A Three-Star Built Green mountain residence built by Hughes Building Company is all about the views – outside and inside. Outside are the mountains, trees, sky. Inside, this finely detailed luxury home features views of beautiful, sustainable materials – durable, low-toxic and low-maintenance materials including granite and marble surfaces and flooring, hardwood flooring combined with stone, marble and tile. The interior views are enhanced by natural daylighting and compact fluorescent lighting. Energy-saving features include the installation of Energy Star appliances. Hughes says it uses every opportunity to enhance the aesthetics, optimize durability and protect our natural resources with every home they build – that’s why they choose Built Green. Read more on the Case Studies page.
Advanced Cleaning Services
Making your life easier
Bamboo Hardwoods Inc.
Bamboo flooring, furniture, fences and bamboo houses
Finely crafted homes for Seattle and the Eastside
Ford of Bellevue
Get your business & commercial needs met at Prestige Ford of Bellevue
Contemporary homes with a conscience
Natural home furnishing, natural building materials
Stephen Kern Architect
Architectural design and planning
Marilyn's Recycle Inc.
Residential jobsite recycling
Mesh Design Studio
Dedicated to creating unique and charismatic environments that continually inspire the people who live and work within them
Commercial and residential property maintenance, repair, remodeling and renovations
National Air Technologies
Quality and performance in the indoor air quality & duct cleaning industry
An asset to Seattle's interior design and building community with materials chosen specifically for the region's style and climate
Prestige Custom Builders, Inc.
An environmentally committed residential remodeling and new custom construction firm, integrating sustainable construction practices in their high-quality, long-lasting buildings
Triple D Construction Inc.
Ventilation Systems Inc.
Indoor air quality solutions
Washington State Department of Ecology
Protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water
Friday, May 13
Pervious Concrete Demonstration
The Cadman Building Materials Store will be hosting a demonstration on pervious pavements at noon on Friday, May 13 at 18816 NE 80th St. in Redmond. The use of pervious products is quickly gaining momentum as a way of protecting our streams and water quality as a green product. The demonstration area will also be a working sample as it will serve as the new parking area for our store and will incorporate more than 40 cubic yards of paving. Registration and attendance is free. RSVP to Scott Thompson by Wednesday, May 11 at (425) 961-7291, or via email. Directions.
Wednesday, May 18
Low Impact Development in Puget Sound: Experiences and practices in residential development
During this one-day accredited seminar at the Master Builders Association, a diverse range of professionals will share their low impact development (LID) experiences. Instead of a theoretical discussion, expect balanced and realistic perspectives on the integration of LID techniques into residential communities. Key questions remain about this evolving development practice and its value to consumers, the environment, and the bottom line. Gain a broader understanding of the merits or challenges of using low impact development techniques to create livable communities. Faculty includes principals from CamWest; Snohomish County; Hillis, Clark, Martin and Peterson law offices; Weber + Thompson Architects; Associated Earth Sciences; Triad Associates;and Washington State University. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at the MBA Housing Center. For further information and to register, contact Lorman Education Services at (888) 678-5565 or visit the website and enter seminar id 345355 in the Express Registration box. Please mention priority code 17130 when registering. Directions to MBA.
Thursday, June 9
4th Annual Seattle BEST Awards Ceremony (website) will feature keynote Speaker Dr. Michael Braungart
on Thursday, June 9 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Seattle. The cost of $30 includes breakfast. Discover who won this year's Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards and hear Dr. Braungart, co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. For further information contact (206) 389-7302 or by email.
Calendar of Events is posted at
the bottom left of the homepage.
For more information, contact James
Cadungug at (425) 460-8213.
| Preparing for Drought
|Lifestyles Landscapes Project
Preparing a Landscape for Drought
Built Green member company Lifestyle Landscapes offers a few simple steps to reduce the amount of water required to keep your landscape looking its best. Being cautious about water usage in the garden is especially important given the potential shift to a dryer weather pattern in our region.
Ensure that your irrigation system is serviced and operating efficiently. Irrigation systems should be properly prepared for winter and spring each year to prevent against leaks and ensure optimal water coverage. If you do not have an underground system, use soaker hoses or sprinklers. Avoid watering with a hand-held hose as it is least effective.
Watering early in the day minimizes evaporation and discourages disease by allowing plants to dry thoroughly before cool evening temperatures. Water slowly for longer periods rather than frequent, shorter cycles as this minimizes run-off. Most lawns require one watering session a week, totaling one inch of water.
Water Saving Measures for Lawns and Planting Beds
- Eliminate weeds from planting beds frequently as they compete with desirable plants for water and nutrients.
- Apply mulch regularly as it will help soil retain moisture and discourage weed growth.
- Consider allowing lawns with lower traffic to go dormant in the summer months. Water deeply once each rainless month and grass will return in the fall.
- Allow lawn clippings to remain on the lawn to allow for natural fertilization and to help grass retain moisture.
- Keep in mind that established plants, especially when placed in the right location, require little to no watering.
The information is provided by Built Green member Lifestyle Landscapes. For more ideas click here.
Governor Signs Bill Requiring Green Building
Green Building Required for Washington State Projects
In March, Washington became the first state in the nation to have a green building requirement for public buildings, followed closely by Michigan in April. This new Washington law requires all new state buildings bigger than 5,000 square feet meet US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. This means that major facility projects of public agencies receiving any funding in a state capital budget must be designed, constructed, and certified using the LEED program.
Similar to Built Green, but for commercial buildings, the LEED rating system takes into account a building’s materials, lighting, heating and cooling systems, water efficiency, landscaping, emissions reduction and other innovative building elements. The new law was modeled after the City of Seattle's 2000 green building policy, which calls for new city-funded buildings or renovations to meet LEED Silver standards.
The LEED product was developed by the USGBC, a consortium of businesses and organizations working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Average costs for obtaining LEED in all commercial building types ranges from zero to 8.5 percent more than conventional building, according to a recent study (pdf), but costs are expected to be recovered and lessened in the long term due to energy savings and increased worker productivity.
You can read how the legislative votes stacked up at Washington Votes.
Rogers, Program Director