Local Green Builders
Method Homes offers sustainably-built, energy efficient, healthy and durable modern prefab homes with a focus on high quality craftsmanship and client satisfaction. Recent projects include the installation of the LID Park House in S Seattle.
Martha Rose Construction
Martha Rose Construction builds high-performance homes and has certified more than a dozen homes at the rigorous 5-Star level of the Master Builder’s Built Green program. Recent projects include the Queen City Ecovillage and Fish Singer Place.
gProjects builds green, multiple home, speculative projects that are “Contemporary Homes with a Conscience” and strive to make the City a better place to live, work and play. Recent projects include Urban Canyon and urbanTrees.
Dwell Developments is dedicated to creating ecologically sound, positive additions to Seattle’s urban communities, Dwell Development design+build is a dynamic, boutique, full service firm. See recent projects here.
The skill of Playhouse now is fueled by inspiration, and translated via technology. The end results are clean lines and open spaces, transcended from a flash of, well, brilliance. See recent projects here.
Mighty House Construction
Mighty House Construction is a full-service general contracting company founded by a third generation construction specialist and a green building junkie. Visit their website.
Batt + Lear
Batt + Lear is a family-run Seattle business that has been dedicated to designing and building green since 1999. We build and remodel structures to be highly energy-efficient, simple, and functional. Visit their website.
Green Home Certifications
In 2007, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest, enhanced its listing forms and database so properties with certain environmental certifications, energy efficient features and sustainable materials could be readily identified.
Among the fields are designations for homes that meet third-party certifications for Built Green, Energy Star and LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Additionally, NWMLS created checkboxes for identifying various energy-efficient heating and cooling systems (with “solar” being a new field), and for renewable floor coverings such as bamboo, cork or other sustainable materials.
Built Green homes are designed to provide homeowners with comfortable,
durable,environmentally-friendly homes that are cost-effective to own and operate. The 4 & 5 Star certification levels require third-part verification and provide the greatest sustainable benefits.
LEED for Homes
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a nationally recognized, third-party certification system that’s based on measurable results. As such, LEED recognizes the highest quality in green home building. LEED-certified homes are energy efficient, use non-toxic building materials, are water-smart, and respect the environment in which they’re constructed.
Builders who choose to build ENERGY STAR® homes use the “house as a system” approach. The interaction of all systems in the home is considered during planning and construction,
including heating and cooling, windows, doors, insulation, appliances and lighting, resulting
in a high quality home that will save energy and money.
Learn more about ENERGY STAR® Home Features.
US Green Building Council (USGBC)
A national non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices, Developers of the well known LEED green building rating systems.
Built Green Washington
A Cooperative of Washington's regional green home building programs.
Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties
A non-profit, residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.
Northwest Energy Star
A program encouraging the construction of homes to ENERGY STAR standards specifically designed for the Northwest.
NAHB Green Building Program
Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders.
Built Smart Program
Provides financial incentives and technical information for the design and build of multifamily projects in Seattle which conserve resources and provide for a healthy, comfortable living environment.
Green certification for building-related practitioners, Rather than certifying buildings, this program certifies individuals as knowledgeable about green building.
A program aimed at promoting sustainable building for affordable housing projects.
Green Home Projects
NW Project Spotlights
Homes designed, built, remodeled and retrofitted by Northwest EcoBuilding Guild members, using today's highest green building standards.
Zero Energy Idea House
A 1,700-square-foot home on W.Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue, WA, designed to combine energy generation and conservation techniques to result in total energy bills of less than $40/month!
The House that Saved the World
Can a house really save the world? This thirteen part video series features projects that are breaking the trail for sustainable buildings here in the Northwest.
Built Green Case Studies
These certified Built Green homes provide a glimpse into the wide variety of sustainable possibilities that you can discuss with your builder, remodeler or designer.
Going Green at the Beach
A demonstration home highlighting the transformation of a ramshackle 100-year-old beachfront house into an energy-efficient, environmentally responsible home that meets the strictest green home guidelines.
Green Home Resources
The Northwest Green Home Primer
Whether you are building, remodeling, buying, or just curious, this book contains real-world strategies for getting the greenest results from your budget. Written by Kathleen O'Brien of O'Brien & Company in Seattle.
Eco-Cool Remodel Tool
Take a tour through this virtual house and find ways to green up your next home remodeling project.
Green Home Guides
These informative, full-color guides, produced by the City of Seattle's Green Building Program, can help you green your next home remodeling project. The series now includes the Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit and the Green Home Buyer's Guide.
Find it Locally
Located in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood, this showroom of environmentally-friendly building products is an interactive resource center where patrons can play, create, discover and shop, of course.
Supplies quality bamboo flooring, cabinets and more, online and in their showrooms and warehouse here in Seattle.
Serves the greater Puget Sound region with used building materials and mobile removal services.
Provides homeowners, contractors, and artists with affordable supplies to complete almost any project. They pick up and receive materials 7 days a week, so their inventory is constantly changing.
A Creative company manufacturing a wide array of products, including architectural tiles, all handcrafted from 100% recycled glass.
National and Regional Green Building Programs used in WA