Master Builders Association
Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
April 2013


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Featured Project

Featured Project
View the case study here.

The YWCA, SMR Architects
and Walsh Construction

Project: YWCA Family Village - Issaquah, WA.

The YWCA Family Village in Issaquah Highlands is a great example of the intersection between green building and affordable housing. In fact, at the Built Green 4-Star level with over 500 points, it's the greenest affordable housing project that we've ever certified. The Family Village consists of three buildings and 146 units, along with a community center, residential services office and daycare. Designed by SMR Architects and built by Walsh Construction, the project was one of the early recipients of the Built Green Incentive funded through King County's water works program. Among the water conservation strategies that made the project competitive for the grant were a large rainwater catchment system, drought tolerant landscaping, low-flow fixtures in all units and an intelligent irrigation system.

Among other highlights, the project has a solar hot water system that provides 40 percent of the hot water needs for the residents at the village. It also has solar photovoltaic arrays atop each building. Over 90 percent of the construction waste was recycled, and a focus was put on sourcing low-toxic materials and finishes.

The Family Village (and the zHome project it is immediately adjacent to) represent state-of-the-art in green building for their respective project types. Built Green is currently operating a stewardship center on the zHome site to provide tours and education on green building practices and will integrate the successes and lessons learned from both projects into future education.

Vital Stats
Location: Issaquah
Star Level: 4-Star
Checklist: Multifamily
Verifier: Tom Marseille, WSP Flack + Kurtz
Section Points
Site and Water 160
Energy Efficiency 118
Indoor Air Quality 140
Material Efficiency 83
House Size Multiplier 1.0
Project Total Score 501

Some of the many green features of the project include::

Energy Use:

  • Overall project modeled at 15-percent energy reduction as compared to energy code
  • Photovoltaic system installed on each building
  • Solar hot water system provides 40 percent of hot water for the residents
  • Roof insulation increased 20 percent beyond code
  • Passive solar design used
  • High efficiency water heaters installed
  • Project features LED and CFL lighting in common areas and all units
  • Energy Star appliances used in all units

Site and Water Use:

  • Project followed comprehensive integrated-design plan
  • Project is located in a Built Green development
  • Large rainwater catchment system installed on site
  • No turf grass on the site
  • Drought tolerant landscaping installed, along with intelligent irrigation system
  • Low-flow bathroom faucets, kitchen faucets, showerheads and toilets in all units
  • High efficiency toilets and urinals installed in common areas
  • Parking reduction credits used, along with structured parking
  • Bicycle lockers and storage provided
  • Community linked to area trails and adjacent park and ride

Indoor Air Quality:

  • Buildings are designated non-smoking
  • Low toxic finishes used for framing, flooring and insulation
  • Used low-VOC paints on all surfaces
  • Formaldehyde-free plywood, cabinets and trim installed
  • No carpet installed in common areas or units
  • Provided continuous air-seal barrier on exterior walls
  • Used advanced moisture management strategies below grade
  • Sill pans, back dams and door pans with metal flashing on all windows and doors

Material Efficiency:

  • Achieved better than 90-percent construction-waste recycling rate
  • Eliminated the need for finish flooring in a significant portion of the project
  • Recycling stations installed on each floor
  • Recycled-content acoustical ceiling installed
  • No vinyl siding, trim or flooring installed
  • Used regionally sourced windows, cabinetry, stone and brick
  • Installed a 50-year siding product

Photos courtesy of William Wright Photography.

To see other previously featured virtual tours, click here.


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.

Welcome to our newest member companies!

Noren Development
Lime Lite Development
Natural Building Solutions

918 Apartments LLC

Keller Williams

Annex Properties

Pacific Properties
Group LLC

Innovative Kitchen
& Bath


New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Primary Living for certifying their remodeled home at 10629 64th Place W. in Mukilteo as 3-Star Built Green.

PHC Construction for certifying their three new single-family homes at 444, 452 and 436 Grow Ave. on Bainbridge Island as 5-Star Built Green.

The Schuster Group for certifying their new multifamily apartment project, Muriel's Landing, at 5240 University Way NE in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Isola Homes for certifying six new single-family homes at 4405, 4407 A & B, 4409 and 4411 A & B Phinney Ave. N. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Block 24, LLC for certifying their new multifamily apartment project, Discovery Heights, at 942 NE Discovery Drive in Issaquah as 4-Star Built Green.

Kendall Homes NW for certifying their new single-family home at 3020 S. Bradford St. in Seattle, as 3-Star Built Green.

Robert C. Oakes for certifying their remodeled home at 2141 34th Ave. W. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Polygon NorthWest Company for certifying 13 new single-family homes at Forest Ridge in Issaquah Highlands as 3-Star Built Green.

Greenleaf Construction, Inc. for certifying two single-family homes at 834 A & B NW 63rd St. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Patrick Archer Construction for certifying two single-family townhomes at 2233 NW 64th St. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

SRM Development for certifying their multifamily apartment project, The Noble, at 4301 Stone Way in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Creative Home Partners, LLC for certifying one home at 16317 SE 37th St. in Bellevue as 3-Star Built Green.

Green Canopy Homes for certifying two homes at 4316 Dayton Ave. and 1621 21st Ave. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Paul Development for certifying one home at 3234 NE Harrison Drive in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.


New Verifier

We're pleased to welcome Alexandra Ramsden at Rushing to our list of verifiers.


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Company Spotlight
Greenhome Solutions

Greenhome Solutions: Earth Friendly Building Products & Home Store

Flooring veneers made of scrap wood from the furniture industry, recycled glass countertops manufactured in an old local brewery, handmade tile from Portland and carpet the color of the sheep it came from. These are just a few examples of the types of sustainably-made products available at Greenhome Solutions (GHS).

Located in Seattle near the south end of the Ballard Bridge, GHS provides affordable, sustainable building materials and products. GHS caters to builders, designers, architects and contractors, as well as to homeowners and DIYers. The 4,000+-square-foot showroom displays hundreds of green products.

GHS is the Presenting Sponsor of the Northwest Green Home Tour, which takes place on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the store anytime, especially on tour day.

Greenhome Solutions


MBA & BG News

Join us this month for the 2013 Green Home Tour!
Brought to you by Built Green and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

Building on the success of the Green Home Tour over the past couple of years, Built Green is partnering with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild to bring you an even better event for 2013!

For one day only, you will have the opportunity to tour green homes and visit educational "Sustainability Stops" throughout Seattle and around the Puget Sound. The Green Home Tour provides a great way to learn more about green building practices and to see first-hand some examples of green homes in our community. Tours are self-guided, so you will be able to go at your own pace. We hope to see you there!

Start planning your self-guided tour with these tour pages:

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.



Seattle Greendrinks
April 9, 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.

zHome Tour
April 11, Issaquah
The zHome Stewardship Center is now open and will be holding free monthly educational site tours. zHome is an innovative zero-energy 5-Star Built Green community in Issaquah Highlands. If you haven't had a chance to see one of the greenest multifamily building projects in the U.S. or just want to hear the latest on performance now that it's fully occupied, come join us on April 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. at 1715 9th Place NE in Issaquah, WA 98029.

Go Green Conference
April 24, Seattle
The GoGreen Conference is a sustainability learning experience for business and government decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions. We believe sustainability in the business setting is a powerful and indispensable tool for navigating the tumultuous waters of today's global economy and solving our climate woes. Our mission is to empower attendees with the strategies, tools and connections to green their organizations with profitability in mind.

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.

Government Confluence '13
May 15, Seattle
The 2013 Government Confluence will gather sustainability leaders in the public sector from across the bioregion for an intensive day of inspiration and peer-to-peer learning. Government staff and elected officials will share success stories and address persistent challenges faced by local governments in advancing a sustainability agenda.

Confluence attendees will consist of elected officials, planners, engineers, city managers and civil servants who support a transformation toward a built environment that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.

The 2013 Government Confluence is co-hosted by Cascadia Green Building Council and King County Green Tools and is produced in conjunction with the Living Future unConference, which will share a theme of "Resilience & Regeneration" with the Confluence. Education sessions will focus on a new generation of policy, partnerships and infrastructure.

Living Future Conference
May 15 to 17, Seattle
How do we build, design and innovate in a changing climate? How can we reconcile our relationship with the natural world and form resilient, regenerative communities? Find out at Living Future 2013, the green building movement's leadership summit.

Join the world's preeminent deep-green practitioners in Seattle for advanced education sessions, unforgettable keynotes and provocative conversations at the only unConference rooted in the Living Building Challenge.

Powerful Business Energy Conference, by Electric League of the Pacific Northwest
May 23, Bellevue
The purpose of the conference is to provide the business community with the information necessary to find partnerships and solutions that will save energy and money, improve comfort and enhance productivity in their facilities.

Essential energy-related ideas and operating tips will be taught in a series of four tracks. The tracks are designed for commercial building owners and managers, building operations staff, engineering staff, architects, consulting engineers, property developers and other parties interested in cost effective opportunities in commercial energy efficiency.



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

Introduction to Built Green®
April 16, 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.

Best Containment Practices Workshop
April 17, Seattle
In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to setup low cost and fast containment systems that work well in most project situations. Workshop includes interior and exterior containment and the methods for keeping your project dry. This workshop costs $75 for Built Green Members, and $90 for the general public. Wednesday, April 17, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Contact Doug Kennedy at 206-571-2500 or Gretchen Stewart at 206-930-5355.

Green Specialist Designation Course Module 1 Green Build Part I
April 19, Seattle
The Green Specialist Designation Course is designed to equip real estate, mortgage lending, real estate appraisal and insurance professionals to face the growing needs of the green building market. According to McGraw-Hill Construction, green building is on track to becoming a $135 billion industry by 2015. Even during the depths of the recent recession, green building continued to grow and in some markets, outpacing conventional building. This is a market that can't be ignored.

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.

Green Specialist Designation Course
May 15-16, Seattle
This two day in-depth green training for mortgage lenders, real estate agents, real estate appraisers and property & casualty insurance agents will cover all aspects of green building and their application to the the mortgage, real estate sales, appraisal and insurance industries. It is also appropriate for builders or others who are just learning about green building.

Introduction to Built Green®
June 11, 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.


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