Join us on November 4th for an evening of inspiring stories at the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s annual Green Building Slam. Not to be missed, there will be 10 projects, each with 10 minutes, and 10 slides! Mighty House is honored to be presenting our jury selected project alongside Parie Hines of LD Arch Design. Our presentation, Growing Pains: Creating a Sustainable Future for a Sweet Little Home, will be showcasing our Westwood Addition that there are high impact green options for a variety of project types and budget sizes.
November 3, 2017
5:30pm – 10:30pm
University of Washington – Kane Hall
Over the past month, extreme weather patterns and record breaking storms have devastated countless families, friends, and neighbors in our hemisphere. As the climate changes, we will see these impacts worsening and continuing to hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest. Linked below are organizations that work to reach and support the most vulnerable in these trying times:
This month we’re highlighting Bike Works! Last year, this fantastic nonprofit celebrated 20 years of their work to create more sustainable communities through youth education and promoting bicycling. The shop and warehouse reuse and recycle bikes and parts that would otherwise be unused or sent to a landfill. They also offer a variety of youth education programs and even provide free bicycles to those who otherwise can’t afford them.
See how you can get involved and stop by next time you’re in Columbia City!
Doug and Laura turned the key to start Mighty House Construction seven years ago. Like most seven-year-olds, we’ve totally hit our stride, while still being versatile enough to challenge the establishment ways of thinking. Each anniversary we donate to a nonprofit that is driving effective programs in sustainability or building. This year it’s a non-profit doing both!
Sawhorse Revolution helps high school students build confidence and character, while also providing them with hands on carpentry training. Professional builders and architects lead the students in projects that allow them to engage and improve their communities. Laura came across Sawhorse Revolution, while participating in a panel with the Low Income Housing Institute discussing improvements on heating and ventilation for LIHI’s housing for homeless. The intensity of Sawhorse Revolution’s programs, and outcomes – social, environmental, and community – are impressive
Read about Sawhorse Revolution’s work building tiny houses to end homelessness.
One of the keys to sustainability is great design. When things are designed and built well, we hold onto them, use them, pass them down through the generations, and repair them when they need it rather than throwing them away. And when they are designed to be beautiful as well, it makes it so much easier.
Mighty House Construction is getting a chance to flex their design muscles this summer, as consultants and assistants on the building of pop-up furniture designed by LMN Architexts and other design professionals for the Seattle Design Festival’s Festival Block Party, September 6-7 at Occidental Park. The design festival is a program of the AIA Seattle and our project, being utilitarian, is being considered for a more permanent site.
Doug and Laura are no strangers to design. Did you know that Laura has a background in art and Doug studied interior design? They are honored to have been asked to participate and are looking forward to the fun results.
Click here to see more photos of the furniture-building process.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about indoor air quality and help members of your community make their homes more healthy?
If you’d like to get that warm fuzzy feeling for giving back to your community, go to the American Lung Association’s website and fill out the Volunteer Form. Training starts in
March. Tell them Mighty House recommended it!
As chair of the event and a sponsor, Laura promises that it will be filled with fast-paced, mind-blowing talks about remarkable green building projects in the Greater Seattle area. Plus drinks, delicious appetizers and a fun raffle with fabulous prizes!
All that for only $25! It is selling out quickly so buy your tickets today!
Resilience is the ability to bounce back following a disturbance or interruption. Relative to climate change, resilience involves adapting to the wide range of local and regional impacts that are expected with a warming planet: more intense storms, greater precipitation, flooding, longer and more-severe droughts in some areas, wildfires, melting permafrost, warmer temperatures, and power outages.
But what does does that mean for our communities? How can we adapt? What can we do to slow the change? On Tuesday, May 14 at 7pm at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Alex Wilson will address resilient design in the context of a transition toward sustainability as a guest speaker for the NW EcoBuilding Guild.
Alex will cover a wide range of practical solutions – boosting the energy performance of homes, redesigning communities to function without gasoline, encouraging local food production and maintaining livable conditions during extended power outages. If you buy in advance, tickets are $15 for NWEBG members and students, $20 for the general public. Tickets at the door will be $25.