September 23, 2020

BetterBuilt NW September 2020 Newsletter


TC Legend Homes: Everson Net Positive Home

Guest Contributor: Built Green

Built Green is the green home certification program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. In addition to certifying green homes, remodels, apartments, and communities, they host a membership network of companies and individuals involved in the green building industry. Built Green also researches and communicates the human and environmental benefits of ecologically focused construction.

Explore the 20,000th Built Green certified project, an award-winning TC Legend house. As a 5-Star Built Green and Net Zero Energy certified home, it exemplifies how the Built Green program’s influence has grown and has been incentivizing sustainable building across Western Washington.

Read the full case study on the Built Green website.

BetterBuiltNW is still accepting guest contributor content for 2020 and 2021. Those interested in becoming a guest contributor should submit article ideas to

Programs in the News

Every month BetterBuiltNW will highlight different programs in the news to keep builders and Raters/Verifiers informed about key updates, program changes, and highlights. This month’s Programs in the News features updates from:

  • RESNET on its Standard for Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems
  • Fannie Mae on its single-family green mortgage loans

Standard for Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems is ANSI-Approved

The RESNET Standard for Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems is now an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved document. The standards listed in the document are being integrated into the home energy rating process, the ENERGY STAR homes program, and the federal tax credit for efficient homes. Read the Standard for Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems for more information on quality installation of residential HVAC systems in the U.S.

Fannie Mae Launches Single-Family Green Mortgage-Backed Security to Finance Purchase of Energy Efficient Homes

As part of its Green Bond Program, Fannie Mae is issuing a Single-Family Green Mortgage-Back Security (MBS). The Single-Family Green MBS will cover mortgage loans backed by newly constructed single-family residential homes with ENERGY STAR® certifications that meet or exceed the national program requirements for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, Version 3.0.

Fannie Mae purchases loans from participating primary mortgage lenders through the program with funding from green bonds. The participating lenders then offer better-termed mortgage loans to purchase energy efficient homes built by participating builders.

Fannie Mae partnered with the RESNET Accredited Rating Provider PEG, LLC to ensure that all properties underlying the MBS received the ENERGY STAR certification.

COVID-19 Resources


Virtual High Performance Home Summit 2020

Virtual Event – October 13-15 and 21-23, 2020

Join the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance virtually for learning, networking, and collaboration with high-performance building professionals from across the United States and beyond.

To register and view the full program, check out the Summit website.

BuildRight 2020

Virtual Conference – October 13 & 14, 2020

BuildRight is a two-day conference that brings together professionals across the high performance and remodeling industries to gain insight on current market trends, legislative issues, and business practices. Attendees will learn to utilize new technologies, strategies, and business development innovations. These new innovations can help businesses succeed in high performance building. Participants can also earn continuing education credit (CCB) and fulfill licensing requirements by attending presentations during BuildRight.

Register today for the BuildRight Conference.

2020 Northwest Green Building Slam & Summit

Virtual Event – October 13-15 and 21-23, 2020

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is hosting its annual Slam & Summit this fall. This event aims to reconnect people and re-energize the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild’s vision to drive the green building movement forward. Join hundreds of talented leaders, professionals and advocates during the six-day event in October.

Learn more about the Northwest Green Slam & Summit.

Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems: “A Time That Has Come” Webinar

Webinar – October 21, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join RESNET for the Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems: “A Time That Has Come” webinar to learn more about HVAC systems. Greg Cobb of Ei family of companies will speak on how to optimize HVAC systems to lower home energy consumption.

Register today for the Grading the Installation of HVAC Systems: “A Time That Has Come” webinar.

EPA Virtual 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

Virtual Meeting – October 27-29

Join EPA at the Virtual 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner meeting for three days of exciting content, working meetings and facilitated and unstructured partner networking. Learn about ENERGY STAR basics, electrification, technology and grid, appliances, lighting, smart home and more.

Register today for the EPA Virtual 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner meeting.

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