| Save the Date
Save the Date
Nov. 6, 2013
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
At 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
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.
The 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.