New Green Construction Code Unveiled

Now, this is aimed at commercial buidlings, but much of this is or will be available in residential buildings on a smaller scale.

The International Code Council announced the release of Public Version 1.0 of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) to regulate construction of new and existing commercial buildings. The IGCC aims to significantly reduce energy usage and greenhouse gasses. It addresses site development and land use, including preservation of natural and material resources. Enforcement of the code will improve indoor air quality and support the use of energy-efficient appliances, renewable energy systems, water resource conservation, rainwater collection and distribution systems, and the recovery of used water (graywater). Principals from the ICC, AIA and ASTM pointed out how the IGCC helps further the mission of their organizations and members.

Read the Full Story on Realty Times.

Upside Down? Consumer Default Mortgage Hotline May Have Solution

Difficult times often inspire creativity and resourcefulness. That’s the case for real estate finance expert, author, and speaker, Marian Anthony. He recently wrote the book, “Short Sale Rush—A How-To Guide for Nonperforming Assets” and founded a consumer hotline when he saw the need for information to help struggling homeowners make educated decisions.

Read the“>Full Story in today’s Realty Times.

It’s Always a Good Time for a Home Inspection

A home inspection can often break your heart. You have found a fabulous place, are totally in love with it and have moved into it in your own head. And then you learn that the foundation is rotting or the cost to make a number of fixes to make it a safe home to live in just is too much to take on (and the Seller in unable to afford the repairs, ro it is owned by a bank and repairs are not a part of the negotiation process.

I have been lucky in the purchase of my two homes – but I also knew it when I got the keys. I think I would be really scared to move in to a house where I did not know what was going on behind the walls. One major catastrophe and I could lose the house.

Inspections aren’t just for buyers. I have a very savvy client right now who wanted to get an inspection done before putting an investment property on the market. They wanted to know if there was something else they needed to do NOW to speed up the process for the sale later. They were able to rest easy that the remodeling work they’ve been doing for over a year was okay and they aren’t going to get any surprises from a home inspector working for a buyer who might let his ego get involved in the negotiations. It’s been known to happen.

Today’s Realty Times also has an article that speaks to this topic that I wanted to share with you.

It’s a Good Time for a Home Inspection.
A home inspection reveals what is in “as-is” sales, uncovers new home defects, assesses a home’s integrity after a natural disaster and gives both the buyer and seller a negotiating tool.

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Open house this Saturday at 13230 54th Avenue SE, Everett (Mill Creek)

Super low maintenance property, interior of home also completely updated. Move in and hardly lift a finger.

This contemporary bi-level home is on a near 1/4 acre lot and it is full of surprises! It has been updated tastefully w/ new countertops, newer appliances, and thoughtfully placed cabinetry. There are 2 updated baths (including a split dual vanity w/ 2nd sink in the master bedroom). There are 2 wood burning fireplaces. Lots of family room and storage space. This large corner lot has a fully fenced yard, pesticide free gardening areas, outbuildings, a large back deck & a new concrete parking pad for 5+ cars AND a garage. Potential for RV parking.

The Seller has remodeled for over a year and this home is ready for its new family!  Offered at $304,950, NWMLS #55043.

This home will be open for tours to the public on Saturday, May 15 2010, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Cookies are in the oven!

Slide show below, and additional photos available on Zillow.

Green Roof Solutions Economically and Environmentally Rewarding

From today’s Realty Times – another thumbs up for including green building information!

As energy costs continue to rise and sustainability becomes more and more of a prevalent concern, many business owners are looking for ways to be both economical, and environmentally friendly.

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EPA’s Lead Renovation Repair and Painting Rule is now in effect.

Fines for violation of this rule may be as high as $37,500 per day.

If you do work in housing built before 1978, you must review the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to determine if it applies to your jobs.

The rule requires firms to apply for certification with the EPA, follow specific lead-safe work practices and assign a certified renovator to all jobs to which the rule applies. To become certified, individual renovators must complete an eight-hour training taught by an EPA-certified instructor. This training is available through the Master Builders Career Connection.

To learn more about the rule and upcoming training sessions click here.

(This information is via the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County email.)

Some news on “community solar projects” from the WA State Dept. of Revenue

Here’s an excerpt from the two page May 2010 Legislative Tax Update. I will explore this information in more detail in a later post.

Renewable energy system cost recovery incentive program

ESSB 6658 (Chapter 202, Laws of 2010) expands the definition of community solar project, limits the capacity of eligible community solar projects to 75 kilowatts, clarifies that eligible renewable energy systems must be located in Washington, allows owners of community solar projects to appoint an administrator, reduces the public utility tax credit, requires persons receiving incentive payments to keep proper records, and creates a hold harmless provision for utilities and their employees. Effective June 10, 2010.

Tomorrow night, free lecture on Sustainable Development in a Low Carbon World, 7 PM

Sustainable Development in a Low Carbon World:


May 6, 2010, 7:00 P.M.
EOS Alliance Headquarters
650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-2553

Description: EOS Alliance is pleased to present a special evening with Eisenhower Fellows Dr. LI Hongwei (Beijing, China) and Michael Voordeckers (Brussels, Belgium). Both will be speaking on low carbon sustainable development practices in China and the European Union. The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion where the audience can ask questions and interact with both speakers.About the speakers:

Dr. LI Hongwei
Global Environment Institute
Chinese Society for Sustainable Development

Dr. Li is a teaching secretary at the China Central Party School (CCPS) who focuses on environmentally sustainable development and a low carbon economy. She is an inaugural Fellow in a new partnership launched by Eisenhower Fellowships with the CCPS, an influential and widely-respected Chinese institution that also functions as a policy generator. Dr Li is positioned to influence leaders among China’s power elite through her courses on sustainable development and eco-civilization. Her fellowship will focus on U.S. environmental policy development and regulation, as well as clean energy development.

Michael Voordeckers
European Affairs Advisor
Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB)

As the FEB’s climate change expert, Michael Voordeckers promotes Belgium business interests at U.N. international climate change conferences, and represents Belgian employeers at BUSINESSEUROPE. Mr. Voordeckers was previously city counselor in Ghent, and is a regular columnist in journals and newspapers. With a background in law and business, he has also worked in the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Justice, where he oversaw new commercial law and intellectual property legislation development, and advanced Belgian interests in working groups of the European Council.

Registration: FREE!! Please let us know if you plan to attend by dropping an e-mail to