Member/Industry News

Member/Industry Green Building News


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...


Green Builders, Let's Gather! IFLI Hosts a Happy Hour, Fridays at 3 - 5 pm EST

The International Living Future Institute has issued an offer and a call to gather!   "Talk Living Buildings, sustainability, and regenerative design with other advanced practitioners - without leaving your couch!"   The International Living Future Institu...


3-Part Webinar Series: Quarantine and Responses to COVID-19: What We Know, What You Can Do (Recorded 3/19, Available free, no registration required)

Healthy Indoors, The Building Performance Workshop, and the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council offered a series of three webinars on Friday, March 19.  The webinars are now available as recordings, with no registration required.   These are comfortable, fairly appr...


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

“The time has come for Modern Slavery to be removed from history,”    -Mary-Lou Kelly, Global GreenTag, Managing Director Global Green Tag has launched the start of a world first Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration, the Global GreenTag MSD, at the New York ...


Microsoft Pledges to Go Carbon Negative by 2030

Microsoft took an impressive climate leadership position this week when the company announced a promise to remove all of the carbon the company has ever put in the atmosphere directly or by consumption - back to the company’s founding in a garage in 1975.  The company plans to be &...


Google's Nevada Data Center to be Powered by a $1 Billion Solar Farm

Google’s new data center in Henderson, Nevada will be powered largely by a $1 billion solar farm.  The project is one of the largest corporate solar deals signed in the US, and maybe the the world’s larges such deal once battery-backed storage is included.  Expected...


Arizona Utility Announces Commitment to Carbon-Free Energy Production by 2050

Arizona Public Service Company (APS) CEO Jeff Guldner announced that the company will produce all electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 and will produce 45% of power from renewable sources by 2030.   The decision seems impressive, as according to Guldner, the plan to convert mo...