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Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
December 2013


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Featured Project

Featured Project
View the case study here.

LimeLite Development - Bellevue, WA
Project: Built Green 4-Star Residential Remodel
Case Study written by Todd Karam, LimeLite Development

LimeLite Development has introduced a new generation of Craftsman construction with this residential remodel, which was restored in 2013. Perched on a fabulous Montlake neighborhood street, The Lynn Street project features custom concrete steps and a grand front porch that lead up to an open-concept living plan that includes tall ceilings, banks of large windows and high quality finishes. This impressive home truly embodies the finest in Northwest living. It is a well-built home that meets the highest of environmental standards and marries traditional design with modern features.

Many builders would have quickly demolished the original Craftsman home built in 1912 to start fresh with a new build. LimeLite Development put a lot of effort and care into preserving the existing structure, which was neglected and uninhabitable. Believing in the green value of preservation over demolition, LimeLite Development took the home down to the studs and expanded the square footage and functionality with a second story addition. Ultimately this extends the life of the home. The “new” home demonstrates a delicate balance between the old and new, between the historical charm of the neighborhood and modern needs of a family today. By upgrading all of the windows to triple pane, the home gains natural light and greatly increases the overall energy efficiency. Energy efficiency was further increased by adding radiant floor heating and extra blown-in insulation. As a result, the open and flexible floor plan is warmer and more inviting, while using less energy than the average house.

View the full case study here.


Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Winter Party
Dec. 5, Seattle
Celebrate with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild at their annual winter party celebrating all the great work they’ve been doing to make this world a better and healthier place to live.

A Framework for New Civic Engagement
Dec. 6, Olympia

Regional and City plans put forth a bold vision to guide our region toward a prosperous, healthy future. Subarea planning takes it to the street — a framework for improved civic engagement with tools to work through divisive issues and implement great ideas. Learn from inspiring local examples!

Greendrinks & Sustainable Seattle present the 3rd Annual Give Like You Give a Damn Holiday Fair, sponsored by BECU
Dec. 10, Seattle

December Greendrinks brings tidings of our 3rd annual Give Like You Give a Damn holiday fair, sponsored by BECU, in partnership with our amazing friends Sustainable Seattle! This is your chance to shop green for the holidays, all in one place. The event will feature vendors, live music, beer, wine, appetizers, and general rosy-cheeked fun with other Greendrinkers at the Impact Hub in Pioneer Square.

Dec. 12, 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.


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

Rainwater Harvesting Training: Fun with a Cistern
Dec. 6 to Dec. 14, Seattle
This course will cover the basics of rainwater harvesting for small scale residential applications. Participants work with rainwater collected off a roof for use in a garden and will learn about the major components used to collect, pre-filter, store, and distribute by gravity and pumped systems.

Emerge Leadership Workshop - Islandwood
Dec. 7, Bainbridge Island
A society where a sustainably built environment is the norm, represents a dramatic change in thinking and practice. This two-day intensive workshop is for business and community leaders of all levels motivated to create this change. Leadership to successfully foster this change can be learned and does not necessarily require celebrity status or title. It does, however, require inspiration, dedication, emergent leadership competencies and knowledge.

Data-Driven Design Forum
Dec.10, Seattle
Interested in how better research can empower more sustainable designs? This day-long conference will focus on the integrated utilization of research in design to help achieve critical public outcomes such as healthier environments, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, more productive workplaces and social and mental well-being.

Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Re-Certification
Dec. 10, Issaquah
This exciting course examines the most up-to-date techniques in the management of sediment and construction sites. Students who complete the course will receive a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) card, good for three years.

Green Genius Course, Power Tools: Energy Efficient Mortgages
Dec. 13, Seattle
This course will make the case for embracing energy efficiency. The majority of the time for the course will focus on the latest in green and energy efficient valuing and lending. A detailed review of Energy Efficient Mortgages and Energy Improvement Mortgages for FHA, VA and conventional loans will be provided.

Free Building Science Toolkit for Home Inspectors Course
Dec 16, Bremerton
Learn how to integrate a "house as a system" approach into your home inspections in order to better understand the building science principles that affect residential buildings. The course covers the basic scientific concepts which affect the dynamics of heat transfer, air movement, moisture transport, moisture management, indoor air quality and combustion safety.

MBA & BG News

2014 Northwest Green Home Tour
April 26, 2014
Planning has begun for next year’s Northwest Green Home Tour! Sign up now to be a site host.

King County

King CountySpecial December Roundtable LCCA Workshop co-hosted by Built Green
Life Cycle Cost Assessment for Green Building

How can you be sure that a green building strategy will really save money over the long term, compared to the alternatives? Life Cycle Cost Assessment (LCCA) is a method capital project managers can use to compare short- and long-term financial impacts of green building strategies versus conventional approaches. Often used for energy-efficiency strategies, LCCA can also be applied to water saving, stormwater management, and other strategies.

This training will help suburban cities’ staff, as well as other building owners and builders, to understand when and where to use LCCA, and provide a chance to try a simplified LCCA exercise. Participants will also learn about a free, robust calculator developed by the King County GreenTools program. The training will include examples from both public and private development using LCCA for energy-related and other strategies.

Presented by: Teresa Burrelsman Site Story and David Broustis King County DNRP
When: Thursday, Dec. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Master Builders Association, 335 116th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Registration required. Limited seats available. Email Nathan Howard to register.

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!

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Madrona Real Estate Services LLC
Shearer Painting
Turnkey Builders

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

LimeLite Development for certifying the one single-family home at 2001 E Lynn St. as 4-Star Built Green.

Afora Group for certifying the 56 single-family homes at the Autumn Crest community in Bothell as 3-Star Built Green.

Bennett Homes for certifying the 12 single-family homes at the West Highland Park community in Issaquah Highlands as 3-Star Built Green.

Isola Homes for certifying their five single-family townhomes on SW Oregon St. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Martha Rose Construction for certifying their four single-family homes on S. Nevada St. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

PHC Construction for certifying their three single-family homes on Sprout Path NW in the Grow Bainbridge community on Bainbridge Island as 5-Star Built Green.

Steve Burnstead Construction for certifying their single-family home at 3566 NE Harrison Dr. in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

Steve Burnstead Construction for certifying their four single-family homes at 12224, 12214, 12211, and 11980 168th Ct. NE in Redmond as 4-Star Built Green.

Collz Inc for certifying their 8 multifamily apartments at 4217 9th Ave. NE in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Hardy Development for certifying their five single-family homes at 3216 21st Ave. W in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Huber’s Custom Building for certifying their four single-family townhomes at 918 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Meridian Builders Inc. for certifying the 42 multifamily apartments at 4743 21st Ave NE in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Greenleaf Construction Inc. for certifying their single-family home at 3936 Americus St in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Classic City Homes for certifying their single-family homes at 4810 NE 40th in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

King County Housing Authority for certifying their 87 single-family homes at the Seola Gardens community in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Arsene Construction for certifying their single-family home at 4810 NE 40th in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

BDR Homes for certifying their 29 single-family homes at the Allegro Townhomes and Modere community in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Dean Homes for certifying their single-family home at 3798 94th Ave NE in Bellevue 3-Star Built Green.

Build Sound for certifying their six single-family homes on SW Holly St in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

JayMarc Homes for certifying their two single-family homes at 17345 and 17325 36th St in Redmond 3-Star Built Green.

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