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Greenbuild, USGBC and ABX Announce Co-Location for 2017 in Boston

Informa Exhibitions, USGBC and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced that Greenbuild and ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) will be co-located for 2017. The events will take place the week of Nov. 6–10 and both will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), creating one of the largest events for the building community in North America.

Solar Impasse Costing Massachusetts Hundreds of Millions in Lost Revenue, Investment

Inaction on raising net metering caps and reforming the Commonwealth’s Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program has stopped construction of more than 500 solar projects valued at $617 million, which is costing cities and towns $3.2 million in annual tax revenues, according to analysis conducted by Vote Solar and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

A Modular Prefab Home is a Practical Option for New Homebuyers

The popularity of prefab housing is gaining fast traction among today’s savvy and environmentally aware consumers. Referred to as “modular construction” by the industry, modular house construction is an inherently “green” process. It uses fewer materials and produces less waste because the process relies on computer aided design and precise equipment.

Baker-Polito Administration Files Solar Legislation to Raise Net Metering Caps, Continue Industry Growth

Today, in an effort to expand upon the success and continued growth of Massachusetts’ solar industry, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation to establish a long term, market-predictable, sustainable framework for further solar development in the Commonwealth.  The proposal seeks to achieve the administration’s goals of reducing costs to ratepayers while strengthening the clean energy economy in Massachusetts and meeting greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements set forth under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).

Peters, Stabenow Announce Green Infrastructure Grant for Muskegon

U.S. Senators Gary Peters, member of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, today applauded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announcement to allocate $110,448 to the City of Muskegon to fund green infrastructure projects. The City of Muskegon plans to use the grant to install one constructed wetland, two rain gardens, and one bioswale to help the community prevent the discharge of more than 5 million gallons of untreated stormwater into Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan each year.

Ameresco to Partner with the Town of Framingham for Comprehensive ESPC

Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and the Town of Framingham, Massachusetts announced today they are partnering on a comprehensive $6 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to improve town buildings and increase operational efficiency. The infrastructure upgrades are expected to deliver greater energy efficiency and operational cost savings, enhance comfort for building occupants and reduce greenhouse gasses and emissions. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016

East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library earned LEED Gold certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world's foremost certification program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of green buildings.

Mayor Walsh Announces Mayor’s Carbon Cup to Encourage Large Building Portfolios to Commit to...

Boston - April 9, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the Greenovate Boston Mayor’s Carbon Cup, a voluntary recognition program for large hospitals, universities, and commercial building portfolios committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 35% by 2020. In order for the City of Boston to reach its citywide target of reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) by 25% by 2020, large building portfolios will need to lead by aiming for a higher GHG reduction target.

Boston Homeowners Embrace Solar Power

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 4, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced 106 Boston homeowners have signed contracts to install solar power through the 2013 Renew Boston Solarize program, a community bulk pricing program. A high rate of participation helped Renew Boston Solarize achieve its goal of 500 kilowatts (kW) of solar power and qualify for the lowest costs in the tiered pricing structure.

Mayor Menino Calls on Residents to Solarize Their Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 15, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino today called on Boston residents to solarize their homes as the City builds on the success of its Renew Boston Solarize program. Since its August 26 launch, the program has signed contracts with 60 Boston residents to install a combined total of 302 kW of solar power and has reached Tier 4 community pricing. More than 700 homeowners have received or scheduled solar home assessments and is well on its way to reaching its goal of 150 homes “Solarized.” The deadline for participation in the current bulk pricing offer isNovember 30.

Mayor Menino Launches Renew Boston Solarize

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 27, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the launch of Renew Boston Solarize, a three-month campaign to make solar panels more affordable and accessible for Boston homeowners and small businesses. Mayor Menino, who had solar panels installed on his home in Hyde Park last year, has set a goal of 150 new residential-scale solar power installations in Boston, representing a 50 percent increase from last year’s campaign.

Mayor Menino Announces Renew Boston Whole Building Incentive for Residents During the Boston 500:...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino in concert with National Grid and NSTAR today announced the new Renew Boston Whole Building Incentive initiative that significantly reduces the cost for energy efficiency improvements in two and three family homes through the Mass Save Home Energy Services Program.This new initiative fulfills the Mayor’s pledge to better reach two key segments of Boston residents: renters and middle income households. Today’s announcement was part of the Boston 500: Challenge to Save Energy, a citywide day of action with the goal to sign-up 500 Bostonians for a Renew Boston no-cost home energy assessment

MassHousing Announces Loan Closing of $6.6 Million to Preserve Affordable Housing for Seniors in...

BOSTON, MA - January 04, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- MassHousing announced a loan closing today of $6.6 million to preserve affordability for senior citizens at the 95-unit Edison Green Apartments in Dorchester

Town of Wellesley Designated First Green Power Partner Community in Massachusetts

Boston, MA - September 6, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Town of Wellesley, Mass. has been selected by EPA as a Green Power Community, the first in Massachusetts, and the second in all of New England.

Mayor Menino Announces that Atlantic Wharf, Boston’s First Green Skyscraper, Receives LEED Platinum Plaque

June 7, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that Boston Properties’ Atlantic Wharf, Boston’s first green skyscraper has been designated LEED Platinum under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Core & Shell program. Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy & Law for the USGBC presented the LEED Platinum plaque to Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager of Boston Properties and Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino at a ceremony at Atlantic Wharf located on the Fort Point Channel near Boston’s Innovation District

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The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that single-family pending home sales jumped over four percent this month from September of last year, with prices rising close to five percent. Pending condominium sales were also up, rising more than three percent over last year, while prices increased slightly. Realtors® confidence in the market and in home prices were both up again in September. This month’s “Hot Topic” question asks Realtors® how they would describe the appraisal process in the last six months