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Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
September 2013


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2013 Built Green Conference: Creating a Cascade of Change

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

The conference will feature keynote speaker Alexandros Washburn, chief urban designer at the New York Department of City Planning.

Other highlights of the conference include 12 educational and motivational sessions; an expo room featuring many companies, products and organizations that support the industry; and a networking reception to end the day. Lunch will be provided. Click here for more information. Conference Passes start at $90. Register here.

Sponsored by: King County

Become a sponsor or vendor!
For information about sponsoring the 2013 Built Green Conference or showcasing your business or product at the 2013 Built Green Conference Expo, please contact Aaron Adelstein.


Featured Project

Featured Project
View the case study here.

R. Thoreson Homes - Seattle, WA
Project: Mt. Baker home
Case Study written by Camron Momyer, Project Coordinator, Evergreen Certified

This 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home by R. Thoreson is nestled into the cozy South Seattle neighborhood of Mt. Baker. Just 500 feet from the local coffee shop and within easy walking distance of schools, parks and the beach, this green home should get extra credit points for location. While it blends well with the older, more traditional homes in Mt. Baker, its high performance systems are anything but traditional.

Most notable among the new features, a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) adds to this well-sealed and insulated homes green merits. HRV's become increasingly important for indoor air quality the more airtight a structure becomes. As the HRV flushes indoor air out through the system, it exchanges the temperature of the indoor air with the fresh, filtered air coming from the outside. An HRV means that an airtight home no longer has to sacrifice indoor air quality and that a well- ventilated home no longer has to sacrifice on heating and cooling bills.

Vital Stats
Location: Seattle
Star Level: 4-Star
Checklist: Single family home
Verifier: Tadashi Shiga, Evergreen Certified
Section Points
Site and Water 54
Energy Efficiency 72
Indoor Air Quality 58
Material Efficiency 82
House Size Multiplier 1.05
Project Total Score 279.3

Site and water
Dual-flush toilets and EPA WaterSense fixtures grace every bathroom. A storm-water retention tank in the side yard helps to mitigate runoff from the roof and the water savvy landscape makes use of plants that do well in the Northwest without a lot of extra water. In addition, compost and a deep layer of mulch help the soil retain moisture.

Energy efficiency
Blown-in recycled content and formaldehyde-free insulation were used to bring the walls to a true R-23. An on-demand Noritz hot water heater provides both the domestic hot water and space heating. The two main floors make use of hydronic radiant heat while the basement uses a hydronic wall fan. Due to the high efficiency heating system combined with great insulation and an HRV, energy models show this home is 25-percent more efficient than Washington state code requires.

Indoor air quality
Indoor air quality was addressed through material selection and a focus on limiting toxins in the interior. Ceramic tile, pre-finished wood flooring, hydronic heating and limited use of carpet all help to limit the amount of dust in the home. Low-VOC paints, formaldehyde-free insulation and ventilation after application of new finishes helped limit chemicals in the home. Finally, the HRV ensures good airflow and low humidity, which will help prevent the development of mold.

Materials efficiency
Care was taken to choose materials with longer life cycles, such as Hardie Board siding, cedar planks and shingles with a 30-year lifespan. Trim and millwork were all sourced locally and are free of added urea formaldehyde.

Photos courtesy of Ted Evans.

To see other previously featured virtual tours, click here.


MBA & BG News

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.



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

Cedar River Watershed Tour and Wood Sourcing Workshop
Sept. 11, North Bend
Join this tour for a rare opportunity to visit the city of Seattle's Cedar River Watershed, a 100,000 acre FSC-certified forest that serves as the drinking water source for 1.4 million residents. Participants will explore the woods with trained experts to get a firsthand experience of responsible forest management, habitat restoration and connectivity from forest to market. Forest cover and sustainable management are key forces in protecting watershed dynamics and the biological and economic health of Puget Sound. Following the interactive tour, a lunchtime presentation and Q&A about the timber supply chain will provide a distinct perspective on production, distribution and sourcing opportunities. Participants will then engage in a hands-on workshop to improve the flow of FSC-certified timber and grow the FSC market in the Northwest.

Seattle Education Meeting: Indoor Air Quality, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Sept. 25, Seattle
Presenter: Cheri Zehner, Industrial Hygienist Cheri's entertaining and informative presentation covers indoor air quality (IAQ) and health effects addressing gasses, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and bio-aerosols. She will cover the fundamentals of building science and tools of the trade to characterize, evaluate and manage indoor air quality. She will address the challenges of creating a green building and healthy IAQ. Her presentation will graphically describe anecdotes of her 15 years of IAQ investigations. See more here.

GreenSpecialist Designation Course: Modules 2 and 3
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.

Introduction to Built Green®
Oct. 8, 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.

EcoBuilding 2013: Building Bridges, Pushing Boundaries
Oct. 18-20, Port Orchard
EcoBuilding, the Guild's annual retreat, is an unmatched opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by our fantastic speakers and connect with sustainable building professionals from all corners of the Pacific Northwest. Join The Guild this October where you'll learn from one another, share best practices and work together to drive the green building movement forward!


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!

Money Grass Investments, Inc.
Hammer and Hand
Greenwood 92nd LLC
Meridian Inc.
Woodcrafters Construction LLC
Arsene Construction LLC
Will J. Roach


King County

King CountySave the Date:
Oct. 10,
An afternoon with Sim Van der Ryn

Sim Van Der Ryn Design for an empathic world

October Roundtable: Save the date for an afternoon of inspiration and reflection with one of this century's most exceptional visionaries in ecological design. Author, architect, educator and public leader, Sim Van der Ryn is a true pioneer in rethinking the intersection of the built, natural and social environments. His latest book, out in October, "Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self" (Island Press), recounts his own journey of discovery and calls for architects and designers to think more holistically about the effects of their work on themselves, the space's inhabitants and the earth. This special event roundtable will blend theory and practice, reflection and call for action, and appreciation for strides made with a vision of what needs to change in order to truly reduce human impact on the environment and improve our quality of life.

Plus, stay tuned for additional details about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in an intimate hands-on, solutions-oriented workshop with Van der Ryn and a panel of local experts, and a tour of the host location, Technology Access Foundation!

Save the Date: November 14th, "Designing Suburban Futures" Island Press Author Event

November Rountable: Since the start of the Great Recession, more suburbs have become the site of distressed neighborhoods, empty strip malls, aging office parks and excess parking lots. Could they instead be centers of innovation and resilience? Yes, says June Williamson, co-author of "Retrofitting Suburbia" and author of the new book "Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb" (Island Press, May 2013).

This special roundtable event brings Island Press author and Associate Professor in the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York June Williamson in to explore the potential to refit and reshape suburbs into thriving and vibrant communities, reflecting from the "Build a Better Burb" competition she helped conceive and organize in New York. With June and several local community partners, we will have an engaging discussion about what these ideas could look like in our region and where our needs are greatest, including buildings, infrastructure and the social and environmental landscape.



NWAEP Seattle - First Thursday Mixer at Pike Place Brewing
Sept. 5, Seattle
Please join the Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals for their monthly First Thursday mixer at the Pike Place Brewery in Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m.! Founded in 1989, this Seattle staple is nestled in the Pike Place Market and provides finely crafted beverages ranging from European to American style ales and lagers.
Where: The Pike Place Brewing Company, 1415 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101.

Harvest Fair by Seattle Tilth
Sept.16, 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.

NWEBG Seattle Chapter Elections
Nominations deadline Sept. 17
Click here for details.

Solarize Seattle: Central/ Southeast
Sept. 18, Seattle
Join Mia Devine, project manager at NW Seed, in learning more about the Solarize Campaign and what it means to go solar, how much it might cost, general concerns for going solar and much more!

Workshops are free and open to the public. If you have not yet done so, please register online.

Groundswell 2013
Sept. 27, Seattle
The first annual gala of Cascadia innovators, rule breakers and change makers. This is the bioregional event of the year, where Cascadia members celebrate their progressive spirit and aggressive challenge of the status quo. Groundswell is a celebration to honor the support and achievement across the Cascadia bioregion.

Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops this October in Bellevue!
Oct. 15, Bellevue
This two-day workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to community-based social marketing and how it is being applied throughout the world to foster sustainable behavior. Those who attend the workshop will learn the five steps of community-based social marketing (selecting behaviors, identifying barriers, developing strategies, conducting pilots and broad scale implementation) and be exposed to numerous case studies illustrating its use. As such, this workshop provides an in-depth exposure to community-based social marketing and provides participants with the knowledge they need to design and evaluate their own community-based social marketing programs. At the end of the workshop participants will have acquired sufficient knowledge to use community-based social marketing to develop successful programs and foster sustainable behavior. Registration includes the workshop and great lunch and morning beverages for $645, plus the "Fostering Sustainable Behavior" book, a very handy resource to help you implement change post-workshop.

EcoBuilding 2013: Building Bridges, Pushing Boundaries
Oct. 18-20, Port Orchard
EcoBuilding, the Guild's annual retreat, is an unmatched opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by our fantastic speakers and connect with sustainable building professionals from all corners of the Pacific Northwest. Join The Guild this October where you'll learn from one another, share best practices and work together to drive the green building movement forward!

Built Green Conference 2013
Nov. 6, Brightwater Center in Woodinville
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. Get your tickets now!

10x10x10 Green Building Slam
Nov. 16, Seattle
The 10x10x10 Green Building Slam showcases 10 fast-paced, mind-blowing talks about remarkable green building projects in the Greater Seattle area. It is a fabulous opportunity to inform building-industry, government and university officials; homeowners (current and future); and students about the exciting things that push the green building envelope.


New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Cascade Built for certifying their 8-unit multifamily apartments at 13th Ave. E. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Batt + Lear for certifying their single-family home at 508 Randolph Ave. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

PHC Construction for certifying their single-family home at 460 Grow Ave. NW in the Grow Community on Bainbridge Island as 5-Star Built Green.

Dwell Development for certifying the 6 single-family homes 2117, 2119, 2123 A,B,C, D 10th Ave. W in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Richmond American Homes ffor certifying their single-family home at 11261 4th Pl. SW of Seola Gardens in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Pluma Homes for certifying the 4 single-family townhomes at 3227 21st Ave. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.


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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