Member/Industry News

Member/Industry Green Building News

Dec
09

Kebony Wins Two 2019 Architizer A+ Awards!

Congratulations to Rate It Green Member Company Kebony for winning two Architzer A+ Awards in 2019, for Opening, Windows and Skylights, for Kebony Modified Wood Panels.  The panels were used twice in the University of Miami Buildlab project, and won both the Jury and Popular Choice ...

Nov
30

Brookline Massachusetts Bans Oil and Gas Pipes in New Construction

In a bold, sustainable move and a 200-3 vote, the Town Meeting Members of Brookline, Massachusetts voted in a ban of oil and gas pipes for new buildings and also for significant renovations of existing buildings.  This means that these buildings will have heating and hot water systems, a...

Nov
29

Recent Awards for ZeroEnergy Design

It’s been a busy award-filled November for ZeroEnergy Design! Boston Home Magazine awarded the firm Best Sustainable Architect in its 2020 Best of Boston Home issue. Architect Magazine, the official journal for the American Institute of Architects, ranked ZeroEnergy Design in th...

Nov
27

Global GreenTag Upgrades CarbonRATE™ Embodied Carbon Product Certification, Details Shared at Greenbuild

Congratulations to Global GreenTag for the relauch of CarbonRATE™ - a unique peer reviewed Embodied Carbon Product Certification Program.  According to Daniel A. Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas, "CarbonRATE™ has been upgraded to strongly challenge the market ...

Nov
10

USGBC's LEED Surpasses 100,000 Commercial Green Building Projects

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that there are now over 100,000 registered and certified LEED commercial projects. According to USGBC Presisdent and CEO, Mahesh Ramanujam, “Today millions of us are living, working and learning in LEED-certified bu...

Oct
24

Bethesda Green’s Spring 2020 Accelerator Cohort - Applications are Now Open (Apply by November 10)

Applications are now open through November 10, 2019 for Bethesda Green’s Spring 2020 Accelerator Cohort! They’re looking for eco-entrepreneurs who have achieved product market fit and are ready to scale. Specifically, they’re looking for companies that have environmental ...

Sep
24

The Global Climate Strike is On - September 20 - 27! UN Climate Action Summit September 23

Image: https://globalclimatestrike.net The Gobal Climate Strike kicked off on Friday, September 20, with strikes and protests around the globe, estimated by 350.org and The New York Times at an impressive 4 million people on day 1.  Events as part of this global climate pro...

Sep
18

The Numbers Are Out: Energy Efficiency Jobs in America Grow to More than 2.3 Million

The third annual installment of Energy Efficiency Jobs in America brings expected good news in reporting continued growth in energy efficiency jobs to more than 2.3 million in 2019, with a current growth rate of 3.4% and an expected growth rate in the next year of 7.8%.  T...

Sep
06

AIA Approves Resolution to Take Greater Action Against Climate Change

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board approved an official resolution to engage the architectural profession to take action in the fight against climate change.  According to 2019 AIA President William Bates, FAIA, “We are making this our top priority in order to addres...

Aug
15

President Barack Obama to GIve Keynote Address for Greenbuild 2019

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Former President Barack Obama will be giving this year's keynote address at Greenbuild in Atlanta, Georgia, November 19-22,   According to USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam, “President Obama is a global leader...

Aug
13

Johnson Controls Wins BIG's 2019 Sustainability Product Award

Conratulations to Johnson Controls for winning the Business Intelligence Group's (BIG) 2019 Sustainability Poduct Award for the company's YORK® Mission Critical Direct Evaporative Cooling Air Handling Units.  Acording to Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business...

Aug
13

The Living Future Institute's Framework for Affordable Housing - 2019 Update Released

The Living Future Institute has released an update of the organization’s Framework for Affordable Housing, first published in 2014.  The Framework offers guidance and resources for providing multi-family sustainable affordable housing that is safe and healthy.  The Living...

Aug
08

South Carolina’s Energy Freedom Act - Passed with Bipartisan Support (Unanimous in the Legislature)

The number of solar installations in South Carolina may more than double in the next five years with the recent passing of the Solar Energy Freedom Act, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  The new law is exciting for a number of reasons, but perhaps most no...

Jul
23

LEED® and USGBC Recognize Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (the GreenTag PhD™)

Congratulations to Rate It Green Member, Global GreenTag LLC, Americas! The certifier’s Global GreenTag PhD, Materials Transparency Certification Program (reviewed and assessed by the LEED Committee and MR Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been formally recognized within the LEED ...

Jul
23

New York Passes Landmark Climate & Community Protection Act - 100% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2040, Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

With Andrew Cuomo's signature, New York joins California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington, in committing to generate 100% of the states electricity from carbon-free sources including solar, wind, hydropower, (and nuclear power for some, but that's a discussi...

Jul
21

Hunter Douglas Continues Working with Habitat for Humanity, Partnering with Local Dealers

Rate It Green Member Hunter Douglas has been a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and the company is continuing this work this summer while partnering with local dealers around the country.   A first project this summer involved North County Blind Co. and ...

Jul
17

Wolfworks Inc. Wins the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge

Rate It Green Member Wolfworks has won the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge sponsored by energizeCT  - for the 4th time! The CT Zero Energy Challenge spotlights Connecticut homes that produce as much energy as they use.  The 2018 Grand Prize award winning home&nbs...

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, 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.  ...