Backyard Cottages in Seattle

We are very excited about the fact that the Seattle City Council voted this month to carry over the development standards of Backyard Cottages from Southeast Seattle to the rest of the city! Backyard Cottages, also referred to as “detached accessory dwelling units” or “DADUs”, have been allowed in Southeast Seattle since 2006, with approximately

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Deep Green Plans for Clearwater Commons

Need a little inspiration? Well we did! So, last Thursday we headed out to Clearwater Commons for a presentation and tour of Snohomish County’s first Low Impact Development project, hosted by the Snohomish County Sustainable Task Force. That’s right! County ‘Development’ guidelines are officially being rewritten thanks to the passion and perseverance of an amazing

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Columbia City Lights the Way to Green Living

Columbia City Lights the Way to Green Living With residents just a short walk to high-speed transportation, farmer’s markets, parks and Columbia City’s rich diversity of restaurants and shops, Columbia City promises to be a mecca for Seattle urbanites living green. In anticipation of the Light Rail opening in July, the area around the new

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NW Ecobuilding Guild Educational Events

The Northwest Ecobuilding Guild is an association of builders, designers, homeowners, tradespeople, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in ecologically sustainable homes. Of its seven regional chapters, Seattle (Central Puget Sound Chapter) is by far the largest, which is no doubt because of the large pool of green building professionals and eco-minded homeowners that live here.

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How To Retrofit Your Home

How to Retrofit Your Home is a workshop that we highly recommend. Not only will it be right on target with addressing health and sustainability issues, but it’s taught by some of our favorite industry professionals. These guys are down on the ground walking the talk, making it all happen! Robert Burns, of Envision Homes,

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Columbia City Green – Behind the Walls

Our Behind the Walls tours of green building projects originally started way back when we listed 13 5-Star Built Green townhomes in the redeveloped community of Rainier Vista. These homes were built by the Queen of Green herself, Martha Rose, of Martha Rose Construction and were loaded with green features a majority of the general

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