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April 2015



King County

Snohomish County

Cascade Water Alliance


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

Green Canopy Homes

Hubers Custom Homes – Built Green 4-Star Single-Family Home
Verifier: Evergreen Certified

These four townhomes in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood boast an incredible view of the city, with rooftop decks that will surely have the residents outside on sunny days! Of course, the vista is far from the only advantage of these homes, which have sustainable and beautiful details both inside and out. In addition to the view from the rooftop, the homes themselves are pleasant to look at! A high level of attention was paid to the landscaping, and the many plants and trees planted at the site are drought tolerant. In addition, the walkways are permeable, making the landscaping a win for water conservation.
View the full case study here.

Featured Project

Water Conservation for Real Estate Professionals - Part I
Apr. 2nd, Master Builders Association, Bellevue
Part I of this series provides four hours of continuing education approved for both real estate brokers and appraisers. The course ranges from demonstrations of the impact of development on the hydrologic cycle, to delving into state water law, to hands-on drip irrigation. You will also meet representatives from Cascade Water Alliance and the WA Department of Health. Click here to learn more.

Green 100: Real Estate for a Sustainable Future
Apr. 15th, Seattle King County Realtors, Bellevue
Builder and consumer adoption of sustainability is rapidly growing – are you ready to guide your clients? You will be, if you earn National Association of Realtors' Green Designation. Start with Green 100 and earn eight clock hours.
Click here to learn more.

Green 200: The Science of Green Building
Apr. 22nd, Master Builders Association, Bellevue
Working from the outside of the home to the inside, Green 200 helps students comprehend green home design and basic construction principals for new and existing homes. This is the second of three required courses for the National Association of Realtors' Green Designation.
Click here to learn more.

Living and Growing Structures: Green Walls
Apr. 22nd, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Seattle
On Earth Day, the NW Ecobuilding Guild will host an introduction to Green Walls. They will cover the design, construction details and maintenance of these beautiful and environmentally beneficial structures. Come and meet some of the people who design and build Green Walls in the Northwest.
Click here to learn more.

Water Conservation for Real Estate Professionals - Part II
Apr. 30th, Master Builders Association, Bellevue
Part II of this series provides three hours of continuing education for appraisers and brokers and delves into how water is valued. Hear from guest expert speaker Ed Cebron of Cascade Water Alliance about the future of economic mechanisms at the city and water utility level. We'll also dig deeper into the cost savings of living in a WaterSense certified home. Finally, we'll discuss the tools available to appraisers for identifying the economic benefits of water conservation and efficiency in the residential housing sector.
Click here to learn more.

Do You Need a Space to Host an Event or Class?
Check out the zHome Stewardship Center. For more information or to reserve the space, please contact Ellen Cole at ecole@mbaks.com.

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Greenleaf Construction for certifying six single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

La Vita Apartments for certifying a 60-unit multi-family building in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Green Canopy Homes for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green, and another Seattle single-family home as 4-Star Built Green.

Metrostructure Corp for certifying eight single-family townhouses in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Isola Homes for certifying two single-family homes and three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Beau Development for certifying two single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

cMAC LLC for certifying two single-family duplex units in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Storybook Manor for certifying five single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

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


Featured Upcoming Event: Northwest Green Home Tour

Green Home Solutions

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is proud to bring you the 2015 Northwest Green Home Tour. With more than 20,000 green homes in the Puget Sound area alone, green building is becoming mainstream. The fifth-annual Northwest Green Home Tour is your opportunity to see firsthand the many ways that environmentally conscious design and construction can benefit not only the planet as a whole, but your local community, your family and you!
Click here to read more.

Seattle Priority Green: Program Updates and Open House
Join us April 27th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Seattle Municipal Tower Room 1610 for the Seattle Priorty Green Open House. The Priority Green program is a voluntary green building permit incentive established by Seattle's Department of Planning and Development (DPD). The program encourages a higher level of sustainability in exchange for an expedited permit process. About 20% of all applications for new construction are participating in Priority Green Expedited.
Can't make it? You can view the open house material here and email your comments to dpdprioritygreen@seattle.gov.

Update: WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program and Class
The WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program that Built Green is offering with Cascade Water Alliance is off to a strong start, with 17 more enrollments received this month. Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity and Dwell Development for taking part in this program! For more information on the incentive, and to see how you may be able to receive a rebate for building sustainably in Cascade's water service territory, click here. Please note a maximum of 50 rebates will be offered this year, so be sure to enroll soon!
Click here to read more.

Important Reminder: Certifications Under Old Single-Family Checklist Due Soon
On July 18, 2014, Built Green made the transition to the new statewide Single-Family/Townhome New Construction Certification Checklist. All projects enrolled prior to this date have the option of certifying under the old Single-Family/Townhome New Construction checklist here. Under this enrollment, projects have until July 18, 2015 to be completed if they are being certified under the old checklist. If the final certification documents are not submitted by July 18th, 2015, the project will be required to use the new statewide Single-Family/Townhome Checklist. Please contact Built Green if you have any questions about this transition.

Save the Date: Built Green Conference
We would like to remind you to mark your calendars: the annual Built Green Conference will be held this year on September 9th at Shoreline Community College. Stay tuned for more information about the programming!
Click here to read more.

Make an Impact: Housing Hope Volunteer Opportunity
We know that Built Green members and newsletter recipients care; now let's prove it! The Master Builders Association Community Stewardship Department needs amazing volunteers for an upcoming project. The Houses for Hope project is giving you the opportunity to get creative! We are looking for four builders to create playhouses and garden houses, along with others interested in creating dog, book and bird houses, which will be auctioned off at the Sorticulture festival in June. The proceeds will benefit the ChildHope Initiative, which provides a daycare center for homeless children, as well as family services, independent living for homeless teen parents and the College of Hope parent education program. Volunteering for any of these projects makes a real difference in someone's life and we hope you'll sign up. Contact Michell Filleau-Maas at 425.460.8232 or mfilleau-maas@mbaks.com for more information.

It's April, the Month of Earth Day!
The year has gone by quickly so far and spring is already here! April is a great month to get more involved with the green building community and to learn about, and practice, sustainability. April 22nd is Earth Day, so there will be a lot of fun classes and events opportunities in the area. And it's a great time especially to market Built Green homes, educate on why it's important and encourage others to build green. Of course, every day is Earth Day, but let's give the actual holiday some attention!

Featured Project

Northwest Green Home Tour
Apr. 25th and 26th, Greater Seattle Area

Northwest Green Home Tour The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is proud to bring you the 2015 Northwest Green Home Tour, sponsored by Greenhome Solutions. The fifth-annual Northwest Green Home Tour is your opportunity to see firsthand the many ways that environmentally conscious design and construction can benefit not only the planet as a whole, but your local community, your family and you! The NW Green Home Tour is sponsored by Greenhome Solutions (GHS), an earth friendly building products and home store providing affordable, sustainable building materials and products.
Click here to learn more.

GoGreen Conference
Apr. 30th, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
The GoGreen Conference is a sustainability learning experience for business and public sector decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions. We believe sustainability in the business setting is a powerful and indispensable tool for navigating the tumultuous waters of today's global economy and solving our climate woes. Our mission is to empower attendees with the strategies, tools and connections to green their organizations with profitability in mind.
Click here to learn more.

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!

Sound Equities Incorporated
Noble Ridge Construction Inc
Sound Equities Incorporated

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 Leah Missik, Built Green Program Manager or call 425.460.8238 for more information.

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