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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Salvaged cabinets are one of the most popular ways to incorporate reclaimed materials into a remodel. Like most salvaged material, working with salvaged cabinets presents many rewards, as well as a few challenges.
Join our very own Doug Elfline on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Second Use Building Materials SODO to gain an understanding of how to shop for salvaged cabinets, prevent common installation mistakes, identify the different types and parts of cabinets, and determine what type of cabinets are the best fit for your project.
Please RSVP to email@example.com at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.
Saturday March 10, 2018
3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134
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A company called Ten Fold Engineering is now offering pop-up structures that build themselves with the touch of a button! They can be folded back up and moved on a truck bed just as easily. Read more here.
Have you ever wanted to live with mobility, add an office space, or go off-grid? We are happy to help in thinking through the utility installation, foundation, and how one of these (or any other type of prefab unit!) might work on your site. Just let us know!
Mold and moisture mitigation is essential in the Pacific Northwest. The tips below can help you improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) and keep you and your family healthy! Mold needs moisture and warmth to grow. Here are some ways to mitigate its growth:
- Vacuum and clean regularly with a vinegar solution (more green cleaning tips here).
- Check plants, furnishings, or stored items for mold before bringing them into your home
- Properly ventilate kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas with exhaust fans or opening windows.
- Promptly clean up spills, condensation, wet surfaces or any other source of moisture.
- Make sure the walls and attic of your home are properly insulated.
- Regularly inspect your home for leaks, discoloration, or wet spots and repair them.
- Increase warm air flow by moving large objects a few inches away from the inside of exterior walls.
- If you do see mold growth, clean the area with detergent, mild bleach, or call a professional cleaning service.
Sometimes sustainability is about enhancing the longevity of what you already have. Ralph and Jeanette wanted to stay in the home, garden, and neighborhood they love as they look forward to aging. With modest updates and practical design by Sheri Newbold of Live Work Play, we were able to create an accessible space that will enable these homeowners to continue to live in and enjoy their home for many years to come.
A small, cantilevered addition for a sitting area along with a widened window in the master bedroom creates a comfortable sitting area to enjoy the garden and bird watch.
Most important was how to get from the garage to the main floor of the 1960s split level home. The existing stairway would not work with a chair lift, so we chose to add a Garaventa elevator to make accessing the second story easy. They also wanted to widen the hallway and increase the width of two doorways to 36″ to access the master suite.
In the bathroom, we installed grab bars, a fold down seat in the shower for bathing, and created a zero threshold shower stall. A dressing table for resting while getting ready for the day was also added. All light fixtures are energy-saving LED with dimmer switches. The designer also collaborated closely with Ralph and Jeanette to create a custom tile layout using neutrals with blue accents for a handsome design that works in tandem with other fixtures.
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