Resources

 

Energy Efficiency

Advanced Energy Knowledge Library Resources Page  view

Building America Best Practices Series - Marine Climate  view

Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)  view

Energy-Efficient Mortgages  view
Energy-efficient mortgage programs let you qualify for bigger loans by folding in the additional cost of making improvements for energy efficiency or the operational savings from purchasing an already energy-efficient home. Another version provides discounts on loan fees or interest rates for homes that are certified as energy-efficient.

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency  view
This website includes links on information regarding Federal Tax Credits that are available for energy efficient homes.

Northwest Energy Star Home Program  view
Links to search for utility energy incentives participating builders and descriptions of the program features and benefits.

US Dept. of Energy Building America Program  view

Washington State Energy Code Builders' Field Guide  view
Tips andd techniques for energy efficient building practices.

Washington State University Extension Energy Program  view
WSU Energy Program provides many resources for builders and homeowners to learn about energy programs throughout Washington state.  

 

Green Building

Building Green  view
This organization publishes GreenSpec, a directory of green building materials, and Environmental Building News. This link is to their free information site; other resources require a subscription.

Building Science Corporation  view

Built Green Links Directory  view
Links to online resources organized by categories on the Built Green checklists.

More Value for Your Home Investment  view
Consumer-oriented fact sheet on the value of investing in a Built Green home including benefits construciton techniques and things home owners can do from the Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties program.(1.2 Mb PDF)

NAHB Research Center Resource List  view

Partnership for Advanced Technology in Housing (PATH) Guilde to Green Building  view

Tacoma EnviroHouse  view
The City of Tacoma has a permanent green building and natural landscape exhibit that's a good resource for all aspects of sustainable building and living. Visit the Puget Sound area's only permanent green model home! Hours: Wed - Fri: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat - Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: City of Tacoma Landfill 3510 S. Mullen Admission: Free Information: (253) 573-2426

US EPA's Green Building Resources  view
Site with links to all of the federal resoruces to support green building.

WA Dept. of Ecology Green Building Resources  view
Department of Ecology's Sustainable Building Website has agency and program links by county and lots of helpful resources.

 

Green Remodeling

City of Seattle Sustainable Building Site  view
Several useful booklets to download on green home remodeling.

King County's Eco-Cool Remodel Tool  view

 

Indoor Air Quality

American Lung Assn. of WA Healthy House Program  view

US EPA's Indoor Air Quality in New Homes  view

US EPAs Indoor airPLUS Program  view
The Indoor airPLUS Program is a partnership between EPA, builders, raters, utilities, and public health and indoor environmental organizations to improve indoor air in new homes.

USEPA Indoor Air Quality Resources  view

 

Organizations

Building Industry Association of Washington  view

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency  view

Department of Ecology- Green  view

NAHB National Green Building Program  view
Several Built Green programs are affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders' National Green Building Standard. 

 

Product Information

Green Seal  view
Product certification

GREENGUARD  view
Product certification

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)  view

 

Recycling and Re-Use

2 Good 2 Toss - Materials Exchange Programs  view
This site has links to all county materials exchange programs. Find useful materials or post things you think are useful but can no longer use yourself.

King County Construction Recycling Resources  view

Take It Back Network  view

 

Site and Landscaping

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) - Training and Certification Programs  view
The Construction Stormwater General Permit requires that site inspections be conducted by a CESCL

King County Environmentally Preferable Procurement  view
Construction and Landscape section of the County's EPP site.

Landscape for Living  view
This consumer-oriented fact sheet from Built Green of King and Snohomish incudes benefits of natural yardcare construction techniques and things home owners can do. (711kB PDF)

Pierce County Green Book  view
Information and references for composting natural lanscaping/lawn care and water efficient practices/fixtures. Links to menu page Green Book is 2.5 Mb PDF

Puget Sound Partnership  view
The Puget Sound Partnership is dedicated to the innovative set of techniques known as low impact development. Low impact development or LID is a more environmentally friendly approach to developing land and managing stormwater runoff.

WA Dept. of Ecology's Stormwater Management Manual for W. Washington  view

WSU Master Gardeners - Eastern WA  view

WSU Master Gardeners - Western WA  view

 

Water Conservation

Saving Water Partnership  view
Seattle Public Utility and surrounding water utilities collaborate to offer water saving tips resources and incentives.

US EPA's WaterSense Program  view
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. Look for the WaterSense label to choose quality, water-efficient products.

Watershed Protection Tools  view
from Center for Watershed Protection Elliot City MD 410-461-8323 offers multiple publications incuding Site Planning for Urban Stream Protection

Winning Ways with Water  view
This consumer-oriented fact sheet from Built Green of King and Snohomish includes benefits of water efficiency construction techniques and things homeowners can do.

 

A remodeled kitchen by Sunshine Construction incorporates energy-saving appliances.

A remodeled kitchen by Sunshine Construction incorporates energy-saving appliances.

Fiber cement siding can last for 50 or more years.

Fiber cement siding can last for 50 or more years.

Floor trusses can be made from smaller pieces of lumber to save on the use of old-growth timber.

Floor trusses can be made from smaller pieces of lumber to save on the use of old-growth timber.

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