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Resource Links


General Resources

BuildingGreen
Publishers of Environmental Building News, GreenSpec Directory and Green Building Advisor.
www.buildinggreen.com

Built Green
Master Builder’s Association of King and Snohomish Counties
112th Ave. NE Suite100
Bellevue, WA 98004
800-522-2209
Voluntary, self-certifying program that identifies more than 200 environmentally-friendly building strategies in six categories that you can use to construct your building to a 1-star, 2-star, or 3-star certification level. A multi-family construction handbook is available containing extensive resource listings.
www.builtgreen.net

Building Science Corporation
Westford, MA 01886
978-589-5100
Offers technical advise and useful information regarding frequently found problems in buildings and how to avoid them. Publishes Builder’s Guide by Joe Lstiburek.
www.buildingscience.com

City of Seattle
City Light Built Smart Program 206-684-4283
Department of Construction & Land Use
206-684-0806
Department of Transportation 206-684-5008
Seattle Public Utilities 206-684-4150
Office of Housing 206-684-0304
Sustainabile Building
www.seattle.gov/sustainablebuilding

Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
10740 Lyndale Ave. S., Suite 10W
Bloomington, MN 55420
952-881-1098
A non-profit that promotes environmentally responsible new building technology, standards for energy efficiency and best field practices and applications. Builder field guides available.
www.eeba.org

Environmental Home Center
1724 4th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
800-281-9785
A source for green building materials both retail and on-line.
www.environmentalhomecenter.com

Iris Communications
Eugene, OR
800-346-0104
Excellent resource for various publications relating to environmental design and energy efficient products.
www.oikos.com

NAHB Research Center
400 Prince George’s Blvd.
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
800-638-8556
Is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
www.nahbrc.org

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Seattle, WA
Green Pages, is an annual listing of ecologically sustainable designers, contractors, suppliers and professional services. Available at the Environmental Home Center or on-line at www.ecobuilding.org

Washington State University Cooperative Extension
800-723-1763
Provides educational materials and technical assistance, including an Excel spreadsheet you can use to determine energy component tradeoffs.
www.energy.wsu.edu/buildings

Washington Toxics Coalition
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Suite 540E
Seattle, WA 98103
206-632-1545
www.watoxics.org


Chapter 1 Resources: Enhanced Design

Asbestos & Lead

Washington State Dept. of Health
360-236-3363
www.doh.wa.gov/ts/IAQ

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
www.pscleanair.org

Deconstruction

Earthwise
707 S. Lander
Seattle, WA 98134
206-624-4510
Sells used building materials. Crews can remove materials from your site. Contact prior to demolition work.

Building & Industry Resource Venture (BIRV)
1301 5th Ave. Suite 2400
Seattle, WA 98101
206-389-7304
Provides free information, technical assistance and referrals to help Seattle design and construction professionals with general sustainable building education, City of Seattle incentive programs, construction waste management, green building materials, stormwater management and water conservation.
www.resourceventure.org

Industrial Materials Exchange (IMEX)
206-296-4899
Free catalog listing for available and wanted waste materials.
www.govlink.org/hazwaste/business/imex/

RE Store
1440 NW 52nd St.
Seattle, WA 98107
206-297-9119
Sells used building materials. RE Store crews can remove materials from your site. Contact prior to demolition work.
www.re-sources.org

Second Use Building Materials
7953 Second Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-763-6929
Sells used building materials. They can pick up materials from your site. Contact prior to demolition work.
www.seconduse.com

Design

Global Green USA
227 Broadway Suite 302
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-7700
The Manual “A Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing: Developer Guidelines for Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Communities” prepared with support from the US Department of Energy.
www.globalgreen.org

NAHB Research Center
National Association of Home Builders
400 Prince George’s Blvd.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
800-638-8556
“Cost Effective Home Building, A Design and Construction Handbook” available.
www.nahbrc.org

Maintenance & Cleaning Products

Green Seal
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 827
Washington, DC 20036
202-872-6400
Information, product standards, certification and recommendations for environmentally responsible products and services.
www.greenseal.org

Mold & Mildew

Building Science Corporation
70 Main St.
Westford, MA 01886
978-589-5100
“Builder’s Guide” by Joe Lstiburek includes illustrations and resources for design, foundations, framing, HVAC, insulation, drywall, plumbing, electrical systems, painting, sheathings, and windows all with respect to moisture control, energy efficiency and proper ventilation. Also “Moisture Control Handbook: Principles and Practices for Residential and Small Commercial Buildings" by Joe Lstiburek and John Carmody.
www.buildingscience.com

Iris Communications
Eugene, OR
800-346-0104
“Prescriptions for a Healthy House, A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders, and Homeowners” by Paul Baker, Eric Elliott and John Banta, identifies the full range of potential indoor health problems and offers solutions.
www.oikos.com/catalog

NAHB Research Center
National Association of Home Builders
400 Prince George’s Blvd.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
800-638-8556
www.nahbrc.org/ToolBase

Washington State Dept. of Health
360-236-3363
www.doh.wa.gov/ts/IAQ



Chapter 2 Resources: Site & Water

Brownfield Information & Assistance

Brownfields are development sites believed to be contaminated with hazardous materials. The level of contamination can be determined by a level 1 or 2 site assessment or pollutant mapping.

EnviroOne.org
A non-profit organization dedicated to be a “one-stop center” for everything environmental. Useful links to Brownfield information at www.enviroone.com.

Fixtures

SETS Systems Electric Tankless Water Heaters
Meet HUD criteria.
877-666-8265
www.tankless-water-heater.com

Terry Love Plumbing & Remodel
Bellevue, WA
425-649-5683
Free advise on several low-flow toilet choices on website.
www.terrylove.com

Takagi Industrial Co.
6 Goddard
Irvine, CA 92618
949-453-8388
Manufactures tankless gas water heaters.
www.takagi-usa.com

Pesticide & Herbicide Alternatives

Bioganic Safety Products
Herbicides and pesticides made from natural ingredients.
www.bioganic.com

King County
General information on pesticides and herbicides.
www.metrokc.gov/hazwaste/house

Natural Lawn and Garden Hotline
206-633-0224
Less-toxic ways to control specific pests.
www.seattle.gov/util/rescons

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
P.O. Box 1393
Eugene, OR 97440
541-344-5044
www.pesticide.org

Washington Toxics Coalition
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Suite 540E
Seattle, WA 98103
206-632-1545
www.watoxics.org

Landscaping & Irrigation

Promote native and drought tolerant plants, natural landscape design, and low-water gardening practices. Allow surface water to recharge soils.

Seattle Public Utilities
Natural Lawn & Garden Hotline 206-633-0224
Information on low-water gardening and links to landscape professionals.
seattle.gov/util/rescons or www.savingwater.org

King County
Information and lists of native plant sources.
dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/pi/npnursery.htm

Washington Native Plant Society
www.wnps.org

Washington State University Cooperative Extension
King County 206-205-3100.

Preserving Trees

City of Seattle
Department of Transportation
Tree Stewards Program
206-684-5008
Plant Amnesty
Information on preserving existing trees and avoiding construction damage to trees. www.plantamnesty.org
Pacific Northwest Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture
List of certified arborists in King County.
www.pnwisa.org

Permeable Paving

Permeable paving products differ in cost, aesthetic qualities, and infiltration properties.

Concrete Network
Information and project specifications guide for porous concrete.
www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/porous_concrete_pavers

Mutual Materials
Bellevue, WA
425-452-2300
Information on UNI Eco-Stone Interlocking Concrete Paving Systems.
www.mutualmaterials.com

Invisible Structures
Aurora, CO
800-233-1510
Grasspave2 is a recycled plastic reinforcing grid porous paving system. Gravelpave2 contains 100% post-consumer recycled plastic content. A porous geotextile filter fabric backing holds small aggregate particles in place. Compacts less than conventional gravel paving.
www.invisiblestructures.com

Soil Stabilization Products Company, Inc.
Merced. CA
800-523-9992
Road Oyl is a non-toxic petroleum alternative paving resin. It is costlier than asphalt but less than concrete. Depending on aggregate used, you can create different shades. Also, Geoblock sod-covered system made of up to 50% recycled content polyethylene.
www.sspco.com

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting provides a simple way to conserve water and prevent runoff by collecting water to be used for irrigation and toilet flushing.

Northwest Drainage Masters
360-887-1149

Sustainable Building Sourcebook
Austin, TX
www.greenbuilder.com/Sourcebook/rainwater.html

Texas Water Development Board
1700 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78711
512-463-7847
www.twdb.state.tx.us/publications/reports/RainHarv.pdf

Storm Sewer Inlet Stenciling

City of Seattle
Seattle Public Utilities Environmental Partnerships Team
710 Second Avenue, Suite 505
Seattle, WA 98104
206-233-7187
www.seattle.gov/util/surfacewater/stencilling.htm

Surface Water Management

City of Seattle
Stormwater and erosion control information.
www.seattle.gov/dclu/codes/sgdccode.htm

Sea Streets
206-684-8921
Is an alternative street design in Seattle that provides drainage improvements and pedestrian amenities. John Arnesen, Project Manager.
www.seattle.gov/util/SEAstreets

Stormwater Manager’s Resource Center
Sponsored by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water and Wastewater Management.
www.stormwatercenter.net

Greenroofs.com
Alpharetta, GA
A website of information on greenroof resources. Eco-roofs or greenroofs can be used to dramatically reduce stormwater runoff.
www.greenroofs.com

Transportation

FlexCar
800 5th Ave Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98104-9643
206-684-4150
Members pay a low hourly rate which provides access to cars, insurance and gas. (Discount available to employees of some area businesses.) Vehicles located throughout Seattle metropolitan area. Flexcars also available in other US metropolitan areas.
www.flexcar.com

Water Conservation Programs

Seattle Public Utilities
206-684-4150
Low-income Water Conservation Retrofit Plan administered jointly with SPU and the Office of Housing to fund and assist with installation of cost-effective water conservation measures. Measures can include low-flow toilets, showerheads, faucet aerators, H-axis laundry machines and irrigation systems.


Chapter 3 Resources: Energy Efficiency

General Energy Information

City of Seattle
Department of Construction and Land Use
Energy code information.
www.seattle.gov/dclu/energy

Energy Ideas Clearinghouse
EIC serves energy professionals in the Pacific NW by providing centralized access to information and technical assistance for increasing energy efficiency.
www.energyideas.org

Oak Ridge National Lab
PO Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Whole wall R-values and roofing system online calculators.
www.ornl.org

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
1331 H. St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
202-628-7400
SBIC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional and commercial buildings nationwide.
www.sbicouncil.org

US Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC) is a free information source.
www.eren.doe.gov

Washington State University Cooperative Extension
Energy Program
Olympia, WA
360-956-2000
www.energy.wsu.edu/buildings

Air Sealing & Blower Door Tests

When inquiring about a blower door and/or duct blaster test, describe what issues you wish to focus on solving: indoor air quality, energy efficiency, duct leaks or backdrafts. Many full-service heating contractors will perform these tests.

Bonneville Power Administration
800-622-4520
Purchase for $10, BPA’s “Super Good Cents Builder’s Guide to Energy-Efficient Construction”.

The Energy Conservatory
Minneapolis, MN
612-827-1117
A leader in the building performance testing industry. Provides building professionals with the specialized tools and training needed to produce more efficient, affordable and healthy buildings.
www.energyconservatory.com

Appliances

Energy Star
Energy Star is a voluntary partnership between the US Department of Energy, the US Environmental Protection Agency, product manufacturers, local utilities, and retailers. Website contains a store locator and more information on the Energy Star labeling and program.
www.energystar.gov

Elevators

Kone Elevators
1207 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-285-1313
Highest energy efficient elevator available now.
www.kone.com

HVAC (Heating, Venting, Air Conditioning)

Seattle City Light
BUILTSMART for Affordable Housing
206-684-4283
This program gives technical and monetary assistance for new construction and major rehabilitation in low-income apartment buildings.
seattle.gov/light/conserve/resident/cv5_abs.htm

Insulation

Cellulose Manufacturers Association
Dayton, OH
888-881-2462
www.cellulose.org
HMI (Hamilton Manufacturing)
Twin Falls, Idaho
208-733-9689
Manufactures cellulose high-recycled content insulation.
www.hmi-mfg.com

Johns Mansville International
Denver, CO
800-644-4013
Manufactures GoldlineTM fiberglass insulation that contains 25% recycled glass, including 18% post-consumer remelted bottle glass and a formaldehyde-free insulation.

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0084
Promotes energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation, and to encourage the safe production and use of these materials.
www.naima.org

US GreenFiber
Portland, OR
503-286-9987
Manufactures cellulose high-recycled content insulation. Call for contractors using their products.

USG Interiors
Tacoma, WA
253-627-0379
Manufactures ThermafiberTM loose-fill mineral fiber made with rock wool.

Insulated Concrete Forms

Eco-Block, LLC
800-595-0820
www.eco-block.com

Insulating Concrete Form Association
847-657-9730
An industry trade group.
www.forms.org

Structural Insulated Panel Association
ICF and SIP manufacturers/suppliers.
www.sips.org

Lighting

Lighting Design Lab
400 E. Pine St. Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98122
800-354-3864
Promotes quality design and energy efficient technologies through education, training, consultations, technical assistance and demonstrations.
www.lightingdesignlab.com

Northwest Natural Lighting
19019 36th Ave. W. Suite E
Lynnwood, WA 98036
888-246-6006
Complete showroom with installed Solatube(s)
www.nwnaturallighting.com
or www.solatube.com

Sealants

Albina Wholesale
888-639-3330
Local source for low toxic duct mastics.
www.albina.com

Convenience Products
800-325-6180
Manufacturer of expanding foam sealants. Touch’n Seal line for contractors and Touch’n Foam line for consumers are the first ozone-safe products in the U.S. Formaldehyde-free. Touch’n Foam is solvent-free.
www.convenienceproducts.com

Gensco
Tacoma, WA
253-951-8203
Local source for low toxic duct mastics.
www.gensco.com

Instafoam
Division of Flexible Products Co.
800-800-3626
Manufacturer of InstaSeal (low and full-expanding); Foam Plus (full-expanding); Great Stuff (low-expanding).
www.itsgreatstuff.com

Solar Water Heating

E-Build, Inc.
Brattleboro, VT
802-257-7300
Green-Spec—The Environmental Building News Product Directory and Guideline Specifications.
www.buildinggreen.com

Iris Communications
Eugene, OR
800-346-0104
REDI Guide (Resources for Environmental Design Index) a good resource for energy-efficient products.
www.oikos.com

Solar Rating and Certification Corporation
c/o FSEC
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
321-638-1537
Provides independent third party certification and a national rating system for solar energy equipment.
www.solar-rating.org/srcc@fsec.ucf.edu


Chapter 4 Resources:
Health & Indoor Air Quality

General Information

American Lung Association of Washington
2625 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
800-732-9339
Many resources, articles, and checklists related to healthier indoor air and the dangers of indoor environmental pollution.
www.lungusa.org/air

Adhesives and Sealants

ChemRex
Shakopee, MN
800-433-9517
Manufactures innovative products and systems that make buildings more durable, waterproof, and comfortable.
www.chemrex.com

John Latta Associates, Inc.
4621 Airport Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
800-333-8877
Sealant Specialists is a distributor of quality elastomeric sealants and waterproofing products.
www.sealantspecialists.com

W.F. Taylor
Fontana, CA
800-397-4583
Manufactures Envirotec, a line of low-toxic flooring and multi-purpose adhesives.
www.wftaylor.com

Air Filters

Medium-efficiency pleated filters are available through the following manufacturers.

Eco-Air Products
San Diego, CA
800-284-8111

Farr Company
Los Angeles, CA
800-333-7320
www.farrco.com

Honeywell, Inc.
Golden Valley, MN
800-328-5111
www.honeywell.com

Carpets & Flooring

Many local suppliers stock CRI IAQ label carpets.

Carpet and Rug Institute
P.O. Box 2048
Dalton, GA 30722
800-882-8846
Information on CRI IAQ label carpets
www.carpet-rug.com

ForboLinoleum, Inc.
Humboldt Industrial Park
PO Box 667
Hazelton, PA 18201
800-842-7839
Marmoleum (natural linoleum) manufactured in Europe and available through many local retailers.
www.themarmoleumstore.com

Formaldehyde-free & Formaldehyde-low Products

SierraPine Ltd.
(formerly Medite Corp.)
Springfield, OR
800-676-3339
Medex, Medite II, and Medite FR MDF, formaldehyde-free alternatives for underlayment, cabinet frames, countertops, interior door and window casings, and trim. Available through local suppliers.
www.sierrapine.com

Pacific Northwest Fiber
610 10th St. PO Box 610
Plummer, ID 83851
208-686-6800
Manufactures PacificBoardTM a formaldehyde-free premium strawboard. Strawboard is an excellent alternative to particleboard. It utilizes straw, an agricultural waste product, to produce a strong, formaldehyde-free binder.
www.pacificfiber.com

Neil Kelly Signature Cabinets
Portland, OR
503-288-6345
Neil Kelly Naturals Collection is a line of manufactured cabinets that uses certified woods and veneers as well as environmentally friendly finishes and case materials.
www.neilkelly.com

Mold & Mildew

Building Science Corporation
Westford, MA 01886
978-589-5100
Offers useful information regarding frequently found problems in buildings and how to avoid them. Moisture control is emphasized.
www.buildingscience.com

Outdoor Building Materials

Arsenic is a known human carcinogen. Chromate Copper Arsenate (CCA) treated wood is toxic to human beings. Specify and use arsenic-free ACQ treated lumber. Other alternatives are products made from recycled wood and polymer resins.

Dunn Lumber
Locations throughout metro area.
206-632-2129
Sells non-CCA treated outdoor products.
www.Dunnlum.com

Fiber Composites LLC
34570 Random Drive
New London, NC 28127
704-463-7120
Manufactures a sturdy, low-maintenance, long lasting wood alternative (Fiberon) made of premium recycled wood and polymer resins.
www.fibercomposites.com

Home Depot
Locations throughout metro area.
Sells recycled plastic lumber and fiber composite products.
www.homedepot.com

Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse
Locations throughout metro area.
Sells recycled plastic lumber and fiber composite products.
www.lowes.com

Plywood Supply
7036 Northeast 175th St.
Kenmore, WA 98028
425-485-8585
Supplies arsenic-free ACQ treated wood. For more information on ACQ treated wood, visit www.treatedwood.com

Trex Company
Winchester, VA
Trex Easy Care Decking available at local retailers. Check website for store locations.
www.trex.com

Paints and Finishes

Best Paint Company
5205 Ballard NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206-783-9938
Manufactures low and no-toxic paints.

Preferred Products, Inc.
Seattle, WA
800-774-0034
CURATOR Commercial Waterborne Finish is an easy-to-use, two-component, 100% urethane waterborne finish designed especially for high wear residential and commercial applications.

Kelly-Moore Paint
6101 Airport Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-767-3140
Enviro-Cote line.
www.kellymoore.com

Miller Paint
1500 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107
206-784-7878
Acro-Latex and Super Paint lines have no solvents.
www.millerpaint.com

Rodda Paints
5055 4th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
206-767-6043
Horizon Clean Air Select line of paints.

Sherwin-Williams
Cleveland, OH
800-336-1110
Interior Health Spec, zero-VOC paint.
www.sherwinwilliams.com

Ventilation

NuTone
800-400-1245
QT-80 to QT-100 lines. Available through electrical distributors.
www.nutone.com

Panasonic
253-872-8750
FV-05VQ to FV-11VQ lines. Available through electrical distributors.
www.panasonic.com/building

Seattle City Light
BUILTSMART for Affordable Housing
206-684-4283
This program gives technical and monetary assistance for new construction and major rehabilitation in low-income apartment buildings.
seattle.gov/light/conserve/resident/cv5_abs.htm


Chapter 5 Resources: Materials Efficiency

General Building Materials

ebuild
The largest database of building products.
www.ebuild.com

Environmental Home Center
1724 4th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
800-281-9785
High quality choices for green building products and materials.
www.built-e.com

GreenSpec
BuildingGreen’s product information service. It contains detailed listings for more than 1,500 green building products with environmental data, manufacturer information, and links to additional resources.
www.greenspec.com and
www.buildinggreen.com

NAHB Research Center
800-898-2842
Tool Base Hotline is available to answer questions about materials with longer life cycles.
www.nahbcrc.org/ToolBase

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Balancing Environmental and Economic Performance of Building Materials BEES 2.0 Software provides environmental and economic life cycle analysis of building materials. Available as a free download.
www.bfrl.nist.gov/oae/software/bees.html

Recycled Content Building Materials Product Guide
A listing of building products containing recycled materials organized by CSI divisions and local vendors that sell the products.
dnr.metrokc.gov/swd/bizprog/sus_build/RCBMG.pdf

Acoustical Ceiling Tiles

Armstrong Commercial Ceilings
877-276-7876
Recycled content dropped ceiling panels.
www.armstrong.com

Sepia Interior Supply
6525 NE 175th St.
Kenmore, WA 98028
425-486-3353
www.sepiasupply.com

Aggregate

WSDOT - 1998 Standard Specifications for
recycled aggregate are available at
www.metrokc.gov/procure/green/concrete.htm#8.

Concrete – Coal Fly Ash

ISG Resources, Inc.
Mercer Island, WA
Produces and distributes coal fly ash to concrete contractors. ISG can recommend a concrete source in your area.
www.flyash.com

Construction Waste Management

Business & Industry Resource Venture
1301 5th Ave. Suite 2400
Seattle, WA 98101
206-389-7304
Provides free information, technical assistance and referrals to help Seattle design and construction professionals with general sustainable building education, City of Seattle incentive programs, construction waste management, green building materials, stormwater management and water conservation.
www.resourceventure.org

Construction Recycling Directory and Contractor’s Guide for Seattle/King County
206-389-7304
A directory of recycling haulers, recycling facilities, reuse and salvage services, and materials exchanges. Contractor’s Guide includes simple how-to’s. Available online or call the Business & Industry Resource Venture for a free hard copy.
www.resourceventure.org/construction.htm

Industrial Materials Exchange (IMEX)
206-296-4899
An online and printed catalog listing for available and wanted waste materials.
www.metrokc.gov/hazwaste/imex

RE Store
1440 NW 52nd St.
Seattle, WA 98107
206-297-9119
Sells used building materials. RE Store crews can remove materials from your site. Contact prior to demolition work.
www.re-sources.org

Reusable Building Materials Exchange
Features item descriptions, contacts, and cost information.
www.rbme.com

Second Use Building Materials
7953 Second Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-763-6929
Sells used building materials. They can pick up materials from your site. Contact prior to demolition work.
www.seconduse.com

Drywall (Gypsum Board)

Georgia Pacific
Tacoma, WA
360-904-0142
High recycled content regular drywall.
www.gp.com

US Gypsum
125 South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
800-874-4968
Fyberrock is high-recycled content hard-surface drywall.
www.usg.com

Engineered Structural Lumber Products

APA—The Engineered Wood Association
PO Box 11700
Tacoma, WA 98411
253-565-6600
www.apawood.org

Premier Building Systems
Fife, WA
800-275-7086
Structural insulated building panels replace conventionally framed exterior walls with a factory produced system of two layers of Oriented Strand Board sandwiching rigid foam insulation.
www.pbspanel.com

Shirey Contracting, Inc.
Issaquah, WA
425-427-1300
Enercept structural insulated building panels.
www.shireycontracting.com

Trus Joist (Weyerhauser)
8541 154th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
800-648-3936
Manufactures engineered joists.
www.tjm.com

Flooring Alternatives

ForboLinoleum, Inc.
Humboldt Industrial Park
PO Box 667
Hazelton, PA 18201
800-842-7839
Marmoleum (natural linoleum) manufactured in Europe and available through many local retailers.
www.themarmoleumstore.com

Formaldehyde-free & Formaldehyde-low Products

SierraPine Ltd.
(formerly Medite Corp.)
Springfield, OR
800-676-3339
Medex, Medite II, and Medite FR MDF, formaldehyde-free alternatives for underlayment, cabinet frames, countertops, interior door and window casings, and trim. Available through local suppliers.
www.sierrapine.com

Pacific Northwest Fiber
610 10th St. PO Box 610
Plummer, ID 83851
208-686-6800
Manufactures PacificBoardTM a formaldehyde-free premium strawboard. Strawboard is an excellent alternative to particleboard. It utilizes straw, an agricultural waste product, to produce a strong, formaldehyde-free binder.
www.pacificfiber.com

Outdoor Building Materials

Do not use CCA (chromate copper arsenate) treated wood. Arsenic-free ACQ treated lumber is okay.

Fiber Composites LLC
34570 Random Drive
New London, NC 28127
704-463-7120
Manufactures a sturdy, low-maintenance, long lasting wood alternative (Fiberon) made of premium recycled wood and polymer resins.
www.fibercomposites.com

Home Depot
Locations throughout metro area.
Sells recycled plastic lumber and fiber composite products.
www.homedepot.com

Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse
Locations throughout metro area.
Sells recycled plastic lumber and fiber composite products.
www.lowes.com

Plywood Supply
7036 Northeast 175th St.
Kenmore, WA 98028
425-485-8585
Supplies arsenic-free ACQ treated wood. For more information on ACQ treated wood, visit www.treatedwood.com

Trex Company
Winchester, VA
Trex Easy Care Decking available at local retailers. Check website for store locations.
www.trex.com

Roofing and Siding

CertainTeed Corporation
800-233-8990
www.certainteed.com

EcoStar
Chicago, IL
800-572-7672
Majestic Slate is a 100% recycled and recyclable lightweight slate tile made of industrial rubber and plastics.
www.ecostarinc.com

James Hardie Building Products
26300 La Alameda, Suite 250
Mission Viejo. CA 92691
888-542-7343
Manufactures cementitious siding.
www.jameshardie.com

PABCO Roofing Products
1718 Thorne Rd.
Tacoma, WA 98421
800-426-9762
www.pabcoroofing.com

Salvaged Materials

Earthwise
707 S. Lander
Seattle, WA 98134
206-624-4510
Sells used building materials. Crews can remove materials from your site. Contact prior to demolition work.

Resource Woodworks
Tacoma, WA
253-474-3757
Offers reclaimed Douglas fir and redwood flooring, paneling, and trim.

RE Store
1440 NW 52nd
Seattle, WA 98107
206-297-9119
Sells used building materials and more. Also accepts them for resale. Operated by RE Sources, a non-profit organization.
www.re-sources.org

Reusable Building Materials Exchange
Features item descriptions, contacts, and cost information.
www.rbme.com

Second Use Building Materials
7953 Second Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-763-6929
Sells and accepts used building materials.
www.seconduse.com

Sustainably Harvested Lumber

Certified Forest Products Council
14780 SW Osprey Drive #285
Lake Oswego, OR 97007
888-737-3877
Information on sustainably harvested lumber. Free advice and service in specifications writing and locating of certified wood.
www.certifiedwood.org

CollinsWood
1618 SW 1st Ave. #300
Portland, OR 97201
800-329-1219
Certified framing lumber and sheetgoods.
www.collinswood.com

Edensaw Woods
3223 Third Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
877-333-6729
Offers certified wood including ash, beech, birch, cherry, Honduras mahogany, fir, maple, poplar, red oak and white oak.
www.edensaw.com

Endura Wood Products
1303 SE Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
503-233-7090
Large line of certified wood and wood products.
www.endurawood.com

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
1134 29th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-467-8391
Information on sustainably harvested lumber.
www.fscoax.org

Lumbermen’s Building Centers
3773 Martin Way E. Building A
PO Box 3406
Olympia, WA 98509
360-456-1880
Offers certified wood. Several locations in Metro area.
www.lumbermens-building.com

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Chapter 6 Resources:
Operations & Maintenance

Cleaners

Green Seal
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 827
Washington, DC 20036
202-872-6400
Information and product recommendations for healthy and environmentally responsible products and services.
www.greenseal.org

Home Ecology
Information on non-toxic cleaning supplies.
www.homeecology.org

Recycling

City of Seattle
Seattle Public Utilities
Apartment recycling program.
seattle.gov/util/RecyclingSignupForm

E.B. Bradley Co.
3314 S. 116th St.
Seattle, WA 98168
206-248-5250
Rev-a-Shelf, under-counter recycling system manufactured by Feeney Co.
Systems Maintenance

Check with your mechanical contractor to set up quarterly and annual maintenance on your heating and venting systems.

Training

City of Seattle
Office of Housing
206-684-0304
Call Joanne Quinn, Sustainability Specialist for staff basic training on Sustainable Building.



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