Join us for our annual Built Green™ Conference and Expo, presented by King County and the Master Builders Association, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. The Northwest's premier green building conference for industry professionals will feature a keynote speech from Sarah Susanka, a plenary speech from David Johnston, a green products and services tradeshow, numerous educational workshops on green building, design, marketing and real estate, and a presentation of the new Built Green Hammer and Pioneer Awards. Eco-Broker will teach a three-hour class for Realtors® (clock hours pending). More information on the conference program, educational sessions and registration details are available on our website.
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If you register by Monday, March 13, you can take advantage of the pre-registration discount fees of $145 for Built Green members, $175 for non-members and $95 per person for group registrations of three or more people from your company -- that's pretty much three for the price of two for Built Green members! To register, download the form here and send it to Built Green, 335 116th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. If you have questions, call Built Green Coordinator Amanda Reed at (425) 460-8238 or send an email.
Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are also available! For information, please contact Sales & Marketing Director Pam Worner by phone at (425) 460-8217, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Featured Event
Innovative Built Green Site Tour
Join us for one of two Built Green site tours of CamWest's Shamrock Heights in Renton on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17! As King County's Low Impact Demonstration community, Shamrock Heights has more than 30 acres of sustainable stormwater features including Rain Channels, rain gardens, greenbelts, parks, ponds and wetlands. The community also has two beautifully furnished eco-friendly model homes that will be Built Green 4-Star and Energy Star certified. A tour of the site and homes is a unique opportunity to see Built Green in action!
You can choose from two four-hour sessions, which include breakfast or lunch, professional presentations, and transportation to and from the MBA Housing Center and Shamrock Heights. All participants will meet at the MBA Housing Center in Bellevue at the start of their respective session.
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The registration fee for the tour is $50. Session 1 includes breakfast and runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and Session 2 includes lunch and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please indicate which session you would like to attend on the conference registration form, which you can download here, and send it to Built Green, 335 116th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. For more information, visit the website or contact David Manning via email or phone at (425) 821-8448.
Thank you to our tour sponsors Triad Associates and Associated Earth Sciences Inc.!
| Member News
A Built Green certified remodel in Phinney Ridge, by member Blip Design, is featured in the March/April issue of Northwest Home + Garden magazine.
Built Green member companies Alexander Lighting, and Black Dog Woodworks are featured in the February issue of Seattle Homes + Lifestyles magazine in the "Style: Shopping" and "Home: Room for Improvement" sections respectively.
If you are a member of Built Green and have news you would like to share with our readers, please email your announcement to Built Green at email@example.com.
| Call for Entries
2006 Building With Trees Awards of Excellence
Conservation-minded builders and developers from around the country are invited to enter the 2006 Building With Trees Awards of Excellence recognition program. Sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of Homebuilders, the program recognizes builders and developers who save trees during construction and land development. Residential, commercial, retail, industrial, public and mixed-use projects of all sizes are eligible to compete. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 31. For more information about the awards and applications, see The National Arbor Day Foundation's website.
Dream Green House on HGTV
EcoLogical Home Ideas is helping High Noon Productions, producers of the popular HGTV series, Dream House, search for families who are building green homes! To be eligible, you must break ground on the Dream Green House in late 2005 or the first half of 2006 and be willing to have their camera crews follow your home's construction from start to finish. They are accepting both new builds and extreme renovations done to existing structures. They are looking for unique designs, inspiring styles, and outgoing personalities willing to share with the nation the challenges and rewards of building green! Interested families, contractors or architects may send an email with a brief description of the home and some of the green features it will have.
| Thank You PSE
We welcome Puget Sound Energy as an Industry Ally and thank them for renewing their commitment to supporting the Built Green program for another three years!
Classes listed below with a "Built Green credit" in the description are approved workshops for fulfilling the annual Built Green education requirement for certifying projects.
Visit the Built Green Washington website for green home building courses and events across the state of Washington.
Wednesday, March 15, Seattle
Green Roofs & Cisterns: A Practical Design Workshop
This workshop is designed to help architects, builders, and engineers of residential and small commercial projects learn how to design and build green roofs, and cisterns for stormwater detention and rainwater reuse. Learn from the practical experience of local experts, through projects around our region. The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at NHS Hall, UW Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. For more information see the flyer available for download here. The cost of the course is $50 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Built Green credit. To register, call (206) 685-8033.
Monday, March 20, Seattle
Solutions for Wood in Green Building: Vision to Reality
A half-day workshop about the use of Forest Stewardship Council certified products in building projects for building and design professionals, contractors, homebuilders. The workshop will be on Monday, March 20 at the University of Washington in Seattle. Attendees will earn three AIA HSW Credits. Built Green credit. For more information or to register, contact Terry Campbell via email.
Tuesday, March 21, Bellevue
Introduction to Built Green™
This free seminar provides an introduction to the Built Green™ program from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21 at the Master Builders Association Housing Center 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 is required in order to certify homes as Built Green. To register, contact the MBA University registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 460-8208. If you can't make it on Tuesday, March 21, the class is also scheduled for later in the term on Tuesday, May 16.
| Letter from King County
February was an exciting month at King County for working on green building and I continue to be enthusiastic about the potential impacts we can have in this region through working harder on code incentives. On February 14, staff members set up a summit for Snohomish County, Kittitas County and the city of Cle Elum to meet with David Eisenberg, founder of the Development Center For Appropriate Technology. The premise of the summit was to explore how jurisdictions can support Built Green innovations and assist builders and developers in the permitting process.
It was inspiring to hear how Eisenberg has worked innovatively with codes for more than 20 years to execute green techniques. Eisenberg, in turn, was pleasantly surprised to hear about King County's local achievements with Built Green. This month we will not only be involved in the 2006 Built Green Conference and Expo, but also supporting the Innovative Built Green Site Tour at Shamrock Heights. Having toured Shamrock Heights this fall and witnessing first-hand the power of low-impact development (LID), I encourage others to join in on March 17.
Shamrock Heights is one of three developments permitted to use unconventional approaches to storm water under King County's 2001 Low Impact Development/Built Green Ordinance. More than green homes, Shamrock Heights is an entire green community, and one of the first of its kind. It includes rain gardens, rain channels, expansive vistas into open green space, and other built green amenities. Both the homes and the community will be Built Green certified. The developer, CamWest, is tracking the construction costs of this new development approach. King County with Triad Associates are tracking the performance of the LID elements over the next five years.
Patti Southard, Project Manager
Recycling and Environmental Services and Chair of the Built Green Executive Committee
335 - 116th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98004
F: (425) 646-5985
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