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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 | 6356 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 | 2642 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 | 5742 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 | 2820 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 | 1479 views | Posted on: 03/14/2019 | Last updated: 07/25/2019

Mini Split Compressor Placement in Cold Climates (Think about Snow and Other Conditions)

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

It’s important to think about mini split condenser location in cold climates where it’s likely to snow, or really where anything will affect the proper functioning and longevity/durability

Filed under: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Keywords: HVAC,Extreme Weather,Heating,Mini Splits,Snow,Compressors,Weather

4 replies | 4242 views | Posted on: 02/03/2022 | Last updated: 10/27/2022

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 | 3260 views | Posted on: 05/06/2015 | Last updated: 05/13/2015

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

4 replies | 2663 views | Posted on: 06/04/2015 | Last updated: 06/17/2020

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,Myth Busting

4 replies | 6442 views | Posted on: 12/24/2020 | Last updated: 01/13/2023

"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 | 1893 views | Posted on: 12/07/2016 | Last updated: 07/18/2017

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

Green Influencer ATL

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

3 replies | 9872 views | Posted on: 10/09/2021 | Last updated: 12/22/2022

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 | 838 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 | 1306 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 | 1630 views | Posted on: 01/06/2017 | Last updated: 02/28/2017

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 | 1117 views | Posted on: 09/26/2016 | Last updated: 09/30/2016

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 | 2154 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 | 2154 views | Posted on: 11/15/2014 | Last updated: 11/18/2014

Green Concrete

by Elite Concrete Restoration Inc

We are looking to network with Green Concrete providers

Filed under: Concrete - Other

2 replies | 1301 views | Posted on: 07/09/2013 | Last updated: 01/04/2016

Boston Globe: It’s not easy being green — and Affordable — in Boston (Is it Getting Easier?)

by Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

Is it getting easier to be green in Boston? Globe writer Andy Rosen reports on current efforts, including: -Boston construction over 50,000 sf must be LEED certifiable (whether certified or not) …

Massachusetts Green Builders

Keywords: Green Building,Affordable Housing,Boston

2 replies | 1201 views | Posted on: 11/11/2015 | Last updated: 11/12/2015

Sustainable small houses? Which are the best choices?

by Driek // Emarketing Specialist

Hello RateITGreen community, I plan to build a small house and I wonder which are the most sustainable and eco-friendly methods? As I can see here there are various ways to do it, but I wonder if some

Filed under: Architects

2 replies | 1490 views | Posted on: 04/20/2020 | Last updated: 04/21/2020

Custom Milled Plywood Seeks a New Home - a Unique Salvage Opportunity (Cambridge, MA)

by laurelbennett // Boston Architect

4,000SF of commercial office space with a unique, custom-milled plywood interior architectural form is being renovated in Cambridge, MA. In an effort to keep this material out of a landfill,

Filed under: Other

Keywords: Reclaimed Materials,Reuse,Millwork,Reclaimed Millwork,Salvage

2 replies | 945 views | Posted on: 07/27/2020 | Last updated: 07/31/2020

BuildingEnergy NYC 2015

by Chelsea W. // Student

Date: October 15, 2015 Time: 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM, with different sessions and breaks Location: TKP New York Conference Center 109 W 39th St New York, NY 10018 NESEA, the region’s leading member…

Filed under: New York

Related to: Trade Shows and Events ,Safety

New York Green Building Group

Keywords: Green Building,Energy,New York Events

2 replies | 1313 views | Posted on: 08/26/2015 | Last updated: 10/13/2015

Cellulose Insulation

by Frank // Disruptive Technology Scientist

I have been trying to find out about Cellulose Insulation, the newspaper stuff. Last winter my attic leaked water came in onto the Cellulose Insulation. My question is when Cellulose Insulation gets…

Filed under: Cellulose Insulation

2 replies | 1746 views | Posted on: 06/21/2015 | Last updated: 10/08/2015

HVAC Efficiency and Commissioning (a scary story)

by Roy R // Engineer working on living a sustainable life

As part of a major renovation of a 100 year old building that houses 46 students we added per circuit electricity consumption monitoring.  A month after the building was re-occupied we

Filed under: Heating, Venting and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)

Related to: Services

2 replies | 3318 views | Posted on: 10/28/2021 | Last updated: 02/07/2022

 

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