Shades of Green
Look for these site features and certifications on our project listings to identify sites with exceptional performance in these green building categories.
Advanced Building Envelope
Exceptional thermal protection and air sealing
Emphasizes functionality, quality & character by design
Electric vehicle charging or electric vehicle ready
Eco or vegetative roof installations
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Construction & material selection support IAQ
Efficient material use & selection to conserve. Waste reduction & recycling (WRR)
Net Zero Energy
Innovative energy systems and high
Small Building Footprint
Minimizing a building footprint saves energy and maintenance
Active Photovoltaic (PV) or solar hot water
Emphasizes water infiltration and LID techniques
Composting, permaculture, backyard livestock, fruit trees, vegetable gardens
Emphasis on water saving features.
Zero Waste Policy
Designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials
20/20 Home Refit Challenge
One of 20,000 Puget Sound homes undergoing an energy retrofit to reduce energy use by 20% in the Puget Sound Region by 20/20.
Built Green© is a holistic green home certification program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.
Emerald Star is the highest level of Built Green© certification.
Energy Star is a voluntary program launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Living Building Challenge
Living Building Challenge comprises seven performance areas: site, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity and beauty. Each performance area has its own intention and are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.
PHIUS+ is the largest Passive Building Certification in North America. It is a well-recognized proven construction standard and quality assurance system.