September 2016
In This Issue
Total projects certified since 2000: 16,664

Total projects certified in 2016 (YTD): 615

Total BG member companies: 480
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!

eBuilt Home Loans
Watershed Holdings LLC
Kane Construction
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Built Green Conference Preview

Are you excited about September 13? You should be. The annual Built Green Conference, held this year at Bothell's Cascadia College, is where innovation happens. It's where education is prevalent. Where the best minds of our region, and beyond, get together to push the building industry barometer further forward. 

The only question is, will you be a part of it all?

About the Conference
The Built Green Conference has been occurring annually for a decade with the aim of providing valuable, cutting-edge information on green building and sustainability. Past keynote speakers include Robert F. Kennedy Jr., David Orr, and Denis Hayes. This year's conference will cover a variety of topics related to green building, ranging from building science to policy, from finance to post-occupancy research, and from case studies to equity and community issues. This content will be covered throughout the day, which will include a keynote address, a variety of sessions to choose from, lunch, and a book signing, all followed by an awards ceremony and reception. We're looking forward to seeing you on this fun and educational day!

Conference Keynote Hunter Lovins

Hunter Lovins
Renowned author and champion of sustainable development Hunter Lovins will set the stage as keynote speaker. 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 co-authored fifteen books and hundreds of articles, and is 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 a "green business icon." Hunter was very well-received as 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.

Four Big Breakouts

Get ready to Change, Build, Nerd Out, and Discuss - our four session categories, each featuring engaging speakers from across the industry and unique opportunities to learn and engage. You have many great sessions to choose from: 
  • Innovating New Technologies for Energy Efficiency in 21st Century Homes
  • Built Green Case Studies
  • A Sneak Peek into the Built Green Multi-Family Checklist Updates
  • Builder-Neighbor Relations
  • Redfin Demand Intelligence
  • Seeking a High Performance Substitute for Standard Multi-Family Construction
  • Bridging Building Health with Human Health
  • How Can Green Builders and Built Green Support Affordability?
  • Financing the Future
  • Built Green to Living Green
  • Top Ten New Items from 2015 IECC for Washington Code
  • Green Energy Retrofit Summit

Whew! For a full list of speakers and topic details, go to

Get Ready to Network

The minds behind the Built Green Conference have made it easy to meet and converse with the many prominent attendees and fellow industry leaders throughout the day. From session Q&As to defined networking breaks, and from breakfast to lunch to the closing reception and awards ceremony, prepare to make a lot of new friends. Where you go from there is up to you. Don't miss out on any of the action! Follow Built Green on Facebook and Twitter for conference updates. Use the hashtag #builtgreen16 for this event.

For complete conference details, go to

Built Green Conference - News Alert!

It's six days away! The event preview above hopefully was enough to get you excited. But... there's more! At the conference, we will be announcing the results of our soon-to-be-published study on how the electricity consumption of Built Green homes compares with non-Built Green homes in Seattle. To our knowledge, this is the largest study of its kind and can have huge ramifications for the program and the entire industry. Don't miss out on being the first to hear the news! We've put a lot of work into this year's event, and we're really looking forward to sharing it with you. See you there!

WaterSense New Homes Incentive Update
Built Green and Cascade Water Alliance are still offering the WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program in 2016! In fact, we have expanded the $1,000 per unit offering to reward both multifamily 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.

Seattle City Light Built Green Incentive
Great news for builders! Seattle City Light (SCL) is offering an incentive to builders with projects of five or more units in SCL 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.
See you at the Home Efficiency Forum, EEBA, and BECC!
Going to other conferences this year? If you're attending the Home Efficiency ForumEEBA, or BECC, be sure to check out the presentations by Leah or Aaron. At EEBA and BECC, Aaron will be presenting on zHome's net zero energy success as well as giving a brief overview of our significant forthcoming study on how much electricity Built Green homes actually use. Over at the Home Efficiency Forum, Leah will give an in-depth presentation on our upcoming study as well as participate on a panel of green building certification program managers. Say hi to us if you're there!

Scale + Constructability in Passive House
September 7, Center for Architecture & Design, Seattle

Passive House projects are becoming more common around the Puget Sound, but it is hard to find contractors with experience in passive house construction. AIA COTE is pleased to announce that two contractors with both small and large passive house projects will present on their experiences constructing these buildings. For more info, email

Built Green Conference

September 13, Cascadia College, Bothell

See the Featured Article for all of the great details and then register if you haven't already! Check out the full conference website here.

MBA Housing Summit

September 15, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Join us for a critical discussion about the lack of affordable housing in the Puget Sound area and hear from national and local experts. The keynote speaker will be Governor Jay Inslee. Find out more.

Sales & Marketing Council Lunch: Sustainable September

September 28, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue

When it comes to sustainability, humanity certainly faces plenty of challenges. But we need to be certain to remember the small victories. This luncheon presentation presents stories of success from across the green building landscape. Hear what's working in local government, net-zero-energy home-ownership, green home building, and green building certification. Our speakers have inspiring stories to tell! Hear from Built Green homeowners Bryan Bell and Karin Weekly, Built Green Program Manager Leah Missik, "Queen of Green" builder Martha Rose, and King County GreenTools Program Manager Patti Southard. Find out more.

Congratulations to:

Northwest Modern Builders LLC for certifying four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Huber's Custom Building, Inc. for certifying four single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Schoolhouse LLC for certifying seven single-family townhomes in Seattle as
4-Star Built Green.

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

MacFarlane Partners for certifying one 174-unit multi-family apartment building in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.

Build Urban for certifying a single-family house in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
cMAC LLC for certifying three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Academia Court for certifying one 8-unit multi-family micro-apartment building as 4-Star Built Green.

Dwell Development LLC for certifying three single-family houses in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.

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

A & T European Builders LLC for certifying three single-family townhomes in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.

Stringham Custom Homes LLC for certifying a 16-SEDU multi-family building as 4-Star Built Green.


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