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Sep
25

What Will (Finally) Move the Green Building Needle? Your Opinion Matters, and It's Needed.

Rate It Green Members and Friends -  We want your opinions!  Ok, I am of course always encouraging sharing your green building expertise, experiences, and questions, as we all work toward a time when all buildings are healthier and more sustainable! Here's this month's ne...

Aug
29

Green Building Certifications, and the Residential Green Building Market - Where are We Now?

Rate It Green Members and Friends -  When Grace Morrison set out to write an Introduction to Residential Green Building Certifications, she wanted to do more than describe existing programs at a high level, but also work to share a window as to how people are making decisions abo...

Jul
26

Your Opinion is Priceless

Rate It Green Members and Friends -  I've been asked quite a few times how I define green building because, well green building seems to include everything but the kitchen sink. Oh wait, it does include the kitchen sink! I agree that the umbrella is a wide one, but with good reaso...

Jun
23

Are You a Green Influencer? (You just might be!, even if you don't know it yet!)

Rate It Green Members and Friends -  Are you a Green Influencer?  (And what do we mean by that?) The good news is that you just might be, whether you know it yet or not.  This question isn't meant to make you self analyze or worry, but to get excited and feel insp...

May
23

What Does Community Learning and Sharing Look Like? (This!)

  Rate It Green Members and Friends -  What does community learning and sharing look like? Ideally, our community looks like as many colleagues, friends, and visitors as possible all communicating robustly and leaving each visit or communication thinking they&rs...

Apr
26

Celebrating the Leading Edge

Rate It Green Members and Friends -  Some recent events and news have made it tougher to leap into spring with a bounce for many of us.  It’s impossible to ignore an unfathomable war, prices are increasing and supply chains are lengthening, COVID is confusing and ...

Mar
31

Honest and Tough Conversations

Rate It Green Members and Friends -  I recently attended my first in-person conference in a long while (NESEA’s BuildingEnergy '22!), and goodness it felt great and yet odd to be in a crowd!  That may not be the same for everyone, but we’re all adjusting perh...

Mar
28

#1920sMakeoverATL House Update from Matt Hoots - Foundation Work!

Check out the latest #1920sMakeoverATL Deep Energy Retrofit Update from Matt Hoots!  Matt gives us a full and efficient construction tour of the basement and outlines his planned changes to optimize the the basement for the future homeowners, and also for the project.  ...

Feb
05

It's Time to Rethink How We Define "Ugly"

Members and Friends -  I’ve spent a good deal of time discussing win-wins, and last month in our newsletter introduction I suggested we need even BIGGER ideas and incentives/rewards.  I still agree!  I am so appreciative of the conversations I've had since, and I...

Jan
23

How Do We Make Everyone Happy? (It's not really a choice)

Members and Friends -  Years ago, I was enjoying a super debate with a product marketer I met at Greenbuild, and he stopped for a moment mid-thought and seemed to disclose, “You know, I just want to be honest. I am not a tree hugger.  I think sustainability is a great ...

Dec
09

Leadership by Example: Sharing Project Stories

Members and Friends -  Recently, I feel I am seeing more specific experiences and lessons learned shared in our sustainable and healthy building space, and I want to say that giving this type of information to the wider community makes a huge difference. Leadership by example i...

Oct
04

We Want Your Spookiest Building Stories!

Hello Rate It Green Members and Friends!   We've been thinking about this idea of sharing our "scariest stories" and project examples for a while now, but it's October so it seems like a particularly good time to put out the call for your scary experience...

Sep
30

Humidity Control - Protecting Your Investment, and Health - Our September Green Building News

Hello, Rate It Green Members and Friends! Fall is the perfect time to talk about humidity. And even fight about it? Things might be cooling down where you are, the windows might be open, your systems might be off… So, what could be the problem?  A lot.  You mig...

Aug
31

How Much Do We (All) Really Know About Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)? - Our August News

  Welcome to our August Green Building News! This month, I am excited to kick off what I trust will be an impactful set of conversations on indoor air quality.  If you’re reading this news, then you’re part our larger green building community and likely believe tha...

Aug
03

#1920sMakeoverATL Deep Energy Retrofit Update

Check out the progress at the #1920sMakeoverATL Deep Energy Retrofit Showhouse, or as some of us call it now, "Learning House."  Follow along with the team! From our recent news:  Environmental testing has been completed at the #1920sMakeoverATL retrofit project fo...

Jul
29

Choosing Green Building Certifications: A Builder's Perspective - Our July News

Ths month, we're excited to share thoughts with you from Green Builder Matt Hoots, of Design-Build firm Sawhorse, Inc.  If you've been following along in our recent news and posts, you're likely aware that Matt is working with some great partners, including Architect ...

Jun
29

Important Conversations about Electrification - Rate It Green's June News

Members and Friends:  As extreme weather continues to increase energy demand at home and globally, particularly for air conditioning, it’s a critical time to talk about building electrification.  For more information and links to related discussions and articles, check out ...

May
25

The #1920sMakeoverATL Virtual Pre-Construction Show House Tour has launched! - Rate It Green's May News

Friends and Community Members -  This month, green building meets virtual reality!  We are excited to share the first of THREE Virtual Reality Tours for the #1920sMakeoverATL whole house deep energy retrofit project - LIVE NOW!  Matt Hoots of Sawhorse, Inc, an...

Apr
27

The Lawn Care Revolution - From Gas To Electric Landscaping - Rate It Green's April News

Friends and Members -  I hope you are all well.  Here at Rate It Green, we’re excited to see sustainability priorities taking off in a positive direction, and we appreciate our continued opportunity to be a part of the green building and related decarbonization and equity m...

Sep
17

Thank You, Green Dot Sign for our Awesome New Rate It Green Sustainable Sign!

Check out this video where Matt Hoots "unboxes" our new sustainable Rate It Green sign, courtesy of Rate It Green Member Company, Green Dot Sign!  We love working with Gretchen and Simon at Green Dot Sign, and we will be happy to show off this awesome aspen sign in Matt's Y...

Aug
26

Rate It Green's August News: Our First 15 Green Building Videos - and a YouTube Subscription Challenge

In our August News, we asked Rate It Green's Members to help us pass the 100 Member mark for our new YouTube channel, to help unlock some key features.  Mission accomplished and in record speed.  Thanks everyone! Over 50 Members and friends responded!   We also...

Aug
07

Rate It Green's July News: Be a part of a Green Building YouTube World Premiere!

Rate It Green's July News is out, and Rate It Green's Youtube Channel is officially launched!    Recently, we had the opportunity to watch a Rate It Green "World Premiere" video, and it was so much fun.  The film literally counts back 10...

May
22

Green Building Melting Pot - A Quick Look at Our 100 Most Recent Company Members

Who’s joining the Rate It Green community, and how are we evolving? We were curious at to what we'd learn if we took a snapshot of the most recent 100 companies to become Rate It Green Members. I was pleased to see the diversity we’re seeing as we ...

Mar
20

Spotlight on GreenCE Inc., our Newest Premium Listed Company

  We’re pleased to introduce GreenCE, Inc. as a sponsor for the Rate It Green platform. GreenCE is an AIA Education Provider and USGBC Education Partner based in the Portland, Oregon area. GreenCE provides free AIA continuing education for design professionals seeking their...

Apr
13

Rate It Green's Open Green Building Calendar

  We're excited to announce the launch of Rate It Green's open Green Building Calendar. More than the tool itself and the events we can now host and promote, this calendar represents the idea of expanding collaboration. As a platform, Rate It Green of course facilita...