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Nov 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

Housing Hope

Housing Hope – Built Green 4-Star Single-Family Homes
Verifier: Pamela Worner, Green Dog Enterprises, Inc.

In Rose Park there is a cul-de-sac of 10 modest-sized homes in Snohomish up the hill from the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. It looks like a typical development, but it isn’t. These houses were built by the homeowners themselves, under the guidance of one professional supervisor and a few key subcontractors. The homes at Rose Park were built through the Team HomeBuilding program of Housing Hope; a nonprofit that’s helped nearly 300 Snohomish County families build their own homes since 1992.
View the full case study here.

Featured Project

Brightwater Center Community Treatment Plant Tour
Nov. 8, Brightwater Center, Woodinville
Learn how your wastewater is cleaned at the Brightwater Center Community Treatment Plant. Tour the treatment plant to learn about our amazing water system and what you can do every day to protect our water. Participants must be at least nine years-old.
Register here.

Featured Project

Resilience in the Pacific Northwest
Nov. 5, Seattle Municipal Tower, Seattle
From avalanches to wildfires, Washington ranks among the states with the greatest diversity in types of potential natural disasters. Coupled with the fact that our nation's infrastructure is beyond aging, and the threats of climate change pose potentially more daunting challenges than our plethora of natural disasters, it's clear that it's time to talk infrastructure.
Island Press Author Hillary Brown offers that beyond replacing infrastructure to respond to these challenges, we must rethink and reinvent infrastructure. Following a book reading from Brown's latest book, “Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works,” we will engage in a dynamic panel discussion with local leaders. Sandy Howard, from the City of Seattle, will share her experience developing a new city policy for Seattle's Unreinforced Masonry Buildings, and Steve Moddemeyer of Collins Woerman will share his work on resilient policy and infrastructure with the City of Detroit and Seattle's Yesler Terrace.
Click here to learn more.

2014 Green Building Slam
Nov. 15, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle
Join us in celebrating and learning about ten exciting sustainable building projects here in the greater Seattle area.
Click here to learn more.

Expand Your Knowledge of the Green Building Industry and Make New Connections
Nov. 19, Snohomish County Public Utility District Headquarters, Everett
Please join us for this free workshop created for building industry professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the green building industry, the utility incentive program that supports green building and the chance to network with other building professionals.
Click here to register.

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Meridian Builders for certifying 14 multifamily apartments in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

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

BDR Homes LLC for certifying seven single-family homes in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Dwell Development for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

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

Habitat for Humanity of East King County for certifying five single-family homes in Renton as 4-Star Built Green.

Heartwood Builders Inc. for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Regency West Homes for certifying one single-family home in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

F&M Development for certifying 103 multifamily apartments in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Jo Seuk for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Village Builders LLC for certifying seven single-family homes 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!

Abode Builders LLC
Black Lion Heating & A/C
Crosby Homes Inc
Dovetail General Contractors LLC
Fairwinds Development LLC
Heartland Construction
Icork Floor LLC
Meyers Metal Works Inc
Paulsen Construction Inc
Peak Builders Inc
Square One Construction LLC
Virsavia Enterprises LLC


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. Starting Jul. 18, 2014, any new construction of 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.

Painting a Better Tomorrow®

This 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

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

Innovative Heating Solution Open House
Nov. 5, Seattle
If your clients want the feeling of inviting, tropical heat in their NW home, then we have the solution. Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels are a streamlined, efficient heating option for an entire house or as supplemental heat for an addition or cold spot. Come to our two-part open house to see this innovative solution in action and learn more about why this technology is so cutting edge. RVSP for the morning session (7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) or afternoon session (3 p.m. - 6 p.m.).
Click here to learn more.

AIA Seattle’s Getting to Zero
Nov. 7, Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, Seattle
The AIA+2030 series responds to the expressed needs of Seattle AIA members who wish to move to the next level of delivering high performance buildings. This innovative four-part series will focus on leading participants through the next target of the 2030 Challenge – 70 percent reduction - and beyond. Through case studies, presentations, and panel discussions, participants will explore both the technical skills and cross-disciplinary approaches essential for the design, construction, and operation of net zero energy buildings.
Click here to learn more.

Water Conservation for Real Estate Professionals Part I & II
Nov. 9, 21 Acres, Woodinville
Part I provides four hours of education approved for both real estate brokers and appraisers. The course ranges from physical demonstrations on the impact of development on the hydrologic cycle, to Washington water law with Dept. of Ecology expert, John Rose. Hands on drip irrigation with Seattle Tilth is also part of the workshop. You’ll also meet representatives from Cascade Water Alliance, Department of Health and the EPA's WaterSense program.
Part II of this series on water conservation and efficiencies provides 3 hours of education for appraisers and delves into how water is valued. Hear from speaker, Ed Cebron from Cascade Water Alliance about economic mechanisms at the city and water utility level. We will also dig deeper into the cost savings for a family of four living in a WaterSense certified home and compare the data and examine case studies gathered for WaterSense® certified homes against code homes, as well as look at WaterSense retrofit data. Finally, we will discuss the tools available to appraisers to identify the economic benefit of water conservation and efficiency in the residential housing sector.
Click here to learn more.

Living Future 2015 Ramp-Up Series: Zero Energy House Tour
Nov. 13, Zero Energy House, Lakewood
Join the Living Future Local Host Committee for an evening of engagement, energizing, and net zero energy. Join us for happy hour and networking with appetizers. Afterwards, Dan Smith, Clover Park’s Sustainable Building Science Instructor, will lead a tour of the Zero Energy House. The Zero Energy House was the first building on the Clover Park campus to have a grid-tied solar system, and the first grid-tied solar system for the local utility provider. It was also the first fully viewable zero-energy educational facility in the state of Washington. Dan Smith will discuss what went into the building of the Zero Energy House, and what they are finding in its performance.

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
Nov. 18, and 19, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue
Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, for personnel responsible for construction storm-water 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 learn more.

The Future of Housing
Nov. 21, Mt. Baker Community Club, Seattle
In this class we will take a look into the future of housing and see how we can learn from our past mistakes. We will look at the ramifications of our housing choices and look at new innovations in housing that are sustainable. Alternative housing design and construction methods will be explored. The future of what housing needs to be is about the future of our planet. The world’s population is 7.2 B and is projected to increase to 8.2 B by 2015. According to WHO, 70 percent of people will be living in cities by 2050. The future of housing needs to be also about the future of our cities, so reinventing our cities is of critical importance. The future can be great if we make wise choices.
Click here to learn more.

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