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Electronic Newsletter for Green Residential Building
April 2014


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Northwest EnergyStar

Event Highlight

Northwest Green Home Tour 2014

Northwest Green Home Tour
Saturday, April 26, 2014
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free and Self-Guided

This free annual event, co-produced by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and Built Green, showcases local, sustainable and green new homes, remodels and energy retrofits in Greater Seattle.

Plan your day
This year's tour features 35 green homes, both new and remodeled, and 12 Sustainability Stops throughout the region. Start planning your day by exploring the sites. The tour is self-guided, and you can start at any of the homes. Pick up the April edition of Natural Awakenings magazine, available for free at newsstands, for the official tour program.

The Northwest Green Home Tour is made possible by the generous help of many dedicated individuals. Sign up to be a site greeter at one of the 35 homes on this year's tour. Two shifts are available per site, so you'll still have time to take the tour before or after you volunteer. Plus, you'll be invited to a night of fun and celebration at our post-tour party at Hale's Palladium. Get started.

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King County

WRPA Spotlight Award for Innovative Facility
Recognized for its innovative use of sustainable materials and a platinum rating on the King County Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard, the Washington Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA) has awarded the King County Parks eco-friendly cargo camping container with the Spotlight Award for Innovative Facility. In partnership with the Solid Waste GreenTools program, the container features recycled and sustainable materials that make this unique project a popular addition for overnight camping at Tolt MacDonald Park and Campground. The cargo container demonstration project was launched at the Built Green Conference in the fall of 2011 and has done a terrific job of shining a "spotlight" on green modular construction.

The Spotlight Award will be presented to King County Parks at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 9, in Magnuson Park.

Learn more about the camping container's unique features and schedule an overnight reservation for your next camping adventure!

King County


WSRA's 34th Annual Conference & Trade Show
May 4 to 7, Vancouver, WA
The Washington State Recycling Association (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 Certifications

Congratulations to:

Intracorp Real Estate for certifying seven single-family townhomes in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

OneBuild, Inc for certifying eight apartments in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Steve Burnstead Construction for certifying two single-family homes in Redmond as 4-Star Built Green.

55 Battery LLC for certifying 139 apartments in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

R. Thoreson Homes for certifying four single-family homes throughout Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

DC Granger Inc. for certifying one single-family home in Kirkland as 5-Star Built Green.

Hardy Development for certifying 11 single-family townhomes at in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Domus Homes for certifying the four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Ventana Construction for certifying the ADU in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Malboeuf Bowie Architecture for certifying three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Sage Homes Northwest for certifying a single-family duplex and a single-family house in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Epic Homes for certifying six single-family homes throughout Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Soleil LLC for certifying four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

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!

Trinsic Residential Group
Metrostructure Corp
Masters Roofing
Seadog Construction LLC
Elite Roofing & Remodel LLC
Top Floor Homes LLC
Sola 24 LLC
JMS Homes Inc
Brothers K Development LLC
Opperman Design
Homes West Inc
Storybook Manor LLC
Johnson & Carr LLC
Jo Seuk
Ed Flanigan
Influx Development, LLC

Company Spotlights

GreenHome Solutions
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 or call Seattle Public Utilities' Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224.

BG News

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.

Contact and Connect with Built Green

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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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