Build It Green Sells Utility Business to Franklin Energy

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 1, 2019 -- Build It Green, a nonprofit organization that runs California’s leading green home certification program, has sold its utility program implementation and government consulting business to Franklin Energy, a Wisconsin-based provider of energy efficiency and grid optimization services.

Build It Green will continue offering its core programs, GreenPoint Rated home certification and green building professional trainings. GreenPoint Rated provides independent, third-party verification that a home is healthy, more comfortable, durable, and resource efficient. More than 67,000 homes in California have earned the GreenPoint Rated certification, and Build It Green has trained more than 10,000 building industry and real estate professionals to design, build and market green homes.

“We are excited to refocus the Build It Green nonprofit back on its original mission of promoting healthy, efficient and sustainable homes through our GreenPoint Rated system and related services and training programs,” said Karen Kho, Principal Program Manager of StopWaste and Build It Green’s new Board Chair.

“We had already been working together, but we are pleased to more formally welcome the Build It Green utilities team into Franklin Energy,” said Paul Schueller, Franklin Energy CEO. “Their expert staff and industry experience will be valuable as we continue building solutions that meet our utility clients’ energy efficiency, demand response, grid optimization and customer engagement needs.”

“The GreenPoint Rated home certification program and green building professional trainings have helped make California a global leader in residential building energy and resource efficiency,” said Christopher Becker, Build It Green’s former Director of Program Services and new Interim Executive Director. “The sale of our utility business positions us to provide more robust support for GreenPoint Rated while also developing new initiatives to help the residential building industry advance regenerative practices that achieve a net-positive impact on ecosystem health and human well-being.”

About Build It Green

Build It Green is a nonprofit organization that works with consumers and building and real estate professionals to increase awareness and adoption of green building practices. Build It Green believes that changing how homes are designed, built and remodeled is essential to mitigating the climate crisis, reducing pollution, and protecting natural resources for future generations. Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated™ program is the most trusted independent green home certification program in California. Build It Green’s professional training and certification programs empower home builders and subcontractors, architects, engineers, and real estate professionals to provide green home solutions for California’s residential building market.

Contact: Christopher Becker, Build It Green, (510) 590-3360, ext. 114,