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At King County, “green building” and “sustainable building” refer to design, construction, and operating practices that significantly reduce a building’s resource consumption and environmental impacts. They achieve these reductions through:

  • Sustainable site planning
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Waste minimization
  • Pollution prevention
  • Using resource-efficient materials
  • Providing enhanced indoor environmental quality for occupants

We encourage the use of green building techniques. The resources linked below will help you make decisions that will save energy and reduce costs.

Greenbridge
Greenbridge, a Built Green development in White Center.

See also

  • US Green Building Council : A coalition of the building industry that promotes environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work and offers the LEED Green Building Rating System™.

    US Green Building Council, Cascadia Chapter : Assists in the development of industry standards, design practices, tools, policy advocacy, information exchange, and education. Encourages widespread acceptance of LEED® certification as the regional standard for buildings and communities.

  • City of Seattle Green Building : Resource for sustainable building featuring links to a LEED project task list, project services procurement language guide, policy and code information, case studies, and Seattle’s Capital Improvement Program Supplements to LEED.

  • American Institute of Architects, Seattle : Seattle Committee on the Environment.

  • WA State Department of Ecology Green Building : Links to organizations, databases, resources, and other information on sustainable building practices in Washington State.

  • US Environmental Protection Agency Green Buildings : Links and information on energy, water, materials, waste, and the indoor environment.

  • Built Green™ : Residential green building program of the Master Builders Association developed in partnership with King and Snohomish counties.