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Shades of Green

Look for these site features and certifications on our project listings to identify sites with exceptional performance in these green building categories.

Advanced Building Envelope

Exceptional thermal protection and air sealing

Design Innovation

Emphasizes functionality, quality & character by design

Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric vehicle charging or electric vehicle ready

Equity Endeavor

Supporting diversity and equity makes for a stronger, more sustainable community.

Green Roof

Eco or vegetative roof installations

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Construction & material selection support IAQ

Materials Efficiency

Efficient material use & selection to conserve. Waste reduction & recycling (WRR)

Small Building Footprint

Minimizing a building footprint saves energy and maintenance

Smart Controls

Installing computer activated controls helps to keep power use to a minimum

Solar Power

Active Photovoltaic (PV) or solar hot water

Stormwater Management

Emphasizes water infiltration and LID techniques

Urban Farming

Composting, permaculture, backyard livestock, fruit trees, vegetable gardens

Water Conservation

Emphasis on water saving features.

Zero Waste

Designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials

Built Green

Built Green© is a holistic green home certification program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.

Emerald Star

Emerald Star is the highest level of Built Green© certification.

Energy Star

Energy Star is a voluntary program launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Living Building Challenge

The Living Building Challenge comprises seven performance areas: site, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity and beauty. Each performance area has its own intention and are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence.


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.

Net Zero Energy

Innovative energy systems and high performance standards

Passive House

PHIUS+ is the largest Passive Building Certification in North America. It is a well-recognized proven construction standard and quality assurance system.

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