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Building green minds, buildings and communities from the ground up on resource at a time.
King County – Green Building Resources: King County provides resources on the impact of green building on climate change, the LEED certification process, among other green building case studies, standards, and programs.
King County, Eco-Cool Remodel Tool: Take a tour through a virtual house and learn ways to green up your home.
King County - Green Building and Sustainable Development Ordinance: The Green Building Initiative started in 2001 with an Executive Order which was replaced by an ordinance in 2005.
Green Buildings, Issaquah sustainability indicators (one of the 26 indicators): In 2009, the Sustainability Sounding Board recommended green buildings as an indicator of sustainability for the Issaquah community. Issaquah strives to increase the number of LEED certified and Built Green certified buildings to promote elements of sustainability in the natural environment by expanding sustainable building programs.
Office of Sustainability and Environment, Seattle: The Office of Sustainability and Environment works with multiple City departments to develop and implement initiatives that promote sustainable development and resource efficiency. How we build and operate buildings and landscapes impacts the climate, our water supply, individual health, and an owner's pocketbook.
Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda: The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) is a multi-pronged strategy for addressing housing affordability in Seattle. The strategies utilized include Mandatory Housing Affordability, More Resources for Affordable Housing, Preservation, Equity, and Anti-Displacement, Promotion of Efficient and Innovative Development, and the State Legislative Agenda.
King County Actions for Affordable Housing: King County will increase homeless shelter capacity in South and East King County following an announcement by Executive Dow Constantine. The actions will create an additional 237 units of affordable housing and provide services that help people succeed once they find a home. This builds on the work he's already done since declaring a state of emergency in November, including tripling the shelter capacity at county-owned buildings in downtown Seattle.
Capital Hill Housing: With 44 buildings throughout Seattle, Capital hill Housing builds vibrant and engaged communities through affordable housing and community development.
Sponges, Urban Forests, and Air Cooridors - How Nature Can Cool Cities: As China battles the twin challenges of rapid city growth and extreme weather, it is adopting a new tactic: turning its cities into giant sponges.
Thirty pilot cities in the country are trying to trap and hold more water to deal with such problems as flooding, drought, extreme heat and pollution.
Green Building Initative (GBI): A UN climate change report written by the IPCC explains the extent of carbon emissions from building design and use. The UN has agreed that carbon emissions pose a great threat and this report describes that the quality of buildings should be addressed if their goal is to be met.
US Green Building Council on Climate Change: This is an article written by the USGBC which is a national council known for its management of the LEED certification system. It details the importance and connection of green building efficiency to climate change emissions.
Climate Change Adaptation: Describes how buildings, road and infrastructure should be built to withstand greater storms and natural disasters.
ENERGY STAR on Climate Change and Buildings: This link describes ENERGY STAR and its certification system as well as actions to save energy.
World's Most Efficient Rooftop Solar to Be Made In America: SolarCity has built the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficiency exceeding 22 percent. The new SolarCity panel generates more power per square foot and harvests more energy over a year than any other rooftop panel in production, and will be the highest volume solar panel manufactured in the Western Hemisphere. With a greater efficiency, solar will be further invested in.
Portland Firm Builds Economical Green Buildings: Busting a key economic myth, a leading Portland building engineering firm is publishing an illustrated guide to achieving a top-rated green building on a conventional budget. Interface Engineering is releasing the book today at the Green Build International Conference & Exposition, the industry’s major annual event, and distributing it to top architects, engineering firms, design schools and other industry leaders.
Vancouver to Build World's Tallest Passive-House Building: A rezoning application has been submitted to the city of Vancouver that would see the construction of a two-tower development giving off close to zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Standards and Certifications
Washington Sustainable School Protocol (WSSP): State-funded school construction projects are required to incorporate high-performance features into their school design and construction. All major facility projects of public school districts receiving any funding in a state capital budget must be designed and constructed to at least the LEED silver standard or WSSP. The Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol is a tool developed to help school districts comply with the goals of the law. It is a planning tool that allows designers to plan a high-performance school while considering the regional, district, and site-specific possibilities and constraints for each project. The categories in the protocol include those related to Site, Water, Materials, Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation.
Built Green is an environmentally-friendly, non-profit, residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, developed in partnership with King County, Snohomish County, and other agencies in Washington State. Built Green is a network of architects, builders, developers, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, and real estate agents working together to improve quality of life in King and Snohomish Counties. The Built Green program accomplishes this by using a menu of options that provide quality homes which, compared to standard homes, are more cost-effective to own and operate, healthier, safer, and more protective of our beautiful Pacific Northwest environment.
Built Green - map of registered homes: This map shows the registered homes that are Built Green.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design: LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
What LEED Measures: LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in nine key areas:
Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales. It is comprised of seven performance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. These are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. The purpose of the Living Building Challenge is to define the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.
The Bullitt Center - Living Building Challenge: The greenest commercial building in the world firmly planted Seattle at the forefront of the green building movement. This six-story, 50,000 square-foot building is be located at the intersection of Capitol Hill and the Central District in Seattle, Washington. The goal of the Bullitt Center is to change the way buildings are designed, built and operated to improve long-term environmental performance and promote broader implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other green building technologies in the Northwest.
One Planet Communities: Creating a network of earth’s greenest neighborhoods, where it is easy, attractive and affordable for people to live a healthy, happy lifestyle within a fair share of our planet’s resources. There are currently award-winning and endorsed projects in the USA, UK, and Portugal, with others applying the principles in South Africa, China, Australia, and Canada. http://www.oneplanetcommunities.org/ The most local community project to be endorsed is on Bainbridge Island.
Architecture 2030: A non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic crises. Our goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.
The Seattle 2030 District: An interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in downtown Seattle. With the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Planning providing our performance goals, we seek to develop realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies to assist district property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting aggressive goals that reduce environmental impacts of facility construction and operations.