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Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
August 2013


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Call for Submissions

Built Green Conference 2013
CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS for 2013 Built Green Conference

The 2013 Built Green Conference will be held Nov. 6 at The Brightwater Environmental and Education Center in Woodinville, Wash. We are seeking engaging speakers to share advanced technical knowledge, on-the-ground expertise and visionary wisdom on a wide-range of topics. If you have a new angle on any facet of the industry, insight into trends and/or breakthroughs in design and technologies and you know how to capture an audience, we look forward to hearing from you!


Featured Project

Featured Project
View the case study here.

Dwell Development - Seattle, WA
Project: Built Green 5-Star and Passive House home
Case Study written by Sean Conta, Evergreen Certified

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. Passive House-certified buildings must be extremely air tight, well insulated and must meet rigorous requirements for energy use and heating and cooling needs. Built by Dwell Development, the project benefited from extensive involvement by Evergreen Certified and Brute Force Collaborative. It is the first speculative home and first infill home built to the Passive House standard in the Northwest.

In order to achieve the Passive House net-energy standard, this home features super-insulated building elements, highly efficient windows, a compact form designed to maximize winter solar gain and elimination of thermal bridging through innovative framing techniques. This has resulted in a very comfortable building that requires little active heating and cooling and uses up to 90-percent less energy than an equivalent code-built home.

Building a home to Passive House standards requires using materials and building techniques that are foreign to most homebuilders. Dwell Development has built numerous homes in this new community to similar standards, so the jump to Passive House certification was a less significant change for the team in terms of materials, techniques and processes. In fact, "it was the next logical step" says Anthony Maschmedt of Dwell Development, adding "it's the right way to build a house." Besides their ultra-high-performance home, the owners enjoy its beautiful modern architecture, clean lines, modern finishes and large rooftop deck - attributes that have become Dwell's signature.

Vital Stats
Location: Seattle
Star Level: 5-Star
Checklist: Single family
Verifier: Tadashi Shiga, Evergreen Certified
Section Points
Site and Water 130
Energy Efficiency 127
Indoor Air Quality 127
Material Efficiency 98
House Size Multiplier 1.1
Project Total Score 530

Building Envelope
Walls feature a double 2x4 construction at 14" thick with dense-pack cellulose insulation. The roof is an 18" open web-wood joist with dense-pack cellulose, plus 2" of closed-cell spray foam. Both walls and roof are sealed with a fluid-applied weather resistant barrier (WRB). The slab is thermally broken by 4" of extruded polystyrene (XPS) rigid foam.


  • Annual Space Heating Demand: 4.50 kBTU/ft²/year
  • Primary Energy Demand: 31.2 kBTU/ft²/year
  • Airtightness: 0.58 Air Changes per Hour at 50 Pascals
  • Slab on Grade R-value: R-42
  • Exterior Wall R-value: R-45
  • Roof R-value: R-60
  • Window U-value: U=0.17
  • Center of Glass U-value: U=0.11
  • Glass Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: SHGC = 49-62%
  • PV required to offset electrical usage: 3.25 kWp

In addition to the attributes demanded by the Passive House standard, this 1,900-square-foot home has a host of sustainability and performance features.

Site and water
As part of the Columbia Station micro-community, the home is located within walking distance of shops and services and is only a few blocks from a light rail station. The site features pervious paving and rain barrels for landscape irrigation.

Energy efficiency
The home has a very low energy demand (31.2 kBTU/ft2/year) as required by the Passive House specification. Appliances are all Energy Star rated, lighting incorporates LED and CFL bulbs, water heating is accomplished through a gas on-demand system and an induction cooktop ensures low energy consumption. Triple pane windows built by Intus feature very low thermal conductivity across the frame and glass with a high SHGC. The heat transfer and solar gain properties for each window were strategically chosen based on its orientation in the home. Exterior shading prevents overheating during warm temperatures.

Indoor air quality
With an airtightness of 0.58 ACH at 50 Pascals, ventilation in the home is paramount and is achieved with a Zehnder Comfoair 350 Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV). A Fujitsu mini-split heat pump provides space conditioning when needed. Zero-VOC paints and finishes are used in the home and trim, millwork and insulation are all free from added urea formaldehyde.

Materials efficiency
Highlights include reclaimed fir flooring sourced from old structural beams and Novustone countertops featuring 85-percent post-consumer recycled content - some of which is actually glass elements from Glassy Baby production scraps. Abodian cabinetry in the home is created with no added formaldehyde in a highly efficient low-waste manufacturing process.

Photos courtesy of Tucker English.

To see other previously featured virtual tours, click here.


Member News

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Remodeling Excellence Awards! There were 10 Built Green Members to win awards:

Irons Brothers Construction, Inc.
Chermak Construction, Inc.
Model Remodel, LLC
Soleil by Design, LLC
Sockeye Homes
Prestige Custom Builders
CRD Design Build
Lakeville Homes
Jackson Remodeling
Gelotte Hommas Architecture

See all of the winners

One of our very own Built Green members was highlighted in the Professional Remodeler's 40 Under 40 Class of 2013
Congratulations to:

Irons Brothers Construction, Inc.

See the whole article


New Members

Are you a Built Green member and a member of the Master Builders Association? Then your company is designated with a small green tree on the Master Builders Association website as a Built Green member. Your company is also listed on the Built Green website.

Welcome to our newest member companies!

Vesta Home Performance

Boitano Construction, Inc.


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.

Soleil LLC for certifying one single-family home at 5912 20th Ave. NW in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Polygon NorthWest Company for certifying five new single-family homes at 1645, 1643, 1635 14th Place NE and 1678, 1682 NE Falls Drive in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

Green Canopy Homes for certifying four single-family remodeled homes at 9516 Densmore Ave. N., 2530 NW 91st St., 2212 E Miller St. and 10347 13th Ave. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

First Lamp LLC for certifying two single-family townhomes at 606 and 608 NW Market St. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Sage Homes Northwest for certifying the two single-family homes at 539 N. 137th St. and 2852 NW 74th in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.


Save the Date

2013 Built green ConferenceSave the Date

Built Green
Conference 2013
Nov. 6, 2013
Brightwater Center
in Woodinville

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2013 Built Green Conference. We are so excited to be able to host this year's event at The Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. It is Brightwater's mission to be a "clean water interpretive facility ... to educate and motivate the public to environmental stewardship and build community." Since it shares so many of the green building industry's core values, we believe Brightwater is a perfect location for the 2013 Built Green Conference.


King County

zHome Receives New Awards

King CountyAt its Living Future® unConference in May, the International Living Future Institute™ was pleased to announce that zHome, a 10-unit town house project in Issaquah, earned both Net Zero Energy Building Certification and Petal Certification under the Living Building Challenge™. Brad Liljequist, project leader from of the city of Issaquah and Patti Southard of King County Green Tools were on hand to accept the awards.

Designed by David Vandervort Architects, zHome integrates smart design and leading technologies to radically reduce its effects on the environment. To achieve net zero energy, zHome began with conservation, using a number of advanced energy-efficient construction techniques to reduce home energy use by two-thirds of a typical home. zHome units then use solar panels to generate and offset the remaining one-third to achieve net-zero energy use and net-zero CO2 emissions over the course of a year. The project achieved Petal Certification by meeting all the Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge's Energy, Equity and Beauty Petals. "This project has had an incredible impact on our community," said Amanda Sturgeon, vice president of the Living Building Challenge. "It has demonstrated that in fact, there is a market for net-zero energy homes and that homebuyers are willing to pay more up front knowing that they will have no energy bills in the long-term."

- Written by The International Living Future Institute

zHome award

Photo courtesy of The International Living Future Institute


MBA & BG News

Built Green Visited Everett: Lunch and Learn - Snohomish County
On July 10, at the Snohomish County Campus, Built Green had the opportunity to connect with builders, developers, suppliers, and other industry professionals to discuss the benefits of building green. Anthony Maschmedt of Dwell Development shared his story of success in the green building industry with his Built Green homes. In an effort to have a greater presence in Snohomish County, Built Green hopes to do more outreach in the region. The strong response to the Lunch and Learn Presentation indicates that Snohomish County is enthusiastic about a Built Green future. Thank you to Snohomish County for sponsoring the event and Anthony Maschmedt of Dwell Development for sharing your story! Keep an eye out for more Snohomish County events.

zHomeThe 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 by email for more information or to discuss whether your event can be hosted at zHome. Find more information about zHome here.



The Big Green! A community Festival with Sustainable Seattle and Green Drinks
Aug. 13, Seattle
Sustainable Seattle and Seattle Greendrinks are partnering to host the second annual Summer Community Picnic, The Big Green. Sponsored by locally-owned community credit union BECU, this family friendly event includes live music, lawn games, delicious food, green businesses and plenty of mingling. Local food trucks will be on hand and Sierra Nevada will be serving up pours in the beer garden. Bring your kids to participate in fun activities and demonstrations to learn more about sustainability, and check out some of the green organizations and businesses around the Seattle area!

TAPPED Documentary Film Screening- Free
Aug. 15, Seattle
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other? From the producers of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and "I.O.U.S.A.," this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the obscure world of the bottled-water industry - a mostly unregulated industry that privatizes our water and sells it back to us. This is an amazing award-winning documentary. Come and bring a friend. Then drink beer afterwards next door.

Annual Picnic - Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Aug. 17, Seattle
Click here for details.

Harvest Fair by Seattle Tilth
Sept. 7, Seattle
Participate in this fun, lively hands-on community festival with workshops, cooking demonstrations and fun activities for all ages. Eat tasty food and enjoy live music with friends and family. Harvest season is a time to celebrate!

Bring your friends and family for a seed swap, cider pressing and DIY herb crowns. Kids can participate in crafts in the children's garden, take part in the parade at noon (arrive by 11 a.m.) and see a puppet show.

Seattle Tilth's Harvest Fair is free and open to the public, with voluntary donations accepted at the entrances.



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

Introduction to Built Green®
August 13, zHome, Issaquah
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.

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.

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
Sept. 10 and 11, 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.

Persuasive Communication and Presentation of Environmental Projects
Sept. 25 and 26, Kirkland
This course is designed to help environmental professionals develop and improve specific communication skills that will more effectively deliver regulatory and/or scientific technical information and ideas.

Effective and professional communication and public presentation skills are critical to the success of today's environmental professionals, in every field. Each professional is expected to deliver clear information, but in order to be truly effective, he or she must also tell a story that engages and informs the audience by imparting a powerful message that compels them to take action and initiate change.

Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program Announces New Seattle Class
September - December, Seattle
SBA Program launches new program format and new Fall Class in Seattle. Enroll for September commencement and earn your CSBA (Certified Sustainable Building Advisor) by December in 18 class meetings (CSBA exam required). Kelly Kirkland, CSBA, LEED AP O+M, Veteran Program Lead Instructor with O’Brien & Co, will teach the course in their downtown Seattle classroom, providing easy access for those commuting via ferry or other regional public transit. CSBAs provide credibility to the industry by demonstrating knowledge, experience, and competency in applying best practices for sustainable building and development. The program is applicable to new construction and existing buildings, for both residential and commercial projects and for technical and non-technical fields. Early bird registration available here.


Contact and Connect with Built Green

Built Green

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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