7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address by hunter lovins, Q&A


breakout sessions

change

Sessions on innovations and trends in the marketplace

build

Sessions on creative building and living

nerd out

Sessions on building and technology updates

discuss

Conversations about bettering our industry

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Breakout 1

Innovating New Technologies for Energy Efficiency in 21st Century Homes
Presenter: Franck Rougier

Built Green Case Studies: Clearwater Commons and Victory Heights Net Zero Energy Homes
Presenters: Tom Campbell, Ted Clifton Jr., Sean Conta

A Sneak Peek into the Built Green Multi-Family Checklist Updates
Presenter: Corey Fitch

Builder-Neighbor Relations: A Panel on Improving Communities and Relationships
Presenters: Aaron Adelstein (moderator), Jeff Floor, Julio Sanchez, David Neiman, Aaron Fairchild


11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  lunch and booksigning


1:15 - 2:15 p.m. breakout 2

Redfin Demand Intelligence: What Do Today’s Buyers Want?
Presenter: Kate Knight

From Chocolates to Carobs
Seeking a High Performance Substitute for Standard Multi-Family Construction

Presenters: Jeff Reibman (moderator), Sloan Ritchie, Dan Luddy, Kirsten Clemens

Bridging Building Health with Human Health
Presenters: Katrina Morgan, Vandita Mudgal

How Can Green Builders and Built Green Support Affordability?
Presenters: Aaron Fairchild (moderator), Hunter Lovins, Shannon Affholter, Mike O'Brien, Lisa Vatske


2:15 - 2:45 p.m. networking break


2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Breakout 3

Financing the Future: Moving Money for Good
Presenters: Donna Morton, Hunter Lovins

Built Green to Living Green: A Homeowner Panel
Presenters: Nina Milligan (moderator), Bryan Bell, Karin Weekly, Franck Rougier, Melinh Jones Nozynski 

Codes Got You in Hot Water?
Top Ten New Items from 2015 IECC for Washington Code, Built Green, and Beyond

Presenter: Dan Wildenhaus

Green Energy Retrofit Summit
Presenters: Jason Lear, Shannon Ellis-Brock, Chuck Murray


3:45 - 6:00 p.m. Reception and awards ceremony


session details

Innovating New Technologies for Energy Efficiency in 21st Century Homes
Presenter: Franck Rougier
In today’s modern homes, a plethora of new, high tech products are being used that are seeing widespread marketplace adoption. With the acceptance of these products, however, some shortcomings are also coming to light. Smart appliances and systems can all be controlled with a computer. Individual controls, however, are not the full solution. Without overarching, intelligent control, the homeowner has to be the smart operator. Is there anywhere we don’t have computers? The fact is, we rarely use them to help us manage our most important asset of all—our homes. This talk is about that overarching, intelligent control that will enable you to make informed decisions about important aspects of modern day homes and will help create a comfortable, convenient, and secure environment, while at the same time saving energy.

Built Green Case Studies: Clearwater Commons and Victory Heights Net Zero Energy Homes
Presenters: Tom Campbell, Ted Clifton Jr., Sean Conta

Take a tour through the Clearwater Commons and learn about how they are integrating green building, low impact development, and environmental restoration to build positive community and environmental benefits. The Clearwater Commons is a model pedestrian community that uses pin foundations, solar, shared community amenities, and stream restoration to create positive impact development. Its most recent and upcoming homes are 5-Star Built Green.

TC Legend Homes is known for high performance net zero homes that are also affordable. In fact, every home they build is net zero. This Victory Heights project was the first speculative build for the team and both homes sold in a matter of days. This session will feature discussions of construction process, specs, techniques, problems, and solutions from the viewpoint of both the builder and the third-party verifier.


A Sneak Peek into the Built Green Multi-Family Checklist Updates
Presenter: Corey Fitch
The green building landscape has changed dramatically since 2008 when the Built Green Multi-Family Checklist was last revised. Best practices have evolved, codes have advanced, and the market where we live and work has seen one of the largest booms in recent history. Over the last six months, a group of industry stakeholders including builders, verifiers, designers and policy makers have been working to update the Built Green Multi-Family Checklist to align with all these changes and push the industry forward. This session will review that process, highlight major checklist changes, present the implementation timeline, and include Q&A.


How Can Green Builders and Built Green Support Affordability?
Presenters: Aaron Fairchild (moderator), Hunter Lovins, Shannon Affholter, Mike O'Brien, Lisa Vatske
In his 2008 book, The Option of Urbanism, Christopher Leinberger dedicates a chapter to discussing how residential affordability issues will be among the most significant unintended consequences of the walkable urban resurgence. As people and jobs continue to concentrate in urban locations, galvanizing the direction of our region’s growth, how can those of us who care about lower impact, resource efficient development provide solutions through our building practices, advocacy and engagement, and ethos? Join us in discussing what the green building community can do both independently and together to provide affordable, equitable solutions for our region’s growing pains.


Redfin Demand Intelligence: What Do Today’s Buyers Want?
Presenter: Kate Knight
Over 10 million homebuyers search on Redfin each month. Thousands tour and purchase homes with Redfin agents in 82 markets across the country. Redfin studies every click and surveys buyers and agents directly to understand what is happening in the market today. This session will convey what is being learned to help you connect with what today’s buyers want and need, better understand what challenges they face, realize the importance of green home features, and more. This session will also include a real-time update on trending neighborhoods in Seattle.


From Chocolates to Carobs
Seeking a High Performance Substitute for Standard Multi-family Construction
Presenters: Jeff Reibman (moderator), Sloan Ritchie, Dan Luddy, Kirsten Clemens
The building community is craving energy performance at a larger scale. In Seattle, multi-family developments represent more than 50% of the region’s building stock. By increasing demand for higher performance commercial projects through energy code restrictions and utility incentives, the industry will expect access to higher-performing systems, materials, and trade standards. Passive House is a model for delivering energy efficient single-family homes and can play a significant role by expanding to multi-family developments. While successful, Passive House homes come at a premium. The 1300 East Pike team is exploring a market-competitive model to bring Passive House standards to the masses. The team will explore what is attainable and what we have now that will enable us to bring high-performing buildings to the market at a competitive cost.


Bridging Building Health with Human Health
Presenters: Katrina Morgan, Vandita Mudgal
While the construction industry is moving toward more stringent energy and water performance targets, the topics of human wellness, fitness, and equitable communities are becoming increasingly important to address as the next frontier for green building. We spend most of our time in buildings; therefore, diversity and community should be brought to green building discussions. As industry professionals, we must account for subtle but important design solutions that make spaces more comfortable and inviting for all occupants coming from diverse backgrounds. The session will focus on tangible solutions and share recent developments in the green building industry to bridge the gap between the built environment and the impact it can have on health, fitness, cultural diversity, personal well-being, and more.


Builder-Neighbor Relations: A Panel on Improving Communities and Relationships
Presenters: Aaron Adelstein (moderator), Jeff Floor, Julio Sanchez, David Neiman, Aaron Fairchild
Seattle and its surroundings are growing rapidly. Along with growth comes change - and construction. As new buildings and homes rise, residents worry about the perceived change in character of their neighborhoods. How do we balance the unavoidable growth and development of the region with community comfort and character? How can builders foster positive relationships with community members and neighbors as they do their jobs? Join area builders, architects, and residents for a discussion on how these groups might collaborate to improve their communities.


Financing the Future: Moving Money for Good
Presenters: Donna Morton, Hunter Lovins
Finance is one of the most powerful upstream human-made systems, and is also space ripe for the transformational influence of new leadership. If we can align values that serve life with financial markets, we can move money from harm to healing. Learn from two sustainability and financial pioneers with 70 years of collective experience how green buildings, good agriculture, clean energy, and the world we want can be supported through public market investments. There are large opportunities to align the interests of NGOs, foundations, academic institutions and the most progressive companies in the world with the legitimate needs of communities. What if finance is the fastest and most powerful system on earth either driving us to the brink or turning hard and towards the world we want? This is a workshop for those new to the arena and intrigued by the opportunity to transform finance into a space for good.


Built Green to Living Green: A Homeowner Panel
Presenters: Nina Milligan (moderator), Bryan Bell, Karin Weekly, Franck Rougier, Melinh Jones Nozynski
Having lived in a Built Green home for over 11 years, moderator Nina can say the experience changed her life. Through her residency in Issaquah Highlands she has become a Built Green evangelist. And while Nina’s family started out buying Built Green, another challenge is living green. How can we promote Built Green as a valuable asset and how can current homeowners convey the benefits they enjoy? What are benefits and challenges of living in a Built Green home? How do homeowners decide to purchase Built Green in the first place? This panel of homeowners will tell their stories and provide valuable information for those who are working to improve and expand the green building industry.


Codes Got You in Hot Water?
Top Ten New Items from 2015 IECC for Washington Code, Built Green, and Beyond
Presenter: Dan Wildenhaus
Join Dan for a fun and informative discussion about updates around energy and hot water in the 2015 Energy Code adopted in Washington in 2016, as well as federal minimum standards, Built Green points, and options in the marketplace. Dan will cover aspects relating to the top code changes and how they impact the Built Green process and above-code construction. This session will also discuss some of the cutting edge products and approaches making their way to the marketplace now and over the next couple of years.


Green Energy Retrofit Summit
Presenters: Jason Lear, Shannon Ellis-Brock, Chuck Murray
Millions of homes in our region are already built, and, simply put, most of them will need a lot of work if they are to contribute positively to a low-carbon economy and a resilient future. What is our new model for growing energy retrofits in the Puget Sound Region and beyond? We’ve brought together remodelers, volunteer organizations, energy experts, and innovative lenders to lead a conversation about the role of existing homes in our region’s carbon reduction efforts. All interested innovators should be involved in this conversation. Panelists will give short presentations and then lead break-out sessions to develop implementable strategies.