green agent: Re-wakening neighborhood ties - 03/20/13 10:10 AM
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green agent: City Cabins- “Build it right and seal it tight” - 03/12/13 03:41 PM
City Cabins- “Build it right and seal it tight”
Two of the last remaining defenses used to divert moisture penetration in new construction are the windows, doors and exterior cladding. The siding and windows are being completed this week at the new high-performance City Cabins in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.  The windows have been installed last week completing the “lock up” phase.  The selection of Ply-Gem triple-pane windows was made because of their overall thermal and acoustic performance along with stainless steel hardware.
Controlling rain water and moisture penetration is especially important when Seattleites experience seasonal rainfall and dampness without many sun breaks that would normally … (9 comments)

green agent: Stainless the New Granite - 01/30/13 09:23 AM

Stainless the New Granite
Seattle high-performance home builder Martha Rose has selected to add a bit of a commercial look to their latest collection of City Cabin homes in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.  Rose has decided to use stainless steel for the counters and backsplashes in the City Cabin kitchens. A one piece seamless counter, sink and backsplash are customed designed and fitted for each of the 4 new homes.
Stainless steel countertops have been used in commercial and professional kitchens for years. Lately, homeowners have begun to appreciate the aesthetic and durability of stainless steel for kitchen surfaces.
 
 
The non-porous stainless … (3 comments)

green agent: How to be a smarter green home buyer in Seattle - 11/06/12 11:15 AM
 
How to be a smarter green home buyer in Seattle
Buyer’s looking to purchase a green home in the Seattle area is more than likely looking at how their new purchase will impact their lifestyle and quality of life. Walkability, natural resources consumed during construction, energy efficiency, indoor comfort and the overall impact the home will have on the environment are all questions green buyers want to know.
Real estate professionals in the Greater Seattle area use the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) to locate green built, energy efficient single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums in the area.  
The main feature for … (2 comments)

green agent: Trendy energy saving device - 09/26/12 07:55 AM
Trendy energy saving device
The Nest Learning Thermostat has been around for several years, invented by ex-Apple designer Tony Fadell. While at Apple Fadell design the iPod and ran the iPod and iPad divisions while at the company.
So it’s not much of a surprise that a ground breaking home energy saving device like the “Nest” thermostat is being heralded as the iPod of thermostats.
Its round shape displays a red leaf when the heat is on and a blue leaf when the AC is on and a green leaf when you’re being energy efficient.  Over a week’s period of adjusting your … (7 comments)

green agent: Home buying-Saving while spending - 08/23/12 11:01 AM

 Green choices in Seattle
 
Buying a new home or existing house in the Seattle area is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. By choosing one that has earned the government’s trusted ENERGY STAR label, you can have the house of your dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing it’s been built to meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ENERGY STAR homes for sale in Seattle
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homes achieve this … (0 comments)

green agent: Bothell Green Built homes starting at $249K - 08/22/12 02:06 PM

Bothell Green Built homes starting at $249K
Looking for a Green Built home head to Bothell.  Bothell currently has a nice selection of Green Built homes for sale starting at $249,950.  If you like the Bothell location and are looking for new construction Bothell has a wide range of new homes for sale in addition to Green Built homes.  
A great way to see the homes for sale in the Bothell area is to attend one of the many Sunday open houses.
Seattle is just west of  Bothell  and has a nice mix of Green Built and LEED Certified condominiums and houses for sale.  A short drive … (1 comments)

green agent: Go Green by adding daylighting - 08/14/12 11:30 AM
Go Green by adding daylighting
An extremely cost effective way to add light to your home while saving energy cost is to add a tubular daylighting device, there’s no need for any structural reframing, drywalling or painting.
Go green with natural lighting
Tubular lighting allows you to turn off your lights during the day reducing both energy cost and environmental pollution.Many of the new Green Built homes for sale in the Seattle area have incorporated natural daylighting features into their designs and building. To find out more about Green Built homes and special daylighting features contact Adrian Willanger.
Tubular skylights can bring sunlight through … (0 comments)

green agent: The Green Energy Minute - 08/08/12 09:37 AM
The Green Energy Minute
Looking to reduce your home energy cost? And who isn’t here’s a quick way to help save money and time when drying clothing.

The Laundry Spinner
An energy saving alternative to conventional dryer, a wastebasket sized gadget that can spin wet clothes at 3200 rpm, quickly taking out almost half of the water in minutes, when used with a conventional dryer it can reduce drying time by 30 minutes or more.  Much gentler on clothes compared to a conventional dryer.  Read more
 
Want to save on energy cost? Consider a green built home in Seattle
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green agent: Green homes in Bothell offer efficiency and durability - 08/03/12 09:24 AM

Green built homes are starting to appear in Bothell. We’re starting to see a wide selection of  green built homes for sale in the Bothell area.  The market for green built homes in Bothell hasn’t take off like it has in surrounding areas like Green Built homes in Seattle andGreen built homes in Kirkland for sale. How do green built homes compare to traditional homes? To be considered a green built home the builders need to follow a perceptive path of building more energy efficient homes, homes that use less water and have better indoor air quality utilizing the latest building techniques and materials. Most of the green built homes in … (2 comments)

green agent: Stay cooler in the summer with a Built Green house - 07/23/12 04:05 PM
Built Green homes are designed to provide homeowners with comfortable, durable, environmentally friendly homes that are cost-effective to own and operate. These resource-efficient homes are crafted to exceed building codes and provide homeowners with years of healthy, quality living, while protecting the precious Northwest environment.
Built Green homes are known for their energy efficiency that goes for summer cooling. A Built Green home is designed and built to stay cooler in the summer months.  Extra insulation and high performance windows and doors help keep a Built Green home cooler in the summer months and warmer in the winter.
Seattle currently has … (3 comments)

green agent: The greenie is out of the bottle - 06/19/12 09:34 AM
Currently there are 625 new homes available for sale in Washington State’s King County.  117 of them are Energy Star or about 19% of the new homes for sale will be certified as Energy Star. This amount of certified Energy Star homes moves Energy Star homes from the “early adopters” which typically has little tolerance for risk but likes the concept or technology into the “early majority” of the Diffusion of Innovation curve, this segment of the marketplace signals the process is ready for mainstreaming and market penetration.
Through ENERGY STAR, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), works to increase the energy efficiency … (4 comments)

green agent: High performance homes the big boys of green - 06/05/12 12:17 PM
High performance homes the big boys of green  
High-performance homes in Seattle have found a niche market of buyers who have become increasingly frustrated with maintaining an older home are looking to re-establish themselves within an amenity rich urban neighborhood, wanting, still,  to be close to libraries, markets, churches, parks and fee from week-end home repair projects.
 
Builders are starting to re-think their approach to building high performance homes
 
Developers and builders are starting to see this trend happening throughout the country, causing many to re-think their approach to building.  Within the hierarchy of green builders in the Seattle … (0 comments)

green agent: Do green homes sell for more? - 05/29/12 04:02 PM

Do green homes sell for more?
In  recent  article published In Builder by Diane Kittower “Green Homes Sell for More, Studies Show” they have found that certified green homes, in many markets, command higher prices and sell for more than traditional built homes.
Not all green built homes are created equal, it’s important to talk to with a knowledge real estate broker that is familiar with all of the different levels and components of a green built home in Seattle.
Today, Green Built homes in the Seattle area are built with higher standards compared to a typical code built home.  … (1 comments)

green agent: Rain Water Harvesting in Edmonds - 05/24/12 11:09 AM
Rain Water Harvesting in Edmonds
What does an award winning green builder do when she not building hi-performance homes?  When asked Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction, mentions “I’m just trying to stay ahead of the new building code regulations” and “I have some fun consulting projects that interest me.”
The latest project was working with a client in Edmonds Washington installing two 220-gallon polyethylene tanks that will be used to collect rainwater.  The above ground system was relatively easy to install. The two tanks consisted of an over-flow calming device to minimize the flow of incoming water as it enters … (0 comments)

green agent: Simple Ways to Reduce Your Utility Costs - 04/21/12 10:36 AM
Simple Ways to Reduce Your Utility Costs
If reducing your Seattle utility costs has been on your mind lately, here are a few tricks you can use to reduce them pretty quickly.
Turning down the thermostat in your house can have an immediate effect on your bills, if only by 1% for each degree, over a period of 8 hours.  If this small action is carried out every day you can see the savings piling up in a matter of weeks. If you are leaving the house, try to get into a good habit of turning down the heat or cool … (1 comments)

green agent: 2012 Green Home Tour in Seattle April 21 & 22 - 04/19/12 07:43 AM

2012 Green Home Tour in Seattle April 21 & 22 Award winning Green builder Martha Rose will be at Greenhome Solutions both Saturday and Sunday April 21 & 22, 2012 from 10am-4pm. Learn firsthand what goes into the making of a multi-certified hi-performance, hi-tech home City Cabins in Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood.
A FREE Self-Guided Tour
Green Home Tour Brochures
Brochures available in newsstands where ever the Natural Awakenings April Magazine is found throughout Seattle and King County, also available at Green Depot, 4121 1st Avenue South, Seattle or Greenhome Solutions, 1210 W Nickerson Street, Seattle or by Download at seattlegreenhometour.org.
Tour Sound Bites:
All shades … (0 comments)

green agent: Eco-Friendly Insulating Ideas for Seattle homes - 04/01/12 05:17 PM
Eco-Friendly Insulating Ideas for Seattle homes One of the best ways to incorporate green real estate in Seattle into your property is to take a look at your insulation. No matter what kind of energy you are using for your heat or to keep your place cool, you’ll save money and use less energy by making sure that you have your house well insulated.
While there will be some expenses involved to upgrade your insulation and make your home draft-free, it is one of the most important ways that you can improve the cooling and heating efficiency in your house. Making … (2 comments)

green agent: Seattle Green Real Estate Benefits Everybody - 03/30/12 07:19 AM
Seattle Green Real Estate Benefits Everybody Seattle green real estate is on the rise and it’s not going to go anywhere soon. During the last decade our eyes have been opened to the rapid deterioration of the planet and we have been left wondering what will happen to our children and our children’s children in the coming years. Green real estate is one of the answers that is going to put things into place to make things better for the coming years and the trend is going to get much stronger in the very near future. It’s time to jump on … (3 comments)

green agent: Where are the green home buyers? - 02/14/12 10:53 AM
Where are the green home buyers?
Over the last several weeks I’ve met with several developers regarding the lack of sales with their new green homes.  Common comments keep coming up, how do we get buyers to pay for the additional cost to build a hi-performance green home compared to a traditional built home and where are the pool of buyers who want these features?
The costs to build a green home can add a 3-10% premium on to building costs; the more experienced builders can keep these costs at the lower end with experienced subs familiar with green construction techniques, … (8 comments)

 
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