November 2015
In This Issue
Total projects certified since 2000: 15,858

Total projects certified in 2015: 638

Total BG member companies: 481
Our mission is to promote ecologically friendly home building methods and practices, and to enhance our communities through leadership in sustainable development.

Are you a member of Built Green and the Master Builders Association? If so, your company is designated with a small, green tree on the Master Builders Association's website that signifies you as a Built Green member. Your company is also listed on the Built Green website.
Welcome to our newest member companies!

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Martha Rose Construction, LLC --  Built Green 5-star duplex
Martha Rose Construction, LLC, a longtime leader in advanced green building, has recently completed two new homes in Seattle that take the next step in green building - one that may have big implications for the new home market.  

These homes pioneer the concept of Net Zero Ready in a mid-price range that is affordable for large numbers of buyers. A Net Zero Home is one that generates as much renewable energy on site as it uses over the course of a year. The homebuyer receives long-term savings in the form of decreased or even negative electricity bills along with a 30% personal tax credit, and, additionally, the Net Zero Ready home provides ready-to-go solar panels as a buyer option. The panels may be purchased or leased, but in either case the monthly cost of the home is designed to be the same or less. 

Read the full case study at the Built Green website.
zHome Close Out
On October 14 and 15, Leah from Built Green and Patti from the King County GreenTools program spent two days leading some 70 people around the zHome development in the Issaquah Highlands. zHome was the country's first net zero energy townhome development and now, four years after its completion, the time has come to retire the Stewardship Center so that the last unit could be occupied like the other nine. To celebrate, we led these final tours. We also announced our positive findings based on analysis of zHome's post-occupancy energy and water use data. Stay tuned for more details!
Emerald Star Grant
Built Green and King County are pleased to announce a $32,000 grant for a multi-family housing project in King County, excluding Seattle, which will achieve both Emerald Star and 5-Star Community certifications. Applications are due Friday, November 13. For more information, please see this announcement online.

Update: WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program
The WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program that Built Green is offering in conjunction with Cascade Water Alliance still has rebates available, but move quickly! For more information on the incentive, and to see how you may be able to receive a rebate for building sustainable in Cascade's water service territory, click here. Only 50 rebates will be offered this year and there are a few left. A builder may claim up to ten. Don't miss your chance!

Build Small Live Large Summit 2015
November 6, Portland State University, Portland
The size of your home has tremendous influence on your cost of living, environmental impact and general well-being. That's why leading designers, builders, policy makers and community members will gather to share what's working, what's new, and what's next in the movement toward downsizing your dwelling. Learn how to build and rent out a backyard apartment, see successful examples of cottage clusters and small house communities, and be inspired by energy- and space-efficient designs.

Code Innovations for Living Buildings
November 19, Paladino and Company, Seattle
Across the Cascadia region innovative designs, materials and technology are changing how we think about green building as more project teams strive to achieve Living Building Challenge and other rigorous standards. The City of Seattle has pioneered new regulatory frameworks that may soon be adopted by other jurisdictions, but there's more work to do to make truly restorative design, construction practices and building products the norm rather than the exception. Join us for a collaborative session to learn about code innovations and discuss advocacy priorities for our Puget Sound communities.

Painting a Better Tomorrow
November 7, Solid Ground Magnuson Park, Seattle
The Master Builders Association Community Stewardship Department coordinates with teams consisting of members along with their families and friends to paint and repair facilities for nonprofits that serve the homeless. Painting a Better Tomorrow® is a one-day event started in 2003 that has been serving those in need since its inception. This is a great opportunity for your company to participate in a team building activity and at the same time give back to your community. Find out more here.

Green Seattle Day
November 7, Rainier Community Center, Seattle
Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of trees and other plants in parks throughout the City that will grow up to be the next generation of our urban forest. Green Seattle Day is a celebration of the forests that make this the Emerald City. Help us keep it that way! This family-friendly planting day is great for all ages, and no experience is necessary. We'll bring the plants, tools, gloves, coffee and snacks. You'll get a great workout, spend some time outside in a beautiful park, and feel great knowing that you spent the morning doing something good for your community and for our urban environment. Bring friends and family with you, or meet new friends as you work together in your neighborhood park.
Find out more at the event website.

YGL Third Thursday Happy Hour
November 19, Palomino, Seattle
You're invited to join the ULI Northwest Young Leaders Group in Seattle for their monthly happy hour. This is an informal happy hour for ULI members old and new to get together and talk about the latest happenings in the industry, reconnect with industry professionals and build your network.
Find out more at the event website.
Dirt to Green Home Listing in 60 Minutes
November 4, Percy's & Co., Seattle 
This 60 minute class will walk you through the structure of a land deal, the tips and tricks for making a deal work for a green home, as well as listing and marketing the value of a green home to buyers. Presenters include: Sam Lai, of Green Canopy Homes; Ian Porter, REALTOR of Windermere Capitol Hill and Washington State Certified Appraiser; and finally - we will have a guest architect join the panel to answer questions about zoning and land use. Find out more here.
Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead
November 18, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
One of the requirements of the Construction Stormwater General Permit states all sites disturbing over an acre must have a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL). The CESCL is trained to inspect, install, and manage stormwater controls on your site. Because Ecology requires the CESCL to be on-call or on-site at all times, most companies will need more than one employee trained as a CESCL. Designed for residential builders, the course explains the erosion process and how to apply and comply with the stormwater permit. This class also meets CESCL requirements for recertification. CESCL certification is good for 3 years. Find out more here.

Congratulations to:
for certifying two remodel homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green, five single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green, and six single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
for certifying 12 multi-family apartment homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
 for certifying three single-family homes in Issaquah and Kirkland as 4-Star Built Green.
for certifying five multi-family apartment homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

for certifying two single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Isola Homes
for certifying 13 single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

for certifying four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
for certifying a 22 unit multi-family apartment building in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

for certifying two single-family homes in Duvall as 3-Star Built Green.

for certifying five single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

for certifying a 138 unit multi-family apartment building in Kenmore as 3-Star Built Green.

for certifying six single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

for certifying nine single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Woodcrafters Construction
for certifying one single-family remodel in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.


There are four levels of sponsorship available to support the Built Green program, all tax deductible. To find out more about becoming a sponsor of Built Green, please see the
sponsorship overview and the individual sponsorship plans. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, please email Built Green Program Manager Leah Missik or call 425.460.8238 for more information.

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