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May 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

Cascade Built

Cascade Built – Built Green 5-Star Single-Family Home
Verifier: Evergreen Certified

Cascade Built's View Haus 5 is Seattle's first Passive House-constructed townhome project, delivering healthy indoor air, thermal comfort, and quiet in the city's urban core. Designed by the award-winning b9 Architects, View Haus 5 is named for its five distinct home designs that share views of the Cascade Mountains. View Haus 5's 5-Star Built Green certification and compliance with the rigorous standards for design and construction, set by the Passive House Institute US, significantly reduces heating and cooling energy use by up to 90 percent.
View the full case study here.

Featured Project

Seattle Greendrinks
May 12, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Seattle
Built Green and Green Canopy are sponsoring this month's Greendrinks! Come join us for a night of lively discussion and, of course, drinks.
Click here to learn more.

Spring Party with Built Green and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
May 14, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Seattle
Celebrate the green building industry at the Spring Party with the NW EcoBuilding Guild (NWEBG) and Built Green. This festive event will include music, food, drink, games and NW Green Home Tour award announcements! Space is limited, so sign up now! Admittance is free to all members of NWEBG or Built Green. Non-member guests may attend for just a $5 donation at the door.
Click here to learn more.

Spring into Bed Garden Building Day
May 16, South Park, Georgetown & Delridge Neighborhoods, Seattle
Seattle Tilth will be building 30 garden beds at 15 different sites in Seattle's South Park, Georgetown and Delridge neighborhoods. The gardens will be a source of fresh food for people with low incomes. Volunteers are needed! After garden building there will be a celebratory lunch.
Click here to learn more.

Urban Forests Roundtable
May 14, Kirkland City Hall, Kirkland
This roundtable will explore different elements of city actions to preserve and restore urban forests, including how we can we plan for and adapt to local climate change impacts on our forests, maximize their carbon sequestration potential, leverage partnerships, and engage the public in the restoration and stewardship of these vital resources.
Click here to learn more.

YLG Third Thursday Happy Hour
May 21, Still Liquor, Seattle
You're invited to join the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northwest Young Leaders Group in Seattle for our monthly happy hour. This is an informal happy hour for ULI members old and new to get together and talk about the latest happenings in the industry, reconnect with industry professionals and build your network. If you're new to Seattle's ULI group, this is a great way to meet new people and learn about the benefits of membership.
Click here to learn more.

How to Inspire People to Engage in Pro-Environmental Actions?
May 26, Alder Hall Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle
Pro-environmental behavior is often believed to be a less attractive option, which may inhibit pro-environmental choices. Despite this, many people do engage in sustainable actions. Why are they willing to do so? In this lecture Dr. Steg, an Environmental Psychologist, will elaborate on which values are likely to promote or inhibit sustainable actions and discuss factors that activate or deactivate values, thereby affecting the likelihood of pro-environmental choices.
Click here to learn more.

Mark Lydon and Tactical Urbanism Roundtable
Jun. 4, Community Hall at the Wing Luke Museum, Seattle
Lengthy permitting processes, declining public investment, and stretched municipal budgets – these are the issues that have helped spark the tactical urbanism movement which turns ordinary citizens into DIY urban planners. Low-cost, short-term interventions – pop-up parks in parking spaces or abandoned lots, pavement removal to create community green spaces, and installation of potted plants to slow traffic and make residential streets safer – are happening in cities all over the world. Join Island Press Author Mike Lydon to discuss tactical urbanism as a strategy to build social capital, provide community-driven solutions to urban challenges, and help local governments be more attuned and responsive to the needs of their citizens. Please RSVP for this event as soon as possible to Sam.Haapaniemi@kingcounty.gov.

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

Gprojects for certifying three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Afora Group LLC for certifying 40 single-family homes in Lynnwood as 3-Star Built Green.

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

Beau Development for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Isola Homes for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green and 21 single-family homes in Seattle as 3-star Built Green.

Sage Homes Northwest for certifying 10 single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

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

Dwell Development LLC for certifying one single-family house in Kirkland as 5-Star Built Green.

DEP Homes for certifying two single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green and another single-family home on Mercer Island as 4-Star Built Green.

Refino Homes of Washington, LLC for certifying four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Martha Rose Construction for certifying two single-family homes in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

The Cottage Company for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.


Congratulations to Martha Rose!
Martha Rose with Leah Missik, Built Green Program Manager (click to view larger image)

Built Green would like to offer warm congratulations to longtime builder member Martha Rose for winning a Green Globe Award this April. The Green Globe Award is the most prestigious environmental honor offered by King County. Martha won her award for being a leader in sustainable building—a title she certainly deserves.
Click here to read more.

Upcoming Fun You Don't Want to Miss
May is going to be a fun month! On May 12, Built Green is cosponsoring Seattle Greendrinks along with Green Canopy. Two days later, on May 14, we are hosting a spring party along with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild to celebrate green building, mingle and announce Northwest Green Home Tour Awards.
See the events section for more information.

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 18, 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.

Update: WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program
The WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program Built Green is offering in conjunction with Cascade Water Alliance is still growing! Congratulations to Ichijo USA for enrolling 10 projects! Says Ichijo's Nick Nied on the incentive: “This partnership aligns a common interest to build the house of the future, today. The value for the home buyer is the guarantee that their home was built and performs beyond all other housing currently available on the market.” 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. You can also attend an informational class on May 28 – see the classes section for more information. Please note a maximum of 50 rebates will be offered this year, so don't miss out!
Click here to read more.

Featured Project

EPA Certified Lead Renovator Training
May 8 or 21, Master Builders Association, Bellevue
This class provides a blend of easy compliance, practical application and real answers to your questions. In addition to the EPA curriculum, we will provide you with valuable insights on how L&I views lead-related work, along with other free resources to help your company stay in compliance. Click here to learn more.

WaterSense/Built Green Incentive Class
May 28, Master Builders Association, Bellevue
Built Green and the Cascade Water Alliance have partnered to offer an incentive for builders who combine WaterSense and Built Green certifications. This class will teach you how to accomplish these certifications, why they are important and how to receive the $1,000 rebate incentive. Snacks will be provided.
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 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!

Interra USA Inc.
Sierra Construction Company, Inc.
Pacific Properties Group, LLC
Kinetic Builders Inc.
Casady Enterprises Inc.
Sustainable NW Wood
Scott Homes
Keller Williams Eastside/Vazquez

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

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