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INFINITI Real Estate & Design team is your Seattle Green Home broker. Our experts have a natural passion for helping you find or build a green home. That means our agents help Seattle and Washington state homebuyers locate homes built or remodeled with environmentally friendly techniques and materials. Green or Eco-building is all about supporting health and well-being both for occupants and for the planet.

Green homes traditionally employ more intentional water and energy conservation methods, incorporate a higher level of recycled building material content, and function very efficiently on renewable energy systems. All this contributes to a healthier indoor air quality for the household and a lower carbon footprint for the planet.

Whether you are considering the purchase of an existing home with green features, a green home remodel or a custom built green home, contact us or call INFINITI RED today: 206.363.3550.


What is a Green Home?

A green home is a house that is built or remodeled with environmentally friendly building techniques and materials to support the health and well-being of both the occupants of the home and sustainability of the planet. Green homes traditionally have a healthier indoor quality, a greater amount of energy and water conservation, a higher level of recycled content in the materials, and renewable energy systems.

There are five main factors that go into making a green home including:

Site Selection & Protection – Choosing to build or remodel a home green on a site close to transportation and other amenities helps reduce sprawl and creates efficiency. Protecting sensitive areas such as slopes and wetlands as well as natural habitat is an important element of any green home.

Energy Efficiency & Systems – Starting with the efficiency of the building envelope and how well it seals in heat using insulation and air gap sealing, a green home seeks to reduce energy use, conserve energy, and use renewable energy such as solar, geothermal and wind energy for heating and cooling.

Water Systems – In addition to conserving water through the use of low-flow water fixtures and water saving appliances, collecting rainwater, and managing stormwater on-site to help imitate natural hydrology helps to create a green home.

Health & Indoor Air Quality – The time we spend indoors far outways the time we spend outdoors, making indoor air quality a critical factor in creating a healthy home. You can improve indoor air quality by using hard surface floors vs carpet, taking off shoes when entering the house, having a HEPA air filter, and reducing the amount of furniture and other products that could off-gas chemicals into your home from woods or fabrics.

Materials & Resources – Building accounts for a tremendous amount of resource extraction and waste. Green homes often minimize and recycle construction waste, as well as use recycled content or salvaged materials when possible. Using wood products certified FSC, and other green certified products ensure that sustainable practices were used in harvesting and producing materials.

For additional information, see the following articles:

http://www.greenhomeguide.com/know-how/article/green-homes-101

https://www.energystar.gov/newhomes/green_homes

https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-a-green-home-845333

Local Green Builders in Greater Seattle Area

Method Homes
Method Homes offers sustainably-built, energy efficient, healthy and durable modern prefab homes with a focus on high-quality craftsmanship and client satisfaction.

gProjects
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.

Dwell Developments
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.


Seattle Area Remodel Professionals

Green Canopy Homes
Green Canopy Homes is an urban home builder with a mission to inspire resource efficiency in residential markets for a more sustainable lifestyle.

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.

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.


Green Home Solutions in Fremont / Interbay

Bamboo Hardwoods
Supplies quality bamboo flooring, cabinets and more, online and in their showrooms and warehouse here in Seattle.

ReStore

Serves the greater Puget Sound region with used building materials and mobile removal services.

Second Use
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.

Bedrock Industries
A Creative company manufacturing a wide array of products, including architectural tiles, all handcrafted from 100% recycled glass.

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

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-party 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.

Energy Star

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 a healthy, comfortable living environment.

Green Advantage
Green certification for building-related practitioners, rather than certifying buildings, this program certifies individuals as knowledgeable about green building.

Green Communities
A program aimed at promoting sustainable building for affordable housing projects.

Water Sense
A program that is a part of the EPA to help designers and homeowners make high water efficiency products part of their home project.

Green Home Projects

NW Project Spotlights
Homes designed, built, remodeled and retrofitted by Northwest EcoBuilding Guild members, using today’s highest green building standards.

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.

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.

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

Method Homes
Method Homes offers sustainably-built, energy efficient, healthy and durable modern prefab homes with a focus on high-quality craftsmanship and client satisfaction.

gProjects
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.

Dwell Developments
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.