Master Builders Association
Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
January 2014


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Featured Project

Featured Project

Natural Building Solutions, LLC - Seattle, WA
Project: Built Green 5-Star Single Family Home
Verifier: Tom Balderston, Conservation Services Group

The Dream House Tree House is a 5-star Built Green project nestled onto a wooded lot bordered by the Cheasty Green Space, a ten-acre urban forest between the Lockmore neighborhood of Beacon Hill and Columbia City in Seattle. Designed and built by Natural Building Solutions, LLC, the house achieves a high level of performance while enhancing the natural surroundings.
View the full case study here.

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Natural Building Solutions LLC for certifying their single-family home at 4858 29th Ave. S. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Batt + Lear for certifying their single-family home at 4858 29th Ave. S. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Richmond American Homes for certifying their five single-family homes at 11412, 11340, 11332, 11324, and 11308 4th Pl. SW Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Beau Development Inc for certifying their two single-family homes at 2139 and 2141 Waverly Pl N in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Steve Burnstead Construction for certifying their single-family home at 12258 168th Ct. NE in Redmond as 4-Star Built Green.

West Tier Development & Homes Corp for certifying their five single-family homes at 12878, 12874, 12849, 12855, and 12871 64th Ct. NE in Kirkland as 4-Star Built Green.

GNC, LLC for certifying their four single-family homes at 4105, 4107, 4109, 4111 Chilberg Ave. SW in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Greenleaf Construction Inc for certifying their three single-family homes at 700 16th Ave, 1602 E. Cherry St, and 1604 E. Cherry St. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green

Model Remodel for certifying their two single-family homes at 1518 Interlaken Pl E. and 3729 Wallingford Ave. N in Seattle as Refit Built Green.

BDR Homes LLC for certifying their two single-family homes at 1779 NE Harrison Dr. and 27150 SE Grand Ridge Dr. in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

R. Thoreson Homes for certifying their two single-family homes at 4315 and 4319 SW Trenton St in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

GProjects for certifying their four single-family homes at 1907, 1909 A, B, and C 9th Ave. W. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Partner News

Changes to Seattle’s Priority Green Permitting Incentives
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) voluntary green-permitting incentive, Priority Green Expedited, will be changing eligibility requirements early next year. Priority Green Expedited is available for new construction projects. It provides a single point of contact and faster building permit review and processing for projects that meet certain green building standards, like Built Green.
Over the last three years, DPD has seen a substantial increase in the number of permits for small residential projects including single-family, duplexes, townhouses and rowhouses. Overall we have seen 258 applications for building permits enroll in the expedited program: 200 small residential, 47 large multifamily and 11 commercial projects. About 20 percent of all residential permit applications and 2 percent of all commercial permit applications for new construction (with complex reviews) are participating in the Priority Green Expedited program. Continue reading

Seattle Adopts Plan for Saving Resources in City-Owned Buildings
Aims to Achieve 20 Percent Energy Savings by 2020
The city of Seattle has adopted a Resource Conservation Management Plan (RCMP) that outlines how the city will reduce energy use in city-owned buildings by 20 percent by 2020. A 20-percent energy use reduction by 2020 (compared to the 2008 baseline) would also result in utility cost savings of roughly $2.75 million per year after reaching the reduction goal. Continue reading

BG News

The 2014 NW Green Home Tour Is a Go!
April 26, 2014
Building on three successful years of showcasing green homes in the Seattle area, the NW EcoBuilding Guild is partnering again with Built Green to bring you the best Northwest Green Home Tour yet, happening April 26, 2014. Typically drawing more than 1,000 visitors, the tour is a great opportunity for builders and architects to show off their latest green projects.
The tour is filling up fast (nearly half of the projected number of sites are already registered), so don't delay. If you're planning on hosting a site, you'll get the best deal by registering early (it only takes a few minutes). Site host fees are only going up from here. Continue reading

King County

2014 Roundtable Kickoff - Afternoon with Majora Carter
High Point Community Center
January 23, 2014

GreenTools is honored and delighted to bring internationally renowned urban revitalist strategist Majora Carter to the stage to kick off the 2014 Sustainable Cities Roundtable series. Carter’s important work on housing, transportation and economic development thoughtfully account for changing demographics, challenges and opportunities while leveraging diversity and untapped capacity to create efficient and rewarding solutions. Continue reading

King County Green Building Policies are Among the Top in the Nation for Facility Sustainability and Performance
New policy guides construction and renovation projects to ensure county’s continued leadership in resource use and conservation.
All King County government construction and major renovation projects must strive to achieve the top national green construction rating under an ordinance proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and unanimously approved today by the Metropolitan King County Council. Continue reading

King County


Young Engineering Professionals of Puget Sound (YEPPS) Present the Sixth Annual Multi-Engineering Society Event
Jan. 18, Seattle
Speakers from each participating society will share their discipline's innovation in an exciting format: 10 slides in five minutes, with no more than five words per slide!

Sustainability Leadership Awards
Jan. 31, Seattle
Join Sustainable Seattle at the Sustainability Leadership Awards dinner as they recognize those who are raising the sustainability bar in our community. This annual event is dedicated to recognizing the outstanding efforts of community nominated organizations, businesses and individuals for leadership, innovation and commitment to making the Puget Sound region a more sustainable and livable place.


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

Energy Performance Scores – Valuing Energy Improvements
Jan. 24, Seattle
This course will take attendees through an Energy Performance Scores (EPS) assessment, examine data and case studies for completed energy improvements and look at energy efficiency from the perspectives of homeowners, prospective homebuyers, lenders and appraisers.

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
Feb. 11 - 12, and 20, Bellevue
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, which is good for three years.

Navigating Green Fields within the MLS Input Form
Feb. 28, Seattle
This course will walk the broker and appraiser through the booklet, covering its essential role as a field guide assisting individuals to correctly identify green features, while eliminating input errors and associated liability.

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!

Sustain Development LLC
Greenlake Partners LLC
Eco-Redux Media
Inhaus Development
Eco-Green Painting & Gen Cont LLC
PLK Architects LLC
EuroLine Windows USA Inc

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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