Built Green® Announces 2010 Green Building Awards Winners
Awards honor outstanding residential green building projects, leaders in the field and innovative green building practices statewide.
Built Green, the nonprofit residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, announced the winners of the 2010 Built Green Hammer Awards, the Built Green Pioneer Awards and Built Green Washington awards. In reviewing the overwhelming response in application for the awards, the selection committee was uniformly impressed with the level of green building practices and innovation happening all around the state.
Built Green Hammer Awards
The Built Green Hammer Awards are intended to reward Built Green members for their outstanding projects and participation in the previous year. In order to be eligible for an award, companies must certify projects at a 3-Star level or higher.
2010 Built Green Hammer Award Recipients:
- Single-Family Large Production Builder
(more than 100 homes built):
Murray Franklyn Family of Companies
- Single-Family Small Production Builder
(under 100 homes built):
Blue Ridge Construction, Inc.
- Single-Family Custom or Small Speculative:
Nelse Design & Build
- Multifamily High Rise (over five stories):
Seco Development, Inc.
- Multifamily Low Rise (under five stories):
- Built Green Community - Large:
King County Housing Authority
- Built Green Community - Small:
NW Independent Builders, LLC
- Remodeler: Model Remodel
- Built Green Advocate (Public Sector):
Washington Department of Ecology
- Built Green Advocate (Private Sector):
- Dave Main, Main Street Builders
- Martha Rose, Martha Rose Construction
- Grey Lundberg, Grey Lundberg, Inc.
- Judges Choice: Lastingnest Construction
Built Green Pioneer Awards
The Built Green Pioneer Awards are designed to recognize people who have played an integral role in developing and maintaining the Built Green program. Without the time, energy and support of Built Green pioneers, the program would not be the success that it is today.
2010 Built Green Pioneer Award Recipients:
- Cate Odahl, Owner, ESP Services
- Doug Kennedy, Owner, Pathway Design and Construction
Built Green Washington Awards
2010 marks the second year of the Built Green Washington Awards program, which honor innovative, green-building practices and environmentally responsible residential construction throughout the state of Washington.
2010 Built Green Washington Awards Recipients:
- Eastern Washington Custom Home: Merle Inc.
- Western Washington Custom Home:
- Honorable Mention: Scott Homes
- Net Zero Energy Home of the Year:
Clifton View Homes
For more information about the Built Green awards or the Built Green program, please visit the Built Green website.
| Built Green Incentive
2010 Built Green® Incentive now open for remodel projects
The application period for the King County/Seattle Built Green Incentive is now open, and remodel projects targeting the 4- and 5-Star levels are eligible to apply. As an added benefit to the recipients, Built Green and the King County EcoCool Remodel program are partnering to make an online TV series featuring the projects called EcoCribz. EcoCribz episodes will feature local contractors and homeowners who are working on green remodels. Eligible projects will begin on or after May 1, 2010, and must be completed within a five- to six-month period. The first episode will premiere in October. Projects will need to be certified under the Built Green® Remodel Checklist at the 4- or 5-Star level. Eligible projects may receive between $2,500 and $5,000 depending on the project type and level of green design and building elements employed. The 2010 application period is now open and will close May 31, 2010.
The King County/Seattle Built Green Incentive was established to encourage builders and residents that remodel homes to use green building standards while attempting to address barriers such as higher upfront costs for projects. Projects that are awarded grants will serve as demonstrations of high performance, replicable green housing for the region.
The Built Green Incentive application period closes May 31 at midnight (Pacific Time). For incentive details and information on applying, please visit the website.
Going Carbon Neutral
April 12, Seattle City Hall
This year the Seattle City Council made carbon neutrality a top priority, but what does that mean? What's the definition of carbon neutral? How does a person or business, let alone a city, know when it's carbon neutral? What's a reasonable time by which to become carbon neutral? What programs and initiatives would have the greatest impacts? Who might benefit, and who not? How can the federal government help our city achieve this goal? Are carbon offsets an answer? Does setting up a carbon market simply put off true steps in carbon emission reduction? Join Seattle Council Members and a panel of national and local experts to discuss these and other questions about climate change. For more information visit Seattle City Green Building.
Duwamish Alive! Restore Our River
April 17, Seattle Area
Mark your calendar for the largest Earth Day celebration in the Seattle area. Join hundreds of volunteers and spend a few hours at many sites along the Duwamish River weeding, planting, mulching and cleaning up to make the river healthy for fish and wildlife. Visit the website for more information.
GoGreen '10 Conference
April 21, The Hyatt, Seattle
GoGreen '10 is a one-day sustainability conference for business in Seattle on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, built to motivate, inspire and educate business owners to "go green" and become more sustainable. As an action-oriented, non-typical conference, GoGreen ‘10 teaches tactical steps on how to "green" your business and provides actionable next steps for sustainability for business owners and decision makers. Attendees will learn from live success stories and participate in panel discussions geared to provide solid takeaways to make any size of business the most sustainable that it can be. The GoGreen '10 Conference will feature over 50 business leader speakers and 15 different sessions on how to build sustainability into your business. Visit the website for more information.
EcoVative Building Conference and Expo
April 22-23, Hilton Hotel, Portland
The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland is excited to announce their bigger-than-ever EcoVative Building Conference and Expo. Coinciding with Earth Day, EcoVative 2010 will take place April 22-23 in the Green-Seal Certified Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland. Visit here for more information.
Earth Day Celebration
April 24, Lake Boren Park, Newcastle
The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Newcastle Weed Warriors and Trails at Newcastle have joined forces to bring an Earth Day family celebration full of outdoor activities, mini-learning workshops and relaxation to the music of the Boeing Concert Band. It all happen on Saturday, April 24, from 10-4 p.m. at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle. For more information, contact Brenda Nunes by e-mail at Brenda@trailsatnewcastle.com or by phone at (425) 785-6286, or visit the Newcastle Weed Warrior's website.
Living Future Conference
May 5-7, The Westin, Seattle
Living Future isn't like other conferences. It's an intimate and vibrant "unconference" for those at the leading edge of the green-building movement. It calls us to think big and act even bigger. If your product or service is part of the solution to creating a truly sustainable built environment, you should be an exhibitor at Living Future's Tradeshow in Seattle from May 5-7, 2010. Anticipated attendance is 600 to 800 people, with an additional 200 expected to attend the Opening Keynote on May 5. Exhibitors will share ideas with decision makers at leading green-building firms, generate highly qualified leads and participate as an essential part of the "unconference" experience. Presented by Cascadia Region Green Building Council. Register now at the website.
Classes listed below are approved workshops for fulfilling the annual Built Green education requirement for certifying projects.
Introduction to Built Green®
Tuesday, April 13, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
The February session of of this seminar previously scheduled for Feb. 9 has been changed to Feb. 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the MBA Housing Center, 335 116th Ave. SE in Bellevue. This seminar provides an introduction to the Built Green program. Learn how to certify a project and use the checklist, how to join, how the program works and other resources. The seminar presents examples of projects and covers how to fill out the Built Green checklist. This orientation has a cost of $30 and is required in order to certify homes as Built Green. Register online.
EPA-Certified Lead Renovator Training
April 6 and 14, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
This eight-hour course trains renovation, repair and painting contractors how to work safely in housing with lead-based paint and comply with EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule and HUD's Lead Safe Housing Rule. Topics include health concerns; regulations; before, during and after work procedures; record keeping; and training non-certified workers. This training is required for any contractor who is involved in any construction activity that will have the potential to contact lead-based paint after the rule goes into effect.
Energy Code Classes
April 28, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
To help members prepare for changes to the Washington State Energy Code that goes into effect on July 1, the Master Builders Association (MBA) is planning training sessions on Wednesday, April 28, and Tuesday, May 11, at the MBA Housing Center in Bellevue. Washington State University's (WSU) Energy Program is training people statewide and has graciously agreed to make stops in Bellevue for MBA members.
Register here. WSU also has a resources page that members are encouraged to review.
Low-Impact Development/Salmon Safe Training
April 13, Bellevue City Hall
Check out the Sustainable Cities 2010 Training. Ellen Southard, founder of Site Story and a Salmon Safe! evangelist, and Washington Department of Ecology's Vicki Colgan bring expertise in the new Salmon Safe rating system and low-impact development to the April 13 Sustainable Cities training in Bellevue. Project Managers, Green Building Programmers, Permitting and Planning Staff, Elected Officials and any government staff with a deep-rooted desire to exhilarate green strategies for your jurisdiction should attend. For more information visit Seattle City Green Building.
Stewardship Partners- Rain Garden Workshops
April, King and Pierce County locations
Learn how to build your own rain garden to help soak up rainwater from downspouts, driveways and sidewalks while protecting our local waterways. Advance registration required. Suggested donation is $10. At the workshop, you'll receive a free rain-garden manual and additional materials. You can also start designing your own rain garden during the class! There will be opportunities to gain further hands-on experience by helping create rain gardens later in the summer. For more information, visit Stewardship Partner's website.
Stewardship Partners- Free Rain Garden
April, Eatonville, Puyallup or Seattle's Broadview Neighborhood
Stewardship Partners is presenting free rain-garden installations and rain-garden training to homeowners and landscaping contractors in the Puget Sound area. Nominate your home and neighborhood for a free rain garden. They are looking for six to eight adjacent homes within specified city limits. Go to the website for links to maps and more information on rain garden installations.
Residential Renewables: a workshop for Puget Sound Area Residents
April 10, Bellevue
This workshop is offered by Northwest SEED and Puget Sound Energy, and it is designed for people who have an interest in small-scale wind and solar systems for their home or business. Workshop participants will gain a basic understanding of energy generation, components of a renewable energy system, solar and wind technology, financial incentives, utility interconnection and more. The workshop will also address common myths and concerns surrounding the installation of solar and wind projects in urban environments. Workshop attendees will go away with the knowledge and tools they need to evaluate renewable-energy options and make informed renewable-energy implementation decisions. All workshops are open to the public with a registration fee of $10.00. Pre-registration is required. Exhibitor options for industry and trade professionals are also available. Please contact email@example.com or the workshop webpage for more information.
Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
April 20-21, EOS Alliance (NWETC) Headquarters, Seattle
This exciting course examines the most up-to-date techniques in the management of sediment at construction sites. Students who attend can receive their Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training Certification (CESCL) from the Washington State Department of Ecology. This two-day course is a dynamic interaction between the traditional classroom lecture style and hands-on exercises. These exercises allow each student to practice choosing and correctly installing mats, blankets, check dams, bonded fiber matrix, straw and other erosion control techniques for various site locations. Upon completion students will know how to simply and confidently comply with federal, state and local regulatory requirements of stormwater management. Register online.
Second Use- Salvage Sundays: Paint Tips from an Expert
April 25, Second Use, Seattle
This spring, Second Use is celebrating salvage with a series of in-store events focused on using and having fun with salvage! Join us on the fourth Sunday of each month for affordable workshops, in-store sales, live music and community partner activities. Visit the Second Use website for more information.