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

8:30 - 9 a.m. Welcome

9 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address by alan durning, Q&A


breakout sessions

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Integrated Design

Savings

Community

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

Build With Strength: Sustainable Concrete Multifamily Construction
Presenter: Tien Peng

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Applying Nature's Solutions to Building Design: Getting Your Hands Dirty With Biomimicry
Presenters: Alexandra Ramsden, Jennifer Barnes, Rachael Meyer

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Cost-Effective and Green Remodeling Solutions
Presenters: Jason Legat, Justin Hooks

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From Exclusionary to Inclusionary: How Can We Make Our Region Inclusive, Resilient, and Vibrant?
Presenters: Aaron Fairchild (moderator), Alan Durning

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11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.  lunch


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

The Ever-Evolving Tool Bag
Presenter: Dan Wildenhaus

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Design for Watershed Health (long session)
Presenter: Ellen Southard

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How to Take Solar and Smart Home Technology to Create the Next Generation of Net Zero
Presenters: Anthony Maschmedt, Tadashi Shiga

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Affordable Clean Energy for All
Presenters: Mikhaila B. Gonzales, Alexis Cureton

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2:15 - 2:45 p.m. networking or education OPTION

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Design for Watershed Health (continued)
Presenter: Ellen Southard

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Green Talk: Scalable Net Zero Energy Solutions
Presenter: Sam Lai

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

What Would Captain Picard Do? A Building Codes "Prime Directive"
Presenter: Chris van Daalen

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Accessibility and Universal Design: An Integral Part of Social Equity and Sustainability
Presenter: Scott Adams

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Heat - It's Not Just Your Grandfather's Forced Air Anymore!
Presenters: Laura Elfline (moderator), Patrick Beebe-Sweet, Suraj Lobo

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Neighborhood Engagement: Increasing Density With Neighbor Allies
Presenters: Patricia Akiyama (moderator), Aaron Fairchild, Alex Mason, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, Lynn Eshelman, More TBA

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


session details

Build With Strength: Sustainable Concrete Multifamily Construction
Presenter: Tien Peng

Architects are realizing that the promise of low first‐cost is inadequate for generating long‐term sustainable value. From energy efficiency, lower insurance costs, and moisture resistance, benefits of a durable, concrete structure become increasingly attractive when industry professionals are equipped with the right tools and knowledge. Building materials play a big role in deciding the longevity and resiliency of our structures. The increased incidences of apartment fire conflagrations have provided a glimpse of what it looks like when sequestered carbon goes up in flames. Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) are becoming increasingly popular for multifamily projects that value speed, safety and sustainability. Through design solutions demonstrated in this workshop, design professionals can focus on strength rather than disaster‐response, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long‐term value to the owners. 


Cost-Effective and Green Remodeling Solutions
Presenters: Jason Legat, Justin Hooks

Our region contains thousands of homes that will undergo remodels in the years to come. It is a missed opportunity if the remodels don't make these homes greener, healthier, and more efficient. Yet, certified remodels and retrofits make up only a small slice of all Built Green certifications, and sustainable strategies are often overlooked. In this panel we will hear from multiple builders, on the forefront of sustainable building, about how they provide sustainable solutions and value to clients in a cost-effective way. These experts will also share how they promote the benefits of green building and remodeling, how to get more builders and homeowners on board, and why their businesses have made the choice to build green.


The Ever-Evolving Tool Bag
Presenter: Dan Wildenhaus

When achieving certification for green building and ensuring that the products and processes we use will deliver as promised, we often rely on third-party rating systems, scoring tools, and supplemental certifications. But sometimes the landscape gets muddled and we need help deciding which tools best suit our needs and help us deliver at the best cost for our clients. For water efficiency, do you use the Water Efficiency Rating Score or the Water Efficiency Rating Index? For materials selection, do you stick with the Red List or utilize the new Google healthy products list? For energy efficiency, the HERS Index, the Home Energy Score, or the Energy Performance Score? These competing scores and more will be looked at during this session with overarching guidance provided as to how to best incorporate this wide range of tools.


How to Take Solar and Smart Home Technology to Create the Next Generation of Net Zero
Presenters: Anthony Maschmedt, Tadashi Shiga

Dwell Development's Genesee Park net zero energy home has an impressive design, but the real story lies in the new and innovative systems utilized in order to meet 5-Star Built Green and be net zero. This session is a case study of this house, which will be the first residential speculative home of its kind to utilize both the new passive solar thermal (hot water) systems by Silk Road Solar and the ultra efficient hot water heat pump system called Chiltrix. In combination, these two systems will supply the home all of the hot water and radiant in floor heat it needs for year-round comfort, supplied by the sun. In addition, the home will capture the cooling capacity of the Chiltrix to add supplemental cooling during the hot summer months. Other efficient materials and technologies along with the 9.6 kW solar array will allow this home to reach net zero. This session will explore rising technologies, as utilized in this home, which will expand the possibilities for reaching net zero energy in the speculative market.


Green Talk: Scalable Net Zero Energy Solutions
Presenter: Sam Lai

A fast paced, story based, “TED-style” presentation. Sam will take you on a 20 minute journey from the beginning of life on earth, the early days of homebuilding to our Net Zero Energy future. This is the funny and humble story of Green Canopy Home’s process of pivoting its entire production line to Net Zero Energy. Sam will also share practical Net Zero Energy home building takeaways including: company strategy, market case studies, project market analysis, construction budget line-items and marketing and sales strategy. Warning!: You may cringe at the belly flops, hand-wringing scenes and lessons painfully learned. No swan song here – this story is designed for your own individual or group process of growth and evolution for a rapidly changing world that needs you.  


Accessibility and Universal Design: An Integral Part of Social Equity and Sustainability
Presenter: Scott Adams

Let’s face it. The bottom line is that at best we are all only temporarily able-bodied.  Injury, age, and other conditions render us disabled for at least some time in our lives.  Designing for accessibility equips us to be able to function at all times and creates the opportunity to live in the same place for most of our lives – one measure of sustainability.  This presentation will focus on accessibility issues in the built environment and how national and local regulations are designed to ensure access for all without discrimination due to disability.  In particular, the complex interplay of codes specific to multi-family housing will be discussed, as well as the concept of “Universal Design,” which refers to broad spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people with and without impairments.


Neighborhood Engagement: Increasing Density With Neighbor Allies
Presenters: Patricia Akiyama (moderator), Aaron Fairchild, Alex Mason, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, Lynn Eshleman, others TBA

How about collaboration and cooperation, instead of confrontation? Is there a way for homebuilders and cities to engage with neighbors to gain their understanding, support -- and even acceptance -- for thoughtful, sustainable, increased density in established neighborhoods? This panel brings together some of the most important perspectives and voices that are shaping this debate that is echoing in many parts of this region, featuring several innovative builders with experience creating in-fill housing as well as the engaged and thoughtful mayor of one of the region’s fastest-growing cities. You will also hear from a city planner on the front lines, and from an owner of an in-fill home. We’ll share experiences through case studies, and explore with panelists and the audience the best ways to close the gap between what we do now, and what we might create. Our aim is  a measured and more meaningful dialogue between residents in neighborhoods where in-fill homes are being built and the people who build them.

Applying Nature's Solutions to Building Design: Getting Your Hands Dirty With Biomimicry
Presenters: Alexandra Ramsden, Jennifer Barnes, Rachael Meyer

Nature is a brilliant, untapped mentor. This session will look at how local ecosystems provide clues for designing buildings that provide environmental benefits to their sites, share a real project exploration of this approach here in Seattle, and work with attendees to brainstorm new ways that designs can incorporate Nature’s wisdom in participants’ own regions. This session is as an interactive workshop, with an introduction to the concept of biomimicry, presentation on a biomimicry design tool, an investigation on how the Pacific Northwest forest can inform design, and brainstorming on specific design solutions. Playdoh, sticks and recycled paper will be provided! Attendees will walk away equipped with a new perspective, learning from nature to develop innovative sustainability solutions.


From Exclusionary to Inclusionary: How Can We Make Our Region Inclusive, Resilient, and Vibrant?
Presenters: Aaron Fairchild (moderator), Alan Durning, more TBA

It is no secret our region is experiencing a sharp rise in housing prices, and that many people are suffering from high housing cost burdens. Due to the affordability crisis, people are being displaced and are unable to easily access services and employment close to home. Seattle’s workers are sprawling into outlining communities threatening the bioregional resource-base needed to maintain resilient communities. These impacts are felt more sharply by moderate and low-income households, as well as within many neighborhoods that historically have been home to communities of color. Seattle’s real estate past contributed to the make-up of neighborhoods and zoning regulations that are causing ever-rising costs and displacement in unequitable ways. These issues bring up important questions in search of answers. How can we shape our neighborhoods to be more affordable and equitable? Is capitalism or government policy to blame? How can we harness the market and utilize policy to make Seattle livable for all? Should we respond to how the past has shaped neighborhoods while we consider improving access to homes and services? This session will cover Seattle’s real estate and zoning history, how it shaped the city and region as we know it today, and how we can play a role in making our region more equitable, affordable, and livable.


Design for Watershed Health
Seeking a High Performance Substitute for Standard Multi-family Construction
Presenter: Ellen Southard

The North Creek wetlands restoration at Cascadia College and UW Bothell are legendary in this region. When construction of the campus began in 1997, wetland restoration was a critical part of the development plan and permitting requirements and construction presented an opportunity for ecological restoration and an attempt to reestablish the lower part of the North Creek stream channel. A former farm and monoculture was restored to a functioning floodplain ecosystem within an urbanized watershed. Salmon-Safe, a land use certification program, has been working with the campus for the past nine years monitoring the site and supporting operations and maintenance of the overall campus. Today, beaver are back along with a other species including red legged frogs, owls and salamanders. The site also boasts a bounty of wild flowers and other native species which provide ecosystem services for the campus. This session includes a tour of the wetlands site and meadow as well as a landscape workshop based on Salmon-Safe's Ten Principles of Site Design.


Affordable Clean Energy for All
Presenters: Mikhaila B. Gonzales, Alexis Cureton

In Washington State, solar production incentives are issued as tax credits, making solar deployment far more attractive to individuals and taxable entities with tax credit appetite. As a result, the benefits and savings of solar elude a large swath of Washington’s population which does not own their home or have access to good credit, home equity, technical know-how, and/or knowledge and access to complex financing structures. Through the Affordable Clean Energy for All (ACE) program, Spark Northwest and its partners are developing a solar financing model specifically designed for non-profit housing providers serving low income tenants, which will avail of federal tax incentives where state incentives fall short. In this workshop, you will get glimpse of a program-in-progress, as well as the unique and fulfilling challenges facing solar deployment for affordable housing in Seattle. You will review case studies which have contributed to energy democracy as well as environmental gentrification, and interact with workshop participants to exchange personal experiences and thoughts about renewable energy as it relates to your own work. 


What Would Captain Picard Do? A Building Codes "Prime Directive"
Presenter: Chris van Daalen

Building codes focus on minimum standards that define the worst building you can legally build, through a myopic lens focused on one potential hazard at a time. While codes have dramatically reduced harm to people from individual buildings, our siloed regulatory system has failed to address cumulative future risks that are harming the very life support systems of our planet.  The prescriptive, reductive approach stifles innovation: codes are often as effective at preventing the worst as well as the best practices being pioneered by our region’s best innovative forward-thinking designers and builders. We need to ask ourselves, "what would Captain Picard do?"  He would tell us we need a Building Codes “Prime Directive”:  Buildings shall do no harm and actively restore the natural evolution of our planet. This session will explore code and regulatory barriers that have slowed or stopped green building innovators’ best ideas from being adopted broadly, highlighting breakthroughs documented in the Code Innovations Database.  Looking beyond code compliance, participants will engage in interactive exploration of a vision for the building regulatory system based on aspirational imperatives rather code mimimums. What would it take to advocate for and institute a regulatory system that make net zero regenerative buildings the norm rather than the inspiring exception?  


Heat - It's Not Just Your Grandfather's Forced Air Anymore!
Presenters: Laura Elfline (moderator), Patrick Beebe-Sweet, Suraj Lobo

Is a heat pump really the most efficient heat source? Is it cost effective to put radiant floors in remodels? Why put heaters on the ceiling if hot air rises? If you’ve ever wondered about these questions, this session is for you! Our region has a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. To accomplish this, goal we need to complete multitudes of deep green energy new construction and retrofits in our existing residential and commercial building stock. Heating systems are a major factor when it comes to green construction and retrofits, and builders and designers need to stay abreast of the best energy efficient solutions for different situations. Eco-friendly heating solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Remodels often require a completely different heating system from newly-built homes, which are in turn, fully distinct from multi-family projects. In an expert panel compromised of professionals in the breadth of efficient heating solutions we will look at the variety of options for efficiently and effectively staying comfortable and the newest innovations in the marketplace, how to utilize new solutions as standalone or hybrid solutions, how systems perform in a variety of scenarios, and will discuss the best applications for each solution, along with available rebates. Panelists will also share case studies of winning and lasting applications that made a difference for their clients and the community.