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Built Green Homes Are Even More Efficient Than We Thought!

Built Green is excited to share its recent study, the largest of its kind. The study compared actual electricity use in homes certified by Built Green and non-certified homes. The results revealed that in some cases, Built Green homes were twice as efficient as predicted!


Built Green Conference 2017

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This year's Built Green Conference will be held September 14 at Cascadia College. We are pleased to welcome keynote Alan Durning! For more information and to register, please see the main conference website at


Important Built Green Checklist Updates

The Built Green single-family/townhome checklist has been updated to reflect the current state energy code, and the multi-family checklist has been completely updated. Read on for enrollment and certification deadlines.


New Green Building Incentive from Seattle City Light

Great news for green builders! Seattle City Light is offering incentives for projects consisting of five or more single-family homes (including townhomes) that use ductless heat pumps as the primary heat source and achieve Built Green 4- or 5-Star certification. Builders can receive up to $1,500 per unit! For more information on this opportunity, please contact Seattle City Light's Scott Cooper, at


2016 Built Green WaterSense Incentive

We are pleased to share that Built Green is continuing its partnership with the Cascade Water Alliance to offer a new incentive for green building certification: the WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program. Builders that achieve this certification will receive a rebate of $1,000 per unit. In 2016, we are expanding the offering to include multi-family buildings as well as single-family!


Built Green Releases White Paper on zHome, First U.S. Net Zero

zHome was the first net zero energy townhome complex in the United States. The project was launched to spur the market toward deep green housing for the average person. As such, zHome was built to rigorous environmental benchmarks of net zero energy use, a 70% reduction in water use, a 90% construction recycling rate and the use of only low- and non-toxic materials, among other specifications. All zHome units that went up for sale eventually sold at slightly above standard prices for the time and area, despite going on the market at the tail end of the Great Recession.

The question arises: How does zHome actually measure up, now that people live there? Is it a successful example of affordable, net zero living?


Dwell Development Completes Seattle's First Emerald Star Home

Did you know that the Emerald Star rating is Built Green's highest certification level? Builders who aspire for an Emerald Star rating must adhere to a stringent checklist geared toward producing a high performance, environmentally-friendly home of exceptional quality.

Dwell Development took on the Emerald Star challenge and, in August 2015, completed Seattle's first Emerald Star home. Read all about the home's incredible attributes in our comprehensive case study.

Want to see more? Check out video of this incredible spec home (which pre-sold!):


Indoor Weather Reports Marketing Campaign

In August, we introduced a new campaign that celebrates the very real benefits of living in a Built Green home... and the meteorological conditions you might find in a home that isn't Built Green.


Learn More About the WaterSense/Built Green Incentive!

We are pleased to share that Built Green has partnered with the Cascade Water Alliance to offer a new incentive for green building certification: the WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program. Builders that achieve this certification will receive a rebate of $1,000 per home.


Built Green Welcomes an Addition to the Team

Built Green recently welcomed Leah Missik as the new Built Green Program Manager.


Congratulations to Ashworth Homes

Ashworth Homes recognized for their efforts and commitment to moving the market toward a sustainable future.


Third-Party Verification at All Levels

All Built Green-certification levels for all checklists will require third-party verification as of January 1, 2014.


Built Green Homeowner Survey Results

In December 2013, we mailed 2,500 postcards inviting homeowners of 3-, 4- and 5-Star Built Green certified homes, built or remodeled in the last five years, to participate in a survey about their experiences with their home.


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