June | 2014
BIG Pioneers Green Real Estate Initiative in Southern California
Build It Green (BIG) is proud to launch a new initiative to connect homebuyers across Southern California with green-certified real estate agents. These “Green Home Agents” are trained to help homebuyers understand green home features and take advantage of energy rebates and renovation financing when they purchase a home.
BIG developed the initiative on behalf of The Energy Network. This groundbreaking effort emerges as one of the most innovative approaches in the nation to drive an increase in home energy upgrades.
The centerpiece of the campaign is GreenHomeAgents.com, a new consumer website that provides a directory of local, licensed real estate professionals who have completed the National Association of REALTORS® Green Designation trainings.
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CEO Catherine Merschel to Retire December 2014
Catherine Merschel has announced her retirement in December 2014, following a successful six-year tenure as CEO of Build It Green (BIG). Under her leadership, BIG achieved strength, stability, and strategic focus: We survived the economic downturn that devastated the building industry and emerged as a thriving, innovative organization.
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AC Tune-Ups: Contractors
Crank Output to ‘High’
PG&E’s AC Quality Care Rebate Program is shaping up to be a major success in 2014. The program, administered by Build It Green since June 2013, offers homeowners up to $700 in rebates to maintain their central air conditioning systems. And homeowners are jumping at the opportunity: The program is on a rapid pace to exceed its goal of 7,610 home AC systems serviced by December 2014.
BIG would like to extend a shout-out to our network of 60 participating HVAC contractors, who are providing outstanding service to their customers. We’re excited by your success and proud to support your efforts to grow your business and help Californians save energy and money.
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New Additions to the
Green Product Directory
Builders and contractors: We've just added a slew of new products to the Green Product Directory in the paints, caulks, and adhesives section. Browse the latest low-emitting products to minimize indoor air quality issues in your homes and job sites.
.Don't forget to point your homeowner clients to the Directory. They'll find a wealth of additional products to browse, from appliances to countertops and flooring. And even better, they can read a library of "GreenPointer" tips on green home products and upgrades.
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Healthy Homes Conference:
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On May 15, Build It Green brought together more than 175 building professionals for an in-depth exploration of today’s most important home health and indoor air quality issues. Leading experts delivered presentations on the latest building science, products, and practices.
Did you miss it? Click below to view pdfs of the presentations on flame retardants, combustion safety, red lists, the “Myth and Reality” keynote address from Anthony Bernheim, and more.
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What’s next? A water conservation conference on Oct. 23. Watch for more details soon!
Check the Build It Green events calendar for all upcoming workshops, classes, webinars, networking events, and trainings