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Sustainable Demolition - Donating Furnishings and Building Materials (Reduce Waste AND Save on Taxes!)

by Rate It Green Team

As Matt Hoots of Sawhorse Inc. reminds us, part of green building is wasting less.  There are quite a few ways to reduce waste, but among the simpler methods are throwing fewer items into l

Filed under: #1920sMakeoverATL,

Keywords: Demolition, Reuse, Georgia, Sustainable Demolition, 1920sMakeoverATL, 1920sMakeoverATL Showhouse,

0 replies | 100 views | Posted on: 12/02/2022 | Last updated: 12/05/2022

Rate It Green Featured on EveryDay Green Home Podcast with The Green Home Coach Marla Esser Cloos

by Rate It Green Team

Rate It Green was fortunate to be featured recently on The Everyday Green Home Podcast with Marla Esser Cloos.  An expert green home coach, consultant, and educator, Marla talks with he

Filed under: Green Living,

Keywords: Everyday Green Home, The Green Home Coach, Podcast,

0 replies | 72 views | Posted on: 12/02/2022 | Last updated: 12/02/2022

High Performance Residential Vapor Barriers - StegoHome and the #1920sMakeoverATL Renovation

by Rate It Green Team

For the #1920sMakeoverATL home, Green Builder Matt Hoots of Sawhorse, Inc shares a great example of how designing the foundation right and using sustainable, durable, and quality product

Filed under: Concrete Accessories,

Keywords: Passive House, ROCKWOOL, Vapor Barriers, Clean Vapor, Slab, StegoHome, Stego Industries, Foundation Layers, Mastic,

0 replies | 133 views | Posted on: 11/28/2022 | Last updated: 11/29/2022

Hotels of the Future: How is Artificial Intelligence Changing the Hospitality Industry?

by Arloid

The use of AI in the hospitality industry is still in its relative infancy, but the possibilities for adoption are vast. Though technology will never entirely replace the human touch that is at the co

Filed under: Green Facilities,

0 replies | 48 views | Posted on: 11/24/2022 | Last updated: 11/24/2022

How to Achieve a Smart and Sustainable Built Environment?

by Arloid

The built environment is the center of human life on earth – responsible for an estimated 40% of global GDP, and where we spend the majority of our work and leisure time. However, the built envi

Filed under: Green Building Finance ,

0 replies | 46 views | Posted on: 11/24/2022 | Last updated: 11/24/2022

How Can Hospitals Reduce Carbon Footprint?

by Arloid

The healthcare sector accounts for 4.4% of net global emissions. In the US, this rises to 10% of total national greenhouse gas emissions. In the UK, the carbon footprint of the NHS stood at 6.1MtCO2e

Filed under: Green Building Finance ,

0 replies | 32 views | Posted on: 11/21/2022 | Last updated: 11/24/2022

How to Sell the Value of Green Homes and Features, Online Course by Marla Esser Cloos, Available Live or On Demand

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

Online Course:  How to Sell the Value of Green Homes and Features
Instructor:  Marla Esser Cloos, also known as the Green Home Coach

*This course is available in two formats, liv

Filed under: Online Courses,

Keywords: Green Building, Real Estate, Green Real Estate, Green Home Coach, Selling Green, Selling Green Building,

0 replies | 777 views | Posted on: 11/01/2022 | Last updated: 11/29/2022

Radon Control starts with a good design

by Matt Hoots // SawHorse Design + Build

The need for vapor control below the house

The #1920sMakeoverATL is a Passive House renovation in Atlanta, GA.  Not only does Atlanta have lots of rain and humidity, causing the ground to be w

Filed under: #1920sMakeoverATL,

Keywords: Radon, Radon Testing, Clean Vapor,

0 replies | 1218 views | Posted on: 10/31/2022 | Last updated: 11/07/2022

Artificial Intelligence in HVAC system

by Arloid

Did you know that with the help of artificial intelligence in the HVAC system, you can reduce the carbon footprint in the building and save on electricity bills?

AI-powered energy efficiency. In Ar

Filed under: HVAC Instrumentation and Controls,

Related to: Sustainable Communities and Developments ,

0 replies | 24 views | Posted on: 09/23/2022 | Last updated: 11/24/2022

Water Efficiency + Modern Design | HELVEX USA

by samanthaklein // Intern


Helvex is a manufacturer and distributor of water-efficient plumbing fixtures for bathrooms and kitchens. Helvex is recognized for their versatile yet simple functionality, aesthetics, a

Filed under: Green Living,

Keywords: Water Efficiency, Eco Friendly Restrooms, Bathroom Design,

0 replies | 437 views | Posted on: 07/19/2022 | Last updated: 07/21/2022

Climate Change and Abortion: They’re More Connected Than One Might Think

by gracemorrison

            Times are changing: climate change is upon us and the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a ruling which guaranteed Americans the right to an abortion. One

Filed under: Environmental Activism,

Keywords: Climate Change, Global Warming, Environmental Actvitism, EPA, Health, Enviromental Health, Clean Air Act, Air Pollution, Women, activism,

0 replies | 1988 views | Posted on: 07/18/2022 | Last updated: 07/18/2022

Rate It Green Member Introduction | Dorken

by samanthaklein // Intern


Dorken is a manufacturing company that delivers innovative, high-performance air and moisture barriers for commercial and residential construction. Dorken is divided into two separate wh

Filed under: Water Treatment and Filtration,

0 replies | 229 views | Posted on: 07/15/2022 | Last updated: 07/15/2022

Zero VOC Germ Killing Paint | Benjamin Moore Eco Spec Paint (Video)

by samanthaklein // Intern


Are you deciding on a new wall color for your next room renovation? There's more to consider than simply the aesthetic. You may have heard that some harsh chemicals in paints may neg

Filed under: Green Living,

Keywords: Indoor Air Quality, Paint Technology, VOCs,

0 replies | 234 views | Posted on: 07/14/2022 | Last updated: 11/01/2022

Anti-Microbials, Anti-Bacterials, Disinfectants, Oh My!

by samanthaklein // Intern

Image Source: Verostock


Microbes are everywhere: in soil and tap water, on furniture, and even inside our bodies. Although they are invisible to the naked eye, these microorganisms are co

Filed under: Green Living,

Buildings and Our Health - News and Information

Keywords: Covid-19, antimicrobial, Bacteria, Viruses,

0 replies | 1075 views | Posted on: 07/13/2022 | Last updated: 08/25/2022

Jumpstarting The EV Transition

by gracemorrison

This year might just be pivotal in the growth of electric vehicle adoption, a key shift necessary to lower vehicle energy consumption and emissions, as a part of the larger fight to mitigate the effec

Filed under: Electric Vehicles,

Keywords: EV - Electric Vehicles, Gas vs Electric, Gas Prices, Sustainable Infrastructure, Green Infrastructure, Energy Infrastructure, Scaling EV Infrastructure,

0 replies | 1463 views | Posted on: 07/07/2022 | Last updated: 07/21/2022

New York Adopts New Appliance Efficiency Bill and Updates Building Codes

by samanthaklein // Intern

As populations continue to increase in New York, electricity demand is on the rise. Concurrently, the state has big plans to achieve decarbonization goals. Meeting both needs is challenging and re

Filed under: Energy,

New York Green Building Group

Keywords: Energy, Energy Efficiency, NYSERDA, Decarbonization, ACEEE, Appliances, Appliance Standards,

0 replies | 705 views | Posted on: 06/30/2022 | Last updated: 08/25/2022

Investing in Green Energy Improvements

by gracemorrison

There seems to be some market fear of making green building improvements under the assumption that they will constitute a considerable expense without a sufficient return on investment. This belief is

Filed under: Green Building Finance ,

Keywords: Green Building, investments, Green Industry,

1 replies | 2466 views | Posted on: 06/27/2022 | Last updated: 07/01/2022

Whole House Humidity Control ALL Year Long || Aprilaire

by samanthaklein // Intern


Maintaining a healthy home is essential for your family’s well-being. In doing so, it is important to take steps to sustain indoor air quality. Humidity, of all IAQ metrics, h

Filed under: Health and Air Quality,

Keywords: HVAC, Ventilation, Humidity, AprilAire,

1 replies | 1041 views | Posted on: 06/17/2022 | Last updated: 06/30/2022

Filtration and Airflow in Whole House HVAC Systems: Filter Cabinets and MERV Options

by Rate It Green Team

Filters remove dust and other particles, including biological contaminants, from the air.  This basic but important function plays a critical role in maintaining indoor air quality, and yet mos

Filed under: Filtration,

Keywords: HVAC, Ventilation Systems, Ventilation, Filtration, AprilAire, Whole House Ventilation Systems, MERV,

0 replies | 1740 views | Posted on: 06/14/2022 | Last updated: 06/20/2022

Health, Income, and Energy Efficiency Access: It’s all Connected

by gracemorrison

Energy efficiency, a term used to compare the amount of energy required for a product to work, is becoming increasingly important in our fight against climate change. Since energy-efficient products u

Filed under: Advocacy,

Keywords: Affordable Housing, Healthy Building, Energy Efficiency, Health, Equity, Energy Burden,

0 replies | 2621 views | Posted on: 05/31/2022 | Last updated: 10/25/2022

War on Ukraine’s Impact on Green Energy: Progression or Digression?

by gracemorrison

We are all witness to the degradation of our environment caused by fossil fuel emissions. We can perceive rising extreme weather occurrences and changing weather and natural resource health patterns,

Filed under: Energy,

Keywords: Climate Change, clean energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Green Energy, energy independence, Ukraine, Gas Prices, War,

0 replies | 2010 views | Posted on: 05/31/2022 | Last updated: 06/21/2022

NOT COMPLICATED - JUST GREEN, podcast of common sense for better construction

by James Pirch, AIA, LEED GA // Architect, LEED GA, host of podcast NOT COMPLICATED - JUST GREEN

This episode features an interview with Matt Hoots, the president of Sawhorse construction,  one of Atlanta’s premier residential remodeling firms, known for their innovation, professionali

Making Homes More Disaster Proof; Reaction to Grace & Corbett Lunsford and Matt Risinger

by Rate It Green Team

Our homes and buildings have to become more adaptable and resilient, which means they must be able to endure different conditions and changing occupant needs, and they must also be weather&n

Filed under: Resilience,

Keywords: Resiliency, Resilience, air sealing, Electrification, Extreme Weather, Moisture, Corbett and Grace Lunsford, Matt Risinger, Matt Hoots,

0 replies | 232 views | Posted on: 05/23/2022 | Last updated: 05/23/2022

How to get FULL value for your GREEN Home: Key Points to Consider in Buying and Selling

by Rate It Green Team

If you've got 5 minutes to learn about protecting the value of what is likely to be your key asset, it's worth giving Green Builder Matt Hoots a listen.  Matt teamed up with Green R

Filed under: Real Estate,

Keywords: Real Estate, Green Homes, financing, Green Real Estate, Green Addendum, Green Appraisal, Home Appraisal, Green Loans,

1 replies | 1557 views | Posted on: 05/20/2022 | Last updated: 06/21/2022

Example of a Net Zero Energy Renovation - IBS 2022 Home Tour | Saw Horse Design

by samanthaklein // Intern


A recently renovated net-zero energy renovated home was on display at the 2022 International Builder’s Show. From wall-mounted toilets to silent Mitsubishi electric compressors, th

Filed under: Green Living,

Keywords: Netzero, Solar, Cambria, Mitsubishi, Ductless Mini Splits,

0 replies | 1455 views | Posted on: 04/27/2022 | Last updated: 06/14/2022


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