Information about green building in Washington


Green Building

Welcome to the Washington Department of Ecology's green building website!

Among its many benefits such as energy savings, increased comfort, health and productivity, and stronger resale value, green or sustainable building has been identified as one of the ways to significantly reduce waste and the use of toxic substances wherever practiced. Washington's Beyond Waste Plan has clear and similar objectives; hence, our long-term goal for green building is to become the mainstream practice statewide.

Please use the left sidebar to navigate between the following sections:
  • Green Building Basics - Components of a green building, the integrated process it takes to create superior projects and the green building organizations active in Washington State.
  • Certification and Regulations - Green building project and product certification programs; Washington State Law on High Performance Buildings.
  • Case Studies - Links to case study databases; Ecology's LEED® EB Silver Headquarters building.
  • Homeowner Resources - Homeowner incentives; brochures on elements of a green remodel.
  • Builder Resources - Educational resources, incentives for builders, and appraisal information.
  • Alternatives to Waste - How to avoid or reuse excess generated by construction, demolition, and remodel projects.
  • Ecology Assistance - Related Ecology services, assistance to citizens, the business sector and local governments: building materials technical assistance, grants, and environmentally preferred purchasing.
If you have further questions or would like to share your green building experience, especially with efficient use or reuse of building materials, contact us.

The Bullitt Center, Seattle's greenest office building, met the rigorous Living Building Challenge.
Photo courtesy of Nic Lehoux.