Master Builders Association
Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
July 2013


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Featured Project

Featured Project
View the case study here.

Marpac Construction LLC

Project: First Place Imani Village - Seattle
Case study written by Verifier Tom Balderston.

Vital Stats
Location: Seattle
Star Level: 4-Star
Checklist: Multifamily
Verifier: Tom Balderston, Conservation Services Group
Section Points
Site and Water 164
Energy Efficiency 117
Indoor Air Quality 168
Material Efficiency 84
House Size Multiplier 1.0
Project Total Score 533

Site and Water
This was a very innovative project with numerous green site features. The site was previously an asphalt parking lot and was redesigned with well over 75 percent pervious area. The roof drains on the south side and flows into a handsome bioswale with plantings and a weir that regulates the flow. The new townhomes, which serve very challenged families in First Place School, are surrounding a community courtyard with a pervious recycled-rubber playground for the children. On the north side, there is an outdoor classroom adjacent to the school with pervious pavers surrounding it. The native and drought tolerant plantings are extensive with many new trees. There is a food gardening project next door at the school.

The plumbing fixtures are water conserving at a high level. Faucets and showerheads were tested at 0.5 and 1.3 gpm, for excellent hot water and water savings. In multifamily projects like this, hot water use is a significant part of the energy load, so this is a big benefit.

The units are heated by radiant electric cove heaters, which have demonstrated some efficiency improvements over standard electric baseboards because they are so quick to turn on and off. The buildings modeled at about 16-percent better than current code. They are fitted out with 100-percent CFL lighting and all ENERGY STAR appliances. Whole house ventilation is included with very high efficiency Panasonic exhaust fans, which were tested for balance and flow at the culmination of the project.

There is a 7.2 KW photovoltaic solar system on the south facing roof that serves all the units. This is a large system and very innovative on an affordable housing project.

The project was certified for both Built Green 4-Star and the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard. All materials were chosen for low-VOC emissions and no added formaldehyde. The whole house ventilation fans were tested and commissioned. The exterior was detailed with rainscreen siding and a flashing system. We also worked with an onsite waterproofing consultant.

The project achieved a 94-percent recycling diversion rate for construction site waste. The contractor used an 18-percent concrete slag mix for the foundations, which is a valuable step to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Portland Cement. The exterior is a mixture of long-lasting fiber cement siding and local red cedar. The interior trim used was done with recycled and no-added-formaldehyde MDF products.

Photos courtesy of Keith Brofsky of Brofsky Productions.

To see other previously featured virtual tours, click here.


New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Terrene Ventures for certifying three single-family homes at 3006, 3036 and 3013 NE Harrison Drive in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

First Choice Carpentry for certifying one single-family home at 12010 210th Place SE in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

Odyssey Builders Inc for certifying one single-family home at 3414 NW 62nd St. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Legacy Partners for certifying their multifamily apartments at 4040 26th Ave. SW in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Marpac Construction LLC for certifying their multifamily apartments at 160 20th Ave. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Isola Homes for certifying the six single-family townhomes at 2215 and 2217 Boylston Ave. E in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

DC Granger for certifying the one single-family home at 7531 9th Ave. NW in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Steele Granger for certifying the single-family home at 5912 20th Ave. NW in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

R. Thoreson Homes for certifying the six single-family homes at 3444 S. Mount Baker Blvd., 8507 10th Ave. W and 8501 10th Ave. W 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!

Hardy Development LLC
Method Homes LLC
Block II LLC

Shell Development LLC
Toth Construction Inc


MBA & BG News

Keep an Eye Out! Built Green Conference
The 2013 Built Green Conference will be held in the first half of November of this year. Keep an eye out for details coming soon.

zHome Stewardship Center is open!
zHome is a revolutionary 10-unit 5-Star Built Green-certified project in the Issaquah Highlands. Built Green is operating one unit of the project as a Stewardship Center with the goal of being a sustainable building educational resource for our community. The center is available for use for educational tours, classes, design charrettes, meetings or anything else that promotes the mission of sustainability. Contact Built Green Coordinator Sarah Ealey for more information or to discuss whether your event can be hosted at zHome. Find more information about zHome 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.


Call for Entries
GreenBuilder Home of the Year Awards

GreenBuilder Home of the Year Awards
Green Builder magazine is looking for the best green homes that include sustainable features, innovative design, whole home performance and integration with the natural environment. Winners will receive coverage in the December 2013 issue of Green Builder magazine and on

Images Courtesy Green Builder Magazine, May 2013.



July Greendrinks, hosted by Outdoor Research at Camp Long
July 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.

Built Green Lunch Presentation Snohomish County
July 10th, Everett
Mark your calendars, and invite your Snohomish County builder friends to this lunch presentation by Dwell Development’s Anthony Maschmedt. Maschmedt will be talking about his transformation to green builder and how he finds financial success with green projects. Lunch will be provided by Built Green and Snohomish County. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Snohomish County Campus Public Meeting room in Everett, Wash. Lunch will be provided. Anyone is welcome at this free presentation, but seating is limited. Free registration is required to attend. To register, please email Sarah Ealey. Please include the total number in your party and if there are any dietary restrictions.

Eco-districts: Optimizing Resource Systems at a City Scale
July 18, University Place
What are eco-districts? How can an eco-district improve the ecological footprint of our communities? Eco-districts may involve sharing common infrastructure or leveraging existing infrastructure or developing community wide services. Both Portland and Seattle have formed several eco-districts designed to provide numerous possible benefits to their area residents and businesses. The presentation will describe the various potential functions of eco-districts, how they are formed and how their scale can increase the impact and lower the cost of the environmental and social benefits. Specific case studies will be examined in both Seattle and Portland.

Smart Growth for the 21st Century
July 26, Seattle
This is an important, timely and newly-developed course from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). To avoid gridlock and protect our resources, communities need to embrace smart growth, which incorporates development that meets the needs of population growth while preserving natural lands and critical environmental areas, protecting water and air quality, reusing already-developed land, conserving resources by reinvesting in existing infrastructure and reclaiming historic buildings.



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

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
July 16 -17 or Aug. 6-7, 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.

Facilitation Skills for Environmental Professionals
July 29, Kirkland
Facilitation skills are used to form productive teams, plan programs and to implement controversial projects. Trained facilitators help groups communicate productively, constructively manage diverse points of view and create concrete actions as a result of meetings. It is also a personally satisfying experience when you, as the meeting facilitator, bring out the best in the people in a meeting and can help a team improve its performance.

GreenSpecialist Designation Course:
Modules 1, 2 and 3

Aug. 30 – Seattle
Sept. 27 – Seattle
Oct. 25 – Seattle

The GreenSpecialist Designation Course is designed to equip particularly 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 outpaced conventional building. This is a market that can't be ignored.


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