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Built Green Conference Preview

Posted on Sep 1, 2021 in:
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Author: Sonja O'Claire, Built Green Program Manager

September is here which means the Built Green Conference presented by King County Green Tools and Puget Sound Energy is just around the corner! After over a year of virtual meetings and conferences, we are excited that the conference will be held in person at the Lynwood Convention Center on September 16th.

The Lynwood Convention Center and our Events Team have implemented COVID precautions and protocols to keep all participants involved, and their families, safe and healthy. In addition to our innovative sessions related to new construction, many of the speaker sessions have been dedicated to discussing existing homes and remodels. From Net Zero Energy historical preservations to ADU remodels to the future of green retrofit incentive policies, this year’s event attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field and learn from case studies of home remodeling projects.

Sam Rashkin, Built Green Conference Keynote

Opening Keynote

Defining the Future of Housing with Certainty

Sam Rashkin, the founder of Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry and author of “Housing 2.0: Home Is Where Life Happens”, will deliver an informative opening keynote presentation. Housing in the U.S. has been able to sit on the sidelines with a first cost dominated business model and uniquely fragmented industry … but not for much longer. There are five crises ratcheting up builder pain to a threshold that will finally break through the industry’s resistance to change. By simply connecting the dots, we can define the future of housing with certainty.


Sessions We Are Excited About

Built Green Conference Session: Decarbonizing Existing Residential Buildings, featuring Shannon Ellis-Brock, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union; Beth Jarot, City of Tacoma; Suraj Lobo, Progressive Comfort Solutions; Vincent Martinez, Architecture 2030
Built Green Conference Session: Preserving a Historic Building for Another Century of Use, featuring Grace H. Kim, AIA, Schemata Workshop
Built Green Conference Session: The First Truly Anti-Racist Private Sector Development, featuring Kateesha Atterberry, Urban Black; Donald King, Mimar Studios; Benjamin Maritz, Arboreal; and Lawerence Norman, Investor
Built Green Conference Session: The Future of Energy Codes in the Northwest, featuring Poppy Storm, 2050 Institute; Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance; Dan Wildenhaus, BetterBuiltNW

Join us for Preserving a Historic Building for Another Century of Use to hear from Grace Kim with Schemata Workshop as she presents the Parsonage Apartments in the University District, south of Sound Transit’s Brooklyn Station. The project reflects their vision of development: ecologically sustainable, economically practical, and sensitive to the scale and historic character of the local neighborhood.

Learn how landowners and community groups gave rise to what is being called The First Truly Anti-Racist Private Sector Development. This presentation at this year's Built Green Conference will cover the specific model for equitable development that is being designed in real time, about how it affects the local community, and how it makes good business sense.

With the recent updates to Washington, Oregon, and Idaho energy codes, many builders, designers, traders, and suppliers are wondering how they can participate in the process of developing The Future of Energy Codes in the Northwest. Join us to hear from experts with NEEA, 2050 Institute and BetterBuilt NW on the concepts driving Washington State Energy Code.

Join us for Dismantling the Barriers to Decarbonizing Existing Residential Buildings, a discussion from speakers of local government, finance and the HVAC industry focused on existing residential buildings. To meet climate goals, governments need bold policies and programs to address emissions from these existing buildings.


Stay Connected

Throughout the day you’ll be able to converse with other attendees, sponsors, and speakers about the sessions and gain professional connections. Explore our virtual Green Product Expo Hall where our sponsors will showcase the latest green products and attend an Ask-Me-Anything session with our keynote speaker.

Don't miss out on any of the action! Follow Built Green on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for conference updates. Use the hashtag #BuiltGreen2021 to share your excitement about this year’s conference.

For complete conference details and to register, visit

Thank You to Our Sponsors

2021 Sponsors: Presenting: King County Green Tools, Puget Sound Energy. Lunch: Mitsubishi Electric. Water Bottle: Green Latrine. Tote Bag: Abodian. Supporting: ERNwest, Mighty Energy Solutions, Small Planet Supply, Green Home Solutions, Joto-Vent System, Capital One Spark Business, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Puget Soun Cooperative Credit Union, Northwest Partners, Panasonic, Umpqua Bank, Interra USA (M.A.P. system)


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