Master Builders Association
Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
February 2014


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Our mission
is to promote ecologically
friendly home
methods and practices,
and to
enhance our
leadership in



Built Green
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to promote



Total homes certified since 2000

Total homes certified 2014

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Northwest EnergyStar

Featured Project

Featured Project

Ichijo USA - Redmond, WA
Project: Built Green 4-Star Single Family Townhomes
Verifier: Tom Balderston, Conservation Services Group

This project is an excellent demonstration of net-zero energy townhomes at an affordable price. The homes had a score of over 600 points, but due to the small site, they could not include all of the prerequisites for 5-Star Built Green certification.
View the full case study here.

King County

Green Power Communities
Mercer Island Community Center
Feb. 13, 2014

Close to one-third of America’s carbon pollution comes from power plants. Communities, businesses and organizations can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support America’s renewable energy industry, improve public health and help transition the country to cleaner energy sources by using green power. Mercer Island was recently awarded a 2013 Green Power Community of the Year by the EPA. Learn how Mercer Island achieved this notable award and gain ideas to replicate their progress in your community. Continue reading

King County


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

Energy Efficient Walls for New Homes and Remodels
Feb. 4 to -15, Seattle
This course is designed to provide a thorough introduction to theory and techniques, as well as hands-on field training. It’s designed to be both appropriate for those new to energy efficient wall systems as well as those experienced with them interested in taking their skill to a much higher level.

When Sizing Matters - Intro to HVAC Optimization & Downsizing for Low Energy Homes
Feb. 6 to 15, Seattle
This class is ideal for energy auditors, weatherization and green building personnel, new HVAC employees and consultants.

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.

Managing Stormwater in The Northwest
March 5, Tacoma
A Business Perspective on Stormwater Regulation. Stormwater regulations have tightened, third-party lawsuits continue to be an enforcement threat and, for property owners and managers, the economics of compliance matter more than ever. This conference will address these challenges and will present practical answers for companies and service providers in Washington and Oregon.

Sustainable Building Advisor Program Course
March 21 to June 21, Seattle
O’Brien & Company will host the classroom portion of the Seattle Sustainable Building Advisor Program. Also included in the program will be field trips to exemplary sustainable and green building projects throughout Seattle.
After successfully completing the Sustainable Building Advisor Program students can become Certified Sustainable Building Advisors (CSBA) by taking the CSBA exam. A passing score entitles professionals to use the designation CSBA after one’s name on business cards and resumes, for example. As a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor you will be part of an active alumni network of leading green building professionals.

Green Building – The Marketing Advantage
March 28, Seattle
This course examines the “what” and “why” of green building and takes the broker on a journey through “The Inspiration House,” which is certified under the two major certification programs in Washington. Brokers will learn who’s interested in buying green homes and how selling green homes, when the benefits are thoroughly understood, is the marketing advantage.

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!

Windermere Real Esate/NW Inc-Stasik
Greenbuild Development
Seolta General Construction
K L Builders LLC
Mak & Jak
Hunny Homes
Windermere/Mercer Island-Dong
Okom Homes LLC
Epic Homes
Randall PLLC
Northwest Investment LLC
D L Builders LLC

BG News

Third-Party Verification at all levels
All project enrollments: Feb. 28, 2014
If we do not have enrollment paperwork for your project by Feb. 28, you will be required to use third-party verification.

All final certification paperwork received by:

  • Final certification for single-family and remodel projects:
    Dec. 31, 2014
  • Final certification for multifamily projects:
    Dec. 31, 2015

Continue reading

There’s Still Time to Get Your Site on the Northwest Green Home Tour
April 26, 2014
If you’re considering putting a home on the tour, you’re not too late, but time is running out. The sooner you register for the April 26 tour, the more publicity we will be able to give your site and your company. We’re stepping up our web presence and publicity efforts this year, and registered site hosts and sponsors are already enjoying wide-ranging exposure, from social media shout outs to print media mentions and dedicated tour web pages. And there is much more to come, including an aggressive radio and print ad campaign. This year's tour is poised to be the biggest and best yet, and we want you to be a part of it! Continue reading

2013 Certifications Recap
Project type Sum of # Certifications Sum of # of Units
Multi-Family 10 1014
4-stars 6 427
3-stars 4 587
Single-Family and Remodel 557 557
5-stars 56 56
4-stars 110 110
3-stars 389 389
Refit 2 2
Grand Total 567 1571
  79% increase over 2012 84% increase over 2012

Volunteer Opportunities with Built Green

Seattle Home Show Built Green Booth
We only have a few spaces left, and we need your help!
The Seattle Home Show is the Northwest’s largest consumer home show. Built Green has a booth that we use to help spread the word about Built Green and the green building industry. For more information or to sign up click here

Northwest Green Home Tour Planning Committee
The Northwest Green Home Tour is made possible by the generous help of many dedicated individuals. If you're passionate about green building and would like to connect with others who share your interests, please join our merry band of fun-loving volunteers. All skills are welcome!

  • Click here to learn more about the tour
  • Click here to express your interest in volunteering
New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Ichijo USA for certifying four single-family homes at 170th Ave. N.E. in Redmond as 4-Star Built Green.

Dwell Development LLC for certifying 13 single-family homes in Seattle and Kirkland as 5-Star Built Green.

Model Remodel for certifying one single-family home at 3720 59th Ave. SW in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Richmond American Homes for certifying four single-family homes at 11420, 11300, 11242, and 11226 4th Pl. S.W. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Sage Homes Northwest for certifying two single-family homes at 319 and 325 N 101st St. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Greenleaf Construction for certifying the five unit multifamily apartments at 838 N.E. 69th Ave. in Seattle as4-Star Built Green.

Isola Homes for certifying the 18 single-family homes in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

PHC Construction for certifying the 10 single-family homes at the Grow Bainbridge community on Bainbridge Island as 5-Star Built Green.

Sunshine Construction LLC for certifying their single-family home at 833 N.E. 56th St. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Beau Development for certifying the two single-family homes at 516 20th Ave. E. in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Haberzetle Homes for certifying the five single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Build Sound for certifying the 4 single-family townhomes at 1606 N. 46th St. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

R. Thoreson for certifying the single-family home at 4106 25th Ave. S.W. 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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