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Built Green

Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
March 2014


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is to promote ecologically
friendly home
methods and practices,
and to
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leadership in



Built Green
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Total homes certified since 2000

Total homes certified 2014

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Northwest EnergyStar

Featured Project

Featured Project

Ninebark Design Build - Seward Park, WA
Project: Built Green 5-Star Remodel
Verifier: Pam Worner, Green Dog Enterprises, Inc

Of the nearly 15,000 homes certified by the Built Green program, only a handful have been 5-star remodels. It’s not easy to take any existing home, much less a 1938 Tudor, and bring it up to the top standards of green building, including energy performance 30-percent more efficient than code. On their website for the project,, Ninebark partners Ryan Mankoski and Luke Ivey explain the attraction for them: "It’s a challenge even with a traditional remodel to meet current structural, energy and life safety code standards. When you add state of the art systems, building air sealing and reclaimed finishes, and throughout the way, thoughtfully design the appearance of the final structure to compliment its environment, you begin to think with an epic mindset. Throughout this process we told ourselves nobody else was doing this. That’s exactly why we did it."
View the full case study here.

King County

Back to the Future: 5th Anniversary of the Sustainable Cities Roundtables
Bullitt Center, Seattle
March 13, 2014

Celebrate five years of the Sustainable Cities Roundtables with a 2-part morning event looking back at our accomplishments and forward to our future goals! Come for all, or part, of this half-day event generously hosted at the Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in the world! More info

King County

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Ichijo USA for certifying one single-family home at 1783 Harrison Court NE in Issaquah as 5-Star Built Green.

Paar Development, LLC for certifying six single-family townhomes at 1734 and 1736 13th Ave. S. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Isola Homes for certifying one single-family home at 2315 29th Ave. S. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Arsene Construction LLC for certifying one single-family home at 4837 41st Ave. SW in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County for certifying one single-family home at 3151 S. Oregon St. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Exxel Pacific for certifying 147 multifamily apartments at 8397 158th Ave. NE in Redmond as 3-Star Built Green.

Green Canopy Homes for certifying six single-family homes throughout Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

LimeLite Development for certifying one single-family home at 3824 Wallingford Ave. N. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Ninebark Design Build for certifying one single-family home at 4007 49th Ave. S. in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.


Women in Construction Forum: Shape the Future and Your Career
March 7, Bellevue
Presented by NAWIC Puget Sound Chapter and GLY Construction Celebrate National Association of Women in Construction (WIC) week and international women’s day in the company of accomplished women creating fulfilling careers and leading our industry in sustainably built environments and project delivery innovations.

March Edible Plant Sale by Seattle Tilth
March 15, Seattle
Get ready for spring gardening! Come out to this festive spring gardener gathering, and find a huge selection of edible plant starts perfect for spring planting. Admission is free. Browse and get ideas for your spring garden!

WSRA's 34th Annual Conference & Trade Show
May 4 to 7, Vancouver, WA
The Washington State Recycling Association’s (WSRA) conference and trade show features leading-edge educational sessions, celebrated local and national experts and speakers, priceless networking opportunities designed to help you stay connected with thousands of industry experts and colleagues, an energized exhibit hall filled with over 30 exhibitors waiting to show you the latest technologies and solutions to help you do your job more effectively, a variety of fun activities and tours, and a celebration of the accomplishments of our outstanding Recycler of the Year award recipients and Hall of Fame inductees.

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!

Con Am
Labib Construction Inc
Exxel Pacific Inc
GenCap Construction
55 Battery LLC
Ninebark Design Build LLC
Modern Homes LLC

BG News

Third-Party Verification now required at all levels
All new projects and enrollments are now required to use third party verification.
Projects enrolled by Feb. 28, 2014, seeking 2- and 3-star certification, will be able to satisfy their certification requirements without the need for third-party verification if their final project checklist is submitted by the following deadlines:

  • Single-family and remodel projects:
    Dec. 31, 2014
  • Multifamily projects:
    Dec. 31, 2015

Read more

Last Chance to Put Your Site on the Northwest Green Home Tour
April 26, 2014
If you’re considering putting a home on the tour, this is your last chance. Registration has been extended until Friday, March 7. Contact us immediately to ensure your site appears in the 2014 tour guide. With more than 35 sites already committed, the 2014 Northwest Green Home Tour is poised to be the biggest and best yet. Continue reading

Built Green Homeowner Survey Results
April 26, 2014
In December 2013, we mailed 2,500 postcards inviting homeowners of 3-, 4- and 5-Star Built Green certified homes, built or remodeled in the last five years, to participate in a survey about their experiences with their home.
We received a total of 151 responses for a 6-percent response rate.
Click here to explore what the respondents had to say.

Volunteer Opportunities with Built Green

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

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

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.

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
March 6 to 7, Tacoma
April 8 to 9, 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.

Pierce County Built Green Real Estate Professional Training
March 10, Tacoma
Introducing a new comprehensive course series that opens the world of Built Green to real estate professionals! Designed especially for the real estate community, these six, three-hour-long course modules each focus on a particular subject matter related to building – and selling – Built Green-certified homes.

Home Energy Rater Training
March 17 to 21, Olympia
This training is an all-inclusive energy auditor training with emphasis on new residential construction and the HERS Rating process. It will teach you how to evaluate the energy performance, comfort and safety of a house through whole house diagnostic procedures.

Green Genius: 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.

Green Genius: Getting the Most out of Green Appraisal
April 25, Seattle
Green features fall across a broad spectrum of qualitative and quantitative value. Brokers will learn what’s important to an appraiser against the general background of the principles and concepts of appraising, identifying green features from the marketing and appraisal perspectives. Appraisers attending this course will increase their knowledge in the quantitative aspects of green as well as benefit from the dialogue between these two professional groups.

Sustainable Building Advisor Program Course
May 30 to July 19, 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.

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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