Member/Industry News

Member/Industry Green Building News

Apr
09

Governor Baker Files Legislation to Require Home Energy Scores and Ratings

On April 4, Massachsetts Governor Baker filed legislation that may ultimately have a significant impact on home energy efficiency throughout the state.  Called "An Act Relative to Consumer Access to Residential Energy Information," Bill H.4371 would require that a home e...

Apr
05

Fuel Efficiency Rollback Plans Make No Sense - For the Environment or the Economy

Although not a total surprise, the EPA’s announcement of plans to roll back auto emissions adopted by the Obama Administration in 2012 just makes no sense.  Not only were President Obama’s plans to require automakers to reach aggressive mileage standards by 2025 great for the ...

Apr
03

Will LEED v4.1 Be A Game-Changer for Product Manufacturers? The GreenCE team recently sat down with Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC CEO, to learn more

Recently, the GreenCE Team had the opportunity to speak with USGBC CEO Mahesh Ramanujam in some detail.  Topics discussed included data collection, international LEED green building project growth, and the upcoming LEED v4.1 update.   As of March 26, Building profession...

Mar
16

Is Bottled Water Doing Most of Us Any Favors? Recent Study Suggests Most Contain MicroPlastics

Out of 1 million water bottles purchased every minute globally, we're apparently drinking plastic according to 93% of those tested in a recent study by Orb Media.   For more information: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-4338887 Sadly, we're also on...

Feb
24

236 US Mayors Submit Comments Opposing EPA Clean Power Plan Repeal

On Feburary 20, US Mayors from 47 states and territories representing over 51 million constituents, submitted a comment letter opposing the EPA's propsed Clean Power Plan repeal.   Key points include that climate change may be global but affects cimmunities locally and n...

Feb
23

Day Zero a Threat to Capetown, Now Estimated for July - What City is Next?

Recent rain and a widespread water saving effort have helped push the current "Day Zero" estimate for Capetown out to July from a one-time prediction of April.  Day Zero is the day that there will literally be no drinking water available for this city of 4 million people.&...

Feb
13

Did You Know? California Phased out the Incandescent Bulb as of January 1st!

California has officially retired the incandescent light bulb, more than 125 years old, as of January 1st. The new standards cover nearly all common bulbs used in homes, and require bulbs manufactured on or after January 1, 2018, sold in the state to achieve a minimum efficiency leve...

Jan
31

USGBC Announces Annual #Top10LEED List

The USGBC's Top 10 LEED States completed 1399 projects in 2017, encompassing 314.73 million gross square feet of space.  The list ranks states in terms of certified square feet per resident. The list aims to draw attention to states that are making significant strides in sus...

Jan
23

USGBC's Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED in 2017

USGBC's annual Top 10 Countries for LEED recognizes markets outside the U.S. working through the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) system to create healthier, more sustainable spaces that work to improve quality of life. List members completed 6,657 LEED-certified projects totali...

Jan
22

Project Green Schools is Now Accepting Nominations for Green Difference Awards 2018

  Nominate Green Schools Leaders for the 10th Annual Green Difference Awards!   Nominate a Green Difference Maker!     Project Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in ...

Jan
22

Pearl's Premium was recently featured on The Water Zone!

Jackson Madnick and Pearl's Premium grass were recently featured on the award winning radio show, The Water Zone.  To listen to the episode featuring Pearl's Premium on January 4: http://podcasts.kcaastreaming.com/water/20180104.html  To learn more about The W...

Jan
19

ZeroEnergy Design Makes Dwell's Top 10 Design Pros AND ARCHITECT Magazine's Top 50!

Congratulation to ZeroEnergy Design for not only making it to ARCHITECT Magazine's Top 50 Firms List, but coming in at #2 for Sustainability and #12 overall.  Additionally, Dwell named ZeroEnergy Design a Top 10 Design Pro at #7! Swell credits ZeroEnergy Design with theconsistent...

Jan
19

New Book by Jeff Dondero: "The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money and the Planet"

How do you make your home energy wise?  Where do you start? What aspects of home living can affect and be affected by, our energy choices?  In The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet, Jeff Dondero walks the reader through a home’s...

Jan
05

Denver's Green Rooftop Initiative Takes Effect

Late this fall, the City of Denver passed a Green Roof Initiative that took effect as of January 1st.  Denver joins London, New York, Paris, San Francisco and other cities with a new code that requires green roofs or solar panels for most buildings 25,000 square feet or larger. ...

Jan
01

A Carbon Free City is Being Built from Scratch in Colorado

Colorado is planning to build a 400-acre carbon-free city from from scratch. The project called Peña Station Next in Colorado will rely on solar energy, a massive lithium-ion battery, and energy efficiency schemes. The city is an experiment by Panasonic with the support of Denver a...

Dec
16

NESEA Announces Partnership with VSECU to Expand Member Access to Green Loans

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association has launched a partnership with VSECU, a Vermont-based credit union, to expand access to VSECU's VGreen loan program, a line of loan products and services designed to make residential sustainability projects affordable.   Thos...

Dec
14

New Buildings Institute Releases Model Stretch Building Code

New Buildings Institute (NBI) recently developed a new model stretch code that targets 20% better efficiency than the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 national model energy code. The new 20% Stretch Code offers jurisdictions a set of energy-saving building strategies that cover design aspects such as env...

Dec
06

YouthBuild USA CEO John Valverde Named an “Influencer” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy

  The Chronicle of Philanthropy has named YouthBuild USA CEO John Valverde "an Influencer" in the nonprofit world - someone who is “flying under the radar yet having a big impact on society’s toughest issues.” Youthbuild USA is the parent orga...

Nov
29

Mayor Marty Walsh Launches "Carbon Free Boston" - Can the City Become Carbon Neutral by 2050?

Mayor Walsh announces the launch of Carbon Free Boston and the first steps to look at options for the city to become carbon neutral by 2050. Carbon Free Boston will analyze the cost and benefits of technology and policy options to reach Boston&rs...

Nov
05

Harvard Maintenance: BSCAI Health and Wellness Award recipient

Harvard Maintenance:  BSCAI Health and Wellness Award Recipient       Harvard Maintenance, a privately owned national commercial cleaning contractor, was recognized as the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) Cleaning for Hea...

Oct
23

Matrix Energy Inc. Saves Energy and Improves Air Quality for IKEA

Matrix Energy Inc. recently installed a solar air heating system for IKEA's location in Dartmouth Nova Scotia.  Next up:  Halifax! The systems help reduce fuel consumption y 18% while also supporting improved indoor air quality.     For more information: ht...

Oct
23

"Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home," by Marla Esser Cloos

Marla Esser Cloos has published "Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home," a how-to manual on living a green life from the ground to the roof, and for different home sizes and styles.   In addition to her role as The Green Home Coach, Marla host...

Oct
15

China Sets Ambitious Targets, Helps Set Global EV Trend

China has joined the UK and France in setting goals and a timetable for the elimination of fossil-fuel powered vehicles. China has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution which has a negative impact on public health.  Reducing emissions for the over 200 ...

Oct
09

On Twitter, Elon Musk Discusses Using Solar Technology Rebuild Puerto Rico - Can and Will Tesla Help?

The power grid in Puerto Rico, already vulnerable, after a decade without maintenance, clearly suffered crippling damage when Hurricane Maria struck on September 20th. Though progress has been made, nearly three weeks later the vast majority of the island is still without power.  Abo...

Oct
05

It's Energy Efficiency Day, 2017!

October 5 is Energy Efficiency Day!  "Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort between regional and national organizations, businesses, utilties, and individuals working to promote energy efficiency: the cheaptest, quckest way to meet our enenrgy needs, cut customer b...