10X10X10 Green Building Slam
Sept 15, Seattle
The 10X10X10 GREEN BUILDING SLAM celebrates the Northwest's most innovative usage of green sustainable building concepts. Come watch 10 of your favorite architects and builders showcase their deep green construction projects, as they quickly show you behind the scenes accounts of their successes, lessons and surprises with each 10-minute, 10-slide presentation.
Bullitt Center Living Building Construction Tour
Oct. 11, Seattle
Tour is from 4 to 6 p.m. R.S.V.P. to Dave Woolley-Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes listed below are approved workshops for fulfilling the annual Built Green education requirement for certifying projects.
Introduction to Built Green®
Oct. 9, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
This class will provide an introduction to the Built Green program. Learn how to certify a project, use the checklist, join, navigate the program and take advantage of our other resources. It also presents examples of Built Green projects and covers how to fill out the Built Green checklist. This orientation costs $30 and is required in order to certify homes as Built Green. Register here.
Energy Benchmarking using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
Sept. 6 and 20, Seattle
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (NEEA) BetterBricks Initiative and the city of Seattle offer this free workshop for building owners, property managers and service providers to support compliance with the city of Seattle's building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. This hands-on session will teach you how to benchmark your building's energy performance using the free on-line tool ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Participants will also learn about the ordinance reporting requirements and new services available for automated benchmarking from Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy and Seattle Steam.
Energy Audits in the Home 101
Sept. 13, Seattle
In this course you'll learn how to conduct a basic home energy audit. With a simple but diligent walkthrough, you can quickly identify energy hogs that typically require small upgrades and are easy to retrofit. These upgrades, which include lighting, shading, temperature and small appliance control, can help reduce utility bills by 50 percent, while enhancing ambiance and adding convenience. To R.S.V.P., please contact Caitlin Helterline at email@example.com or (206) 707-3477.
Solar Photovoltaics in Washington State
Sept. 20, MBA Housing Center, Bellevue
Homeowners and business owners have become increasingly interested in the environment and taking control of their energy bills through solar photovoltaics (PV). Gary Shaver, president of Silicon Energy, will discuss how solar PV works in Washington state and show how progressive designers and builders are integrating solar PVs into window awnings, shelters and electric vehicle charging stations, in addition to traditional rooftop installations. There are progressive local, state and federal incentives and rebate programs that help make solar PV an excellent option for residences and business owners who want to reduce their carbon footprint. Solar works in Washington!
This breakfast session will provide an introductory look at solar PVs in Washington and will include opportunities to discuss solar PV concepts for your future projects.
Take Control of Your Home Energy Costs!
Sept. 22, Brier
Worried about rising energy costs? Confused about what you can do to keep them down besides lowering the thermostat? Energy efficiency expert Pam Worner will educate attendees with a lively discussion about what's really driving up energy bills and will provide simple, low-cost steps that can be taken immediately to save money!
Four Program Takeaways:
- An understanding of the hidden issues that could be driving up your energy bills
- A look inside the walls of an energy-efficient home
- New ways you can tell how much energy a home will use before you buy
- A list of low-cost steps you can use now to cut your energy costs
Innovations in Green Construction Operations: Introducing Contractor BMPs
Sept. 25, AGC Office, Fife
This course will introduce a suite of green contractor best management practices (BMPs) that are proven to bring increased operational efficiency, improved worker safety and added financial and environmental value to the construction process.
Stormwater BMPs for Construction (CESCL) and Recertification Course
Sept. 25 and 26, AGC Office, Fife
These training courses teach contractors current techniques for successfully managing erosion and sediment on construction sites. In addition, the newest information on complying with federal, state and local regulatory requirements for stormwater is presented in an easy to understand format. Participants completing this class will receive certification or recertification as erosion and sediment control leads for the Washington State Department of Ecology. Register here.
Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
Oct. 16 and 178, Issaquah
This course examines the most up-to-date techniques in the management of sediment and construction sites. Students who attend will receive recertification of their Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training Certification (CESCL) status from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Participants will also benefit from a dynamic interaction between traditional lectures and hands-on exercises. The course covers the essentials of being a certified lead and includes information on how new regulations will impact CESCL job functions. Upon completion, students will know how to simply and confidently comply with federal, state and local regulatory requirements of stormwater management.
| King County
2012 Construction Recycling Directory!
King County's Green Tools program released the 2012 Construction Recycling Directory (CRD) with some interesting new additions this year. The 2012 CRD has QR codes scattered throughout the directory, so users can access more detailed information where necessary. Web search keyword suggestions are also provided for those who cannot use the QR codes. Another new feature is, "How Do I Recycle C&D the Right Way?" which covers everything someone needs to know to setup a successful jobsite recycling program. For more information on the Green Tools program visit the website.
Third Annual Premiere Screening Watershed Report 2011 Update
Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 PM
Experience the powerful voice of the next generation. And eat great food, too! Smoked salmon and the best dessert tables you ever saw.
Twenty-two high school students from seven different school districts, plus the private school network, will preview a short series of videos tracking positive sustainability policy trends in the 28 cities, two counties and 13 school districts of our watershed, the greater Cedar River - Lake Washington Basin.
This is a hugely inspirational annual event. Help us roll out the Watershed Report update to your local city council, school board, chamber of commerce, Rotary and other civic leadership groups. We track policy. We showcase best practices. Put the Watershed Report to work in service to your own sustainability action agenda. Puget Sound Starts Here!
Cargo Camping Container now available for overnight reservations in Tolt-MacDonald Park
King County Parks has finished a new, comfortable and ecologically sound camping structure that was created from a 24-foot-long used cargo container and now sits alongside the Snoqualmie River at Tolt-MacDonald Park.
The camping container features an adaptable floor plan with full-sized bunk bed, plus a table and multi-purpose cabinet made from deconstructed kitchens and reclaimed materials that can be moved outside for more floor space inside. Other re-claimed materials include old soccer goals that were converted into a green wall and an old door that is now the kitchen table.
King County Parks is committed to innovation, sustainability and prosperity, and is upping the ante with this new, ecologically sustainable camping container that offers parks visitors a unique overnight experience. King County Parks staff adapted the award winning schematic designs submitted by Joel Egan of HyBrid Architecture, a Seattle-based design firm. "Re-Tain" is the result of King County Parks' Little Footprint/Big Forest design contest in 2011 that drew numerous entrants from area architecture firms and sustainability supporters..
| New Members
Are you a Built Green member and a member of the Master Builders Association? Then your company is designated with a small green tree on the Master Builders Association website as a Built Green member. Your company is also listed on the Built Green website.
Welcome to our newest member companies!