Green building and solar resources
See below for additional information and resources on green building or solar:
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.
For information on the King County GreenTools program which helps all King County partners green their built environment while addressing critical environmental issues:
Try the EcoCoolRemodel tool to tour a virtual house for green remodeling tips!
Green home remodeling guides:
For information on construction and demolition recycling:
Helpful information for rural builders, visit GreenTools:
For sustainable building information visit:
This resource for sustainable building features links to a LEED project task list, project services procurement language guide, policy and code information, case studies and Seattle's CIP Supplements to LEED.
American Institute of Architects Seattle Committee on the Environment (COTE) provides resources to design professionals:
For information on sustainable building practices in Washington State, The Department of Ecology provides direct links to organizations, databases, resources, and other information:
For links and information on energy, water, materials, waste and the indoor environment:
Residential green building program of the Master Builders Association developed in partnership with King and Snohomish Counties:
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™.