| Featured Event
Built Green, Belt Collins and Radio Station KMTT Team Up for "Green" Concert with KT Tunstall
Virgin Records recording artist KT Tunstall performed a Built Green-sponsored show at Belt Collins' Pike Place market offices for a group of 20 fans, all of whom won a radio contest to attend. The performance, also sponsored by Seattle City Light, was produced and broadcast by Seattle radio station KMTT (103.7 FM - The Mountain) and was part of their Mountain Music Lounge series.
Tunstall, who lives in a green home in London and is passionate about green building and the environment, requested to perform in a "green" space. Belt Collins - a civil engineering and landscape architecture practice devoted to sustainable environmental design - was selected to host the performance because their office is the first Built Green-certified office in the region.
Ellen Southard, a principal with Belt Collins, was happy to make the space available. "Belt Collins is rooted in a commitment to environmental sustainability. We work with clients to design projects that will ultimately benefit the natural world, and KT Tunstall's commitment to these same ideals made it an easy decision for us."
During the performance, the radio station's on-air host, Marty Reimer, described several green attributes of Belt Collins' office, including non-toxic finishes, recycled office equipment and furniture, and a central location, allowing employees easy access to public transportation. The 100-year-old building's views of Elliot Bay and Pike Place Market provided a picturesque backdrop for the performance.
Classes listed below are approved workshops for fulfilling the annual Built Green education requirement for certifying projects.
Puget Sound Low Impact Development Technical Workshop Series
Wednesday and Thursday, June 4-5 and June 25-26, 2008, Sequim
The interest in and use of low impact development (LID) stormwater management is increasing rapidly in the Puget Sound region. As part of the Puget Sound Initiative, Washington State University will present a series of four new LID technical workshops in four locations around Puget Sound. These two-day workshops, with instruction by regional and national experts in the field, will provide the technical details necessary to properly design, build and maintain LID practices.
The two-day workshops will provide the designer with the current state of knowledge on these topics and more:
Bioretention siting, sizing and modeling techniques, designing surface and subsurface drainage components, and soil mixes. Permeable paving specifications for permeable asphalt, concrete and other paving systems, subgrade preparation, base materials specifications, and maintenance. Vegetated roof modeling, cistern design, and low impact PIN foundation design. Site planning, clearing and grading, LID construction sequencing, and inspection.
Location: Jamestown Tribal Center, Sequim, WA 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Sequim, WA 98382
Who Should Attend?: Engineers, Landscape Architects, Planners, Local jurisdiction staff, Developers, Builders, Equipment operators, Elected officials and others who are interested in the technical details to properly design, construct and maintain LID projects.
To Register: click here for online registration (Online registration for this program will close on 6/20/2008).
For more information please visit the event website.
Introduction to Built Green®
Tuesday, June 10, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
This seminar provides an introduction to the Built Green program from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10 at MBA Housing Center, 335 116th Ave. SE in Bellevue. 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. To register, contact the MBA University registrar at email@example.com or go online.
Northwest Energy-Star® Breakfast Workshop Series
Thursday June 12, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Fourth Session: Insulation
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
A building that is properly framed allows insulation to do its job. Getting the insulation installed properly is the next step in the process. Learn about the common mistakes made during the insulation of a home and the critical insulation details that deliver thermal performance. Find out tools for training insulation installers so that these critical details are done correctly. Also learn about the different insulation types and if one type is really better than another.
Thursday June 26, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Fifth Session: High Performance Lighting
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
There still remain outdated perceptions of fluorescent lighting that have created negative stereotypes around CFLs. This course will discuss the many benefits of fluorescent lighting while displacing the outdated perceptions. Additionally, there will be some exploration into the new LED lighting technologies available today. Learn about product improvements, design advancements, and end-user delivery tools that allow for the optimal selection of lighting that delivers performance and value.
To register please visit the class website.
Biomimicry for a Sustainable Built Environment
Wednesday to Friday, June 11 to 13, Seattle
Lecture: Wednesday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at the Seattle Central Library. An introduction to Biomimicry for designers and the public, chock-full of case studies and very current information on innovations in the field. (1.5 LUs)
Workshop: Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13 at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center.
Hands-on activities to engage architects in biomimicry as a design methodology. Taught by the Biomimicry Guild, a team of design-savvy biologists who teach technical audiences an evolving methodology that incorporates nature's design strategies into the design process. This intermingling has the potential to produce innovative, life-enhancing products, architecture, and communities. Through workshops, the Biomimicry Guild helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models.
Times: Thursday, June 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (13 LUs/13HSWs)
Register for Biomimicry Workshop (also includes Lecture at Seattle Public Library)
AIA Members/Associate Members $260
Register for Biomimicry Lecture Only AIA Members/Associate Members $5
Presented by AIA Seattle in partnership with AIA Committee on the Environment.
Straw Bale Construction for the Building Professional
August 4 to 9, Pendleton, Oregon
Living Shelter Design and Sustainable Works are proud to announce their summer workshop. Terry K. Phelan and Habib John Gonzalez will team together at a new two-and-a-half story home in Pendleton, Oregon for a five-day intensive geared to the construction and design trades professional.
The Workshop dates are August 4 to 9, 2008. It will start with an in-depth presentation the evening of August 4, and continue with hands-on training at the construction site for the next five days. Through the course, you will learn the history of bale building and what works best today, and the details of how to employ straw bales to build in a viable commercial setting.
The workshop fee is $525, with a $100 deposit, and a $25 discount if registered before June 1. We are arranging a group camp at nearby Emigrant Springs, as well as hearty lunches on-site each day, both of which are included in the fee. Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot. For more information, please contact Living Shelter Design at (425) 427-8643 or online.
| Member News
Second Use Building Materials
Did you know that for every gallon of recycled paint you use instead of new paint, you save an estimated 100-kilowatt hours of energy and avoid the release of 115 pounds of carbon dioxide into the environment? That's pretty significant considering that the EPA estimates 10 percent of all paint that is purchased is leftover, which adds up to 65 million gallons each year. Second Use Building Materials is pleased to offer a green alternative for your next painting project: 100 percent recycled latex paints. MetroPaint is available in 11 colors, which can be mixed at a 50/50 ratio to create even more options. It is consistent in color and exceeds standards of the Master Painters Institute. It can be used on both interior and exterior applications. And, recycled paint is eligible for points toward Built Green and LEED certification. To learn more, check out our online inventory.
Belt Collins is subletting Built Green certified office space in their Pike Place Market location. Lease arrangements are flexible. Furnishings, utilities and janitorial service included. Parking available in the building. Join a dynamic group of design professionals in an eco friendly environment located close to a wide variety of transportation models. Belt Collins is a member of Built Green, USGBC/Cascadia, NBIS and NW Eco Builders Guild. Contact Ellen or April at (206) 285-4395.
| Snohomish County
Sustainable Development Task Force of Snohomish County Hosts Green Drinks
Tuesday, June 10, Everett
The historic Anchor Tavern, on the western end of Hewitt Avenue in a "flatiron" building that dates back to 1906, is the site for June's Green Drinks. Click here to learn more about this historic site.
Green Drinks began in London in 1989; now sustainably-minded people in Snohomish County can join over 342 cities all over the globe to meet monthly for libations, networking, and fun. It is a lively mixture of people from non-profits, academia, government, and business. Great for catching up with folks you know or making new contacts. Green Drinks is simple, unstructured, and rather organic. People have found jobs, developed new ideas and projects, closed deals, and had epiphanies at Green Drinks. Check out all the ways to have Green Drinks at www.greendrinks.org. For info, contact Valerie with the SDTF at (425) 308-6052.
SDTF Summer Social & Bar-B-Que
Saturday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Legion Memorial Park, Everett
We work hard, so let's play hearty. All past and present members of the Sustainable Development Task Force are invited to pack a picnic lunch and join us. Imaginations, Frisbees, kids and dogs are highly encouraged. You may leave your laptop at home. Make the picnic part of your 8th annual Garden's of Merit Tour which starts at the Evergreen Arboretum and runs all day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check it out at www.evergreenarboretum.com – it's always a big deal!
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