This year's Built Green Conference will be held September 13 at Cascadia College. We are pleased to welcome keynote Hunter Lovins! For more information and to register, please see the main conference website at www.builtgreenconference.net.
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 Scott.Cooper@seattle.gov.
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!
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?
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!):
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.
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
Rainwater collected from the roof is a wonderful free source of water for watering your garden
One house at a time, we can turn our neighborhoods from grey to green.