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Earth Friendly Building Products & Home Store
Flooring veneers made of scrap wood from the furniture industry, recycled glass countertops manufactured in an old local brewery, handmade tile from Portland and carpet the color of the sheep it came from. These are just a few examples
of the types of sustainably made products available at Greenhome Solutions (GHS).
Located in Seattle near the south end of the Ballard Bridge, GHS provides affordable, sustainable building materials and products. GHS caters to builders, designers, architects and contractors, as well as to homeowners and "DIYers." The 4,000+-square-foot showroom displays hundreds of green products.
GHS is the presenting sponsor of the Northwest Green Home Tour, which takes place on Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the store anytime, especially on tour day.
RainWise rebates for cisterns and rain gardens
King County/Seattle Public Utilities
The Northwest Green Home Tour on April 26 will feature three RainWise neighborhood mini-tours to experience RainWise installations of cisterns and rain gardens:
Highland Park Improvement Club
South Park – A walkable RainWise Village
RainWise - NW Seattle
A green solution to an overflowing problem. When it rains hard, combined storm and sanitary sewers in some areas can’t handle all the volume, causing combined sewer overflows (CSO) into the nearest water body. Seattle is working on this problem with a combination of traditional (big pipes and tanks) and green infrastructure. As part of that investment, King County and the city are helping Seattle residents reduce stormwater runoff from their properties in target areas. The city and county will pay up to 100 percent of the cost of installing rain gardens and cisterns, based on how many square feet of roof runoff is controlled.
For more information about RainWise, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Seattle Public Utilities' Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224.
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Built Green 101, Snohomish County
An introduction to the Built Green certification program, and green building networking opportunity
April 17, Everett
Please join Built Green and Snohomish County’s Office of Energy and Sustainability on Thursday, April 17, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fish Tale Brew Pub in Everett to learn about Built Green. At 4:30 p.m., Aaron Adelstein, the director of Built Green, will give a brief presentation on how the Built Green program works, why building green is important and how the program can help strengthen your business. Take this opportunity to learn about Built Green and network with others interested in the green building industry. Happy hour appetizers from Fish Tale’s menu will be complimentary! Read more
Spring Party with Built Green and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
May 7, Seattle
Come celebrate with Built Green and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild for our first spring party! The party will be held at Hale’s Palladium and will celebrate green building in our communities. Read more
Classes listed below are approved workshops for fulfilling the annual Built Green education requirement for certifying projects.
CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
April 8 to 9, Bellevue
May 20 to 21, 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.
HVAC Systems toward Net-Zero Energy Buildings
What are the right HVAC systems for buildings pursuing net-zero energy?
With Dan Wildenhaus and other experts
April 23, Seattle
Join the Northwest Eco Building Guild on April 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. as we explore the best avenues to create comfortable efficient heating and cooling systems for buildings pursuing net-zero energy in the Pacific Northwest. Come with your thoughts and questions about how to design, install and maintain heating and ventilation systems for buildings moving towards zero-net energy. This is the fourth event in our popular education series, which provides the information and connections necessary to construct hyper-green buildings. Each session has filled to capacity so R.S.V.P. soon.
Anatomy of a Deep Green Home
April 10, Stanwood
This course is approved for three continuing education credits for Washington state real estate agents and appraisers.
The field of green construction has continued to grow in spite of the economic downturn. Green building is certainly the wave of the future and will someday become mainstream. This course chronicles the journey from idea to reality of a national award- winning deep green demonstration home. The curriculum provides a snapshot of residential green building concepts, including ratings, design, energy and water use reduction and materials. A wine reception will follow the course. Cost: $10
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.
Green Purchasing: Beyond the Basics
May 8, Everett
Snohomish County will host a free workshop on environmentally preferable purchasing for local governments and businesses. This day-long workshop features local speakers that are nationally recognized for their leadership and expertise in this area. A variety of green purchasing topics will be addressed, including green products, policy implementation, incorporating green purchasing into public bids, specifications, and contracts, and much more.
Green Genius: Indoor Air Quality for Real Estate Professionals
May 16, Seattle
Learn how real estate professionals can solve odor and indoor air quality problems or, how to find a professional to help solve more complex problems and ultimately sell the home.