Member/Industry News

Member/Industry Green Building News

Jun
18

Whole Forest, awarded Best in Show for Flooring by the IFDA at ICFF 2019

Congratulations to Whole Forest, awarded Best in Show for Flooring by the IFDA (International Furnishing and Design Association) at ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) 2019! Whole Forest, a hardwoods manufacturer specializing in sustainable forestry, offers a range of&nbs...

Jun
18

Kari Klaus of RealtySage Realty Sage, Selected to Represent US at Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Kari Klaus, founder of RealtySage.com was selected by the State Department to represent the US at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hague in June.   Realty Sage (formerly Viva Green Homes) uses big data and AI to implement, verify, and analyze&nbs...

Jun
18

Kirei Turns 107 Million Plastic Bottles (and Counting!) into Acoustic Panels

Rate It Green Member Kirei reported this June that the company has helped save 107 million bottles from the landfill, with plans to keep that number growing.  The company's PET EchoPanels are 100% environmentally sustainable, while Coco Panels and Kirei Boards (pictured bellow) are m...

Jun
17

Chicago Commits to 100% Renewable Energy By 2040

Chicago has become the largest US City to date to commit to 100% Renewable Energy by 2035, and additionally the City Council voted to electrify the city's bus fleet by 2040.   Sierra Club documents similar 100% commitments by additional cities, counties and states: https...

Jun
03

LA County - Summer Dates for Hazardous Household and Electronic Waste Collection

LA County's Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives county residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. For dates and accepted items: https://www.rateitgreen.com/green-bu...

May
22

Amherst’s Hitchcock Center Becomes the 23rd Living Building Worldwide

Amherst's Hitchcock Center for the Environment is the 23rd building globally and the 4th in Massachusetts to earn the prestigious Living Building certification from the Living Future Institute. The net zero energy building harvests and recycles its own water, contains composting toil...

May
22

Washington Becomes the 5th State to aim for 100% Clean Energy

This past week, Washington joined California, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico to become the fifth state in the United States to aim for 100 percent clean energy. Senate Bill, 5116, was signed by Governor Jay Inslee in Seattle, Washington. The bill declares coal power will be cut out by 2025, along...

May
22

Submit an Abstract for Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit, September 1-30, 2019!

Submit an abstract for Greenroofs.com #VirtualSumit2019, Septeber 1-30! The Mission of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for learning and networking via the power of the Internet.  ...

Apr
28

New York City to Require Green Roofs as Part of Climate Mobilization Act

The New York Citty Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act just prior to Earth Day which includes a requirement for all new buildings and buildings scheduled for major renovations to plan for vegetation, solar panels and/or small wind turbines in roof designs.  Accordin...

Apr
25

First US Offshore Wind to Start Operations in 2022 off Martha's Vineyard

Offshore wind is finally coming to the US.  The Vineyard Wind Team projects that their 84 turbines just south of Martha’s Vineyard will generate 800 megawatts of electricity when they start producing energy in 2022.  This is more energy than is currently produced by the near...

Apr
24

EFI Releases Significant Decarbonization Report: “Optionality, Flexibility & Innovation: Pathways for Deep Decarbonization in California"

At major green building regional and national events, decarbonization is growing as popular topic, and across all sectors.  But how can we achieve drastic decarbonization goals?  California often leads the way and shows by example how the rest of the country and world can operate ...

Apr
22

AIA Announces the 2019 COTE Top 10 (with Great Timing on Earth Day)

The Americal Institue of Architects (AIA) has made its annual Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 List of global projects exemplifying excellence in design and environmental performance, including considerations of social and economic criteria.  Eight of the projects are loca...

Mar
26

Fred Davis of the Fred Davis Corporation Honored with a NESEA Distinguished Service Award

At the recent BuildingEnergy19 show, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association leaders honored Fred Davis with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Fred has been an energy and lighting leader since before these fields became cool again.  Back in high school, Fred started the Ecology Clu...

Mar
26

Rubio Monocoat Featured in 2 Episodes of "Heart of Oak"

Rubio Monocoat was recently featured in a popular builder-oriented TV show on the East coast called Heart of Oak. Heart of Oak is based on the South Shore of Massachusetts and follows PJ Antonik and his team from Oak Development & Design as they turn tear downs into beautiful, custo...

Mar
26

Topp Remodeling and Construction Wins Best of Houzz Award for Client Service

Cpngratulations to Rate It Green Member Topp Remodeling and Construction of South Murray, Utah, for winning a 2019 Best of Houzz Award for Client Service! The locally-owned company has been serving the Salt Lake County UT, Summit County UT and Utah County, (Metro) areas with customized homes...

Mar
26

IECC Voting Registration Deadline is Approaching - Municipalities Must Register by March 29 (This is Low Hanging Energy Efficiency Fruit!)

According to the New Buildings Institute, "Improving the efficiency stringency in the energy code is the single most impactful action we can take to improve the buildings where people live and work.”  We can do this if we and our elected officials work together, and there is ...

Mar
14

E2’s Clean Energy Jobs America Report Released - 3.3 Million Clean Energy Jobs

"In every region and every state in America, clean energy is creating jobs and careers. Nationwide, nearly 50,000 new clean energy jobs were created in 2018, bringing the total number of Americans who work in clean energy to 3.26 million." - E2 According to E2, Clean Energy re...

Mar
06

We Don’t Have 50 Years to Wait" - Craig Foley's Article in the March-April Edition of REALTOR magazine

Rate It Green Member Craig Foley's article on the urgency of discussing climate change head on and with some bravery appears in the March-April issue of REALTOR magazine.  Craig has long been active in Sustainable Real Estate, and he's looking to "begin a rea...

Feb
26

NEAPOLI receives Low Carbon City Award 2018

NEAPOLI, a Rate It Green Member Company, recently won the Low Carbon City Award for their PKNS Headquarters project in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. The award goes out to a project that best implements low carbon city initiatives that are promoted within the Malaysian Government’s Low ...

Feb
26

Cascades Founders Alain Bernard and Laurent Lemaire  Join the Cercle des Grands Entrepreneurs du Quebec

The founders of Cascades, a Rate It Green Member Company,  were recently nominated to the Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Quebec. Alain Bernard and Laurent Lemaire were among a small group of 6 accomplished entrepreneurs that joined the Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Quebec ...

Feb
25

Mindful Materials Pavilion to be Showcased at Futurebuild, March 5-7, in London

Futurebuild and GIGA have announced a partnership to create and launch a new Futurebuild product directory and a dedicated new area at the March 5th-7th event in London – The mindful MATERIALS Certification Pavilion. The pavilion will offer a unique, focused setting for Futurebu...

Feb
20

Rate It Green Member, One Click LCA, Awarded Energy Globe Award 2018

Rate It Green member, OneClick LCA, was recently awarded the Energy Globe Award for Finland 2018. Established in 1999, the Energy Globe Award is granted by the Energy Globe Foundation annually to “extraordinary sustainable projects” in order to promote sustainability worldwide.&nb...

Jan
31

Applications are open for the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge - Apply by April 8

Applications are open for the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge - Apply by April 8! In partnership with CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain NOVA, Greentown Labs is seeking applications for innovative ideas to disrupt the built environment value chain. This program will focus on innovation in ...

Jan
30

ZeroEnergy Design's Farmhouse Wins Sustainable Design Award from Boston Society of Architects (BSA)

Congratulations to ZeroEnergy Design for winning a Sustainable Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects at the 8th annual BSAAwards Gala this January.  ZeroEnergy recieved this honor for the company's Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse project.   The 2900 sf N...

Dec
01

Appraisal Institute's FREE Guide to Value Green Buildings and Homes

Did you know that the Appraisal Institute published and offers a Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum? This document provides a unique framework for assisting appraisers to value commercial asset and the value of its green component, such as solar panels and other ene...