Sustainable Ballard Festival September 19th, 2015

Sustainable Ballard has long been part of the neighborhood here’s an except from their website:

Sustainable Ballard is now 12 years old. Formed in 2003, we were the first neighborhood sustainability group in Seattle and a founding organization of SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound). We’ve gained local, national and international recognition for our grassroots approach to community action addressing climate change.

Their festival is now a “must-do” for residents of the former city of Ballard as well as for others in the area interested in sustainability.  Energy, food, the sharing economy (and non-economy), politics, local causes and just plain fun can all be found here on Saturday September 19th 2015. They now cover such a broad perspective at the festival, one may not even know they are interested in a sustainable concept until they learn more at the festival.

I’ll be there talking up green homes, sustainable practices and handing out water saving devices, Chico bags and talking about all things homeowner related. There are many deep green building withing walking distance of the fair, I am happy to share a walking tour you can do on your own.

Come on down to the festival meet your neighbors from near and far and have a great time with the family!

Here is the latest infographic of our Seattle Real Estate Market.


How To Search for a Green Home in WA State

How To Search for a Green Home in WA State

We have great news in the state of WA — aka the “Evergreen State“.  Our own Northwest Multiple Listing Service is making it much easier to find a Green Home and help the potential buyer understand just how green a home is right from the listing!  Our NWMLS is also making things easier for our environmentally minded home sellers to brag about the special features of their homes when they place their listing on the market. Starting June 26th 2013, it will be much easier to know how to search for a green home in WA State.

The new search fields will target the three most common green certification programs in WA state. Built Green (which varies by each county, King and Snohomish Counties have the largest program in the state), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and NW Energy Star (not to be confused with the program that rates appliances). In residential homes, Built Green is probably the most common rating along with NW Energy Star due to the overlapping of energy goals of the two programs.  These programs might be the most easily understood by the builders and homeowners as they use checklists as well as in most cases now, third party certifiers. LEED is considered more complex and is still the leader in commercial building and multifamily and mixed use buildings. This program requires a more detailed knowledge of the program and uses third party certifiers as well. Most new construction in the downtown core carries a metallic LEED rating.

Green WA Homes
How to find a Green Home in the Seattle Area

So what’s the best way to search for a Green Home in WA State? Use a Green Seattle Realtor!  We have access to the search fields that can pinpoint what it is about a home that makes it “green”, and quite often can find out the particulars before a walk through. We have the ability to search based on heating efficiency, HERS Ratings and many more criteria . Granted green construction is still a smaller part of the market, but awareness and demand is increasing at a quick pace. The recent changes to our search fields will make it easier than ever to weed out the impostors from the real deals. This new ability allows the sustainable building community to be one step closer to normalizing green building to people understanding what it truly is. Green is thoughtful, smart building that will be the norm in the future of building. Please give me a ring if you would like to to know more about this important development and how I can help you can search for a green home in WA State.


Built Green Eastlake Townhome

Built Green Eastlake Townhome

Now is your chance to move into the active Eastlake community.  If you aren’t already familiar with this hip neighborhood you will be.  Segways, kayaks, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, public transit and two feet are all common forms of transportation.  This is one of those neighborhoods one might only need a car to get out of town. A Built Green Eastlake townhome is one of those properties that Seattlites seek out. This is a great central location for the University of Washington, or for those who have jobs in the Downtown core of the city.


Lake Union Town Home
Start your Spring Training in active Eastlake!

A high walkscore of 80 means you can walk to a different breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday of the week. If you work Downtown or want to hang out at South Lake Union, it’s a doable walk or you can just hop on a bus and be there in just a few minutes. After work you can enjoy walking or kayaking  just down to the hill as you admire our own Lake Union Floating Home community. Take a walk along the lake trail, or cycle up the hill to the Mountain Bike Park. When you are done you can go back home and get Fido and head back up to the Columnade undercover off leash dog park.

Beautiful finishes
Main entertaining level with access to fenced back yard with deck.

While this neighborhood might be the center of it all,  you can choose to hang out at home in your comfy townhome with its extra dose of already built-in flexible storage solutions. Maybe it’s the great elementary schools that attracts to to this area, the neighborhood eateries and entertainment, convenient transportation options or something else. In short this home has something for everybody! Check it out, this home will be in demand.

Green Building Slam

Green Building Slam

The NW EcoBuilding Guild’s anual green building slam is this Saturday night. It also happens to the the 10th year it’s been presented.

From the EcoGuild’s email blast:


10th Annual 10x10x10 Green Building Slam

10 projects.  10 slides.  10 minutes.

Saturday, September 15, 2012    5:00 – 10:00 PM

Kane Hall, Walker Ames Room, University of WashingtonTickets are available from BROWN PAPER TICKETS!
Were Ready!!
The venue is outstanding, the appetizers will be scrumptious beyond belief, jury decisions are made – winners are notified, adventure get-a-ways ready for auction and raffle. The latest in green innovations within the Puget Sound area will be presented making this 10th year a wowser for all to enjoy.
Registration / Blueacre / Networking          5:00pm – 7:00pm
Slam Presentations start promptly at         7:00pm – 9:00pm
Dessert, coffee ‘n tea / Adventures             9:00pm – 10:00pm
Adventure get-a-ways are up for auction and raffle:
Way out west into the Pacific is the Waldorf Astoria, Maui providing the ultimate  luxury in paradise…….
Going South of the boarder – Puerta Vallerta, Mexico offers a five star condo  that is outstanding, with views to take your breath away, luxury at its best…..
Our own back yard is the Ultimate Seattle – see our town like a tourist, from staying in the Olive 8 to seeing Seattle from the air with Kenmore and Ride the Duck……..
Woodinville, Seattle Country has us staying at Willows Lodge & Spa, enjoying dinner at Barking Frog., and just for the sheer adventure, an exclusive private reserve wine and cheese pairing for ten of your closest family and friends at The Woodhouse Wine Estates……
Kitsap Adventure stay at the incredible Cedar Cove Inn BnB, where you will be welcomed like family in this truly one of a kind Kitsap Inn.   Complimented with dinner at Amy’s on the Bay…….
Finally to the North we have Tree Frog Inn & Spa offering a perfect Northwest in the woods experience, sustainable and rustic, …
Bring your family, friends, associates, coupled with the spirit of adventure for great fun, networking, good eats and libations. Take one (or two) of these adventures home with cash, check or credit card.  Must be present to win.
Tickets are now available from BROWN PAPER TICKETS! Secure them early for the best discount.

This is a most enjoyable event. It has something for everybody and this year it even has food and drink.  Support the Guild and learn something in the meantime!

Ballard Less Than Zero Home

Did you get a chance to read about the cool house in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood that not only produces enough energy to have zero costs, but also produces more energy than it uses!  As a tribute to Robert Downey Jr. , I am calling it the Less Than Zero house, but obviously green building has nothing to do with the excess of the 1980’s.   Anyway, I stray.  Here is a screen shot from Eric Thomas and Alexandra Salmon’s blog on their innovative Ballard green home.

seattle green real estate

What is the most impressive thing about this story to me is that this creative couple was able to get a brand new Ballard home for just under $400k when all was said and done plus it is a green home.  Who says green real estate has to be expensive?  Do your homework like these two did and you will be surprised!

Are you interested in Seattle Green Real Estate?  We are happy to help you and boast some great Green Seattle Realtors at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate!