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Case Studies





Campaign Partner Links

City of Seattle
View Seattle's sustainable building policy, a comprehensive green building toolkit, and a list of incentives and assistance available for green buildings.

King County
View a list of Washington-specific green building resources including BuiltGreen, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center and the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild.

BetterBricks is an initiative of the non-profit Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and is supported by your local electric utility. This free service connects building professionals with the information, tools, training and consultation needed to design and construct high performance buildings. Through its advisor services including the BetterBricks Daylighting Labs, Lighting Design Lab and Integrated Design Lab, BetterBricks can help developers, architects, engineers and others construct buildings that are better for business, people and the environment.

U.S. Green Building Council
The USGBC is the nation's foremost coalition of industry leaders working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Visit the site for information on LEED certification, Greenbuild, USGBC membership, and more.


In The News

USGBC Cascadia Chapter news


Local Utility Resources

Puget Sound Energy
Puget Sound Energy delivers electricity, natural gas, and innovative energy solutions to roughly 1.6 million customers in eleven counties of Washington State. Energy use can comprise a sizable amount of a company's operating costs so using energy wisely makes economic sense, and helps to preserve our environment. Puget Sound Energy offers a variety of services to help facilities use natural gas and electricity more efficiently, including technical assistance, information, and funding for retrofit and new construction projects.

Seattle City Light
A recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, Seattle City Light provides affordable, reliable, environmentally sound electric power to more than 300,000 homes and businesses in Seattle and the surrounding communities. Seattle City Light encourages building owners and developers to incorporate meaningful sustainable building goals early in the building design process. Information about citywide energy efficiency programs, services and financial incentives for multi-family residential and business customers is available.

Snohomish County PUD
Snohomish County Public Utility District is the second largest publicly-owned utility in the Pacific Northwest and the 12th largest PUD in the nation in terms of customers served. The PUD has several energy conservation programs and resources that can help customers save money in homes and businesses. The PUD has achieved over 70 average megawatts of energy savings since 1980. Customers benefit from a residential energy efficiency assistance hotline, a green tags purchasing program called Planet Power, and a compact fluorescent lamp program that has provided incentives for more than 1 million CFLs to date. The PUD is an active participant in the Sustainable Development Taskforce of Snohomish County, which provides education and advocacy for green building and low impact development strategies in the county.


Other Useful Links

The American Institute of Architects
A great resource for architects and designers looking to build green developments, this site contains helpful information regarding the design of sustainable buildings.

The American Planning Association
APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. Includes information about planning green communities.

Carnegie Mellon University Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics
The mission of the CBPD is to fundamentally improve the quality of the built environment. Includes research about sustainable building.

Cascadia Chapter
The Cascadia Region Green Building Council creates capacity for building sustainability in communities in the Oregon, Washington and British Columbia region. Click here for information on events, area chapters, and the latest news in sustainable development.

Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
This California-based organization supports the collaboration of public and private industries to help foster the emergence of clean technologies. This site contains great information for developers and real estate owners who want to convert to energy-efficient energy sources.

Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD), USDOE
This site has an extensive list of topics on sustainability including disaster planning, community energy, and rural issues. Also a resource for information about funding strategies, grants, green utility pricing and more.

Center for the Built Environment
The Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at the University of California, Berkeley, provides timely, unbiased information on promising new building technologies and design techniques, to improve the design, operation, and environmental quality of buildings. CBE offers building industry professionals access to building science case studies as well as Research Centers around the country.

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS)
A directory of green professionals.

Development Center for Appropriate Technology
DCAT works to enhance the health of the planet and our communities by promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development. Contains helpful information on how to train to be green.

Illustrates how energy management is an important aspect of environmental management and can provide healthy dividends for businesses.

Environmental Building News
Provides a comprehensive library of green building articles with topics including policy, process, and case studies.

EPA Green Buildings
EPA's site dedicated to green building. Includes information about the standards, guidelines and trends for green building in the U.S.

G/Rated—the City of Portland's Green Building Resource
G/Rated is Portland's gateway to green building innovation, offering initial consultation and current information specific to any green building project. G/Rated is a program of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development. The program provides technical assistance on a host of green building issues including access to extensive green building research, resources and project-specific publications.
A resource center for environmentally responsible building development co-sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council and

High Performance Buildings Database
The High Performance Buildings Database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The database collects information from buildings around the world, ranging from homes and commercial interiors to large buildings and even whole campuses and neighborhoods. These may be certified green projects, or simply projects that have one or more notable environmental features.

Implement, Seattle's Sustainable Building Tool
Is a practical how-to-tool to assist in designing Green Buildings. Integrated Design Tools and best practice information are provided by project type and specific to the Seattle region.

Labs for the 21st Century
Labs21 is a voluntary program dedicated to improving the environmental performance of U.S. laboratories.

LEED™ Supplement for King County
This online tool explains how each credit is best applied to projects in King County, how local building codes fit into the LEED framework and details what submittals are needed for each credit.

Lighting Design Lab
The Lighting Design Lab works to transform the Northwest lighting market by promoting quality design and energy efficient technologies. The Lab accomplishes our mission through education & training, consultations, technical assistance, and demonstrations.

MIT Building Technology Group
Contains an academic collection of research on green building.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
NREL is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to secure an energy future for the nation that is environmentally and economically sustainable. Includes valuable data concerning all types of energy, from solar to geothermal.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
NEEA is a non-profit corporation supported by electric utilities, public benefits administrators, state governments, public interest groups and energy efficiency industry representatives. Includes resources on how to find affordable, energy-efficient products and services.

Puget Sound Action Team
The Puget Sound Action Team Partnership defines, coordinates and implements Washington State's environmental agenda for Puget Sound. Produces a number of publications to inform and involve citizens in the health of Puget Sound, as well as direct links to numerous Puget Sound-related organizations and resources.

Resource Venture—Seattle
This resource makes environmental responsibility easy, practical and cost-effective. Includes how-to information, rebate programs, publications, regulations, success stories, award programs and more.

Rocky Mountain Institute
RMI is a nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of natural, human and other capital to make the world more secure, just, prosperous, and life sustaining. Includes comprehensive studies about energy, water and air.

University of Washington Program on the Environment Sustainability Gateway
The Sustainability Gateway page connects to information and resources on sustainability related courses, research units, and organizations at the University of Washington Seattle campus. Links are also included to administrative and student initiatives to promote sustainable practices at the University as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Urban Land Institute
ULI initiates research that anticipates emerging land use trends and issues and proposes creative solutions based on that research. Includes information on a wide range of sustainability topics from residential and resort, to office and industrial, and more.

Seattle Green Power Program
Seattle Green Power, a Seattle City Light program, allows customers with the option to help spur the development of additional renewable energy sources, including local solar projects. Offers links to websites and online resources about energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Washington State University Energy Program
The WSU Energy Program is a self-supported department that receives project funding from federal government agencies, federal power marketing agencies, the nonprofit Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and several other sources. The Program provides energy services, products, and information. For comprehensive information about commercial, industrial and residential energy efficiency visit this website. Renewables specialists at the WSU Energy Program can help you decide which energy sources make the most sense for your project, and assist with planning, financing and permitting of renewable energy projects.

LEED * City of Seattle * King County * Better Bricks

Local Green Buildings

If you are looking to lease space in King County, please check out the following new green buildings in our market:

Alcyone Apartments
LEED-certified residential apartments and retail in South Lake Union neighhorhood; completed in June 2004.
301 Minor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Contact: Amanda Sneed

307 Westlake
Laboratory, office and retail with LEED core and shell in South Lake Union neighhorhood; completed in March 2004.
307 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98109
Contact: Tim Dickerson

9th & Stewart Life Sciences Building
Biotechnology R&D, office and retail with LEED core and shell; opened in June 2004.
1900 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Contact: Bill Neil