How it Works: Seattle’s Greenest Home

A 2,200-squarefoot home in Ballard, built by Seattle-based Dwell Development, is the first spec home in Seattle to

receive Emerald Star certification by the Built Green residential building program. Emerald Star is the highest level of green

certification, featuring a rigorous checklist of requirements such as net-zero electricity, 70 percent reduction in water use,

90 percent reclaimed building materials or Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, and exceptional indoor air quality.

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