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Video of Green Home Tour 2014

April 28, 2014

Did you miss the Green Home Tour? Click here to watch the video of homes on the tour.

Thanks to everyone for making the tour a success! We had over 2,000 folks tour 35 different homes on the around King County. Hope to see you next year!2014 NW_GHT_Logo

Deep Green Backyard Cottage in Chemical and EMF Free!

April 25, 2014



Don’t miss one of Seattle’s most innovative new homes on the Green Home Tour in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. This amazing 3-story, 2 bedroom/2bath backyard cottage is going beyond green home standards to invite homeowners and builders to redefine what it means to live in a healthy home.


The Lifestream Cottage is designed to be a home that can evolve with technology and still provide healthy living and sleeping spaces to the humans who live inside them. This is done through three key measures that were the design goals of the project.


#1) Maximum energy efficiency, #2) Build a chemical-free house that does not off-gas and #3) Build a home free of electromagnetic pollution (EMF-Free), that minimizes radiation exposure from everyday electromagnetic waves that bounce around inside the home.


These concepts for building go beyond Built-Green checklists and come from the field of electro-biology and the new science of building biology.


The owner/designer of the cottage John Stream, of Lifestream Solutions is a building biologist and industrial designer. His project team included the builder and systems designer Michael Cleveland, architect Erin Lau, and co-designer/co-owner, and investor Dana Stream.


Cot3On the tour you will get to peak behind the walls of this cottage to see makes this house off the charts with energy efficiency. One of the coolest features you will see is how this cottage has an exterior and interior insulation system that includes 18 inches of insulation, separated by a 2 inch air gap used for channeling pipes and wires. When asked about the R-value, Mr. Stream calls the wall and roof system “R-Ridiculous.” since the R-value well exceeds the highest energy efficiency standards. This tight envelope requires an Energy Recovery Ventilator to help maximize efficiency and keep fresh air coming in while the ERV recycles heat back into the house.


How does one build a chemical-free house? Is it possible? The answer is yes! Stop in on Saturday from 11-5pm and find out how.


What is truly innovative about this cottage are the steps that the design team took to make ensure the sleeping area was well protected from any possibility electromagnetic radiation. Since 80% of healing in the body occurs when humans are asleep, and electromagnetic radiation disrupts that healing sleep, it is essential to keep the bedroom an EMF-free zone.


Measures to reduce energy fields in the home included reducing the amount of metal used in construction, using fiberglass rebar instead of metal in the foundation to help the earth’s magnetic field pass through the home and not become distorted, using steel shielded wires throughout the whole house with no overhead lighting or wires running at head level in the walls and finally in the bedroom removing wiring from the area around the bed while still providing electric sockets for lighting. Masterfully innovative! A must see on this tour!

Rainwise Rebates Now Available for Seattle Residents!

April 22, 2014


Don’t Miss out on Rainwater Rebates! Come Learn How to Build a Raingarden!

Many neighborhoods in Seattle are now eligible for up to 100% assistance for building raingardens and installing cisterns in their home gardens. In an effort sponsored by King County’s Rainwise program to better manage the city’s stormwater local non-profits have partnered with the program to help train, empower, and inspire residents to take action and recycle rainwater back into the environment in a natural way, rather than letting it become polluted waters that run off into the sewers.

cisternThe Rainwise program has programs throughout Seattle and is especially thriving in the neighborhoods of South Park and West Seattle. Both of these neighborhoods will be a Sustainability Stop along the annual NW Green Home Tour.  Visitors will enjoy food, fun learning activities, and the chance to meet RainWise contractors who install cisterns and rain gardens – plus a mini-self guided tour of installed RainWise rain gardens will be available. Join us on the tour and find out if you are eligible for assistance with your own raingarden.

In West Seattle’s Highland Park local non-profit Sustainable Seattle is working with the Highland Park raingardens2Improvement Club to help beautify property and remove unnecessary pavement to prepare areas for community green spaces. Hannah Kett, Sustainable Seattle’s Neighborhood Program Manger says, “With these transformations, HPIC serves as a demonstration site and educational opportunity for the surrounding neighborhoods. The community is encouraged to take an active part in this project and learn about the impact they can make at home. It’s exciting to see so many getting involved!” Visit the Highland Park site on the tour.
raingarden3In the neighborhood of South Park the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle ECOSS is helping to bring community together to create vibrant green spaces. ECOSS was created by South Park community members to facilitate working partnerships among different, and often conflicting, segments of the community – residents, businesses, industry, and government. The aim was to bring these groups together to address environmental and developmental needs of the community. This year ECOSS is helping to provide tours and information in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cambodian, as well as games and activities for all ages, and specialty foods and music reflecting the cultural heritage of South Park residents. Start the tour at the “RainWise village green” in a block that includes rain gardens, refreshments and indoor activities at the South Park Neighborhood Center. Walk, bike or drive on a short self-guided tour to explore how residential and community raingardens (some located in urban farms!) and RainWise cisterns (super-sized rain barrels) are all helping to control urban stormwater. Elizabeth Louden, assistant director at ECOSS states that she “hopes many folks will have a chance to come see the diverse raingardens/cisterns that residents have already set up and get inspired to get involved in making their own raingarden.” Click here for more information about the South Park tour.


Helping the city function like a natural ecosystems is also the mission of the new non-profit Urban Greenprint. The mission of Urban Greenprint is to apply the principles of biomimcry to revitalizing the city. Click on the link to visit their website and learn more the importance of helping manage stormwater absorption into the soils.

Happy Earth Day! Looking forward to seeing you on the tour this Saturday April 26th from 11am-5pm.raingarden1

Taproot Theater Joins the Green Home Tour April 26th!

April 8, 2014

BOONE_SPEED-201401271006-EditJoining the Green Home Tour this year is a sustainability stop that brings
art, culture and green building technology together. On April 26th the
public will have an opportunity for a “behind the scenes” look inside
Taproot Theatre Company’s newly constructed Kendall Center located on the
site of the Eleanor Roosevelt Building that was destroyed in the October
2009 arson in the historic Greenwood business district’s crossroads.

Tours are at 12pm and 1:30pm.

The 12,000 square foot annex was constructed by Method Prefab when Taproot
opted for modular construction to expand into the space previously occupied
by the Eleanor Roosevelt Building.  Designed by The Miller Hull Partnership,
the targeted LEED Gold building renovation and expansion takes design cues
from the early 1900’s era neighborhood setting, adding improved efficiency
with energy-conserving lighting and HVAC systems, public green space in a
congested traffic corridor, and the use of reclaimed and environmentally
friendly materials.

An additional highlight to the tour is the artwork featured by Bherd Studiosrevised Stage Door Cafe and Lobby with murals by BHeard Studio
in the new Stage Door Café. After the arson in 2009 Bherd Studio artists
painted the mural that ran alongside the sidewalk of 85th and brightened the
neighborhood. “Having Bherd Studios create the murals for the Stage Door
Café was another way for us to include them in our recovery, as well as to
feature Greenwood artists.” The mural consists of two panels: The left is a
composite of photos from the reconstruction of the Old Globe Theater in
London; the right is based on snapshots of Taproot Theater. “The concept was
taking a bit of the new from the old, with Taproot Theatre being the new and
Shakespeare’s Globe being the old” said John Osgood and Kevin Sensei, the
artists that created the mural.

Join the tour and have a behind the scenes look at the theater’s new spaces

Black Box Theatre that seats 120 – A space for developing and performing new
scripts, additional classes for youth and rehearsals

The Stage Door Café (Now Open) – a comfortable setting for patrons to gather
before and after performances for dialogue and engagement; open six days a
week, it is also a way to serve the Greenwood community

Scene Shop (1,200 sf) – a more spacious and efficient construction space
will shorten the time needed to construct and move-in scenery, allowing for
additional performance weeks and increased revenue

Costume, laundry, and repair shop

Green room with dressing rooms and bathrooms

Lobby providing additional space

Public Restrooms

Administrative offices with conference room and staff break room

interior/exterior deck with living walls and green roof

About Taproot Theatre Company

Taproot Theatre Company is a professional, nonprofit theatre company with a
multi-faceted production program. Founded in 1976, Taproot Theatre serves
the Pacific Northwest with Mainstage Productions, Touring Productions and
the Acting Studio. Taproot exists to create theatre that explores the beauty
and questions of life while bringing hope to our search for meaning. Taproot
Theatre Company is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Theatre
Puget Sound (TPS), Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association (PNA) and the
Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

About Method Prefab

Method Prefab (Method) is a custom manufacturer of precision-built
prefabricated structures. The company offers fully custom prefabrication of
any design by any architect. Founded with a mission of adding innovation to
the future of construction, Method is guided by the core value of
thoughtful, sustainable design. Prefabrication allows Method to reduce
construction timelines and control costs while building custom projects in a
controlled environment, minimizing exposure and waste. As such, Method can
focus on sustainability and cutting edge design. Method’s structures ship 80
to 95 percent complete, resulting in project timelines of two to five
months. For more information, visit:

Thanks to our Green Home Tour Sponsors Infiniti Real Estate & Development
and Umpqua Bank for contributing to this sustainability stop on the

Join our Homebuyer Seminar for New Construction – Learn Tips for Purchasing Land

March 28, 2014

Join our Homebuyer Seminar for New Construction - Learn Tips for Purchasing Land

Eva Otto speaks April 15th on Reshaping the Framework of Sustainability towards Restoration

March 28, 2014



Eva Otto, Owner & Broker of Infiniti Real Estate & Development will be speaking on how innovation and shifts in values are reshaping the framework of sustainability towards a Restorative Development paradigm. Our focus will include development from a balanced perspective and Biophilia/biomimicry – using nature as a design standard.

Sign up here!


Come Join Us!
Tuesday April 15th 7:30AM – 9:00 AM

GLY Construction
200 112th Ave NE, Ste. 300
Bellevue, WA 98004





A Hot Market Spurs Innovation

March 25, 2014

ImageThese days homes in the Seattle real estate market are moving so fast it’s difficult for homebuyers to find a new green construction or remodeled home that doesn’t have compromise (often location). There are very few new construction quality green homes available, and even fewer options at affordable prices in the urban core with few vacant land opportunities for building.

One could ask, what is a homebuyer to do who can’t complete in this hot market with all cash buyers for land/fixers and what are the homebuilders to do who don’t have enough land to build on to satisfy demand?

One solution local green builder Green Canopy Homes came up with in response to a high demand for modernized green homes and scarce land options is to offer homebuyers custom remodel packages. Now Green Canopy can contract directly with a homeowner to remodel their existing home, or remodel a home they buy on the market to reduce overall costs. This custom build option is a win-win because it reduces the extra costs to a homebuyer who buys a new home on market and it reduces risk to the homebuilder who doesn’t have to guess about how and where their homebuyer wants to live. Image

Green Canopy’s newest home Dinah in Ballard (currently listed to be on the tour) fortunately doesn’t have much to compromise over. It is unique to the tour because it will be the only new home to be constructed with solar powered roof shingles (how many of us have been dreaming about this day?!) This is part of the innovation of what made Green Canopy Homes the recipient of King County’s Sustainable Small Business of the Year award this past year. Their ongoing commitment to the communities they work in and the thoughtfulness in which they engage the neighbors from design to finish home is unparalleled. For example, Green Canopy Homes gives the community an option to vote on the exterior paint colors for each house they construct. Currently Dinah is up for a paint vote! Check out the Green Canopy website and cast your vote for this house today. Stop by Dinah on the tour and see the winning vote!Image


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