#YesOn1631 for Green Jobs + Clean Energy

#YesOn1631 for Green Jobs + Clean Energy

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Washington State has a chance to put a groundbreaking environmental initiative on the ballot this year! Initiative 1631 will put a price on pollution and invest in clean energy like wind and solar, as well as healthier forests, and clean air and water across the state, creating thousands of local Washington jobs.

We encourage you to learn more and join us in supporting this diverse coalition of businesses, nonprofits, and communities fighting for a healthier future for all of us. Read more or volunteer here.

Below is the endorsement from Chris, the  NW EcoBuilding Guild’s executive director:

Call to Action for Climate Justice: It’s a critical time to get more involved if we’re serious about leaving a habitable planet to future generations.  Many Guild Members and partners support Yes on I-1631 a proposed initiative to put a price on carbon pollution in Washington.  Organizers are now racing the clock to get enough signatures to put it on the ballot in November.  You can:

This Initiative gives the Guild a chance to live up to our mission statement which includes “Encourage building practices that dramatically reduce carbon emissions… to create optimal conditions for human health and community.”  I urge everyone to do what you can to help!

Best wishes!  Chris van Daalen, Executive Director | chris@ecobuilding.org

Green Building Tip: Use Infrared Heat

Green Building Tip: Use Infrared Heat

Infrared radiant heat systems provide versatile warmth that is both cozy and efficient. Powered by electricity, radiant heaters directly warm humans and objects without noisy fans, bad smells, or dry air and dust blowing around your house. Imagine the immediate all-encompassing warmth that feels like stepping into the sun, when you walk into your bedroom. Radiant heating systems are flexible and can be customized for any room layout. They complement any décor by mounting on the ceiling or upper wall and become almost invisible. Below are the best solutions for heating our buildings and homes more sustainably with radiant heat:

1) Hybrid System with Ductless Heat Pump

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A ductless mini-split heat pump (DHP) is a great energy-saving solution for heating larger open spaces like an open concept great room. A single unit installed high on the wall can output 12,000 BTUs and save you more than 50% on your energy bills. However, DHPs struggle to spread heat down hallways and around corners. Unless you leave the doors open all the time, DHP’s can’t effectively heat bedrooms or bathrooms. Installing a second or third DHP head means running extra piping which quickly becomes messy and costly. This is where infrared radiant heat comes to the rescue! Instead of additional DHP heads, electric radiant heaters can be installed in rooms that the DHP fails to reach. As a supplemental system, radiant heaters will provide enhanced comfort, and zone control, while complementing the unbeatable efficiency of a ductless heat pump. Radiant heat also offers much faster heating response times than a DHP (approximately 5-10 mins) because it is warming humans and objects directly.

2) Zone Control for the Whole House

Infrared radiant heat can effectively and efficiently heat your entire home, with 1-2 units per room. By placing a thermostat in each room, you can heat only the rooms you are using. With an average 30% energy savings over cadet or baseboard heaters1 , infrared radiant heat warms objects and surfaces in a room directly. This means everything in your space will be an even temperature and furniture will become part of the thermal mass that will continue to provide soft warmth. Thus, occupants feel warmer faster and stay warm longer, lower air temperatures, adding even more energy savings. Additionally, with no need to dry the air out to an uncomfortable heat with noisy fans, ductwork, or moving parts, radiant heaters provide superior indoor air quality for your family.

3) Avoid Extending the Furnace for an Addition

infrared radiant ceiling panel flush mountedWhen planning an addition to your home, the question often arises of whether to extend an existing furnace system. Adding ductwork can be quite costly, involve a complicated install, and may end up being less comfortable and efficient due to heat loss from the extra ductwork. Any time you want to heat any part of the system, the entire furnace has to fire up. You also run the risk of overworking your furnace or finding out that you need to install an entirely new one. Zoned infrared radiant heat is a great alternative to a furnace extension. There is no need to install more duct work and radiant heaters are as simple to install as a ceiling light. Affordable, comfortable and efficient heat makes radiant the ideal alternative to locations that an existing furnace can’t reach. Unlike vents and ductwork, radiant heaters are completely silent, require zero maintenance, and have the longest expected lifetime of any other products on the heating market. Talk about a great long-term investment! For more information, visit mightyenergy.net

Free Workshop: Power Tools 101

Free Workshop: Power Tools 101

Saturday May 12, 2018 

There is nothing better than having the right tool for the right job! Join us at Second Use Building Materials to discover the who-what-where-and-why of power tools with our very own Doug Elfline.

This free workshop will teach you how to assess which tool is the right tool, how to plan your tool use, what safety considerations to be aware of, and how to troubleshoot potential problems through a short presentation followed by live demonstrations of popular power tools, a conversation on where to find them, and Q+A with the pros.

11am-12:30pm

3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

Save Your Spot by emailing maryanne@seconduse.com and RSVP on Facebook

April 28-29, 2018: NW Green Home Tour

April 28-29, 2018: NW Green Home Tour

The 2018 NW Green Home Tour is right around the corner: April 28 – April 29, 2018. And this year’s tour is shaping up to be better than ever! For the 8th out of 8 years Mighty House is excited to be showcasing a project on the tour. Our DADU With A View in Ravenna is currently in progress, but will be finished very soon! This innovative 2+ story DADU is green-roof ready and is pending Built Green 5 Star certification. Get your tickets here. Important note: our project will only be open on Sunday April 29!  

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Designed by Living Shelter Architects, this project includes super energy-efficient building solutions with an emphasis on healthy finishes for superb indoor air quality. Here are a few of the features we’re most excited about: Insulated concrete forms (ICFs), insulating foam glass gravel, wood-fiber exterior insulation and wool interior insulation, a passive HRV system and infrared radiant heating.  Bamboo floors, no-VOC paints, and locally produced cabinetry add to the project’s overall health and sustainability.  The DADU will also have a green roof ready area above the second floor!

Our project will be open Sunday April 29 ONLY!

 

Shout outs to Dunn Lumber, 475 Building Supply, Mighty Energy Solutions, Windows Doors & More and all our trades partners for working hard to make this project flow with ease. See you there!

 
Dark Green Kitchen in Green Lake

Dark Green Kitchen in Green Lake

Nancy and James originally reached out to Mighty House because they wanted to work with a contractor who had a strong commitment to using salvaged materials. MHC was the only contractor they spoke to who was willing to reuse the existing cabinetry and meet their budget constraints. Finding a contractor with high sustainability standards was really important to them!

BEFORE

Keeping the character of their existing cabinetry was also extremely important. The design plan required re-locating some of them and adding cabinets to where the refrigerator had been. This made it unreasonable to reuse the base cabinets, but we were able to reuse all the upper cabinets. We played with several ideas  – should the new ones be starkly different to stand out? Or perhaps we should mimic the look with a semi-custom cabinetry line (like Canyon Creek). In the end, neither of those options really did justice to the house or matched the style – which really mattered to the homeowners – so we went with custom cabinet maker, Cabinetworks.

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Additional green and eco-friendly choices included:

  • Custom built eating nook bench – made by local manufacturer
  • Painted cabinets – no need for fancy imported wood or finish
  • Upgraded to new, more energy efficient appliances including an Energy Star certified dishwasher and refrigerator
  • Natural Marmoleum flooring that is non-toxic, anti-microbial, and durable
  • Pental Quartz countertops – low-VOC and chemical emissions

 

 Check out more photos of this project in our Flikr gallery.