Environmental Defense Fund teams with Honest Buildings to accelerate the development of high performance buildings

February 22, 2012
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(New York, NY - February 22, 2012) Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced today that it is working with HonestBuildings.com (Honest Buildings) to accelerate the number of energy upgrades, renovations and sustainable building projects throughout the U.S.

As part of its “Energy Innovation Series,” every week EDF will select one project from Honest Buildings to feature on edf.org/energyinnovation and promote through the series’ social media channels. By showcasing the most innovative and effective energy efficiency projects, EDF and Honest Buildings are working together to raise awareness and accelerate market adoption of smarter and more energy efficient buildings

“Collectively, we need to do more to tell the story behind what’s driving improvements in the built environment, which consumes 70% of electricity in the U.S. and emits more than a third of greenhouse gases,” said Jim Marston, vice president of EDF’s Energy Program. “By providing transparent information about buildings and their performance, we believe Honest Buildings is a powerful platform to do just that.”

With over 52,000 buildings (10 billion square feet), including every ENERGYSTAR® and LEED certified building in the U.S., the rapidly growing website helps people find and share information about buildings, their owners, their occupants and the people who service them. For energy efficiency vendors and service providers, Honest Buildings is an ideal platform to showcase their work, connect with clients and generate new business.

“By connecting occupants, service providers and owners, we are catalyzing the conversations that lead to innovation,” said Riggs Kubiak, CEO of Honest Buildings. “We’re thrilled to be working with EDF to showcase these innovative projects and to help them scale all over the world.”

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Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. See twitter.com/EDFEnergyEX; facebook.com/EnvDefenseFund; and http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/.

Honest Buildings is the first online platform and marketplace connecting building service providers, managers, owners, and occupants. Anyone can use Honest Buildings to instantly find information about the buildings where they live, work, go to school, shop or just visit. Building profiles provide users with critical, building specific information—Honesty Ratings™ and occupant reviews, news, projects, renovations, and services—and the tools to communicate with everyone related to that building. For building service providers, it's a great resource for showing off their work, connecting with clients, and generating new customers. Founded in June of 2011, Honest Buildings has offices in New York City and Seattle.