Member/Industry News

Member/Industry Green Building News


For Sale: Healthy, Energy Efficient Micro-Farm in Concord, Massachusetts

After 45 years of careful renovation and maintenance, Rate It Green Member David Bearg, P.E. is looking to entrust his amazing healthy and sustainable home to the right new owners.   David and his family have grown the original small cottage on the property into a thriving m...


ZeroEnergy Design Featured in Ocean Home Magazine

Congratulations to Rate It Green Member ZeroEnergy Design for the firm's recent feature in Ocean Home Magazine! The magazine profiled Mt. Hope Modern, ZED’s green coastal 4,700 SF modern home in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The piece includes interviews with owners...


10 New and Exciting Green Building Jobs Posted!

Are you looking for a new job centered around sustainability? Look no further — these 10 jobs are suitable for individuals with some experience in green building. For more environmental-related job postings, visit   California Clean Power Alliance ...


Low Carbon Multifamily Retrofit Playbooks - Available Online for Free!

Submitted by: Building Energy Exchange (BEEx)

  The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Steven Winter Associates and the Building Enegy Exchange (BEEx) have published a series of five free low carbon multifamily retrofit playbooks. The playbooks are organized by common building types: Pr...


Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta - 2021 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) General Fund - Apply by June 4!

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta - 2021 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) General Fund - Apply by Friday June 4! Do you work for a financial institution or a community housing partner? Is your company located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia,...


Parsons Healthy Materials Lab - 6th Annual Healthier Design Innovation Contest! Submission Deadline: Monday May 17!

Parsons Healthy Materials Lab - 6th Annual Healthier Design Innovation Contest - Apply by Monday May 17th!   Does your work exemplify healthy materials innovation and advocacy in design?   Are you a design activist creating innovative design while promoting equity? Are y...


ZeroEnergy Design Featured in Boston Magazine's Spring Edition

Congratulations to Rate It Green Member Company ZeroEnergy Design for their feature in Boston Home's spring issue! The magazine profiles fhe firm's Hingham, Massachusetts "eco-oasis" in a piece called, "Everything you Need to Know to Design a Greener Home.&quo...


Global GreenTag Awards Mainland China Sales Agency to CBME to Provide Green Building Product Certifications for Export

The National Building Materials Exhibition and Trade Centre (CBME), the largest agency representing more than 30,000 building materials manufacturers in Mainland China, has signed an exclusive Agency Agreement with Rate It Green Member Global GreenTag International, the Australian based globa...


LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program - Applications are Due by March 15

USGBC is currently accepting applications for the LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program: 2021 National Cohort. The leadership program convenes U.S. local governments (cities, towns and counties) committed to certifying in LEED for Cities and accelerating progress on cl...


Announcing Sanitization - Concrobium Disinfectant II Treatment for Air Duct Systems, by MediClean - Aeroseal Southeast

MediClean - Aeroseal Southeast has announced a new Concrobium duct treatment in addition to the company's other HVAC cleaning and sealing services. Concrobium is an EPA-registered, hospital-grade virucide, bactericide, tuberculocide, and fungicide. It is botanically-derived, does not r...


New Green Building Competition: Enter the Smart Decathlon for innovative Professionals, or SDiPro, by February 1st!

Announcing the launch of a new competition for the green building industry - Apply for SDIPro by February 1st, 2021! The Smart Decathlon for innovative Professionals, or SDiPro, challenges professional teams to design, build, and sell energy-efficient, sustainable homes that address t...


NESEA and Heatspring Make 10 BuildingEnergy Boston (BE20) Sessions Available, Free of Charge

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and Heatspring have teamed up to Make Ten of NESEA's BuildingEnergy Boston (BE20) sessions available on demand and for free! The theme of BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 was Transforming Existing Buildings, with additional emphasis o...


USGBC Green Building Policy Outlook (Panel), A Moment for Optimism and Broad-based Support

On December 10, The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) gathered a panel of policymakers and business leaders to consider the current green building policy outlook in the context of pandemic and the incoming Biden Administration.  Panelists included USGBC’s Senior Policy Couns...


Congratulations to PCC Community Markets - The World’s First Living Building Challenge Petal-Certified Grocery Store

PCC Community Markets has opened the World's First Living Building Challenge Petal-Certified Grocery store in the Seattle area.  PCC Community Markets (PCC) is the largest community-owned food co-op in the US.  To chaieve the certification, PCC met the requirements for the Mater...


USGBC to Fund 500 LEED Professionals in Underserved Communities

Announced at the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo this past week, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) plans to provide funding for 500 people in underserved communities to earn the LEED professional credential.  A key goal is to help build capacity and experti...


Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Study: Finds 81% Emissions Savings in All-Electric Single Homes

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has updated previous research in a report titled, "The Economics of Electrifying Buildings” and concludes in current findings that new all-electric single homes result in a net present cost savings of up to $6,800 over 15 years and 81% lower carbon e...


Global GreenTag Releases the World’s First Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration

Global GreenTag has released the first ever Modern Slavery Declaration for products. The Global GreenTag International MSD™ Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration (GGTI MSD) implements a comprehensive risk assessment and verification process in association with manufacturers on in...


Stephanie Horowitz of ZeroEnergy Design Featured in Forbes Interview

ZeroEnergy Design's award-winning Lincoln Farmhouse "We envision a status quo of healthy, comfortable, energy-positive, carbon-neutral buildings made of biodegradable and recyclable materials. Not only will they entirely avoid fossil fuels onsite and sequester carbon in their cons...


Challenges to the 2021 Energy Code - Opportunity to Speak up for Energy Efficiency (Act Fast - Comments Due by 8/17!)

We at Rate It Green were already celebrating the Changes voted in for the 2021 Energy Code, voted on by over 1,000 representatives from US cities and states, but not so fast.   Apparently three main appeals have been filed, and the National Buildings Institute (NBI) has shared excelle...


Global GreenTag's Product Health Declaration™ (the Global GreenTag PHD™) Formally Recognized by LEED® Versions 4.0 and 4.1

Global GreenTag International, the green product certification scheme from ‘Downunder,’ has just increased it benefits to building industries globally, receiving news that leading green building certification and rating system LEED® Versions 4.0 and 4.1 now formally recogni...


USGBC Introduces 4 Safety Pilot Credits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with rising healthy building awareness generally, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced 4 new LEED Safety Pilot Credits: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Space Re-Entering Your Workspace Building Water Syst...


Greenbuild Goes Virtual for November, 2020 with 3 Pre-Conference Summits, and the Main Conference/Expo November 10-12

USGBC's Greenbuild Expo and Conference made a decision to go virtual for 2020, with three pre-conference online summits planned for September and October and the Conference & Expo taking place November 10-12. This year's summit topics are: Green Business, Global Health & Wel...


IWBI Lowers 2020 WELL AP Exam Registration Fees and Plans to Donate 20% of all 2020 WELL AP Registration Fees

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) announced today that through 2020, it is lowering the cost of registration to pursue its WELL AP credential by over 50 percent, to $299US. Students as well as individuals who are out of work or who have lost their jobs due to the current health...


Stephanie Horowitz of ZeroEnergy Design, Interviewed by Architectural Digest on Architecture and Climate Change

ZeroEnergy Design's net-positive farmhouse in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Stephanie Horowitz, Managing Director at ZeroEnergy Design, a Rate It Green Member, was recently interviewed for an article by Elizabeth Stamp of Architectural Digest: “How the Architecture Industry Is Reacting t...


IWBI Announces Three Impressive Initiatives to Support the Green & Healthy Building and Wider Communities in this Time of Crisis

The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) has announced a number of initiatives designed to help and support the green and healthy building and wider communities in the time of crisis surrounding the coronavirus.   First, IWBI will be setting up a Task Force to help b...