October 27, 2021

BBNW October 2021 Newsletter


In Case You Missed It

Every month this section features must-read content from past newsletters – just in case you missed it.

  • BetterBuiltNW IAQ Online Training: BetterBuiltNW recently released a series of online training modules focused on maximizing Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and tips for code compliance.
  • BetterBuiltNW Announces Three New Training Catalogs: BetterBuiltNW recently released three new training catalogs focused on general above code building, Washington State’s 2018 residential energy code, and Oregon’s 2021 residential energy code.

Watch High Performance Home Virtual Site Tours

BetterBuiltNW & Earth Advantage invite you to experience in-field, on-demand virtual High Performance Home Site Visits with industry leaders showcasing their high-performance building projects. Normally offered as an in-person on-site tour, this no-cost video series gives participants the opportunity to go behind the walls of three under-construction homes and learn how builders achieved third-party certifications and advanced building performance.

Learn more and watch a training preview now.

Programs in the News

Every month BetterBuiltNW highlights different programs in the news to keep builders and Raters/Verifiers informed about key updates, program changes, and features. This month, learn how to identify HERS Rated homes, get up to speed on the 2018 WSEC-R, and preview a new program for recycled materials in Washington.

Zero Energy Project: Zero energy home builders and owners can register their home(s) with the Zero Energy Project, a project documenting the more than 17,000 zero energy housing units in North America. Located in Bend, Oregon, the Zero Energy Project seeks to demonstrate the growth and viability of the zero energy movement. Your participation helps drive momentum towards national zero energy and carbon reduction goals.

Built Green's Project of the Year—Crown Hill Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU): Built Green recently published their project of the year: the Crown Hill DADU in Seattle, which also won the 2021 Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award as well as the 2021 Built Green Hammer Project of the Year Award. Built in place of an existing garage, Targa Homes designed and built a net-positive energy home that achieves passive house (PHIUS) air tightness using specialized building equipment and sustainable materials.

City of Tacoma’s Green Building Permit Incentive Program: The City of Tacoma has implemented the Green Building Permit Incentive Program, which prioritizes permitting for projects that are enrolled in eligible green building certification programs per the City’s Priority Review Policy. Single-family, commercial, ADU, and/or duplex projects that score a 3-star or better rating through the Built Green Program are eligible for priority review and faster due dates.

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