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Sept 2014



King County

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Our mission is to promote ecologically friendly home building methods and practices, and to enhance our communities through leadership in sustainable development.




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Built Green Conference

2014 Built Green Conference
Dream Green, Imagine a Sustainable Future
Sept. 18, Technology Access Foundation's Bethaday Community Learning Space, Seattle

Register Now: builtgreenconference.com
The Built Green Conference will be a great chance to learn from influential leaders in the green building industry and network with your colleagues and peers.

Conference After Hours
We would like to invite all our attendees and presenters to a reception immediately following the conference. The reception will feature live music and some light food and drinks. Additionally, join us as we recognize and celebrate the winners of the Built Green Hammer Awards and the Green Genius Awards.

Education Spotlight

Keynote Speaker, Nico Larco, on livability and multifamily housing

In his keynote address, Nico Larco, AIA will explore how multifamily housing plays a key role in the national reformation of suburban living and why it has the potential to profoundly advance suburban and regional sustainability measures.

Reducing Construction & Demolition Waste: Finding the Way Forward
Presented by King County Green Tools Mediated by Lucy Moore

Lucy Moore will mediate Reducing Construction & Demolition Waste: Finding the Way Forward, a session that will bring together government, contractors and the construction and demolition processing industry to find common ground in reducing the amount of construction and demolition debris going to landfills.

The Case for Green Building, circa 2050
Sustainability Ambassadors

Student Sustainability Ambassadors from three different school districts will present the moral, technical and financial case for the greenest possible buildings.

A Trio of Deep Green Case Studies
This session features Ryan Mankoski of Ninebark Studios on their 5-Star Built Green Remodel in Seward Park, Tom Marseille of WSP Seattle on their Greenfire Campus multifamily project and Anthony Maschmedt of Dwell Development and Tadashi Shiga of Evergreen Certified on their net-zero energy single-family home.

Biomimicry: Learning from Nature's Genius
Presented by Biomimicry Puget Sound co-founders Alexandra Ramsden of Rushing and Jennifer Barnes of 55-5 Consulting

This interactive session will introduce the concept of biomimicry through current examples of leading-edge products and processes.

A Spaceship's Guide to Reuse
Presented by Justin Hooks of Green Canopy Homes

In this session, Hooks will share what Green Canopy Homes’ views as the need for a better deconstruction process.

Affordable Green Building
Presented by Scott Adams of Sustainable Integration and Ted Clifton of TC Legend Homes

Adams will explore simple sustainable design and construction practices that can be easily integrated into every project. Clifton will explore the approach to energy-efficient homebuilding that he has successfully applied to several net-zero-energy projects.

Green Project Management: Tricks of the Trade
Presented by Aaron Yankauskas of Dwell Development

This presentation will introduce what it means to be green while focusing on environmental and economic aspects of sustainability as it pertains to development.

Water Conservation for Real Estate Agents
Presented by Terry Phelan of Living Shelter

This presentation will delve into the world of water conservation and provide participants with real tools to identify and easily mitigate water waste in their homes and life.

Urban Infill with a Mission
Presented by Jason King and Christopher J. Webb of Herrera, Gomer Roseman of Habitat for Humanity Tacoma and Ellen Southard of Stewardship Partners and Salmon Safe

This presentation will focus on filling the gap in green building strategies by emphasizing ecological function on urban infill sites.

VHAC Considerations in High Efficiency Homes
Presented by Dan Wildenhaus of CLEAResult

High efficiency homes have unique needs when it comes to ventilation, heating and air conditioning, and this session will take a look at some of those primary considerations.

Roundtable: 2050 Thought Experiment with the Next Generation
Presented by Sustainability Ambassadors

Join students from three different school districts for a facilitated conversation to forecast a 100-percent sustainable community in the year 2050 and then "back-cast" to explore milestones in the decades leading backward to 2014.

Roundtable: The Future of Housing
Presented by Dave Porter of PorterWorks

This session will discuss critical issues impacting housing’s future, look at how technology will be more integrated, address population issues, look at the need for food sources and strategies to significantly reduce energy and water usage.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
King County GreenTools
Green Canopy Homes
Puget Sound Energy
Snohomish County
Stewardship Partners
Guild Mortgage Company
United Recycle
Green Home Solutions

See our website for more information about conference education.

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!

A & T European Builders LLC
Agile Building Construction LLC
James Tjoa & Associates
Shorewood Homes Inc
Sustainable Integration LLC


Green Hammer and Green Genius Award Announcements
We would like to invite all our attendees and presenters to the After Hours reception, immediately following the conference, as we will recognize and celebrate the winners of the Built Green Hammer Awards and the Green Genius Awards.
Learn more about the awards here.

All New Single-Family Projects will Use 2014 Checklist
On Dec. 9, 2013, the Built Green Executive Committee approved an update to the single-family checklist. Beginning on July 18, 2014, all new construction, single-family and townhome projects will be required to adhere to the new statewide New Construction Single-family/Townhome Certification checklist.
Click here to read more.

Addition to the Team!
Built Green recently welcomed Ellen Cole as the new Built Green Coordinator. She will be working with members on enrollments, certifications and other inquiries they may have. We are excited she is here, and she is looking forward to working more with members. You can reach Ellen at ecole@mbaks.com or (425) 460-8229.

Featured Project

Free Historic Preservation Panel & Tour of Historic Kent
Sept. 23, 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Meet at Kent City Hall Council Chambers, 220 Fourth Ave. S., Kent 98032
Join us for an afternoon of lively dialogue with national and local experts in the field of historic preservation and economic development. Following a panel discussion and lecture by Island Press author Chuck Wolfe, we will take a walking tour of Kent's Main St.; Kent’s newly adopted Mill Creek Historic District, which celebrates working class architecture; the nationally renowned historic landscape of Earthworks Park; and Bereiter Mansion, the city's crown jewel and home of the Greater Kent Historical Society and Museum.
Find more information here.

A Homebuilding Saga: One Company's Search for a Better Way to Build
Special Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Symposium Pre-Event
Oct. 9, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St., Seattle 98104
In partnership with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, GreenTools is proud to bring Bensonwood Homes founder, inspirational advocate and industry leader Tedd Benson to share his insights and lessons learned across the decades in this special event roundtable. Benson will share gems that are relevant to all of our work today, his thoughts on the Vitruvian Imperative and his aspirations for the future.
Find more information here.

Free Tour of Urban/Rural Watershed Work with Salmon-Safe
Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle 98104
Join King County GreenTools and Salmon-Safe for a tour and discussion of urban and rural partnerships that are providing an aggregate approach to watershed protection in the Puget Sound. We'll tour a variety of Salmon-Safe-certified sites, including the Olympic Sculpture Park and the EMP Administration Building, followed by Jubilee and Oxbow Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley.
Find more information here.

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Polygon Northwest Company for certifying 28 single-family homes in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

DC Granger for certifying four single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Dean Homes Inc for certifying one single-family home in Newcastle as 3-Star Built Green.

Green Canopy Homes for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Build Urban for certifying nine single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Hardy Development for certifying seven single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

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

JMS Homes for certifying three single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

ConAm Management Corp for certifying 133 multifamily apartments in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Madrona Real Estate for certifying 108 multifamily apartments in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Richmond American Homes for certifying five single-family homes in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Zoran Brlecic for certifying four single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Featured Project

The classes listed below are approved workshops for fulfilling the annual Built Green educational requirement for project certification.

Approaching Net-Zero - Free Webinar Presented by Architectural Record
Sept. 18, Online
This webinar will discuss basic characteristics and benefits of net-zero energy buildings, outline the various ways of defining them, explain why certain types are better suited to certain places and dispel some of the misconceptions associated with them. An entire project team, including designers, owners, developers and clients, would benefit from this material.
Click here to read more.

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
Sept. 23 and 24, Bellevue
Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) certification is required in the state of Washington by the Washington State Department of Ecology for personnel responsible for construction stormwater inspections and sampling at construction sites. Students who complete the course will receive a CESCL card, which is good for three years.
Click here to read more.

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Education Meeting
The art and science of enhancing sleep, productivity, fitness and social interaction
Presented by Nathanael Washam, Luminous NW and Other Guest Speakers

Sept. 24, Seattle
Lighting is one of the most underappreciated elements of construction. Over the decades, there have been many questions about the best lighting strategies, but now we have scientifically driven answers. Join the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild to learn about how lighting can improve sleep, reduce disease, enhance social connection, refine beauty and maximize safety.
Click here to read more.

Water Conservation for Real Estate Professionals (Part 1) - 4 hrs
Sept. 26, Seattle
Instructor: Fiona Douglas-Hamilton
Typically, when we think of the Pacific Norrthwest, we do not think in terms of drought or even water shortages. Yet two significant agency reports released in 2013 evaluated U.S. water supplies moving forward and the potential of both growth patterns and climatic changes to increase the risk of water shortages. Part I of this two part course delves into the world of water conservation, providing participants with real tools to identify water wastages in their homes and lives.
Click here to read more.

Contact and Connect with Built Green

Built Green MBA

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 more information.

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