BUSINESS MEETINGS ARE THE 2ND MONDAY OF January, April, July, and October at BIAWC offices, 1650 Baker Creek Place in Bellingham's Irongate area.
PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS -- please join us at 1650 Baker Creek Place for this and other topics.  Questions? Call Linda Twitchell at 671-4247.

Upcoming Classes:

In November -- 3 days of classes needed for the “Certified Green Professional” designation!

Green Building for Building Professionals
     Nov. 19-20, 8-5 p.m. at BIAWC
     RECENTLY UPDATED!! Implementing cost-effective green building into your construction practices begins with up-front planning that examines the whole house and the building science behind it. In this two-day course, you will learn how to apply green building practices in the construction of a new home, remodel, site development or multifamily project. With a focus on flexibility, a sound knowledge base and cost-effective solutions, the course provides the tools for a successful green project, including a review of the newly revised ICC 700-2012 National Green Building Standard®.
     As a graduate of this course, you will learn how to:
     • Integrate sound building science principles and a whole house approach into the design, construction and remodeling process
     • Address water, resource and energy efficiency as well as indoor environmental quality in your projects
     • Examine specific green building practices in each chapter of the ICC 700-2012 National Green Building Standard®
     • Market and sell in the expanding green home marketplace
     CREDIT HOURS: 16 Real Estate Clock Hours WA DOL – BIAW
               16 Appraiser Continuing Education ~ BIAW
               8-16 CE, WA State Local Built Green® Programs (CE vary by individual BG Programs) – BIAW
               12 CE, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) –NAHB
               12.0 CE, American Institute of Architects (AIA) / (HSW)/ (SD) –NAHB
               6 CE, American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) –NAHB
     Instructor: Ted Clifton, CGB,CGP,MCGP
     COST:  $385 for members, $425 for nonmembers.
     REGISTER through BIAW by clicking here.
Business Management for Building Professionals
     Nov. 21, 8-5 p.m. at BIAWC
     If you combine this with the "Green Building" class offered Nov. 19-20, you can earn a "Certified Green Professional" designation.
     Learn the management skills that give industry leaders the edge. This course will give you a solid foundation in those best business practices so valuable to smaller businesses: planning, organizing, staffing/directing and controlling. By using case studies and sample forms, your instructors give you practical and applicable tools for management success.
     As a graduate of this course, you will be able to
     * Discuss common business challenges and learn practical tips and tools to overcome them.
     * Explain the three basic functional areas within a company
     * List the five main tools used to improve a business
     * Apply each of the five Ps to the three functional areas of the business
     * Identify methods of recruiting, interviewing, training, and retaining quality personnel
     * Apply the key measures of business performance to your own business.
CREDIT HOURS:  6 NAHB Continuing Education
     6 American Institute of Architects' Continuing Education (AIA/CES)
     Can be used for credit toward these professional designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGR, CGP Master CSP, Master CGP.
     Instructor:  Daimon Doyle, MCGP, CAPS, GMB.
     COST: $250 for members, $285 for nonmembers.
     REGISTER through the BIAW by clicking here.

Energy Efficiency RESOURCES

Building America Best Practices Series - Marine Climate  view

Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)  view

Energy-Efficient Mortgages  view
Energy-efficient mortgage programs let you qualify for bigger loans by folding in the additional cost of making improvements for energy efficiency or the operational savings from purchasing an already energy-efficient home. Another version provides discounts on loan fees or interest rates for homes that are certified as energy-efficient.

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency  view
This website includes links on information regarding Federal Tax Credits that are available for energy efficient homes.

Northwest Energy Star Home Program  view
Links to search for utility energy incentives participating builders and descriptions of the program features and benefits.

US Dept. of Energy Building America Program  view

Washington State Energy Code Builders' Field Guide  view
Tips andd techniques for energy efficient building practices.

Washington State University Extension Energy Program  view
WSU Energy Program provides many resources for builders and homeowners to learn about energy programs throughout Washington state.  


Green Building

Building Green  view
This organization publishes GreenSpec, a directory of green building materials, and Environmental Building News. This link is to their free information site; other resources require a subscription.

Building Science Corporation  view

NAHB Research Center Resource List  view

Tacoma EnviroHouse  view
The City of Tacoma has a permanent green building and natural landscape exhibit that's a good resource for all aspects of sustainable building and living. Visit the Puget Sound area's only permanent green model home! Hours: Wed - Fri: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat - Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: City of Tacoma Landfill 3510 S. Mullen Admission: Free Information: (253) 573-2426

US EPA's Green Building Resources  view
Site with links to all of the federal resoruces to support green building.

WA Dept. of Ecology Green Building Resources  view
Department of Ecology's Sustainable Building Website has agency and program links by county and lots of helpful resources.


Green Remodeling

City of Seattle Sustainable Building Site  view
Several useful booklets to download on green home remodeling.

King County's Eco-Cool Remodel Tool  view


Indoor Air Quality

American Lung Assn. of WA Healthy House Program  view

US EPA's Indoor Air Quality in New Homes  view

US EPAs Indoor airPLUS Program  view
The Indoor airPLUS Program is a partnership between EPA, builders, raters, utilities, and public health and indoor environmental organizations to improve indoor air in new homes.

USEPA Indoor Air Quality Resources  view



Building Industry Association of Washington  view

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency  view

Department of Ecology- Green  view

NAHB National Green Building Program  view
Several Built Green programs are affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders' National Green Building Standard. 


Product Information

Green Seal  view
Product certification

Product certification

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)  view


Recycling and Re-Use

2 Good 2 Toss - Materials Exchange Programs  view
This site has links to all county materials exchange programs. Find useful materials or post things you think are useful but can no longer use yourself.

King County Construction Recycling Resources  view

Take It Back Network  view


Site and Landscaping

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) - Training and Certification Programs  view
The Construction Stormwater General Permit requires that site inspections be conducted by a CESCL

 Puget Sound Partnership  view
The Puget Sound Partnership is dedicated to the innovative set of techniques known as low impact development. Low impact development or LID is a more environmentally friendly approach to developing land and managing stormwater runoff.

WA Dept. of Ecology's Stormwater Management Manual for W. Washington  view

WA Dept. of Ecology landscaping planning  view

WSU Master Gardeners - Eastern WA  view

WSU Master Gardeners - Western WA  view


Water Conservation

Saving Water Partnership  view
Seattle Public Utility and surrounding water utilities collaborate to offer water saving tips resources and incentives.

US EPA's WaterSense Program  view
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. Look for the WaterSense label to choose quality, water-efficient products.

Watershed Protection Tools  view
from Center for Watershed Protection Elliot City MD 410-461-8323 offers multiple publications incuding Site Planning for Urban Stream Protection

Jul 06 2011

Credo Construction earns 5-star certification

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A 4-bedroom project on an infill site in Lynden takes home Built Green®'s highest rating for energy efficiency and sustainable building practices and materials.