How Does it Work?

  Ascent at Talus is a multifamily Built Green residential project in the Talus community of Issaquah. Built Green has programs for single-family new homes, remodeling and entire communities.


The Built Green program is a voluntary program that requires third party verification. The program requires builders or developers to follow a specific set of criteria to attain status as a "Built Green" home or community. Beyond these standards, builders will earn a rating based on a point system. Building projects are qualified using a checklist checklist organized into environmentally-friendly action categories. Builders use the checklist prior to construction to determine which features to include in the home. When construction is complete, they then send a signed copy of the checklist with verification documents to the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA), certifying that the home contains the identified features. After reviewing the completed checklist, the MBA will issue a 3-, 4-, 5- or Emerald Star rating for the project. All star levels require verification by a third party.

Features in the Built Green checklist include:

Green Codes
As a builder, you are required to meet energy, air quality, water efficiency, and stormwater management standards. Built Green recognizes you for meeting these standards.

Site and Water
The Built Green program places a high priority on water conservation and quality. The action items include practices to conserve water, protect natural features, prevent erosion, promote and to otherwise improve water quality.

Energy Efficiency
A Built Green home can be designed and constructed to maximize energy savings by reducing heat loss through a combination of design elements and building practices, thereby making the home more economical to operate.

Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality can be improved through a series of practices and features that reduce indoor pollutants such as installing low toxic finishes.

Material Selection
Builders use design and material selections that can result in conserving limited resources. Using recycled content products reduces the use of "virgin" materials. Using current waste minimizing practices can contribute to the overall efficiency of the project. Encouraging builders to use locally manufactured products also reduces the energy used to get them to the job site.

See the checklists or Builder Certification sections of this website for additional information.

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