Master Builders Association
Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
February 2013


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Our mission
is to promote ecologically
friendly home
methods and practices,
and to
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leadership in



Built Green
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Total homes certified since 2000

Total homes certified 2013

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Northwest EnergyStar

Featured Project

Featured Project
View the case study here.

Wickstrom Construction.
Single Family Home - Stanwood, WA

This 3028 square foot 3 bedroom custom home in Stanwood was designed by Pelletier + Schaar, and built by Wickstron Construction. It was built using the Faswall System, an insulated wood chip cement wall form that is both highly efficient and durable. As constructed, the walls consisted of 12 inches of Faswall, and an additional 1.5 inches of rigid insulation for a total R value of R-41. The roof consists of R-40 SIPS panels, and the average U-Value of the windows is 0.28, so this home has one super efficient envelope. Other energy strategies include a 6.38 Kilowatt PV Solar array, 90% LED lighting, and a Daikin Altherma reverse chiller radiant heating system. Finally, the heat recovery ventilator will manage the air entering and leaving the home, capturing the warm air to pre-heat the cold air.

Vital Stats
Location: Stanwood
Star Level: 4-Star
Checklist: Single Family
Verifier: Diane Glenn, The Construction Consultants
Section Points
Site and Water 88
Energy Efficiency 104
Indoor Air Quality 99
Material Efficiency 98
House Size Multiplier 1.0
Project Total Score 389

The home reduces runoff with a 1,500 gallon cistern in which rainwater is collected for re-use on the site. Watering needs have been minimized however, through drought tolerant planting, and zero use of turf grass. Indoor water conservation is achieved with Caroma Dual Flush toilets, and low flow faucets and showerheads.

Indoor Air Quality was addressed through the extensive use of Low VOC Kelly Moore paints, along with use of plywood and wood prodcuts that used no added urea-formaldehyde for trims, molding and shelving. No PVC piping was used in the house, and recycled content ceramic tile and bamboo were used in place of carpet. The whole home radiant heating system also promotes better indoor air quality by minimizing the dust distribution typical of ducted heating. The heat recovery ventilator also acts as a whole house fan and filter.

Material efficiency started with an 85% construction waste recycling rate through Lautenbach Industries. The Faswall System is not only material efficient, but as a concrete based product it is extremely durable as well. The Structural Insulated Panel roof are assembled in a factory setting with minimal waste. In terms of finish materials, both bamboo and natural linoleum were used as flooring. The home also featured recycled content siding and a metal roof.

In total this home is an example of innovation in practice. It is extremely efficient, extremely durable, and in a community where only a handful of green homes have been built. It shows how new technologies, best practices, and materials can be combined to create a comfortable, durable, green home.

Photos courtesy of Ian Gleadle

To see other previously featured virtual tours, click here.


MBA & BG News

Be a site host or sponsor for the 2013 Northwest Green Home Tour! Applications due Feb 28

Building on the success of the green home tour over the past couple of years, Built Green is partnering with the NW EcoBuilding Guild to bring you an even better event for 2013! With over 1,200 people visiting the tour's homes in 2011 and 2012, participating in the tour will provide a great opportunity as a builder to show off your latest green project or as a homeowner to share what it's like to live in one!

Applications can be downloaded here. If you're interested in Sponsoring the Tour, please take a look at our Sponsorship package and email Cate O'dahl for more information.

Looking To Hire?
Master Builders Career Connection can help. Association members can now make jobs visible to targeted candidates in their area by listing employment opportunities for free on their new-and-improved website,, which is designed to connect students, educators and people within the construction industry with potential employers, scholarship opportunities, grant opportunities, relevant resources and classes and skills training. So take advantage of this great resource. Visit the site and click "Jobs" to set up your free account.


New Members

Are you a member of Built Green and the Master Builders Association? If so, your company is designated with a small, green tree on the Master Builders Association's website, which signifies you as a Built Green member. Your company is also listed on the Built Green website.


New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Beau Development for certifying four new single-family homes at 1516 NW 64th St., and 804 and 806 NW 63rd St. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Wickstrom Construction, Inc. for certifying a new single-family home at 2814 152nd Place NW in Stanwood as 4-Star Built Green.

West Tier Development & Homes Corp for certifying a new single-family home at 12863 64th Court NE in Kirkland as 4-Star Built Green.


Member News

Green Canopy Homes and PorterWorks are proud to present the Green Genius Educational Series, the very first of its kind in the region! This 12-course year-long series offers a broad overview of residential energy efficiency and green building methods and materials. Designed to inspire, the courses are an essential building block needed for any Licensed Real Estate Professional to better understand how energy efficiency and green building are impacting the residential housing market, while providing you with the opportunity to achieve certification as a nationally recognized Green Real Estate Specialist and local Green Canopy Energy Agent. Attend just one or all 12 classes, the Green Genius Series will not disappoint!



Seattle Greendrinks
Feb. 12, Seattle
Founded in 2003, Seattle Greendrinks' main event remains a monthly informal social-networking gathering. This gathering remains the core of Seattle Greendrinks' work. All are welcome to join us the second Tuesday of each month starting around 5:30 p.m. The goal of our group is pretty simple: we aim to create a space that fosters connections and good times shared among people working in (or interested in) environmental and sustainability issues.

Seattle Home Show
Feb. 16 to 24, Seattle
The Seattle Home Show is the Northwest's largest consumer home show with everything for the home, indoors and out, at two annual shows in downtown Seattle at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The spring and fall shows present hundreds of exhibits, including builders, remodelers, the latest appliances and fixtures, decorating, and landscaping, everything from floor to ceiling and beyond. Attendees also enjoy special features, including seminars and wine tasting. Be sure to stop by the Built Green booth to learn more about our program!

The Green Advantage - How to Market and Sell More Homes /Remodeling Services Using GREEN Fundamentals
Feb. 27, Bellevue
This lively breakfast seminar discussion with several GREEN visionaries will help you understand what your green advantage is (and it is so much more than just a few energy upgrades) and how to successfully use it to generate more business in green building, remodeling and real estate sales.

Our talented panel with expertise in health, valuation, energy, green building programs, and real estate sales and marketing will help you understand green buyers, (and they are not all the same) how to identify them, what they are willing to pay extra for and how you can use green features to help sell real estate, remodeling services or new Built Green homes.

We'll also hear why City of Kirkland and other municipalities encourage GREEN demonstration projects and how they benefit builders, home owners and residents. Finally we'll hear from the Master Builders and the NWMLS about exciting new tools and programs that can help builders and realtors properly identify and sell green homes and communities.

Built Green Event
March 21, Seattle
Built Green is partnering with Method and the Cascadia Green Building Council to host an event on Thursday, 21 March from 4:30-7:30 at Urbanata, 4100 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA. Please join us for a happy hour full of ideas and discussion - more details to come soon!.

Northwest Green Home Tour 2013
April 27, 2013
Third annual Green Home Tour -- a FREE all-day event, co-sponsored by Built Green and the NorthWest Ecobuilding Guild
Contact Cate O'dahl, Event Lead (Seattle Chapter) at (425) 670-1342 or by email for more information.

Decon 13
April 29 to May 1, Seattle
DECON '13 is directed toward businesses specializing in demolition, deconstruction, architectural salvage and used building materials; as well as C&D material recyclers; architectural, engineering, and construction firms, remodelers, green builders and related professionals; government organizations; LEED® professionals; university students and those in commercial real estate development.

This is the only comprehensive national event dedicated to promoting best practices, case studies and industry advancements among the building material reuse, deconstruction, and C&D recycling communities.

Early-bird registration for DECON '13 is now open! BMRA is also soliciting Sponsors and Exhibitors. For further information, please see our website, and/or contact conference co-chairs Ali Kingfisher or Anne Nicklin,.



Classes listed below are approved workshops for fulfilling the annual Built Green education requirement for certifying projects.

Introduction to Built Green®
Feb. 12, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
This class will provide an introduction to the Built Green program. Learn how to certify a project, use the checklist, join, navigate the program and take advantage of our other resources. It also presents examples of Built Green projects and covers how to fill out the Built Green checklist. This orientation costs $30 and is required in order to certify homes as Built Green. Register here.

Selling Energy Star Homes
Feb. 22, Bellevue
A code-built home is barely legal, but a Northwest ENERGY STAR home delivers greater energy savings, comfort and increased value. Not all new homes are created equal. An ENERGY STAR home is so much more than just appliances and windows. And an ENERGY STAR home can help the buyer in qualifying for financing. This class will give you an excellent overview of all the components that go into the making of a Northwest ENERGY STAR-certified home. 3 WA State-approve Real Estate Agent Continuing Education Clock Hours.

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
Feb. 26, Issaquah
This course examines the most up-to-date techniques in the management of sediment and construction sites. Students who attend will receive recertification of their Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training Certification (CESCL) status from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Participants will also benefit from a dynamic interaction between traditional lectures and hands-on exercises. The course covers the essentials of being a certified lead and includes information on how new regulations will impact CESCL job functions. Upon completion, students will know how to simply and confidently comply with federal, state and local regulatory requirements of stormwater management.

Stormwater BMPs for Construction (CESCL) and Recertification Course
Feb. 26 and 27, AGC Office, Fife
These training courses teach contractors current techniques for successfully managing erosion and sediment on construction sites. In addition, the newest information on complying with federal, state and local regulatory requirements for stormwater is presented in an easy to understand format. Participants completing this class will receive certification or recertification as erosion and sediment control leads for the Washington State Department of Ecology. Register here.

Sustainable Design Choices that Save $$
Feb. 27, Des Moines
Sustainable Design Choices can be affordable! When planned early in the process, integrated design can lead to a healthy, resource-efficient home, all within a realistic budget. Learn how to make the most of the resources nature gives you in any style of residence and how to create a home for a resilient future.
Four Program Takeaways:

  • Healthy material choices for indoor air quality
  • Simple passive solar techniques
  • Importance of locally sourced materials
  • Planning strategies for rainwater collection and use

R.S.V.P. by calling (253) 839-0121

Building, Marketing, Financing & Appraising Green
March 22, Seattle
The "green" train has left the station. McGraw-Hill Construction projects there will be between $96 and $135 billion in green construction by 2015. This class provides an excellent overview about all aspects of green construction from design and site location to finish materials, using real-life examples from an award-winning green demonstration home. The course also covers ways to market green and the latest on financing and appraising green homes. 4.5 Clock Hours Continuing Education Units for real estate agents and appraisers.

Green Specialist - Certification Course
April 26, May 24 and June 28, Seattle
This Green Real Estate Specialist in-depth green training covers site and design; energy; water; materials; indoor environmental quality; maintenance and operations; green and energy efficient mortgages; the greening of the Multiple Listing Service; green appraisal standards; marketing and branding green; and tips on greening your business. Also included will be exceptional information for real estate agents defining green and its implications for home sales. Students who attend all three sessions will earn the national Green Real Estate Specialist (GRES) designation.

BOC 2013 Technical Webinar Series: Tools for Building Operators to Measure and Manage Energy Usee
Feb. 13, March 13, July 17, Sept. 18, webinar
BOC offers live instructional webinars throughout the year to keep you informed on the dynamic field of facilities management. Learn practical solutions to deal with the energy hogs in your building from leading industry experts in areas such as demand reduction, lighting, and indoor air quality. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to join and get the in-class BOC experience. Click here for the webinar descriptions and schedule.


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There are four levels of sponsorship available to support the Built Green program, all tax deductible. To find out more about becoming a sponsor of Built Green, please see the sponsorship overview and the individual sponsorship plans. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, please email the Program Director or call (425) 460-8230 for further information.

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