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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 | 4264 views | Posted on: 05/13/2015 | 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

7 replies | 2165 views | Posted on: 08/21/2017 | 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 | 1816 views | Posted on: 10/08/2015 | 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

6 replies | 811 views | Posted on: 03/14/2019 | 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

6 replies | 2032 views | Posted on: 05/01/2015 | 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 | 2544 views | Posted on: 05/06/2015 | Last updated: 05/13/2015

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 | 1474 views | Posted on: 05/27/2015 | Last updated: 06/01/2015

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

3 replies | 1893 views | Posted on: 06/04/2015 | Last updated: 07/30/2015

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 | 1599 views | Posted on: 11/15/2014 | Last updated: 11/18/2014

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 | 723 views | Posted on: 09/26/2016 | Last updated: 09/30/2016

"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 | 1087 views | Posted on: 12/07/2016 | Last updated: 07/18/2017

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 | 1113 views | Posted on: 01/06/2017 | Last updated: 02/28/2017

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 | 541 views | Posted on: 04/26/2017 | Last updated: 05/03/2017

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 | 1038 views | Posted on: 02/04/2019 | Last updated: 02/05/2019

Passive House for Affordable Housing Forum January 29, 1-3 pm, Boston (Note: Venue Change!)

by Amy

Passive House design is smart, durable, and can cost-effectively realize substantial long-term savings for the multifamily affordable housing sector. PHMA is co-sponsoring this event with LISC B…

Filed under: Events

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: Affordable Housing

2 replies | 1771 views | Posted on: 01/05/2018 | Last updated: 02/02/2018

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 | 823 views | Posted on: 02/21/2016 | Last updated: 03/16/2016

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 | 1448 views | Posted on: 07/17/2017 | Last updated: 01/23/2018

Green Cleaning Products: Some Alternatives to Conventional Chemicals

by Matt Z. // Student

Today’s household cleaners contain many known harmful chemicals. Low exposure to these chemicals in properly ventilated spaces should be relatively safe; however, most people use more than just one …

Filed under: Green Living

2 replies | 5601 views | Posted on: 07/09/2017 | Last updated: 09/06/2017

New blog post - language is more than a tool

by StacySinclair // Technical writer

USGBC-LA's blog series entitled "Snapshot on Sustainability", continues this week with a new post entitled, "Language is more than a Tool". usgbc-la.org/blog. I hope you will enjoy, leave a commen…

Filed under: Environmental Activism

California Green Building

2 replies | 12609 views | Posted on: 04/05/2017 | Last updated: 04/06/2017

What are some ridiculous things that facilities managers shouldn't need to deal with in the year 2016?

by kevinkononenko // Facilities Management Team at CrowdComfort

After working on a corporate campus, I was shocked at how many things in the realm of building performance are STILL done with pen and paper or a long email chain. It strikes me that there should be q…

Filed under: Facilities Management

2 replies | 1177 views | Posted on: 06/10/2016 | Last updated: 02/13/2017

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 | 7837 views | Posted on: 10/24/2012 | Last updated: 04/28/2015

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 | 593 views | Posted on: 01/29/2016 | Last updated: 02/01/2016

BSA's ABX2015 is this week! What are your Favorite Sustainable Sessions?

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

ABX 2015 - Boston November 17-19 Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Join the Northeast architectural, design, and building community this week for over 200 education sessions, or walk the …

Filed under: Massachusetts

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: BSA,Architecture,Design

2 replies | 835 views | Posted on: 11/16/2015 | Last updated: 11/19/2015

Deregulation of the Utility Companies

by Steven Fitzgerald // Student/Consultant

I am looking for any information or opinions about the deregulation of the utility companies. I have noticed that because of the recent articles of the rate hike of national grid that there is more ta…

Filed under: Electric Services

2 replies | 840 views | Posted on: 11/18/2014 | Last updated: 02/19/2015

EPA?

by factsoflife

In recent events, the EPA revealed new greenhouse-gas criteria for power plants after a long wait ensuing through with the power approved under a 2007 Supreme Court ruling affirming carbon dioxide a c…

Filed under: Environmental Activism

2 replies | 3312 views | Posted on: 11/07/2012 | Last updated: 11/07/2012

 

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