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Blowing the Lid Off Affordable Net Zero Housing – Dylan Lamar

The C Street Co-op packs a punch: Affordable Housing at 60% AMI? Check. Affordable homeownership? Check. Permanently affordable homeownership? Check. Net Zero Energy? Neighborhood walkability? And all this with about 10% of the subsidy required by typical affordable housing apartment buildings? Check, check, and check. Recently completed in Springfield, Oregon, the C Street Co-op has…

Reaching (for) a New Horizon: A PassiveHouse Story- Kevin Witt

This is a story about a family’s determination to effect a cleaner future by building a certified passive house – a giant collection of the very big and very small choices that many owners, architects, and builders made this year, this week, today. From the owners’ perspective, the arrival of their daughter brought them greater…

My Green Roof 16 Years On – Michael Laurie

8:45pm-8:15pm Shortly after buying my property on Vashon island, in 2003, I started implementing many sustainability projects like rainwater systems, a rain garden, a compost toilet, efficiency measures inside and outside, native plant restoration, medicinal plant botanical sanctuary, and more. But my green roof idea for the toolshed took longer than most because I had…

Concrete-Free Slab on Grade Foundations – Josh Salinger

Concrete is the worlds second most used material behind water and this material alone accounts for almost 8% of the entire world's GHG emissions. This is even before considering the impacts the raw materials such as sand have to ecosystems and even crime (!) in certain parts of the world. There are ample reasons to…

RainChangers: Big Impact – Low Cost – Aaron Clark

Above all else, this is the story of how to do what you can, where you can, when you can. Being a good environmental neighbor to our human and non-human neighbors isn't about being perfect, but it is about making it better than you found it as much as you reasonably can. Polluted runoff is…

Portland’s 1st Prescriptive Code Straw Bale Home! – Mark Lakeman

This home is a triumph in several respects. It represents the first time that a straw bale project has been permitted in the Portland area under the prescriptive load bearing straw bale code. So, this project has introduced the prescriptive bale approach to the Portland region, helping builders, funders, code officials, and local residents to…

Innovative Foundations Support Affordable Housing – Roger Roatch

Cities continue to wrestle with solutions to the ballooning cost of housing. Over the past couple of years, policies have been enacted, and in some respects the building code community has responded with positive accommodations to help builders meet the demand for housing, in the form of ADU/DADUs. The intent is to reduce regulations that…

A Landscape Befitting a Legacy – Hoda Sheikh

8:15pm-8:25pm When a Bainbridge Island client approached her about working on the home they were building to reflect their lifelong passion for art and environmental sustainability, Hoda Sheikh, founder and owner of Lotus landscapes & Arboriculture, took up the challenge of creating a landscape and outdoor living space that could live up to the legacy.…

BuiltGreen for Condo Remodels – Mark Smedley

8:30pm-8:40pm Have you ever taken a plunge into the unknown with little more than determination - and a lot of help - to see you through? That’s what Mark did when he started a 4-Star BuiltGreen remodel of a Condominium unit in Seattle. The unit was originally built to Seattle Good Cents efficiency standards established…

The Need for Affordable, Sustainable Housing – Angela Rozmyn

We have dual climate and affordable housing emergencies bearing down on us as a community and a world. In order to be truly sustainable, our communities must make note of the equitable access to clean, green, affordable housing. Our communities in Redmond and Kirkland are 100% LEED Platinum certified, and yet close to three quarters…

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