If we had to choose one color to describe the Seattle area,
it would be green. Not only is Seattle
the so-called â€śEmerald Cityâ€ť for its lush and verdant landscape, but itâ€™s a
true leader in the sustainability movement. From farm-to-table restaurants, to
local farmersâ€™ markets; from strict compost and recycling regulations to green
building initiatives, Seattle is a place that actually celebrates both Arbor
Day and Earth Day with a passion that
is virtually unparalleled.
If you are interested in making your life a little greener,
itâ€™s easy to do if you live in the Puget Sound region â€“ starting with the home.
The number of homebuilders in the Puget Sound who specialize in green construction is immense. If you want to start from
the ground up, there are actually some pretty affordable ways to do it that are
not only green, but are actually innovative and attractive as well.
For example, the company Greenpod designs modular homes
using sustainable and chemical-free materials for interior and exterior construction.
The homes feature movable walls, natural and cost-efficient lighting, and even
grey water recycling, rain water storage, and roof gardens. The factory kits are
designed as single family homes, floating homes or tree houses. For example, the
â€śPort Townsendâ€ť design is reminiscent of a Craftsman bungalow, but will only
cost you $85,000. Want to build something similar? Search for vacant land to
build on here.
Another company, Green Canopy Custom also has several interesting projects, both
in new construction and renovations. They utilize reused and reclaimed
materials wherever possible and try and minimize carbon footprint. The company will
retrofit an older home with green technologies too, which has shown to
increase home values by 5.5-9%, in addition to saving money on utilities. This
Seattle bungalow appears traditional on the exterior, but the interior was remodeled
to include sustainable materials and given a contemporary look. Buyers searching for homes should always keep their minds open to the potential in a
house when they are shopping.
Itâ€™s not just private companies that are going green in the
Puget Sound. Both Bellevue and Mercer Island have started â€śsolarizeâ€ť campaigns
to try and incentivize residential solar power. The campaign is supported by
the regional Solarize Washington effort, which hosts community workshops and
works with local contractors to purchase and install systems in bulk orders.
The soft and hard costs of the photovoltaic cells and installation are reduced for
the homeowner by up to 20%. This is just one of many examples of regional
communities playing a part in the green movement.
On a small scale, many neighborhoods in Seattle
have â€śP-Patchâ€ť community gardens where residents take part in urban homesteading
and share local produce. Even master planned communities like The Issaquah Highlands take part in the sustainability movement. The Highlands is the
highest scoring Built Green community in the Puget Sound. It is here where youâ€™ll
find the famous zHome, which has zero net energy and is completely carbon
neutral â€“ you can even take a tour of it. If you are interested in communities
like these do a custom search here, we can help you find a green home in a
green neighborhood today.