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Oct 2014



King County

Snohomish County


Puget Sound Energy



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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Featured Project

First Lamp LLC

First Lamp LLC LLC - Madison park
Built Green 4-Star Single-Family Home

Verifier: Pamela Worner, Green Dog Enterprises, Inc.

The Madison Park House is the latest custom-spec house to be designed and built by First Lamp LLC. The firm's partners, Taylor Callaway and Kevin Witt, both AIA and LEED APs, view themselves as "architects that build." For this project, Callaway and Witt faced an existing steeply sloped lot, which inspired them to view the house as growing out of the hillside, with the main living space floating out amongst the trees. Due to a handful of landslides in recent years, the tucked-away location had been avoided by other developers. First Lamp assembled an experienced "ground team" (engineers, excavator, and foundation subcontractors) who helped them conclude that development would actually increase the stability of the site.
View the full case study here.

Featured Project

Oct. 3, Miller Community Center, Seattle
Ever wondered what to do with those unwanted samples at your office? With IIDA Seattle ZeroLandfill you can transform "green guilt" into constructive energy. Collect those expired and unwanted material samples for creative reuse and upcycling by artists, educators and crafters. Spread the word and start collecting your samples now! Drop off your materials on Oct. 3 at the Miller Community Center.
Click here to read more.

Free Rain Garden Tour!
Oct. 8, Meet at the Puyallup Public Library at 9:30 a.m.
Come and see the cutting edge of new, sustainable storm-water management in urban development! The city of Puyallup has constructed 30 rain gardens as part of their green street low-impact development retrofit along 8th Ave. NW, as well as installing pervious asphalt and sidewalks. The tour will be led by Rain Dog Designs.

EcoBuilding 2014: Building Transformation Through Transparency
Oct. 10, Impact HUB, Seattle
Join us for our one-day annual conference, EcoBuilding 2014, located in a vibrant urban setting, the Impact HUB. The conference provides an opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by our fantastic speakers and connect with sustainable building professionals from the Pacific Northwest. We're looking forward to learning from one another, sharing best practices and re-energizing our vision to drive the green building movement forward.
Click here to read more.

California's Response to the Historic Drought
Oct. 22, Bellevue City Hall
The ongoing, record-breaking drought in California has created havoc and disruption across the nation's most populous state, leading to a response from policy makers. How successful have their efforts been in getting Californians to save water? Join the Partnership for Water and guest speaker Brett Walton, water issues and news journalist, as we explore this remarkable crisis as it is unfolding.
Click here to read more.

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Build Urban LLC for certifying 258 multifamily apartments in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

SRM Development for certifying four single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

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

Intracorp LLC for certifying 112 multifamily apartments in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

WG Clark for certifying 203 multifamily apartments in Bothell as 3-Star Built Green.

CMAC LLC for certifying four single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Ashworth Homes for certifying four single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

urbanVISION, LLC for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Turnkey Builders, Inc for certifying eight multifamily apartments in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Green Canopy Homes for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

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

Housing Hope for certifying 10 single-family homes in Snohomish as 4-Star Built Green.

Continental Properties LLC for certifying 70 multifamily apartments in Seattle as 3-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!

Peak Contractors Inc
Rain City Homes LLC
Jake's D Corporation


Visit us at the Seattle Home Show 2!
The Seattle Home Show is the Northwest's largest consumer home show. The show features hundreds of exhibits, featuring builders, remodelers, the latest appliances and fixtures, decorating and, landscaping – everything from floor to ceiling and beyond. Attendees also enjoy special features, including seminars and wine tasting.
Once again Built Green will be represented at Seattle Home Show 2 informing and educating the thousands of visitors to the show about our Built Green programs. Built Green will at booth 1308, 1309, 1414 and 1415 on Friday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 5, at CenturyLink Field Event Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Please find more details here.

2014 Built Green Conference
Thank you for attending this year's Built Green Conference! To the over 250 people that attended, we hope that your time at the conference was stimulating and rewarding. There is nothing more powerful than when this community comes together to share ideas, innovations and stories.

We were pleased to announce the winners of our Built Green Hammer Awards:
Isola Homes
PHC Construction
Martha Rose
Meridian Builders
Exxel Pacific
Green Canopy Homes
Rhino Roz Realty
Ninebark Design Build LLC
Anthony Maschmedt

Painting a Better Tomorrow®

On Saturday, Nov. 8, at the YWCA Seneca, Painting a Better Tomorrow (PBT) will hold its annual fall event where members and friends of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties commit one Saturday to paint and make minor cosmetic repairs to homeless shelters and nonprofit agencies throughout our community. Since its inception in October 2004, more than 1,000 volunteers have painted and made improvements to more than 42 agencies. PBT brightens the lives of homeless families working their way to independence.
Please find more details here.


Featured Project

A Homebuilding Saga: One Company's Search for a Better Way to Build
Oct. 9, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Special Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Symposium Pre-Event
Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St., Seattle, WA 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 round table. 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, WA 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.


Featured Project

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

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
Oct. 14 and 15, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 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.

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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