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Member/Industry Green Building News

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...

Nov
30

Falling Prices Help Solar Add Value to Your Home

Having solar panels on your home used to be "more of an 'earth warrior' statement than a great way to power a home while reducing electric bills." It is no longer the case. When the solar panels were first introduced back in the 1970s, the cost per watt used to $70. Accordin...

Nov
29

Green Building Certifications Reach Record Levels in Nation’s Largest Cities

The number of America's certified green buildings are hitting a record high. Researchers have found green certified office space (either LEED certified or EPA's Energy Star label) across America’s 30 largest metro areas has reached 41 percent of market totals – ...

Nov
28

IPCC Report: Global Warming Crisis Could Come As Early As 2030

The new IPCC report issued in 2018 is "quite a shock, and quite concerning." said Bill Hare, an author of previous I.P.C.C. reports and a physicist with Climate Analytics, a nonprofit organization. In 2016, the IPCC accepted an invitation to analyze the impact of 1.5 °C above th...

Nov
14

2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC), Released on November 8

The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) was released on November 8 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The 2018 International Green Construction Code, or 2018-IgCC, will help gove...

Oct
05

What are You Doing Today for Energy Efficiency Day?

October 5 has been declared Energy Efficiency Day, by the US Senate, and over 40 local governments and more than 300 communities, companies and organizations: https://bit.ly/2RtpohM  To learn more and to take action in your home or neighborhood, visit: https://www.energ...

Sep
17

World Green Building Week - September 24-30

It's Green Building Week September 24th-30th!   This is a time every year when the USGBC, World GBC and partnering chapters and organizations work to promote and really celebrate sustainable building materials, products, companies/organizations - and people - in a way d...

Sep
06

California Votes in Carbon-Free Electricity Generation, with a 2045 Target

Following Hawaii's lead and pending Governor Brown's expected signature, California lawmakers voted at the end of August to require 100 percent carbon-free electricity generation by 2045.   California currently gets 29% of electricity, up from 11% a decade ago. ...

Jul
20

Ireland Will Become the World's First Country to Divest from Fossil Fuels

  We know that UK church plans to dump $21 billions of fossil fuels if the companies do not align to climate change goals by 2023. Now, the practice levels up to a national action in Ireland. The Republic of Ireland will become the first country in the world to sell off its inves...

Jul
18

UK Church Plans to Dump $21 Billion in Fossil Fuels if the Companies Do Not Align to Climate Change Goals by 2023

One of the UK's largest charity fund managers, The Church of England's parliament, has voted 347 to four in favor with three abstaining to sell $21 billion worth of investments in fossil fuels if the companies do not align to climate change goals by 2023. The vote applies to the Ch...

Jul
18

India will Abolish All Single-Use Plastic by 2022, with an Immediate Ban in Delhi

  The world’s oceans will be filled with more plastic mass than fish mass by 2050, the World Economic Forum study reported in its 2016 study.   Combating plastic waste, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to get rid of all single-use plastic i...

Jul
17

Toyota Sails the World's First Hydrogen-Powered Vessel on a Six-Year Voyage

  A few days ago, we talked about hydrogen fuel research vessel was proven to be feasible. See Discussion "Carbon Free Research Vessel is Now Proven to Be Technically and Economically Feasible." Now, there is an even crazier news. The world's first autonomous hydrog...