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September 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

for our September 9 event at
Shoreline Community College!

We're one week out! Join us to discuss innovative processes that can help solve our environmental issues by targeting the intersection of economics and the environment. This is a great opportunity to learn from and network with leaders in the green building industry! You'll also be able to enjoy a fun after-hours reception with live music, awards, food, and drinks!

Visit our conference website to learn more about our keynote speaker, Joe Whitworth of The Freshwater Trust, as well as the various tracks and breakout sessions that you can enjoy. Register today!

Along with our partner Green Canopy, we will be hosting a rocking reception featuring music by the Jelly Rollers. There will, of course, be drinks and snacks! During the reception, we will announce the winners of the Green Genius Awards, along with those of the Built Green Hammer and Pioneer Awards. This is the kind of fun you don't want to miss! If you are unable to attend the full conference, there are tickets available for the reception and awards ceremony only. Get them here.

Featured Project

Harvest Fair 2015
September 12, Meridian Park, Seattle
Celebrate harvest season at this annual urban farm festival featuring fun and lively hands-on community workshops, cooking demonstrations and activities for all ages. Eat tasty food and enjoy live music with friends and family! Find out more at the event website.

Plugging into the Future- Vision2Action Symposium
September 17, Star Center, Tacoma
Tacoma and Pierce County enjoy a uniquely favorable environment for EV adoption and use; ideally located on the electrified I-5 corridor from B.C. to northern California, and drawing upon emissions-free, regional hydropower, Pierce County can expect a continuing growth in privately-owned electric vehicles. Yet more EV adoption will place new demands on homebuilders being asked to provide home-based charging infrastructure. Representatives Dick Muri and Jake Fey are both members of the Washington House of Representatives Electric Vehicle (EV) Caucus, and believe the use of electric vehicles can strengthen Washington's economy. One key challenge is how to get more EV charging infrastructure into single- and multi-family residential development—both new construction and redevelopment. Find out more at the event website.

YLG Third Thursday Happy Hour
September 17, Still Liquor, Seattle
You're invited to join the ULI Northwest Young Leaders Group in Seattle for their 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 for more information.

12th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival
September 19, Ballard Commons Park, Seattle
Family-friendly, FREE, and full of surprises, the Sustainable Ballard Festival will be celebrating its 12th year on Sept. 19, and we want you to join our GARDEN PARTY! Make a mad hat and sample Ballard's tasty teas and sweets in the Taste of Ballard Tea Garden. Built Green is our BIG sponsor this year so expect some great new ideas to reduce your carbon footprint around the home. Many of your favorites will be back, plus more new activities, workshops, and hands-on games than ever before. Win prizes, catch live music on the solar-powered main stage, enter to win an electric bike, learn lots of new ways to upcycle, help us make fresh cider and meet farm animals! The Sustainable Ballard Festival is a fantastically fun opportunity to learn together, get inspired, and discover new ways to live more lightly on the earth. Click here for more information.

EcoBuilding 2015

EcoBuilding 2015 Conference
Oct. 9, Impact HUB, Seattle
Register for the EcoBuilding 2015 Conference! Learn from leading thinkers and innovators in the ecobuilding community at this annual one-day conference. Presented by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, the conference will be held in a vibrant urban setting, the Impact HUB Seattle. This conference is an opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by fantastic speakers, and connect with sustainable building professionals from the Pacific Northwest. Attendees can look forward to learning from one another, share best practices, and re-energize their visions to drive the green building movement forward. Tickets and information are available at the conference website.

New Members

Are you a member of both 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!


Call for Applications: Emerald Star Grant Available!
Built Green is opening applications for a King County supported grant that will assist in the development of a multi-unit Emerald Star housing development within King County, outside of Seattle. The grant will be $20,000 delivered in 2015 and $12,000 in 2016, provided that project deliverables are mapped out and are being met on schedule. Selection will be based on project size, ambition, replicability, cost estimates, and aims. Strong preference will be given to affordable housing projects. All applications must be for multi-family or multi-unit developments within King County, excluding Seattle, and are solely for projects that will achieve Emerald Star certification. For more information, see the application details online or contact Leah Missik.

Mixer and Built Green Pioneer Award Winner
On August 20 Built Green hosted a pre-conference mixer at the Seattle showroom of Surface Theory, a sustainable materials seller specializing in reclaimed wood products. A great time was had by all who came, and a lucky winner received a free Built Green Conference ticket! Additionally, we announced a new Built Green Pioneer Award winner; Aaron Adelstein, who we wanted to recognize for all of his work in advancing the Built Green program.

Built Green Pioneer Award winner: Aaron Adelstein

Keep an eye out for more fun member events like this one! Don't forget, the Built Green Conference reception will be, just as this mixer was, lots of fun!

Ad Campaign Videos
A couple of weeks ago we premiered our new advertising campaign, which consists of funny "indoor weather reports" that contrast living in a standard home with life in a comfortable Built Green home. Each Monday, check Facebook for our video posts where by commenting, you will be put in the running for a $100 Home Depot gift card! We also just wrapped filming on a second round of videos, this time featuring Built Green homeowners, which we are excited to share with you soon.

Green Real Estate Class Series
We have teamed up with Green Genius and SEEC LLC to offer a three-part series of classes on green building for realtors! The first class, Marketing to Millennials, will be presented at the Built Green Conference. The second, the 5 Pillars of Green Building, will be hosted at the MBA on October 2 (see details in the Classes section), and participants will receive Continuing Education credit. The final class, Dirt to Green Home Sale in 60 minutes, will be hosted by Green Genius at Percy’s & Co. on October 28. Come have fun and learn!

Update: WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program
The WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program that Built Green is offering in conjunction with Cascade Water Alliance still has rebates available, but move quickly! 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. Only 50 rebates will be offered this year and there are just a few left. A builder may claim up to ten. Don't miss your chance!

Featured Project

The 5 Pillars of Green Building
Oct. 2, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Are you a real estate professional who is curious about green building? Perhaps your buyers keep asking about environmentally-friendly features that you are unfamiliar with, or you just want to know how to support the Built Green companies you work with. Join us at the MBA Housing Center for the second of our three-part education series. This class will cover the 5 Pillars of Green Building. Participants in this free 3.5 hour class will receive Continuing Education credit. Register today!

Going Net Zero for Builders and Designers
Oct. 20, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Steve Easley, an internationally recognized building consultant, will be leading this full day, live building science session geared toward preparing professional builders, contractors, and designers to begin the construction of net zero energy houses. Built Green is excited to be hosting! Click here to learn more.

Green Genius BAR: Dirt to Green Home Sale in 60 Minutes
Oct. 28, Percy & Company, Seattle
A FAST and entertaining Real Estate Agent class on crafting a new construction deal. Join us for beers and bites at one of Ballard's best brewhouses as we deliver the latest do's and don'ts to find, underwrite, design, build, list and sell a new green home project in King County today. Q&A to follow. Details forthcoming. Click here for more information.

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 Master Builders Association.

New Certifications

Congratulations to:

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

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

Countrycraft Homes for certifying two single-family homes in Redmond as 4-Star Built Green.

Limelight Development for certifying six single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Phoenix Fine Homes for certifying one single-family house in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

Hardy Development for certifying five single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Build Urban for certifying four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Fazzolari Custom Homes & Renovations for certifying two single-family homes in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

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

Board & Vellum for certifying one single-family remodel in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

JDR Development, Inc. for certifying eight single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Terrene Ventures for certifying three single-family homes in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

Stringham Custom Homes for certifying one multi-family micro-apartment building in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Sola 24 LLC for certifying a 23-unit multi-family apartment building in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Polygon Northwest Company for certifying a 181-unit multi-family apartment building in Kirkland as 4-Star Built Green.

Stuart Silk Architects for certifying one single-family home in Medina as 4-Star Built Green.

Metrostructure Corp for certifying five single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

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

Aspen Quality Homes, LLC for certifying one single-family house in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.

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

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