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Giving Remodeling the Green Light

By Jason Legat, Model Remodel Originally published in HomeMatters, a consumer publication of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. There’s an increasing buzz around green building – and for good reason. There are many benefits to revamping your…

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A Best Practices Manual by Hammer & Hand

by Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand. In the spirit of collaboration we have recently made available our company’s Best Practices Manual — a guidebook of field-tested construction details, many shaped by our high performance building and Passive House construction experience.
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Reaching Zero Net Energy

by Zack Semke, Hammer & Hand. This article is based on Zack’s recent presentation for the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s “Net Zero Innovations” panel that took place in Seattle on October 22, 2014.
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Sunlight Grows Farm Power near Seattle

by Robin Rogers, Solaripedia.com Tani Creek Farm in the Pacific Northwest uses sunlight for more than just growing vegetables. In the misty hills of Bainbridge Island, across Puget Sound from Seattle, Washington, a 25-acre biodynamic farm uses solar power for…

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Northwest Design Trends

By Molly Erin McCabe, A Kitchen That Works Reprinted with permission from WestSound Home and Garden Magazine, 2010 There is nothing like the great outdoors. Bringing the outside in is a design trend that continues to gain momentum - from…

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Home Is Where the Health Is

By Robin Rogers, Solarpedia Article originally appeared in Environmental Design + Construction magazine, April 2010 Beneath the veneer of many newly crafted homes and crusty old dwellings, hidden dangers often lurk, undetected, in the folds of our daily lives, including icky biological…

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Back Yard Cottages in Seattle

By Sloan Ritchie of Backyard Box & Cascade Built As of December 2009, the city’s new Backyard Cottage ordinance allows Seattle homeowners to build a second dwelling unit in their backyard. Why? Backyard Cottages provide affordable city living, housing flexibility, family-friendly housing options…

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