BetterBuiltNW Newsletter Q3 2019


  • September 15, 2019

Tap into Marketing Benefits from Certification Programs

Many home certification programs offer excellent resources to help builders market their green and energy-efficient homes to prospective buyers. Check out the latest marketing initiatives and materials available to Northwest builders, including RESNET’s new digital marketing campaign, print-ready materials from NGBS Green, and homeowner testimonials for Zero Energy Ready Homes. 

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Reserve Your Spot at Home Efficiency Forum

It’s almost here! Join us in Portland October 17-18 for Home Efficiency Forum, two days of trainings, networking and inspiring conversation on the future of residential new construction.

Book Your Hotel Room

Discount pricing ends September 22. Don’t miss your chance to get a special rate by booking now.

Don’t Forget to Register

Registration for Home Efficiency Forum ends October 10. Register now if you haven’t already.

Field Site Visit: Raleigh 22

In town early? Join us October 16 from 4-5 p.m. for a field site visit to Raleigh 22, a new 6-story mixed-use building pursuing LEED Gold certification. This energy-efficient building includes 173 residential units with ground floor commercial space in the Slabtown area of Northwest Portland.

All attendees must sign a waiver of liability and need to wear closed-toe shoes, preferably boots. All other protective wear will be provided for use (hardhat, bright colored vest and protective eyewear). Attendees are responsible for their own transportation. 

Learn more and register >>

Builder Focus Group Registrants of Home Efficiency Forum will have the opportunity to partake in a research study to provide input on the experiences and challenges of builders in the region. The focus group will include a maximum of eight builders and will be moderated by an experienced independent third-party researcher from ILLUME Advising. Any builder who is a registered attendee can participate, and participants will receive a $200 Visa Gift Card at the conclusion of the session. Participation is limited.

  • The Builder Focus Group will be held Friday, October 18 at 3:00 – 4:30 PM.

Email info@BetterBuiltNW.com for details and to sign up

Green Building Slams are Just Around the Corner

The NW EcoBuilding Guild is gearing up for not one, but three Green Building Slams this autumn. Each year, the Guild convenes a Slam event in the Seattle area, bringing together 10 presenters who each present for 10 minutes with 10 slides, on an innovative green building project in the Northwest. In 2019, the Guild is also bringing Slams to Bellingham and Portland.

Register below for the Slam near you!

indieDwell Chosen as Finalist for 2019 Ivory Award

Congratulations to indieDwell for being nominated for the Ivory Prize in Housing Affordability. indieDwell is a public benefit company which produces healthy, durable, sustainable and energy-efficient housing at naturally affordable prices. The company was one of 16 finalists to display its homes on the National Mall in Washington DC for the HUD Innovative Housing Showcase. Read more >>

How to Dominate a Competitive Market

Green building is like any other endeavor. Look at a local market and you will see most green builders going about their business the usual way—doing good work but competing with one another for the best jobs. You will also likely see a few companies that have managed to rise above the herd. Tadashi Shiga—Principal of Evergreen Certified in Seattle—shares lessons he has learned working with the top green builders.

Explore his top six points >>

Sustainable Building Week

Mark your calendars!  October 14-18, 2019 is Sustainable Building Week in Portland. The week will bring the best and brightest together to educate, connect and foster opportunities for future collaboration to keep Portland on the forefront of the green building industry. Providing educational events along with partner open houses and happy hours, SBW will increase the profile of sustainable building issues through outreach, advocacy and education. If you are attending Home Efficiency Forum, make sure to check out other events during Sustainable Building Week!

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SEERiously, What’s Behind a Rating?

Written by Bruce Manclark, Contextual Analyst

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is used to gauge an air conditioner’s efficiency and to market higher efficiency equipment to consumers. For the record, SEER is the ratio of BTUs removed divided by watt hours drawn. It does include some other factors, such as the coefficient of degradation (cycling losses). The test is at 82°F outside, and inside conditions at 80°F dry bulb and 67°F wet bulb; in other words, a condition that we who are lucky enough to live West of the Rockies seldom see. We have dry summers and when we air condition a house for a few hours, the air becomes even drier. (The test also includes fan wattage, but it’s at an unrealistic ESP that causes the fan energy to be artificially low.)


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