May 26, 2020
Message from BIG’s Board President

Pilot concepts for Accessory Dwelling Units and Master-Plan Developments will emphasize community engagement and collaboration

Late last year, after the sale of Build It Green (BIG)’s utility business to Franklin Energy, BIG’s Board and staff embarked on a strategic visioning process to explore how the organization can build on and expand its successful role as a catalyst for market transformation in the housing sector.

We convened thought leaders from across the housing ecosystem, bringing together local and national perspectives. Our discussions started with the premise that the climate crisis and housing affordability crisis have created the urgency and the opportunity for systemic change in how we think about and develop shelter. Over a six-month period, we refined BIG’s vision and mission: We envision a healthy housing ecosystem that fosters well-being in individuals, communities and bioregions. BIG’s mission as a co-creator in realizing this vision is to convene stakeholders and develop their capacity for transforming the housing ecosystem by offering credible, accessible resources.


April 21, 2020
GreenPoint Rated Homes Showcase: Natalie Gubb Commons


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 Keeping to their mission of creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities, Mercy Housing California set out to build and strengthen healthy communities through quality, affordable, service-enriching housing for individuals and families in San Francisco's East Cut neighborhood. To that end, Natalie Gubb Commons (formerly Transbay Block 7) ambitiously targeted GreenPoint Rated (GPR) Platinum certification, stok was brought on by Mercy Housing early in the SD phase to guide ownership and the project team in outlining the path to meet the project's sustainability and energy efficiency goals. 

March 16, 2020
Rebuild Stronger 2020

We are supporting homeowners and developers rebuilding after the recent California wildfires. For the first 100 applications submitted for homes that were damaged or destroyed in the recent Kincade, Camp, Woolsey, Getty or Tick wildfires, Build It Green is waiving the GreenPoint Rated application fee. Green homes are more resilient and fire-wise, have lower maintenance and operating costs, and are healthier for occupants. Contact a GreenPoint Rater or learn more on how to apply here.

Rebuild Stronger Campaign 2020

March 14, 2020
GreenPoint Rated Homes Showcase: One of the First 100% Supportive Housing Communities Comes to Santa Clara County

Affirmed Housing opens 83 supportive housing homes at Villas on the Park in Downtown San Jose for formally homeless. This six-story, GreenPoint Rated building offers large communal spaces, a rooftop terrace with garden plots for residents, bicycle storage, a large teaching kitchen, and a unique flex space to accommodate a variety of enhanced services.