Master Builders Association
Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
June 2013


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Featured Project

Featured Project
View the case study here.

McDowell Design Build

Project: Built Green 5-Star Home.

Vital Stats
Location: Ballard
Star Level: 5-Star
Checklist: Single Family
Verifier: Tom Balderston, Conservation Services Group
Section Points
Site and Water 138
Energy Efficiency 147
Indoor Air Quality 138
Material Efficiency 121
House Size Multiplier 1.10
Project Total Score 598

Built by McDowell Design Build, 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. Starting with site development, this infill project preserved existing birch trees on the site, installed a rain garden and ground waste wood for reuse on the site. The roof drains into a 400-gallon cistern that can be used to water landscaping during dry summer months. Along with the rain garden, the home has a pervious concrete driveway to facilitate rainwater infiltration into the soils. Finally, soils were amended to 10-12 inches and drought tolerant landscaping was installed. On the water conservation side, dual flush toilets were installed throughout the home, along with 1.3-gallon-per-minute faucets and 1.5-gallon-per-minute showers.

The home is expected to use 35 percent less energy than required by the 2009 Washington Energy Code. This energy efficiency starts with advanced framing, blown in fiberglass Blown in Blanket Insulation and 1 inch of rigid foam on the walls, R-49 blown in wool insulation in the attic and continuous R-10 rigid insulation beneath the slab. Next, the home was sealed and checked, achieving an air-tightness rating of 2.2 ACH50. The home maximizes the south and southeast facing windows combined with tuned overhangs to allow for solar heat gain. A south-facing roof plane combined with pre-conduit for solar allow for the easy future installation of solar panels. On the heating side, a high efficiency natural-gas system was installed, along with an on-demand Rinnai tankless water heating system. Eighty-eight percent of the lighting in the home is compact fluorescent, and an energy star front-loading washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher and cooktop were used.

Low toxic products were used throughout the home, including adhesives, paints and formaldehyde-free MDF trim. The cabinets are also no-added formaldehyde, and wire shelving was used as an alternative to fiberboard. The plumbing used ABS and PEX, avoiding the use of PVC piping. To reduce the likelihood of mold developing in wall cavities, 24" overhangs, sloped sill pans with end dams and metal flashing were installed and tested. Finally, a whole-home radiant system, as opposed to ducted heating system, reduces the amount and distribution of dust in the home.

To reduce waste, and extensive source-separated recycling plan was developed, and a 92%-percent overall recycling rate was achieved. Decking, rails, joists, fir flooring, fir beams and plywood were all salvaged from the previous home on the site and re-used in the home. To reduce the amount of cement in the concrete, a 26-percent fly ash mix was used in the foundation. The home features green finish materials as well. FSC-certified bamboo flooring, recycled content porcelain tile and finger jointed trim were all used in the home, and the cabinets were made form locally sourced maple from Pierce County.

While much of the infill development in Seattle is most commonly of the townhome and apartment variety, this home is a great reminder that there's still a place for new single-family dwellings in the city, especially when they're 5-Star Built Green.

Photos courtesy of Paul Clark of Walkthrough Media.

To see other previously featured virtual tours, click here.



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

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.

Green Genius: Green Specialist: Module 3
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.


New Certifications

Congratulations to:

YS Development for certifying their three new single-family homes at 4019, 4029 and 4039 131st Place SE in Bellevue as 5-Star Built Green.

SBC Construction for certifying the single-family home at 10328 298th Ave. SE in Monroe as 5-Star Built Green.

JacMarc Homes for certifying the two single-family homes at 17285 and 17295 NE 36th St. in Redmond as 3-Star Built Green.

Polygon Northwest for certifying the 13 new single-family homes at the Forest Ridge community in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

Dwell Development for certifying the three single-family homes at 3157, 3155 S. Oregon St. and 3339 37th Ave. S. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Pluma Homes for certifying the four single-family townhomes at 3438 23rd Ave. W. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

McDowell Design Build for certifying the single-family home at 711NW 73rd St. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Housing Hope for certifying the nine single-family homes in the Marvin Gardens community in Monroe as 4-Star Built Green.

DC Granger for certifying the single-family home at 7511 14th Ave. NE in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

MM Properties for certifying their multifamily apartments at 11801 97th Lane NE the Juanita Village of Kirkland as 3-Star Built Green.

Urban Vision for certifying the three single-family homes at 1721, 1723, and 1725 S. State St. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Sage Homes Northwest for certifying the single-family home at 4465 Brygger Drive W. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

gProjects LLC for certifying the 11 single-family townhomes at the Urban Trees community in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Build Sound for certifying the two single-family townhomes at 910 6th Ave. N. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Sage Homes Northwest for certifying the three single-family townhomes at 1753 NW 63rd St. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Blindheim Company for certifying the five single-family townhomes at 5712, 5714, 5716, 5718 and 5720 28th Ave. NW in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.


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!

Epic Construction Management, Inc.
Lennar Northwest, Inc.
Urban Vision LLC

F&M Development Co LLC
Rhino Roz Realty


MBA & BG News

Net Zero Energy Building CertificationzHome Receives a Net Zero Energy Building Certification

This performance-based certification program by The International Living Future Institute, first introduced in 2011, has only four certified projects to date. Learn more here.

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.


KING County

King County Green Tools2013 Government Confluence
was a Success!

King County GreenTools celebrated another successful Government Confluence with 300 attendees from around the nation and the globe. The confluence is rooted in King County, but this year the opportunity arose to be co-hosted by the Cascadia Green Building Council as part of the Living Future Conference. Confluence highlights included speakers from as close as Snohomish County and as far as the Netherlands. The theme of "Resiliency and Regeneration" brought ideas and goals together on how to "future-proof" buildings, codes, policies and design initiatives to sustain natural disasters. Included in the program was a day-long design charrette focused on retrofitting Town Hall Seattle. The charrette was developed and delivered by Built Green member Site Story, and participants shared their knowledge with Town Hall's design team and staff to explore retrofits on historic landmarks. The confluence also included a short award ceremony honoring local leaders. Cathy Beam from the city of Redmond, David Barnes from the city of Kirkland, Kathleen Petrie from the city of Seattle and Nick Hartrich from Cascadia Green Building Council all received awards for their leadership in catalyzing green building in their cities and throughout the region.

Members of the Town Hall charrette

Members of the Town Hall charrette: David Brewster, founder of the Seattle Weekly and Town Hall Seattle; Ellen Southard of Site Story; Todd Scott of King County Historic Preservation; Lance Hosey, author; and Wier Harman of ED Town Hall.

King County Parks Announces the Completion of the "Forest Cathedral"

King County Parks announces the new "forest cathedral" shelter at Island Center Forest on Vashon Island. The forest cathedral was designed and built by Nathan Enzian of Fifth Bench Design and Build. The shelter was constructed with a timber-frame design that uses traditional joinery methods. All of the Douglas-fir posts and beams come from local Vashon forests and were milled at the Vashon Forest Stewards saw mill. The shelter project was managed by Dave Warren of the Vashon Forest Stewards and was funded by King County Parks' Community Partnership Grant program. Vashon Forest Stewards supplies locally harvested FSC-certified wood to the Puget Sound region, demonstrating how parks and forestry can work in economic and environmental harmony.
To learn more click here.

LimeLite Development

King County's Forest Cathedral,
Vashon Island.


Trends & Numbers

March 2013: Green Builder Magazine conducted a consumer survey that sought to identify consumer perceptions and preferences of the green building industry and green building techniques. The survey found that "eight of 10 respondents (84.3%) have a positive association with the term ‘green' and want to be known for having a green life." See the full article here.

Trends & Numbers

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Trends & Numbers

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Images Courtesy Green Builder Magazine, May 2013.



Re-using Contaminated Land Conference
June 6, Tacoma
Re-Using Contaminated Land is a focused one-day educational conference bringing together those involved in returning contaminated properties to productive use, including developers, clean-up professionals, environmental regulators, municipalities and others who are part of this process. The content focuses on the special challenges involved in redeveloping contaminated properties and includes a mix of business and technical sessions.

The Architecture 2030 Challenge: An Opportunity for Sustainable Thurston
June 7, Lacey
With Vincent Martinez, director of Research for Architecture 2030, Inc. He sits on the Seattle 2030 District board of directors and a panel of Sustainable Thurston Task Force members from housing, energy and transportation working groups.

What would future development look like if being carbon neutral really mattered? Seattle is on its way to becoming "the nation's first carbon-neutral city." Come hear how the Architecture 2030 Challenge transformed the way they think about building in downtown Seattle.

Be part of a bold, strategic conversation with business, government and community leaders to re-examine Sustainable Thurston's vision, goals and implementation plans in light of climate and economic realities. Join a lively, generative discussion on sustainability in the built environment. Program begins at 9 a.m. Morning refreshments and lunch will be served.

Built Green Lunch Presentation – Snohomish County
July 10th, Everett
Mark your calendars, and invite your Snohomish County builder friends to this lunch-time presentation about the benefits of Green Building with Built Green, Dwell Development’s Anthony Maschmedt, and Snohomish County. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Snohomish County Campus Public Meeting room in Everett, Washington. Lunch will be provided. Anyone is welcome to this free presentation, but seating is limited. More details will be released soon. For more information please email.

zHome Tour
June 13, 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 June 13 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 1715 9th Place NE in Issaquah, WA 98029.

Seattle Greendrinks Turns 10!
June 14, Seattle
Join Seattle Greendrinks on Friday, June 14, to celebrate their 10th birthday! Some party highlights include a Thrift Shop Costume Contest, a Silent Disco Dance Party, plus a photo booth, surprise guests and performances and a raffle for prizes. Entrance is $15 advance/$20 at the door. Please bring your own cup.

Free Tiling Workshop
June 16, Seattle
Join Second Use for this free workshop June 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. You will learn about mastic, grout, sealant, tile and tools. There will be a basic demonstration of putting down tile, so you can see a tile project in action. The workshop is free, but an RSVP is required. Please contact Elena Velkov at (206) 763-6929, ext.110, or by email to reserve a spot. When you get in touch, please include the full name, email address and phone number for each participant. You will receive an email back, confirming your spot.


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