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Going Green Goes Mainstream

Tara Hughes March 9, 2016 Distinguished Programs, Industry News No comments
Photo courtesy of treehouse.co

Photo courtesy of treehouse.co

As consumers become more conscious of the environmental impact of their day-to-day lives, entrepreneurs are taking the opportunity to create new businesses and products that enable green living.

Annual green building construction spending in the U.S. is projected to increase 15 percent a year between 2015 to 2018, reaching $224.4 billion in 2018, according to The U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building Economic Impact Study. Enter TreeHouse, a home-improvement startup in Austin, Texas, that sells eco-friendly construction materials and services. Every product in their store is scored based off of health, performance, corporate responsibility, and sustainability.

The company, which was founded in 2011, received $16 million from investors for expansion, starting with a second store in North Dallas in 2017 with plans for continued growth into new markets. They are currently scouting locations in California, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest.

TreeHouse is the first retailer that Tesla authorized to sell the Powerwall, its home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels. At night, when many utility rates increase because of the additional demand, the battery powers your home independently from the power grid. Homeowners can receive a net zero energy rating—meaning their home produces as much energy as it consumes.

A gym in Portland found another source of green power:

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