NW REporter

Annual conference to showcase how builders adapt to address climate change

Built Green’s 2022 conference draws on the experiences of builders and allied businesses that adapted during recent unpredictable events, including the pandemic, to address climate change. The daylong event on September 15 will be held at South Seattle College.

The agenda features keynote speaker Chris Magwood, co-founder of Builders for Climate Action, along with three breakout sessions, networking opportunities, luncheon with presentation of the Built Green Hammer Awards, sponsor expo, a changemakers panel, and the closing reception.

Chris Magwood

In addition to the keynoter, the educational tracks will focus on “Advancing Policy,” “Rethinking Materials,” “Innovating Affordability,” “Decarbonizing Construction” and “A Foreman’s Guide to Built Green Basics.”  Speakers and panelists include urban planners, green building specialists, home builders, architects, advocates for affordable and workforce housing, thought leaders, a passive home designer, experts on sustainable construction practices, housing policy analysts, educators and appraisers.

Keynoter Chris Magwood leads the development of the BEAM carbon estimator tool for low-rise construction. He has authored seven books on sustainable building including his latest, Build Beyond Zero: New Ideas for Carbon-Smart Architecture, with co-author Bruce King.  Earlier this year he joined RMI (Rocky Mountain Institute) as manager of carbon-free buildings. That nonprofit organization, with offices on four continents, works to accelerate the clean energy transition.  

Two ticket options for this year’s Built Green conference are offered, with pricing starting at $65. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation, bicycles or other lower carbon footprint transportation options to travel the conference venue.

Built Green is the holistic green home certification program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.