March 21, 2019

BetterBuiltNW Newsletter Q1 2019

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2018 National Green Building Standard Green Partners of Excellence

Each year, Home Innovation Research Labs recognizes the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Partners of Excellence. The award honors recipients for making outstanding contributions to advancing green building in their communities, and for their commitment to voluntary, market-driven, third-party certification of high-performance homes.


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Stay up to date on Home Energy Ratings

RESTalk, a podcast from RESNET, is the best way to stay current on everything going on in the world of Home Energy Ratings. It covers initiatives, standards, marketing and more.


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Webinar: Integrated Design Thinking for Zero Net Energy Residential Buildings

Ann Edminster will describe how homeowners, designers, architects and builders can work together to create attractive, comfortable, durable buildings that require less energy to operate. She will define zero net energy and zero carbon, and explain how to achieve one or both by selecting the necessary equipment and appliances and adding a solar electric system. This webinar will take place on April 19th at 9:00AM PST.

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Home Tours around the Northwest

Home tours are a great way to learn about sustainable building practices from the people and businesses that support them, including builders, contractors, suppliers and green homeowners. They also serve as a way for building professionals to engage with the general public.

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Details on the Green Home Tour event.

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is gearing up for the 2019 Northwest Green Home Tour on May 4–5, 2019. As part of the tour, registrants will be able to visit over 40 sites throughout the greater Seattle area to Olympia and beyond. Sites will include projects in all shades of light to deep green, from backyard cottages and kitchen remodels to new homes built with cutting-edge green features. Visit to register and learn more about how you can take part.

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Get the Free eBook: Beating the Heat Resilient Housing Design Guide

The Green Builder® has released its second edition of the strategic defense guide for building and preparing new and existing properties to withstand nature's fury. Next generation homes must be built with worst-case climate scenarios as their baseline

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Single-Family Utility Performance Path Incentive Programs Available

Single-family new construction Performance Path incentives are available from many utilities across the region. See below for the list of utilities offering incentives. Let your builders know and be sure to check in with your local utility for more specifics.


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