March 2016
In This Issue
SPONSORS
Numbers
Total projects certified since 2000: 16,309

Total projects certified in 2016: 150

Total BG member companies: 471
Mission
Our mission is to promote ecologically friendly home building methods and practices, and to enhance our communities through leadership in sustainable development.
NEW MEMBERS

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!

Helpful Links


TC Legend Homes - 5-Star Net Zero Energy Single-Family Homes
Developer Victory Partners and builder TC Legend Homes have completed two stunning examples of healthy, sustainable, and energy efficient single-family homes. Located on two peaceful wooded lots in the Victory Heights neighborhood of Seattle, the outward appearance of these 5-Star dwellings belie their advanced construction and ultra-high performance. The homes are constructed using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) which is one of the trademarks of builder Ted Clifton, a leading figure in the net-zero energy building community.



Read the full case study at the Built Green website.
 
Built Green 2016 Conference Keynote Announced!
We are extremely excited to announce that the keynote for this year's Built Green Conference will be renowned author and champion of sustainable development Hunter Lovins
Hunter is the president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security and climate policies for scores of governments, communities and companies worldwide. She has also co-authored fifteen books and hundreds of articles and was featured in the award-winning film, "Lovins on the Soft Path." Hunter has been honored with numerous recognitions such as the Right Livelihood Award (known as the Alternative Nobel), Leadership in Business award, Rachel Carson Award and European Sustainability Pioneer award. Time Magazine recognized her as a Millennium Hero for the Planet, and Newsweek called her the "Green Business Icon." Hunter was very well-received as the keynote of the 2007 Built Green Conference, and we are thrilled to hear what she has to say after almost a decade of more work and adventures, including participation in the Paris Climate Conference last year.
 
Stay tuned for more conference details, including ticket sales, the call for proposals, and a website.
WaterSense New Homes Incentive Update
Built Green and Cascade Water Alliance will continue offering the WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program in 2016! In fact, we have expanded the $1,000 per unit offering to reward both multi-family and single-family projects. For more information on the incentive, and to see how you may be able to receive a rebate for building sustainably in Cascade's water service territory, click here. Those interested would benefit from attending the free March 15 class on the incentive! See details in the Classes section below.

New Incentive from Seattle City Light
Great news for builders! Seattle City Light is offering an incentive to builders with projects in their territory. Projects that use ductless heat pumps as the primary heat source and achieve Built Green 4- or 5-Star certification can receive $1,500 per unit! For more information on this opportunity, please contact Heather Eklund at Seattle City Light.

Enter Your Remodel Project Online for the 2016 REX/T-REX Awards
Help us celebrate the remodeling and trades professionals who help make our region shine. We would love to see Built Green members honored! The 2016 combined REX/T-REX Awards ceremony will take place Saturday, May 14. New and convenient online entry is now available. Register your project today!

Making Carbon Pricing Work for Heavy Industry
March 4, Seattle Metro Chamber, Seattle
The Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Clean Tech Alliance invite you to hear Dr. Paul Brooks of Tata Steel give a European energy-intensive industry perspective on climate change policy, carbon pricing and industrial competitiveness. Dr. Brooks is the group director for environment at Tata Steel, a multinational steel company with manufacturing operations in 26 countries. Tata Steel has supported industry and government actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and has engaged with the UK Government and the European Union to make climate change policy - including the EU Emissions Trading Scheme - work better for them, especially in respect of concerns over international competitiveness. Find out more.

Climate Leadership Conference
March 8-10, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle
The annual Climate Leadership Conference convenes a global audience of climate, energy, and sustainability professionals to address climate change through policy, innovation and business solutions. Now in its fifth year, the 2016 event will host the first U.S. climate conference post-Paris to further accelerate climate solutions and a low-carbon economy. Find out more.
March Edible Plant Sale
March 12, Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, Seattle
Come out to this festive spring gardener gathering and find a huge selection of edible plant starts perfect for spring planting. Choose from a wide selection of organically, sustainably and locally grown veggies, herbs, edible flowers, fruit shrubs, fruit trees, seeds, supplies and knowledge galore -- perfect for planting in March. Admission is free!

Go Green Conference
March 30, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
The 2016 Conference program has a track of content dedicated to Green Your Workplace and Green Building, focusing on areas of the business case for high performance and deep green buildings, along with district and cooperative energy, and applying the principles of green chemistry and engineering to sustainable building and product design. Other important issues to be addressed include putting a price on carbon pollution, and Paris and beyond, particularly how the updated 2015 Climate Action Plan works to drive private sector and regional economic development forward. Find out more.

 
NCI Charrette System™ Certificate Training
March 7-9, King County Solid Waste Division, Seattle
The purpose of this training is to teach you how to design the right process for your project that will result in the best solutions with broad support. Participants will gain a practical understanding of how to apply the NCI Charrette System to a wide range of planning projects. Working in small teams using a case study format, you will learn how to direct a collaborative team project start-up meeting to assess and design the process for a wide range of project types. Find out more.

WaterSense Incentive Class
March 15, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Learn more about the WaterSense/Built Green incentive. Homes that achieve both Built Green and WaterSense New Homes certifications in the Cascade Water Alliance's territory are eligible for a rebate of $1,000 per unit! This class will cover the basics of obtaining both certifications and the incentive itself. RSVP to builtgreen@mbaks.com.

Certified New Home Sales Professional Designation Class
March 16-18, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Join the ranks of elite realtors by obtaining the Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) Designation! Master the craft of successful selling. This professional-level course is designed for specialists in new home sales. You will gain a broad understanding of the home building business, discuss consumer psychology and learn the advanced techniques used by real estate veterans for greeting, closing and overcoming objections. Find out more.

EPA Certified Lead Renovator Training - Initial
March 22, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Job-related injuries are avoided when companies allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure that people who come to work or visit their offices, warehouse facilities and construction job sites are safe. This class meets written plan and training requirements for contractors in Washington state.
Find out more.

EPA Certified Lead Renovator Training - Refresher
March 22, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Renovators have a role to play in preventing lead poisoning. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition can create hazardous lead dust with chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to both children and adults. This 6-hour refresher training course, which is required every 5 years, is for individuals who have previously completed the initial Certified Renovator Lead Certification in compliance with the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. Find out more.
NEW CERTIFICATIONS

Congratulations to:
for certifying eight single-family townhomes in Seattle as 3-Star and thirteen single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
 
Polygon Northwest Company
for certifying six multi-family apartment buildings in Issaquah as 3-Star Built Green.
 
for certifying eight 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 one single-family home in Bellevue and one single-family home in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

MRN Homes LLC
for certifying eleven single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star
Built Green.

for certifying one single-family home in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

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

Sage Homes Northwest, LLC for certifying three single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Kinetic Builders Inc.
for certifying two single-family duplex units in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

MRP Inc. 
for certifying three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Hardy Development Company for certifying three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
for certifying three single-family homes in Seattle as 4-Star, one single-family home in Seattle as 3-Star, and four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

for certifying one eight-unit multi-family apartment building in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Boitano Construction Inc. for certifying three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Blue Fern Development LLC for certifying three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Cloverdale Village LLC for certifying twelve single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Peeler Construction LLC for certifying four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

TC Legend Homes for certifying two single-family homes in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

Square One Construction LLC for certifying four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
 
Heartland Construction Inc. for certifying one multi-family apartment building in Issaquah as 4-Star
Built Green.
 
Steele Homes Inc. for certifying three single-family homes in Kirkland and two single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

 
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Master Builders Association
335 116th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98004
P: 425.460.8238
F: 425.646.5985
builtgreen@mbaks.com
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