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I need a fabulous water-based poly or other eco floor coating

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

I need a recommendation for a water-based poly. When I mentioned using a more environmentally friendly floor coating, I got a shrug and a maybe. Please let me know if there's a product out there you…

Filed under: Flooring

Keywords: Flooring,Low VOC

15 replies | 5916 views | Posted on: 05/13/2015 | Last updated: 07/25/2019

The Green Brick Wall

by StyroHome // Super Insulated, Passive House, Net Zero

If you attempt to build a "GREEN" home almost anywhere in America fo probably will run head-on to the Invisible Green Wall. This means that nobody knows hoe to handle project. This is because of the l…

Filed under: Government Policies

7 replies | 2455 views | Posted on: 10/08/2015 | Last updated: 07/25/2019

use of linoleum flooring in bathrooms

by Christine O. // green consumer

Does anyone have any practical experience with linoleum, such as Marmoleum, in a bathroom? The general contractor with whom I spoke advised against it since it is water resistant rather than waterproo

Filed under: Flooring

Keywords: Flooring

6 replies | 5106 views | Posted on: 08/21/2017 | Last updated: 07/25/2019

Clean Power

by Steven Fitzgerald // Student/Consultant

The EPA Clean Power Plan is the nation’s first comprehensive effort to reduce carbon pollution from electric power plants—the single largest source of global warming pollution in the U.S. It’s a…

Filed under: Government Policies

5 replies | 2611 views | Posted on: 05/01/2015 | Last updated: 07/25/2019

Details / Specifications

by Louwrens van der Walt // South African Architect

Is there a company that supplies detailed drawings / specifications for the various green construction methods such as straw bale walls, recycled bottle walls etc

Filed under: Other Green Building - Other

5 replies | 1338 views | Posted on: 03/14/2019 | Last updated: 07/25/2019

Please help my Mother-In-Law with a simple Intro to MDF products :)

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

My mother-in-law is building a new home, and she wants an introduction to the difference between MDF and "real wood." I'd like to get her information from someone who is an expert in this area. Can …

Filed under: Engineered Lumber Products

Keywords: MDF,Wood

4 replies | 3098 views | Posted on: 05/06/2015 | Last updated: 05/13/2015

Green Building Myth Busting: Nope, You're Not Allergic to Wool (Video)

by Rate It Green Team


Matt Hoots is always ready to bust a myth.  Recently, he was talking with Daman Dillon and Kristine Hart of Caragreen Healthy Building Materials about Havelock loose fill wool insulation (1

Filed under: Insulation

Keywords: Green Building,Sustainability,Insulation,Green Myth Busting,Green Building Myth Busting,Wool,Wool Insulation,Allergies,Caragreen

4 replies | 4188 views | Posted on: 12/24/2020 | Last updated: 04/18/2022

How do you determine how "green" a cabinet is?

by Jonathan Cabinet Representative // Sustainable American manufacturing proponent

When looking at purchasing cabinetry for you home or business, what do you look for? I look for domestically manufactured cabinets where the materials are also domestically sourced. No added formald…

Filed under: Cabinetry

Related to: Cabinetry, Wood Cabinets,Cabinetry - Other

Keywords: madeinamerica,greenguard,nauf,domestic manufacturing,cabinet,cabinetry

4 replies | 2483 views | Posted on: 06/04/2015 | Last updated: 06/17/2020

Mass Save Residential High Performance and Net Zero Construction Workshop - October 6 - Boston (This event has been postponed)

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

High Performance and Net Zero Construction Workshop Are you interested in learning about high performance and “Net Zero” new construction from local industry experts? Do you want to learn about…

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: Green Building,Netzero,High Performance Building,Net zero

3 replies | 1037 views | Posted on: 09/26/2016 | Last updated: 09/30/2016

Can heat pump water heaters extend the life of your EV?

by Christopher Matos-Rogers // Sustainability you can Live with

In a recent weekly room on Clubhouse, we were busting performance myths about all-electric homes.  Naturally, heat pump water heaters came up, and one of my green realtor colleagues in Phoen

Filed under: Electric Vehicles

Keywords: Electric Vehicles,EV - Electric Vehicles,Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters,heat pump water heater

3 replies | 6247 views | Posted on: 10/09/2021 | Last updated: 11/18/2021

Webinar: Doubling the Deeds Excise Tax for Affordable Housing & Climate Solutions, March 4, 8pm

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

Join a Webinar, March 4 on Doubling the Deeds Excise Tax for Affordable Housing & Climate Solutions

Learn how one policy helps address both the climate and housing crises.

On Wednesday, Marc

Equity and Green Building

3 replies | 751 views | Posted on: 02/25/2020 | Last updated: 12/24/2020

What you count counts

by StacySinclair // Technical writer

I hope you will check out my latest blog for USGBC-LA: http://usgbc-la.org/blog/spotlight-on-sustainability-what-we-count-counts/

Filed under: Environment

California Green Building

3 replies | 1110 views | Posted on: 04/26/2017 | Last updated: 05/03/2017

NESEA's BuildingEnergy Boston Conference & Expo - March 7-9, Boston

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

New England Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy Boston Conference & Expo March 7-9, Boston Seaport World Trade Center One Seaport Lane Boston, Massachusetts 02210 BuildingE…

Filed under: Massachusetts

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: Green Building,Sustainable Energy,New England Sustainable Energy Association - NESEA,Building Energy 17

3 replies | 1532 views | Posted on: 01/06/2017 | Last updated: 02/28/2017

"Drive Green" Rebate Programs in MA and RI: Buy Electric Vehicles at Lower Rates- This Program has been Extended!!

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

Mass Energy and People's Power & Light are offering a discount and rebate program that allows people to buy an electric vehicle from a standard dealer at a lower, pre-negotiated rate. Deadline ale…

Filed under: Electric Vehicles

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: EV - Electric Vehicles

3 replies | 1780 views | Posted on: 12/07/2016 | Last updated: 07/18/2017

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

by Chelsea W. // Student

French environmentalists cheered as France passed a law mandating all new buildings being built in commercial zones must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. This law will stimulate …

Filed under: Green Building News

Keywords: Government,Policy,France

3 replies | 2014 views | Posted on: 05/27/2015 | Last updated: 06/01/2015

Material and Resource Summit

by Steven Fitzgerald // Student/Consultant

Yesterday I had the Opportunity to attend the Materials Summit that was sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the USGBC and Google at the Google Headquarters. Allison Friedman to no surprise was i…

Emerging Green Professionals

3 replies | 2043 views | Posted on: 11/15/2014 | Last updated: 11/18/2014

Indiegogo Campaign for Royal Wind!

by LauraBailey // Creator of the Royal Wind

Hello. My husband and I have just launched an Indiegogo project to build the forms for, and a full-scale prototype of, our new residential-scale wind power generator, the Shrouded Dual Turbine Generat…

Filed under: Fundraising

2 replies | 8087 views | Posted on: 10/24/2012 | Last updated: 04/28/2015

USGBC MA - Residential Green Building Meeting with Guest Speaker Joshua May on August 14, Boston

by AbbieKnight

This August, Joshua May of Climate Reality will come in to speak with the Residential green Building Committee (and you!) about how to spread the word on climate change to anyone and everyone you enga…

Filed under: Events

Related to: Other

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: Green Living

2 replies | 1894 views | Posted on: 07/17/2017 | Last updated: 01/23/2018

Building Tech Forum, April 21, 5;30-8:30 pm, Hosted by USGBC MA at Greentown Labs, Somerville

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

Building Tech Forum Thursday, April 21, 5:30 - 8:30 PM Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street Somerville MA Buildings are fundamentally about technology. Innovation in the building sector is driving …

Filed under: Massachusetts

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: Green Building,Building Technology

2 replies | 1075 views | Posted on: 02/21/2016 | Last updated: 03/16/2016

Mexican company converts avocado pits into completely biodegradable plastic

by NoLifeLine

When you think of Mexico, you think of tequila and guacamole, says Scott Munguia. If he has his way, you might also be thinking of something else made from the avocado: plastic made from the seed.



Filed under: Green Consumer Products

Related to: Products,Related Industries - Products,Green Consumer Products,Other Products - Related Industries,Food and Beverages

2 replies | 1695 views | Posted on: 02/04/2019 | Last updated: 02/05/2019

WELL Certification Standard

by Jason L. // LEED AP O+M

Hello Allison and all I was able to meet during USGBC Greenbuild! For those of us who work primarily within the Indoor Environmental Quality arena, I am excited to see the WELL Building Standard gain…

Filed under: WELL Building Standard

Keywords: Well Building Standard

2 replies | 886 views | Posted on: 01/29/2016 | Last updated: 02/01/2016

COP21 Kicks off - What Can We Really Hope For?

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

At the start of COP21 on Monday, 150 world leaders gathered for a photo and then many gave speeches outlining the importance of agreeing and acting now to prevent the worst effects of climate change. …

Filed under: Climate Change

Keywords: Climate Change,COP21

2 replies | 1673 views | Posted on: 11/30/2015 | Last updated: 12/07/2015

USGBC MA Chapter's 6th Annual Sustainable Dinner - Network with other Local Green Builders - November 12th

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

Sustain Yourself: A Night of Sustainable, Upscale Dining & Networking What: USGBC MA Chapter's 6th Annual Sustainable Dinner When: Thursday, November 12, 6:00-8:00PM Where: Commonwealth Restauran…

Filed under: Massachusetts

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: Lighting,Community Events

2 replies | 856 views | Posted on: 10/17/2015 | Last updated: 10/21/2015

Radon and Vapor Control Layers in the 1920sMakeoverATL Showhouse: Pre-Project Testing (Video)

by Rate It Green Team


As part of the #1920sMakeoverATL whole house deep energy retrofit, Matt and the building team are running pre-diagnostic tests which will help them address performance issues relating to health

Filed under: #1920sMakeoverATL

Keywords: Indoor Air Quality,IAQ,Radon,1920sMakeoverATL,Radon Testing,Radon Tests

2 replies | 5122 views | Posted on: 05/17/2021 | Last updated: 05/20/2021

 

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