Advanced Built Green® homes and communities are spreading across the state. This panel session will discuss three groundbreaking communities outside the Central Puget Sound that are pushing the envelope to Net Zero and beyond. Our panel includes three pioneering women effecting change in Northwest design and construction, as well as a respected Built Green verifier. The projects they present will highligh strategies, tactics, challenges, and successes in getting full communities of 5-star Net Zero homes to market affordably.
After 30 years of experience as a carpenter, designer, builder, and technical lead for energy efficiency programs, Tom is active as a green building consultant, providing LEED for homes, Built Green, and Passive House certifications for builders around the Northwest. Emphasizing a practical approach to zero energy homes, Tom is known for training, developing good working relationships with builders, and advising design/construction teams on advanced energy performance.
Sandy Bishop is currently serving as the Executive Director of Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT), which she co-founded in 1989. The work of LCLT has received both local and national recognition, including features in NYT and Home Power, along with certification from GreenBuild, Living Building Challenge, Energy Star, and numerous awards.
Sandy has tutored others in understanding the power of community land trusts as a tool for land reform and empowerment. She appreciates bold vision and enjoys the relationship between unskilled volunteer labor and highly skilled professionals to pull off projects.
As the founder of Living Shelter in 1992, Terry is an early adopter of deeply sustainable homes and lifestyles. Her outreach includes her own radio talk show program (The Eco-Logical Home), hands-on straw bale construction training, and many green conference presentations—all with a goal of helping facilitate a more resilient future.
Terry is a self-taught architect and Washington state native and her work has been published both nationally and regionally. She served on the regional board of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild from 2004 to 2009, finishing as co-chair. She is the architect on Selah Vista Homes and NW EcoVillage.
Since the early 1970s, Martha has worked in the construction industry as laborer, carpenter, inspector, project manager, and spec homebuilder. In the late 70s, the threat of living 15 miles from twin nuclear plants sparked her interest in conservation and renewable energy. Besides building places for people to live, Martha helps to spread the word about high-performance homebuilding and low-impact development.
Martha is a member of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Skagit and Island County Builders Association (SICBA), BIAW, and NAHB. After 33 years in Seattle, where she developed numerous pioneering Built Green® 5-Star certified projects, Martha moved and brought her trademarked City Cabins to Sedro-Woolley, WA.