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Doing Well by Doing Good – Built Green Remodels for Condos – Mark Smedley
October 15, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 8:40 pm
BuiltGreen for Condo Remodels
Have you ever taken a plunge into the unknown with little more than determination to see you through? That’s what Mark did when, in the middle of a pandemic, he started a 4-Star Built Green remodel of a unit he planned to sell at McGraw Condominiums in Seattle. The unit was originally built to Seattle Good Cents efficiency standards established in the 1990s. Mark was inspired to extend this legacy and let the sustainable aspect of the unit shine through. The biggest challenge? Strictly enforced HOA by-laws forbidding any changes to insulation, any punctures of the building envelope, and any alteration to the exterior appearance. He collaborated with Built Green advisors at Balderston Associates to put a plan in place, despite the constraints. He stretched his creativity to design improvements that placated the HOA, achieved a 4-star Built Green certification and ultimately was able to “break the comps” when this unit was put on the market. Like clunker cars, much of the existing housing stock is in need of efficiency upgrades. Mark wants this project to inspire future green remodels for the novice and seasoned builder alike.