A healthier home and more sustainable building practices are becoming increasingly important to Seattle area home buyers. “Green” is often showing up on a Buyer’s wants & needs list as a top priority when talking about a home purchase.
The Built Green program is a local non-profit group promoting environmentally friendly building practices. They have a rating system for new construction and remodeled homes. This creates an easy and unified system for builders and homeowners planning a project and a way for homebuyers to compare properties.
What Is Built Green?
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 Washington State. Built Green is designed to help homebuyers find quality, affordable homes that offer opportunities to protect the health of their families and the Northwest environment. Interested in learning more about “green” homes? The program provides consumers with four easy-to-understand rating systems, which quantify environmentally friendly building practices for remodeling and new home construction.
Who Is Built Green?
“Our mission is to promote environmentally friendly home building methods and practices, and to enhance our communities through leadership in sustainable development.”
Built Green is a network of architects, builders, developers, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, and real estate agents working together to improve quality of life in King and Snohomish Counties. The Built Green program accomplishes this by using a menu of options that provide quality homes which, compared to standard homes, are more cost-effective to own and operate, healthier, safer, and more protective of our beautiful Pacific Northwest environment. Built Green is a Program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties in Partnership with King County and Snohomish County.
Who is it for?
- Homebuilders (single family homes / custom or production)
- Remodel (additions or renovations of existing homes)
- Multifamily (apartments, condominiums)
- Communities or Developments
Finding more information on the Built Green program
If you are considering a project there are many great resources available (listed below) to research the Built Green program. If you are a homebuyer considering a “Green” home there are checklists available to see how and where the home rates in the Built Green program, ask the builder or listing agent for a copy.
King County website
Checklists describing what is required for different levels of certification