Green Built Michigan
Green Built Michigan Newsletter
June 2009
Saginaw Joins GBM
Saginaw HBA
The Saginaw HBA has recently added a Green Built Michigan Chapter to their list of membership benefits.  Saginaw joins the ranks of: Bay County, Grand Rapids, BIASM, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Livingston,  Mecosta, & Washtenaw, to become the ninth Association to affiliate with Green Built Michigan. Saginaw has elected Steve Zietz of Zietz builders to represent their Association on the Green Built Board of Directors. Members of the Saginaw HBA can join Green Built Michigan for $200.00/year. The Introduction to Green Building program, which will incorporate the ANSI Green Building Standard, will be offered at the Saginaw HBA in September 2009.
Legal Issues in Green Building
As a green builder or supplier, are there particular legal issues that could threaten the viability of your business? Does your contract protect you? Join us for a conference call education session, presented by Attorney at Law Patrick R. Drueke with Rhoades McKee, on Tuesday, June 30th at 9:00am. Contact Elyse at or 517-646-2560 to register. This session is free to all Green Built members and $20.00 for non-members.
GBM Partners with Habitat
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and Green Built Michigan have become partners in making affordable housing green. Habitat for Humanity programs across the state will be able to participate in green education provided by Green Built Michigan and certify homes at a discounted rate. In addition, all of Habitats Affiliated Chapters in Michigan will be able to take part in the benefits of membership offered by Green Built. Thom Phillips, Sustainable Building Specialist at Habitat has been added to the GBM Board of Directors.

Michelle Smith, Director of Public Relations at Habitat for Humanity of Michigan stresses the importance of going green in affordable housing, "At Habitat we think it is important to spend a little extra money up front to build a home that is sustainable and helps the homeowner to be able to afford the expenses of ownership."

While Habitats Affiliates have the option to use Green Built, Energy Star or LEED-H, they will be encouraged by their State Association to go green using the Green Built Michigan program.
Great Lakes Green 2009
Mark your calendars for Great Lakes Green 2009, one of the largest, most comprehensive green educational conferences in the mid-west. The conference will be held August 22 & 23 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Exhibitor space is still available. For more information on exhibiting visit the website at

Great Lakes Green Website
If you haven't visited the website for Great Lakes Green, now is the time!

In addition to information on becoming an exhibitor, you will find:
  • List of Speakers
  • Description of Education Seminars
  • Professional Registration
  • Consumer Registration
Order ANSI Standard
ANSI Standard
A collaborative effort between the ICC and NAHB, the Standard recently approved by ANSI provides the "green" practices that can be incorporated into new homes. The approval signals a new era for builders, remodelers and developers and also provides an extra measure of reassurance for home buyers. The National Green Building Standard is now the first and only ANSI-approved green building rating system, making it the benchmark for green homes.

"The four threshold levels, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald provide builders with a means to achieve basic, entry-level green building, or achieve the highest level of sustainable "green" building that incorporates energy savings of 60 percent or higher.

The Standard can be used by any builder for their individual projects, or be the basis for a local community or state green building program."

You can order your copy through Builder Books and receive a discount available to NAHB members.
Green Product Listing
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive has created a list of criteria to help answer the question "what is green?"

The products listed are those for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department Energy,  or U.S. Department of Agriculture have issued designations or otherwise provided guidance for green environmental or energy attributes.
The content or energy efficiency recommendations in the spreadsheet come from the Federal agencies that manage the various components of the Federal green purchasing program.  They are not third party standards.

Members of Green Built Michigan can access the excel spreadsheet by logging-in to the Green Built Michigan website.
Ceiling Tile Recycling Sites
Armstrong is the only ceiling tile recycler known.  Because they are out of state, many deconstruction projects may not have used their services. 

Now, Michigan has collection sites so smaller quanities may be recycled. 

The condition of the tiles is critical including no molds or stains and the manner in which the pallets are stacked. On Armstrong's website you can find a PDF document that explains the "How To's of Ceiling Tile Recycling."
ANSI Standard
Cottage Home
Frost Properties Inc
Scott Christopher Homes
VanderMeulen Builders
Your Logo Here
GBM Logo By becoming a $100 sponsor of Great Lakes Green 2009,  your logo as a clickable link can appear here for an entire year!
Member Log-In
Members can log in to the Green Built Michigan website to access member only information.

All you need to do:
  1. Go to the website.
  2. Click on the members button on the main page.
  3. Enter your member log-in name and password.
  4. Don't have a log-in name and password? You'll be prompted to create one. It may take 24-48 hours for your account to be activated.
Membership Verifications Sent
Recently we  mailed your membership verification that will be used to generate the listings on the website and in the Summer/Fall 2009 Issue of our directory, Guide to Green Building.

With the help of the Grand Rapids Press we distribute 10,000-20,000 copies of the Guide to Green Building.

Make sure that other businesses and homeowners know how to contact you by submitting your industry listings and corrections to your membership information by June 15.

Didn't receive your verification? You can check out your contact information on our website by going to Find a Professional. Then download the Industry Listing on the members page and return via email to or fax to 517-322-0861.

Information not showing your recent updates? Don't worry, changes to your membership information recently sent in will not be reflected until June 19.
GBM on Facebook
Green Built Michigan is now on facebook! Become our friend and stay up to date with what's new at GBM as well as connect with other Green Built Members.

Don't have a facebook account? Don't know how to create a facebook account? Join us for a conference call education session:

How to Incorporate Online Marketing by Ross Woodstock of Kolt Communications

An Introduction to Facebook by Elyse Kopietz

Wednesday, July 15, 9:00am--11:00am

This program is free for all GBM members and just $20.00 for non-members. To register, email or call 517-646-2560.