farm big enough to power over 50%  of his hometown of Plains, Georgia. The former president initiated the project by leasing 10 acres of land to SolAmerica, an Atlanta based solar development and construction firm.  A long...

Jul
12

Member Viva Green Homes' Founder and CEO will be speaking at US Embassy's Speaker Program

Rate It Green Member, Viva Green Homes' founder and CEO, Kari Klaus, will be speaking in Budapest during the US Embassy’s Speaker Program on July 13. She will be discussing sustainable economic development and sharing her experience and advice for incorporating sustainability in...

Jul
12

Study Finds Green Homes in Texas Show Increase in Value by $25,000

The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Green Building Council conducted a new study that suggests new homes in Texas that are built to meet green building standards such as LEED (Leadership in energy and Environmental Design), are valued higher in resale by an average of $25,0...

Jul
12

France Plans to Ban Diesel and Gas Vehicles by 2040

On Thursday, June 6, France’s environment minister, Nicolas Hulot announced the plan to ban the sale of all diesel and gas vehicles in France by 2040. The decision is a part of the country’s renewed commitment to the Paris Climate deal. Diesel vehicles are to blame for a good ...

Jul
07

Ireland Sets Up Its First nZEB Training Centre in Wexford

In an effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, the 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive required that Ireland develop a plan to make all new buildings near Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB) by the end of 2020. Additionally, all new public buildings must be nZEB by 2018. To achiev...

Jun
27

Sustainable Comfort, Inc. - Deep Energy Retrofit of Triple Decker in Worcester

  Worcester-based Sustainable Comfort, Inc. (SCI), is conducting a deep energy retrofit of the triple decker building at 38 Stanton Street in the Bell Hill neighborhood of Worcester, MA. This is the first project of its kind for SCI in Worcester.   Built a century ag...

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...