Featured Green Homes

Built Green homes and communities are unique, with features chosen from hundreds of items on the Built Green checklists. Every Built Green home also meets strict state and local codes for water use efficiency, stormwater, energy and ventilation. Case studies of actual certified homes and communities are presented on this page to provide a glimpse into the wide variety of sustainable possibilities that you can discuss with your builder, remodeler or designer.

Barrientos RYAN and Exxel Pacific Present The Parsonage Project

Maintaining historical structures adds cultural value to a city modern buildings alone cannot provide. The preservation of historic structures also significantly reduces the use of natural resources typically used in new construction. Seattle-based developer Barrientos RYAN recognizes the importance of preservation and applied it to their new mid-rise project in Seattle's University District, The Parsonage, through the work of builder Exxel Pacific.


Karl Pauly's 5-Star Issaquah Home

A new home custom built by the owners in downtown Issaquah blazes the trail for advanced performance and Built Green 5-Star certification under the City of Issaquah's expedited permit incentive program. The home was designed and built to give the owners decades of great comfort and ridiculously low energy costs.


TC Legend Homes, Emerald Star Home Shines in West Seattle

TC Legend Homes has always been up for a challenge, whether it's building market-rate net zero energy homes, Built Green 5-Star certified homes or even positive-energy homes. So when homeowners challenged them to build an Emerald Star certified home-Built Green's highest certification level-they accepted.


nwBuilt 4-Star Single-Family Home

nwBuilt's most recent project pairs contemporary aesthetic and state-of-the-art sustainable design features for a new single-family residence in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood. The builder chose to retain many of the original trees on site and utilized a combination of permeable pavers and bioretention facilities for 100% on-site water management.


TC Legend Homes Net Zero in Columbia City

TC Legend

Columbia City is the lucky home of two more net zero energy homes, this time by TC Legend Homes! The Bellingham-based builder is no stranger to net zero energy home building, which they achieve by using their signature strategy: structurally insulated panels. In combination with other strategies, this allows them to achieve net zero without soaring costs. In fact, TC Legend Homes is proud that they can build these homes at a cost per square foot that is lower than many comparable projects!


Cascade Built - Capitol Core Apartment Building

This apartment building, designed by NK Architects and constructed by Cascade Built, is a great example of energy efficient urban living. The building contains 17 units on six floors: the top two units are two-story lofts and the remaining 15 units are studio apartments. All units are corner units, and the top two units have full rooftop decks!


McDowell Design Build - Single Family Home


This single-family Seattle home by McDowell Design Build features a vast array of sustainable features. Besides having 41% energy savings compared to the 2012 Washington State Energy Code, it has advanced R-42 foam and fiberglass batt ceiling insulation which eliminates the need for roof venting. Other features include Greenguard certified blowing insulation, exterior foam insulation, and a WrapShield high-performance exterior weather barrier with a rainscreen. This efficiency sets the stage for the home to be net-zero energy ready. To top things off, the home is also pre-wired for solar PV, capable of hosting up to a 4kW system. Pre-wiring is a simple step that can be taken if desired, which will provide future occupants with greater flexibility and control over their energy consumption.


Denizen Development Group - Holgate Townhomes

Tucked away between Rainier Avenue S and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S sits a new 28-townhome Denizen Development site in the Atlantic neighborhood of Seattle. Centrally located near the I-90 entrance, the Holgate townhomes offer affordability and convenience while maintaining high construction standards.  


Paar Development/Village Builders - LIV Wallingford

The LIV Wallingford project epitomizes the new generation of Small Efficiency Dwelling Units (SEDU), which are being built in increasing numbers in Seattle. SEDU units are generally 150- 300 square feet in floor area and have their own kitchenette, sleeping area, and bathroom. Many argue that SEDU developments are an important part of the housing solution in Seattle (architects Nieman Taber have written extensively on the topic). These apartments are affordable, livable, and engender a sense of community amongst the residents and neighborhood.


Meridian Builders' Bayview Apartments

CascadeBuiltThe Bayview Apartments is a 4-Star, Built Green property located just blocks from the University of Washington main entrance.  This 20-unit project is four stories of residences over open air structured parking. The result is a successful 4-Star certification and a healthy, efficient place to live and learn.


Denizen Development Group Third and Valley Townhomes

CascadeBuiltLocated in the highly desirable Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, these 16 townhomes showcase the many green building principles that Denizen Development Group has integrated into its standard practices. 


Batt + Lear Major Remodel with Net Zero Ready Energy Design

CascadeBuiltLocated in Northeast Seattle, this remodeled single-family house was completed by Batt + Lear. This innovative house met the requirements for 5-Star level for Built Green certification and has a modeled energy savings of 51.7% above an equivalent home built to 2012 Washington Energy Code. By incorporating Net Zero Ready design methods, this home surpasses the energy efficiency of many new construction projects in Seattle.


Habitat for Humanity - 4-Star Rowhouses

CascadeBuiltLocated in Renton's Benson Heights neighborhood, a 4.51-acre lot is being developed by Habitat for Humanity as housing for low-income families. The nine units that were recently completed are part of a larger 41-unit development which will be built with a heavy reliance on volunteer labor.


Cascade Built - 5902 Ballard

CascadeBuiltKnown for their advanced building techniques and high-performance homes, Cascade Built recently completed this 35-unit multifamily project in the Ballard neighborhood. The building features reclaimed siding, an efficient envelope, and interior finishes that contribute to healthy indoor air quality.


Model Remodel - Columbia City DADU

DADU Model RemodelA new DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) demonstrates creative ways to add density to an existing neighborhood, along with plenty of Built Green features. Designed by architect Sheri Newbold at live-work-play and built by Model Remodel, the project includes a new garage with a studio apartment and deck above that fit neatly into the backyard garden just four blocks from the center of Columbia City. 


PHC Construction/Asani's Grow Community - 5-Star Townhomes

Asani/PHC Construction Built Green 5-Star TownhomesPhase 2 of the groundbreaking Grow Community on Bainbridge Island is underway and it includes a mix of multifamily and townhome dwellings. Situated around a large open space studded with trees and wandering paths, the first four completed buildings of Phase 2 offer residents a direct connection to nature and feature a striking exterior of wood, steel, and glass. Grow Community is designed to cultivate a healthy, happy, and sustainable community for all ages. The physical space provides a vehicle for residents to achieve a simpler and more mindful lifestyle with a lower impact on the environment. 


Clearwater Commons Home - 5-Star Single-Family

Case Study ClearwaterCompleted in June 2016, Unit 12 is the seventh Clearwater Commons home. According to the developers, the Clearwater Commons is an intentional, ecologically-responsible residential community. The project began in June 2006 when a group of families - who were also future homeowners - banded together and purchased the 7.4-acre site on North Creek in Bothell. Wetlands, forest, garden space and a salmon-supporting creek all adjoin the homes onsite. Clearwater Commons ultimately will consist of sixteen single-family homes plus a common area. 


DevCo Inc - 4-Star Multifamily

Discovery West is the fourth DevCo project in the Issaquah Highlands. The project sits on a four-acre parcel and is a residential multi-family project. There are 209 units, mostly flats, but the project also includes eight carriage housing units. The largest building incorporates an underground parking garage. The second largest building includes project amenities, such as leasing, café, lounge, fitness area, indoor pool and kids play zone. The site has surface parking, rain gardens, a large open lawn with bocce court, community gardens, outdoor plazas and a pet off-leash area. It also includes a bike barn, with a tool station, to accommodate residents' bikes; and associated streetscapes and connections to trails.


InHaus Development - Solo Lofts - 4-Star Multifamily

This 20-unit development in the heart of Ballard is a striking example of the trend to increase housing density in Seattle. Replacing an aging duplex, the new building provides 20 one- and two-bedroom dwellings with top floor double height lofts.


Dwell Development and CTL Design - 5-Star Single-family Homes

The construction of these modern and efficient side-by-side homes was managed by Chris Lewis of CTL Design, a former Dwell Development employee. Built to typical Dwell specs, the homes feature a harmonious mix of high-performance techniques and salvaged and re-purposed finishes.


Ulric Dihle/Malboeuf Bowie Architecture - 5-Star Single-Family Remodel

This 5-Star remodel of a single-family home in the Wedgwood neighborhood far surpasses the aesthetic and performance of most new construction projects in Seattle. Builder/Developer Ulric Dihle partnered with Malboeuf Bowie architects to bring this project to life. By incorporating a number of passive house construction methods, the home will stand for decades to come as a unique example of Built Green performance and durability.


TC Legend Homes - 5-Star Net Zero
Energy Single-Family Homes

Developer Victory Partners and builder TC Legend Homes have completed two stunning examples of healthy, sustainable, and energy efficient single-family homes. Located on two peaceful wooded lots in the Victory Heights neighborhood of Seattle, the outward appearance of these 5-Star dwellings belie their advanced construction and ultra-high performance.


gProjects, 5-Star Single-Family Homes

Image416 19th Ave E is a five-unit townhouse development located in the heart of Capitol Hill in Seattle. Designed by B9 Architects and built by gProjects, the townhomes are a demonstration of advanced energy performance and high indoor air quality in an elegant infill design that takes advantage of the small park to the south and their location in the 19th Avenue village.


Habitat for Humanity, 4-Star Single Family Homes

ImageLaFortuna building 8 (a triplex) is the third building of a multi-phase project in southeast Renton.  The development will consist of 41 units in 8 buildings, all townhouses, with 4 of the units being ground floor ADA adaptable.  The project is within walking distance of an elementary and a high school. The LaFortuna community is a collaboration between Washington State, King County, the City of Renton, faith based organizations, corporations, and thousands of volunteers and donors.  


Martha Rose Construction, 5-Star Single Family New Construction

ImageMartha Rose Construction, LLC, a longtime leader in advanced green building, has recently completed two new homes in Seattle that take the next step in green building-one that may have big implications for the new home market. These homes pioneer the concept of Net Zero Ready in a mid-price range that is affordable for large numbers of buyers.


Dwell Development, Emerald Star Single Family Home

Dwell Development's projects are on the cutting edge, and their latest accomplishment might be their crown jewel thus far - an Emerald Star home in Ballard. Emerald Star is the highest possible Built Green certification level, and is definitely the most demanding.


Sun Ridge, 5-Star Single Family New Construction

ImageBuilt Green 5-star has returned to Issaquah highlands this year with the completion of the model home at Sun Ridge, a neighborhood development that will consist of 35 new homes. The model home contains many Built Green features, and is one of the first market rate projects in Puget Sound to include 3.2 kW Solar PV systems as standard equipment. Judging by sales from the first two weeks, buyers are responding enthusiastically to the solar home concept. 


zHome, 5-Star Multi-family

zHome, IssaquahzHome is a revolutionary, 10-unit townhome development in Issaquah that uses smart design and cutting edge technologies to radically reduce its environmental impacts.


Dwell Development, 5-Star Single Family Home

ImageDwell Development does it again, this time completing the first net-zero energy speculative home in the Seattle market. The Dwell Development team decided to take sustainable building to the next level with this project. The vigorous combination of Passive House standards, innovative recycled materials and solar technology helps the 1,711 square-foot home achieve net-zero energy usage.


DevCo Inc., 4-Star Multi-Family Housing

ImageDiscovery Heights II, the second phase of a large three phase project, is a 4-star Built Green® property located in the Issaquah Highlands. The main use for this parcel is residential: 57 units of multifamily rental housing, mostly flats, but it also incorporates 9 carriage housing units.


Cascade Built, 5-Star Single-Family Home

ImageCascade Built's View Haus 5 is Seattle's first Passive House-constructed townhome project, delivering healthy indoor air, thermal comfort, and quiet in the city's urban core.


Hubers Custom Homes, 4-Star Single-Family Home

ImageThese four townhomes in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood boast an incredible view of the city, with rooftop decks that will surely have the residents outside on sunny days! Of course, the vista is far from the only advantage of these homes, which have sustainable and beautiful details both inside and out.


Dwell Development, 5-Star Single-Family Home

ImageDwell Development ups its ante once again with its first net zero electricity home. With over eight kW of locally manufactured Itek solar panels, this home is expected to generate more energy than it consumes-putting electricity back onto the grid!


Green Canopy Homes, 4-Star Remodeled Home

ImageWhat can you do with a harsh, stucco-clad bungalow in Ballard? This 1911 home was thoughtfully reimagined by Green Canopy Homes and reconstructed into a charming yet modern home with light and bright spaces, a stunning communal kitchen addition and vestiges of reclaimed features throughout.


Woodcrafters Construction, 4-Star Single-Family Home

ImageThis "modern farmhouse" style home is an efficient and comfortable four bedroom residence that can be occupied by a young, growing family of three. The design is characterized by high ceilings on both floors, open living spaces and carefully selected fixtures and finishes that belie their reasonable prices.


Turnkey Builders, 4-Star Multifamily

ImageEcoFlats- College Park is a new 4-Star Built Green development, located only a few blocks from North Seattle Community College. This residence features condo-quality studios and one bedroom apartments. These apartments showcase modern living with sustainability in mind.


Housing Hope, 4-Star Single-Family

ImageIn Rose Park there is a cul-de-sac of 10 modest-sized homes in Snohomish up the hill from the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. It looks like a typical development, but it isn't. These houses were built by the homeowners themselves, under the guidance of one professional supervisor and a few key subcontractors. The homes at Rose Park were built through the Team HomeBuilding program of Housing Hope; a nonprofit that's helped nearly 300 Snohomish County families build their own homes since 1992.


First Lamp LLC, 4-Star Single-Family Home

ImageThe Madison Park House is the latest custom-spec house to be designed and built by First Lamp LLC. The firm's partners, Taylor Callaway and Kevin Witt, both AIA and LEED APs, view themselves as "architects that build."
Callaway and Witt faced an existing steeply sloped lot, which inspired them to view the house as growing out of the hillside, with the main living space floating out amongst the trees.


Brothers K Development, 4-Star Single-Family Home

Image4315 Evanston Ave. N. is a new 4-Star Built Green residence located in the lively Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Designed by Conflux Architecture, this modern concept home features an open floor plan that takes advantage of natural lighting and rooftop living.


Greenlake Partners, 5-Star Single Family Home

ImageThe Meridian FlexHaus is a new 5-Star Built Green residence located just three blocks from the shops, restaurants and jogging trail at the northern tip of Green Lake. Based on Japanese and European designs, this innovative 3,019-square-foot residence is made up of two joined living spaces. This design allows for flexible living arrangements and additional urban density within a single-family zoned neighborhood.


Meridian Builders, Inc., 4-Star Multifamily

ImageThe Sophie Studios is a 4-Star Built Green property located just blocks from the University of Washington's main entrance. This 42-unit housing project has become a community in and of itself, providing individual space coupled with common space to create an efficient use of space, materials and energy.


Ninebark Design Build, 5-Star Remodel

ImageOf the nearly 15,000 homes certified by the Built Green program, only a handful have been 5-star remodels. It's not easy to take any existing home, much less a 1938 Tudor, and bring it up to the top standards of green building, including energy performance 30-percent more efficient than code.


Ichijo USA, 4-Star Single Family Townhomes

ImageThis four-unit townhome project is an excellent demonstration of net-zero energy townhomes at an affordable price. The homes had a score of over 600 points, but due to the small site, they could not include all of the prerequisites for 5-Star Built Green certification.


Natural Building Solutions, LLC, 5-Star Single Family Home

ImageThe Dream House Tree House is a 5-star Built Green project nestled onto a wooded lot bordered by the Cheasty Green Space, a ten-acre urban forest between the Lockmore neighborhood of Beacon Hill and Columbia City in Seattle. Designed and built by Natural Building Solutions, LLC, the house achieves a high level of performance while enhancing the natural surroundings.


LimeLite Development, 4-Star Remodel

ImageLimeLite Development has introduced a new generation of Craftsman construction with this residential remodel, which was restored in 2013. This impressive home truly embodies the finest in Northwest living. It is a well-built home that meets the highest of environmental standards and marries traditional design with modern features.


R. Thoreson Homes, 4-Star Single Family Home

ImageThis 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home is nestled into the cozy South Seattle neighborhood of Mt. Baker. While it blends well with the older, more traditional homes in Mt. Baker, its high performance systems are anything but traditional.


Dwell Development, Built Green 5-Star and Passive House Home

ImageA diamond among gems, this Built Green 5-star home in the cutting-edge Columbia Station micro-community has also achieved the formidable Passive House certification.


Marpac Construction LLC, 4-Star First Place Imani Village

ImageA very innovative project with numerous green site features, the new townhomes are built on what was previously an asphalt parking lot and was redesigned with well over 75 percent pervious area.


McDowell Design Build, 5-Star Single Family Home

This single-family home in Ballard nearly surpassed 600 points on its way to achieving Built Green 5-Star. The 2,600-square-foot five-bedroom project scored high point totals in every environmental category.


Greenleaf Construction, 4-Star New Construction and Built Green Refit on Existing Home

ImageOn this Ballard site, Greenleaf Construction saved and completed a Built Green Refit on the existing home on the property, while adding two new 4-Star units in a great example of combining density with historic preservation.


SMR Architects and Walsh Construction, 5-Star YWCA Family Village

The YWCA Family Village is a great example of the intersection between green building and affordable housing. At the 4-Star level with over 500 points, it's the greenest affordable housing project we've certified to date.


Wickstrom Construction, 4-Star Single Family Home

This 3,028 square foot three-bedroom custom home in Stanwood was built using the Faswall System, an insulated wood chip cement wall form that is both highly efficient and durable.


Dovetail Inc, 5-Star Julie Place Multifamily Apartments

This five-unit apartment building was one of the first multifamily buildings to take advantage of Seattle's newly-revised low-rise multifamily code, with additional dwelling unit density and building height, reduced parking requirements and more flexibility for building placement and design considerations.


Ainslie-Davis Construction, 5-Star Single Family Home

The homeowners wanted a fresh start with a responsible and intelligent design for living. After exploring all possibilities for remodeling an existing home, it was decided that recycling was the better option.


Asani Grow Community, 5-Star Single Family/Townhome

ImageAsani's Grow Community on Bainbridge Island is designed to be a zero-carbon neighborhood and is built to meet the growing need for sustainable living options and combines single-family homes, townhomes and lofts in pocket neighborhoods, clustered around pea patches and shared outdoor spaces.


Model Remodel, 5-Star Single Family Home

ImageThis 5-Star single-family home in East King County is one of the highest-scoring Built Green certifications. It is is an outstanding example of the direction green homes should be headed and sets a new bar for single-family homes.


Blue Sound Construction, 2-Star Remodel

ImageLocated in Northeast Seattle, this home remodel focused on energy performance and green improvements, such as replacing windows, adding wall and floor insulation and upgrading the furnace and water heater.


Build Urban, 5-Star Single Family/Townhome

ImageBuilt on an urban infill lot and taking advantage of existing infrastructure and reducing green-field development, these townhomes were modeled to a 31-percent improvement over the current state energy code.


Dwell Development, 5-Star Single Family/Townhome

ImageThis four-home micro-community in Seattle's Rainier Vista neighborhood is a great example of 5-Star green building and design at an accessible price point. The units range from 1,350 to 1,850 square feet and are part of a site that will ultimately be built out to 15 units, including aging in place units, affordable housing and potentially some net-zero energy units.


Dwell Development, 5-Star Single Family/Townhome

ImageDwell Development's single-family home in South Seattle is a demonstration iof good green design in an urban environment. Dwell's project preserved all of the large trees along the right of way, providing integration into the neighborhood, while at the same time installing no impervious surfaces on the site outside of the building footprint.


Dwell Development, 5-Star Single Family/Townhome

ImageThese featured projects are four, 5-Star single-family homes in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Dwell Development has created a community of single-family homes that balance sustainable building with modern design.


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