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Seattle Sustainability

How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Seattle

Where to bring—or leave—your tree when you’re done with it

Passive townhouses in Capitol Hill win national award for green building

SolHaus, finished last year, has been recognized for creativity, sustainability, and innovation.

AIA exhibition will showcase the world’s smartest buildings

An exhibition presented by American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s Seattle chapter will explore this meeting of buildings and technology that can sometimes feel like science fiction.

Housing Translator launched by Seattle King County Realtors

Their FAQ for their facts

Passive House mixed-user in Capitol Hill closing in on approval

Check out what Seattle's first mixed-use project that meets Passive House Institute US standards might look like

Kirkland’s first solar community wants net zero to be new normal

Dwell Development steps up green construction and design once more

Beacon Hill’s iconic Pacific Tower completes latest renovations

The latest in a long line of reimaginings for this Seattle structure is complete

Why is this sustainable house on Vashon only $210K

Care about preserving nature? There's a program for that. King County has a Public Benefit Rating System (PBRS) that offers homeowners an incentive to "voluntarily preserve open space, farmland or forestland on their property".

Bellevue's Zero Energy Idea House lists for $1.5M

Energy efficiency is the name of the game these days and not just in Seattle. The Zero Energy Idea House, recently hit the open market, bringing the potential to live a net zero lifestyle with it.

Eagle Point cabin on San Juan Island down to $1.6M

Winner of an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, this unobtrusive cabin is practically a part of the landscape by design.

Seattle still figuring out how to do this whole composting thing

Well-meaning Seattleites are putting too many non-biodegradable produce bags in their compost bins, which is damaging the city’s composting machines

Seattle's greenest home is actually net positive

Emerald Star’s solar panel system actually helped the house produce more energy than it consumed, resulting in a monthly credit from the city for the energy supplied back into the grid. In other words, this house isn't net zero, it's net positive.

Mayor Murray does carpool karaoke for electric vehicles in Seattle

An audacious plan to create 30 percent electric-vehicle use in Seattle by 2030 comes with some bad singing.

Stone34 completes Seattle’s Deep Green Pilot Program

The Wallingford building is the first commercial building to do so

Olson Kundig will drop a 10-ton ice cube in Occidental Park

Imagine the cocktail that could use such a cube.

Passive house apartment project in Capitol Hill

Plans call for an old house and new building to be connected by a solar rooftop array that enables the building to reach Net Zero Energy status.

Seattle installing hundreds of electric car charging stations

Next year, Seattle City Light will launch a pilot program that includes installing charging stations for electric cars in a few hundred homes as well as setting up 20 fast-charging stations around Seattle free of charge.

Brown log cabin Built Green with pink neon lights

Built Green? Well, at one time this house was a bunch of trees; but the label probably has more to do with things like the solar water heater.

Remodeled Madison Park Midcentury Lists For $1.99M

We don't know what this 3-BR in Madison Park looked like before Scott Erickson and Rodger Benson bought it but apparently it wasn't the looker it is today. Anna Mihkels of MihkelsWright came in and went about recreating the aesthetic of the house.

One SolHaus Townhouse Still Available For $824K

Cascade Built debuted its latest ultra-green townhouse project recently in Capitol Hill and of the ten homes they created, all but one are taken.

Plans For Passive House Mixed-User in Capitol Hill

Plans call for Seattle's first mixed-use project that meets Passive House Institute US standards.

Dwell's Columbia City Live/Work Unit Hit Market

Targeting 5-Star Built Green, this place is the usual sustainable, eco-friendly build from Dwell.

Kirkland's $1.2M Built Green 4-Star FlexHaus

This Kirkland house doesn't just look modern, it lives modern.

1915 Montlake Classic Gets Built Green Makeover

A year ago, this Montlake home looked pretty rough. Today it looks like a million bucks. Well, a little bit more than a million bucks.

Check Out a $685K Beacon Hill Built Green Modern

Built Green and made out of concrete, a Chris Padro design is back on the market at $685,000.

Is 1800 Terry's 'Component Construction' Future of Seattle High-Rise Development?