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2011 Seattle Green Home Tour

We are excited to be sponsoring the 2011 Seattle Green Home Tour, hosted by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. This year’s tour will take place Sat & Sun, April 16th & 17th, 10am-4pm, and is free and open to the public. An astounding 28 tour sites in Seattle and on the Eastside will highlight deep green

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Seattle Gets 2 New Ultra Modern Prefabs

December was a great month for prefab construction in Seattle. Two new prefab installations in the central district highlighted design, affordability, and adaptability. On December 13, local prefab builder Method Homes installed an ultra modern custom home designed by PB Elemental. Designed with a small footprint in mind to take advantage of a narrow lot,

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A Gallery of Backyard Cottage Possibilities!!

Save the date – May 24th – for our most innovative housing event this summer. The Backyard Cottage Design Challenge Showcase! This backyard cottage showcase will include the work of over 35 local architects and designers who are combining good design with livability and sustainability. You will have the opportunity to view all design challenge

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Backyard Cottages – Going Green and Beyond

In a previous post, we gave you the low down on Seattle’s new ordinances regarding Backyard Cottages, now we want to explore whose building them and how the process works. Now that backyard cottages are zoned citywide, they’re beginning to pop up all over the place, and in a plethora of delightful flavors. While they

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Home Price Premiums for Walkability

Sightline’s Daily Score featured an article this week entitled “Walkable Neighborhoods Are Worth More”, which summarizes the findings of recent studies on walkability and its relationship to home prices. CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities, took it upon themselves to ask –

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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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You are Brilliant, and the Earth is Hiring!

This is a recent commencement address for the University of Portland by none other then Paul Hawken – entrepreneur, visionary, environmentalist and author of Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce. His words are not only inspiring but hit you right where it matters. Please give it a read! When I was invited to give

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Happy Earth Day!

While we may not be doing anything extraordinary to celebrate Earth Day this year, we are considering the ways in which we can renew our commitment to protecting this great planet we call home. As a triple bottom line company, we have pledged to consider the environmental impact of everything we do. No easy task

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