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Northwest Green Living and Sustainable Seattle Lifestyles

Built Green is an environmental building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, developed in partnership with King County, Snohomish County, and other government agencies in the Seattle area. Built Green is designed to help homebuyers find quality, affordable homes that offer opportunities to protect the health of their families in the Seattle area.

Contact us today to start your search for your own sustainable Built Green home in Seattle. Call Marlow Harris at 206-329-3795 or email


Greenfab's Prefab Model Home is OPEN for one more week

Greenfab prefab modular LEED platinum green home seattle

Seattle’s first ever targeted LEED Platinum prefab home is now open to the public from March 2nd to March 27th, Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm-5pm.  Stop by to learn about the home, finish options and pricing by Greenfab.

Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm - 5pm, from March the 2nd through March 27th, 2011
1827 S. Lane St.
Seattle, WA 98144

New Green home built by Greenleaf Construction

Artistically & functionally designed certified Green home built by Greenleaf Construction just hit the market.  This swank modern abode in Judkins Park will win you over with its creative uses of reclaimed materials & unique design. This is modern you can live in from the shared zen-like communal courtyard to the private backyard. Plus, detached garage & large bright stand-up in loft space with storage. Green amenities including recycled concrete counter tops, on-demand Hot H2O, radiant floors & dual flush toilets!

It has 2 bedrooms, 1.25 baths and is about 1300 square feet for $389,950.  The address is 904 26th Ave S #A, in the Central District in Seattle.



Beck Studio Architect: Rainier Pavilion

Pictured above is a "sleeping pavilion" at Mt. Rainier

Beck Studio is an office for residential architecture based in Seattle, owned by Phillip Beck. The studio has completed projects varying in scale from an ecolodge in Nepal to a two-room cabin in the Pacific Northwest. The scope of services ranges from site planning to the design of buildings and interiors.

From his website:

"The main pursuit of the studio is design quality, achieved through collaboration with clients and careful consideration of place: climate, culture, and topography. Sensitivity to the environment is an important theme in the work, and leads to a continual exploration of the ways in which new technologies (or neglected traditions) can be used to make buildings more responsive to their users and surroundings"

Beck Studio Architect: Rainier Pavilion p.1

Apartment dwellers, as well as homeowners, will now be required to recycle yard waste

Starting in September, all Seattle apartment and condo dwellers will be required to compost food scraps. If your apartment or condo has any kind of landscaping, there is probably already a yard waste cart. But if you don’t see a food waste cart, you might want to put a bug in your landlord’s ear to visit this page to sign up. The deadline for the ordinance is September 2011. 

Food and yard waste composting reduces garbage and greenhouse gases, saves landfill space, and creates compost to enrich the soil of local parks and gardens.
Take advantage of the benefits of composting rather than throwing it all away. Why waste a good thing?

Want to Start Food and Yard Waste Collection Service?

SPU has two weekly collection service options for apartments and condominiums:
  • Onsite service (maximum convenience)
  • Curbside service (most economical)
If your property doesn’t already have food and yard waste service, ask your property owner or manager to review the Apartment/Condo Owners website and sign up.

Friends of Recycling and Composting (FORCs)

If you are a dedicated recycler, ask your property manager about signing up as a FORC steward. Your property will get a one-time $100 utility bill credit and you will qualify for training as well as enjoy the satisfaction of helping your community and the planet. FORC responsibilities (pdf) include educating residents and reducing contamination.
To qualify for the for the $100 credit, your property must use SPU's food and yard waste collection service. Properties that already have a Friend of Recycling can get another $100 credit by adding SPU's food and waste service and designating a FORC.

What goes in my food and yard waste cart?

All food scraps including fruit, vegetables, yard trimmings, meat, dairy, and fish as well as food-soiled waste like pizza boxes, paper napkins and kitchen paper towels are accepted.

How do I store kitchen scraps?

Options include using a reusable container with a lid, approved compostable bags, and wrapping the food scraps in newspaper or a paper bag. No plastic bags or containers are allowed. See these handy tips.

Compost on Your Property

Some properties prefer to make compost at home. This will save money and benefit the environment. However, no dairy or meat products can go into a home pile due to potential odor or animal and pest problems.

Related links

Reduce, Reuse, Exchange - for ways to keep other useful items out of the waste stream
Can I recycle this item? Look It Up! 
Play the Where Does It Go? Recycling Game
Cedar Grove Composting - Local processor of yard and food compost materials