By Molly Cox
The Residential Green Building Committee (RGBC) met on July 11th, 2016. We are taking a hard look at our goals for the 3rd quarter and the rest of the year. As we reflect on the first half of 2016, we are setting new goals and really trying to dig into the expertise of each individual in our committee. We are excited for the speaker lineup we have for the upcoming months, along with the building tours, service events, advocacy efforts, and networking we are planning!
For starters, we are happy to see the increase of LEED homes that came online in the first half of the year. See Gbig.org to track LEED homes in your neck of the woods!
On the advocacy front, the energy omnibus bill S.2400 is in the works, as both the Senate and House bills are under review. This Senate bill required the DOER to create a home energy rating system that the seller of a home would need to perform before putting their house up for sale. This transparency will help the buyer understand the full value of the home they are investing in. However, this was not present in the House bill. Now we will wait for the final outcome, before presented to Governor Baker to sign.
Keep an eye out for some events coming up, including a Building Tour and Networking Night at 75 State Street on July 21st, 2016 (Sign up HERE). Also, be sure to sign up for the Living Building Challenge: Old Oak Dojo on July 24th in Jamaica Plain (Sign up HERE). We also have the MA Chapter Networking Night and Summer BBQ on July 28th (Sign up HERE).
Another reminder that GreenBuild is coming up in October! You can sign up HERE and get discounted pricing if you register before August 1st.
Our next Committee meeting will be on August 8th. Stay tuned!