Green Building Resources
The 2012 Whatcom County Low Impact
Development Resource Guide is your comprehensive
resource for finding local contractors for building and
designing your very own LID project.
CityLID is an interactive resource that guides users through a showcase of 13 case studies on low impact development practices in the City of Bellingham. These projects highlight the cost savings associated with utilizing best management practices including valuable lessons learned through each project type. View the map here.
Two excellent case studies of Vegetated Rooftops in Bellingham. The City of Bellingham Public Works Department encourages the use of Vegetated Roofs as a means to increase stormwater treatment. View the residential & commercial case studies here.
A white paper to help stimulate further discussion among policy makers and community leaders on the potential benefits, draw-backs and complexities of creating a central heating district on the Bellingham Waterfront as part of the larger waterfront redevelopment project.
The City of Bellingham places a high priority on protecting the natural environment through sustainable development practices. The Bellingham Incentives guide offers a comprehensive list of Residential and Commercial building incentives available in Bellingham.
In collaboration with Western Washington University, the City of Bellingham and Sustainable Connections, the Urban Transition Studio was initiated to create meaningful research projects for sustainable redevelopment concepts in Bellingham. Read the 2009 redevelopment report developed by phase I Fall Quarter Huxley students. Additional release of the March 9, 2010 Bellingham Herald story, and March 4, 2010 Bellingham Business Journal.
The NEW 2010-2011 Whatcom County Construction Recycling Toolkit is an excellent resource for reducing waste on the jobsite. This tool includes valuable information on best waste management practices, local resources for recycling and useful tips that can help you earn those valuable LEED points. To pick up your copy, contact the Sustainable Connections office. The PDF is also available here. If interested in just the TWO page local Resource Guide - download here.
The Towards Zero Waste (TZW) Community Challenge continues to make positive strides towards reducing the amount of jobsite waste created in construction. Three local building industry businesses have taken the TZW mission to the jobsite. View the Aiki Homes TZW Case Study. View the Zervas Group Architects Case Study. View the Living Laboratories Case Study. And, view the Louws Truss Case Study.
These Whatcom County LEED case studies provide a quick project snapshot. In addition, several other LEED projects in the area:
Green Building Design and Rating Systems
Provides links to websites that contain green building rating systems, design strategies and general information on the green building industry.
Provides links to websites that provide resources and support to the green building industry.
Green Building Tools
Provides links to website that provide tools for green building professionals to help implement green building strategies into their projects.
Building Codes and References
Provides links to websites that reference local and state building codes.
Puget Sound Energy Rebates
An overview to rebates and promotional services provided for service customers in PSE's territory. If you haven't seen the good news in a while, take another look.
Green Building Publications
Provides links to websites with green building publications and magazines.
Special thanks to Puget Sound Action Team, City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, Bullitt Foundation, and the Russell Family Foundation for supporting the Green Building & Smart Growth Program in creating these resources!