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.
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.
The 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.
Located 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.
Located 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.
Located 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.
Known 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.
A 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.
Phase 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.
Completed 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
416 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.
LaFortuna 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, 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'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.
Built 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 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 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.
Discovery 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'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.
These 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 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!
What 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.
This "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.
EcoFlats- 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.
In 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.
The 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.
4315 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Of 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.
This 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.
The 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 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.
This 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.
A 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.
A 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.
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.
On 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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
This 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.
Located 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.
Built 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.
This 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'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.
These 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.