Featured Home by The Dwelling Company
Springs, built by The
Dwelling Company, is a pedestrian-centric neighborhood
of Built Green homes within the Built Green community
of Issaquah Highlands. The homes are designed in
a mix of ‘urban’ housing styles – row
houses (pictured above), lofts, carriage homes,
garden and hillside cottages, garden flats and
townhomes. Sizes range from 1,250 to 1,800 square
feet, but plenty of windows and good space planning
make these smaller homes feel larger, light-filled
and well ventilated, with interesting views. The
smaller design also conserves materials, and ultimately
will save the homeowners on energy costs.
recycled stormwater stream in the neighborhood
provides an environmental amenity. A density of
19 homes per acre - versus the typical 10 per acre
in many developments -- conserves space and allows
for more pedestrian-oriented areas. The use of
common walls – about 74 percent of the homes
are attached – further reduces energy usage.
The hydronic heating systems have no ducts in the
houses, and therefore have reduced heat loss, as
well as decreased airborne dust. Formaldehyde-free
products were installed, along with low-toxic materials
and paints, to provide healthier indoor air.
This ”wired” community
has a high-speed optical fiber network that brings
fiber directly to the homes, allowing more live/work
units that can cut down on transportation needs
for residents who work at home even occasionally.
Field inspections were conducted by a third-party
verifier to ensure adherence to the Built Green
checklist. Master planning and architectural services
were provided by Weber
+ Thompson Architects, another Built Green
member company. The Dwelling Company promoted and
used suppliers that are also members of Built Green.
Earth & Environmental – International
project management, environmental engineering,
design, project delivery and support services with
Design & Project Management – Registered
architect specializing in practical, elegant solutions
to home design problems
Cannizzo – Homeowner/builder
Homes – One of the nation's largest homebuilders
and promotes efficiency, value and environmental
Improvement Showroom – Products and services
under one roof
Architecture PS – Long-standing MBA member
architecture firm specializing in residential design
Architects – Shaping of environments
that celebrate and enhance people's experience,
and bringing dreams to built form
Hardwood Floors – High quality hardwood
Topaz Construction – Design,
Landscapes – Landscaping design, build and maintenance services
Habitat for Humanity
East King County – Building hope, building homes
Home Show 2
Built Green joins more than 400 exhibitors at this fall’s biggest
Home Show 2 at the Qwest Events Center across from Safeco Field! If you’re
in a position to share your green building knowledge and experience with
consumers who visit the booth, please consider working one 3-1/2 hour
shift. Email the
director with the times you can work. The show is open 10 a.m. to 8:30
p.m .Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The
Built Green booth is sponsored by Jorve
Roofing, our sponsors last fall as well. Thank you to Jorve’s
team and our great friends at the Seattle
Home Show for supporting Built Green and making it possible for us
to be at the Home Show 2.
Home Show Online features a searchable database
of products and suppliers.
October 23 & 24
Don't miss the Remodeled Homes Tour. This year's Remodeled Homes
Tour features 25 quality projects by our area's finest Master Builders Association
remodelers. For more information, visit
Green Building Conference
For an all-residential green
building conference, don’t miss this
annual event from NAHB. This is the national
conference for residential green building,
in Atlanta, March 13-15 at the Westin Peachtree.
Portland at the Oregon Convention
Center in Portland. More than 5,000 attendees
are expected, with around 70 educational
sessions, 200 presenters and 400 exhibits.
This conference is usually geared more
towards commercial green building, but
this year’s agenda features an
expanded menu of residential sessions.
Northwest Ecobuilding Guild Annual Retreat
This year’s NWEBG Annual Member Retreat will be Oct. 21 – 24
at Pilgrim First Conference Center outside Port Orchard, Wash. Plan on
three full days of learning and camaraderie in a natural setting for
this Built Green member organization event. Register on the NWEBG website or
call Nancy Brooking at (503) 667-9479. You must be a member to attend,
but if you aren’t a member yet, you can join at the same time you
for Salmon King County
It’s that time of year again when the Pacific Northwest celebrates
the return of the salmon to the streams of their birth -- a natural wonder
of the Pacific Northwest! King County provides its ‘Fall for Salmon’ campaign
to help us get in touch with our scaled friends of the streams. Check
out the website for festivals and viewing spots around the county; volunteer
opportunities to help the fish.
trees along stream banks help provide shade and keep
water cool. Roots hold the banks in place and
runoff and erosion, to keep water cleaner. Please join us for one of
these planting events! People and fish rely on the same sources
for clear, clean water. Car owner, homeowner and gardener practices
are the greatest threat to salmon habitat in the Pacific Northwest.
Calendar of Events is posted at
the bottom left of the homepage.
For more information, contact James
Cadungug at (425) 460-8213.
matter your politics, there’s an opportunity
to find out about and vote for the candidates who
best serve YOU on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Following is a
sampling of websites that offer info:
its profiles of the White House hopefuls: President
Bush, John Kerry -- plus all the third party and
Green Papers is "dedicated to the dissemination
of facts, figures, tidbits and commentary on the
campaigns leading ultimately to the 2004 General
Election… in which the President, 1/3 of
the United States Senate and the entire House of
Representatives of the 109th Congress will be chosen."
your interest in green extends to politics, you can
read about candidates from the Green
Party of Washington State.
have questions about candidates or elections? Contact Scott
Hildebrand, Public Policy Director at the MBA.
Green Builders Receive High Ranks in Home Buyer
Homes, the newest Built Green builder member,
ranks highest on a recent JD Power home
builder customer satisfaction survey for the
Seattle/Tacoma area. Other Built Green member
builders take several other top spots including Shea
Horton (Stafford Series). The survey is based
on the responses of 1,155 local new home buyers
out of 64,502 nationally. In order of importance,
nine factors that drive satisfaction include
customer service, home readiness, sales staff,
quality, price/value, design elements, design
center, recreational facilities and location.
To view the rankings visit the JD Power website.
the MBA University Fall Education Catalog for a Full
List of MBAU Courses. Email or
call (425) 460-8238 for information or to register.
Construction Waste and Jobsite Recycling provides tools for
saving money through jobsite recycling and waste prevention on Thursday,
Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the MBA. To register call (425) 460-8238
Cradle to Cradle Design: Designing for Deconstruction and Maximum Materials
Learn how to incorporate deconstruction of an existing building on your
site into your design process, Monday, Oct. 25 from 11a.m. to 5 p.m.
at the Lighting Design Lab on 400 E. Pine St., Suite 100, in Seattle.
Cost is $30 and includes lunch.
Rethink Demolition: How to Deconstruct a Building from Start to Finish
Learn how to deconstruct a building, Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. at the AGC Education Foundation, Westlake Room, 2nd floor 1200
Westlake Ave. N, in Seattle. Cost is $30 and includes breakfast, lunch
and tour. To register, please call the Resource Venture at (206) 389-7302.
Classes & Events
Tour of Solar Homes
The Solar Washington Association in cooperation with the American Solar
Energy Society will host a tour of solar homes and commercial buildings
all over the state from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
"Solar Energy for Your Home" class will be offered from 7pm
to 9 pm at the Phinney Center in Seattle. Cost $25/member household, or $30/non-member
household. Call (206) 525-3969 for information, or (206) 783-2244 to register.
"Solar Home Design" class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on UW campus in Seattle. Cost: $50/public or $40/UW student.
Register on the website or
call (206) 685-3276.
Introduction to Built Green provides an overview of the entire
program on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the MBA. The course
is free and open to anyone. This course (or equivalent) is required for
certifying a Built Green project.
The Built Green program received two Association Excellence Awards (AEA)
at the recent NAHB Executive Officers Council conference in Destin,
Florida. Built Green News was named the Best Communications – Update
Publication. The Built Green program as a whole was named the Best
HBA Partnership due to its ongoing partnerships with Snohomish
and King Counties. These awards would not be possible without a
tremendous team effort. So, to give credit where it’s due:
Green News is offered to 3,000 readers every month
through the efforts of Janna Williamson, our IT
wizard of the MBA; Pam Worner and Gina Davis, the
best sales and marketing director and coordinator
our builders and associates could ask for; Jennifer
Cyr, our former Built Green assistant who is now
traveling in South America for mission work; Tim
Coghill and Lindsay Pease of the MBA communications
department, who scour the text with their eagle
eyes to remove typos; and Cory Crocker of Coryography,
our amazing designer/web expert who transforms
my raw text into something exciting!
partnership with the counties has been a true collaboration
over the past four, almost five years. Theresa
Koppang, Katie Spataro (also traveling for mission
work overseas) and Lucy Auster with the King County
Solid Waste Division, and Deanna Seaman of the
Snohomish County Solid Waste have provided countless
hours of support as well as funding to the program.
Our volunteer co-chairs of the executive and steering
committees, Brian Cloward of Mithun Architects
and Carol Beck, a sustainable development consultant,
contribute copious amounts of time and expertise
to help keep the program on track and thriving.
much of the vision and ‘architecture’ of
this government-industry partnership were provided
by Kathleen O’Brien of O’Brien
and Company who foresaw the advantages of bringing
an entire community together to make a green home
building program work – among government
agencies, industry leaders, suppliers and other
private sector stakeholders.
to you all!
Rogers, Program Director