2023 Northwest Green Building Slam Program

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Student, group and volunteer This year’s crowd-favorite Slam-style LIVEdiscounts event available. 2023 features EVENT SCHEDULE (option in-person or online) 10 speakers, each for 10 minutes 5:00pm 6:00pm Registration, Appetizers & Drinks, Networking highlighting 10 innovative, sustainable, high-performance, 6:00pm - 7:15pm Presentations nw projects that push the envelope in our built environment. 7:15pm - 7:45pm Intermission 7:45pm - 9:00pm Presentations Resume 9:00pm - 10:00pm Networking, Dessert & Coffee




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NORTHWEST GREEN BUILDING SLAM Muckleshoot Net Zero Community

Tom Balderston & Daniel Glenn, Muckleshoot Tribal Housing Authority The Housing Authority is completing 25 new homes in the Van Putten Community that are designed and built as net-zero under the DOE and ENERGY STAR programs. The community consists of single homes, duplexes, and fourplexes with affordable homes based on family income. The builder worked closely with us to get the details right and final performance dialed in. The project was 5 statewide that received HUD block grant funding for net zero homes.

Biogenic Carbon based Admixtures for Concrete

John Mead, Solid Carbon Solid Carbon has pioneered the use of biogenic carbon-based admixtures in concrete. This is a carbon capture and storage (sequestration) method that is far more economically viable than other methods of CCUS. The presentation will include: -The technical approach to testing and validating biogenic carbon-based admixtures -Research conducted through a state-funded grant -Pilot projects completed to validate this technology -Commercialization success stories, challenges, and obstacles -Other companies and researchers working in this space.

Ashwood Project

Jonathan Orphin, New Energy Works A scientist and an artist, a modest budget with big dreams, a balance between cost, earth sense, and beauty. Eric and Mary couldn’t have been more different, but as we say, we’ve been designing and building homes for 30 years, and bridges between couples for just as long. Truth is, this modest-sized residential project ticked all our own boxes as well, so when the first of three blower door tests came back at .65ACH, and house volumes seemed just right, we all felt we had hit a sweet spot between performance, cost, and aesthetics.

Built Green Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodel

Nathan Coons, Coons Construction LLC A kitchen and bath remodel in the Greenwood neighborhood that was Built Green certified. This includes all new mechanical systems, blower door testing that shows small changes can equal big results (ACH 14 to 6.5), getting the subcontractors on board, and advice for contractors taking on their first Green project. Removing gas from the house and updating the electrical for future solar and EV charging.

Inspired Action; Framing Future Alternatives in the Built Environment

Carol Williams, Carol Rashawnna Williams For BIPOC artisans and their families to build sustainable equity over time, we are building tiny houses with green infrastructures (that can be bought or rented) and redesigning the future of HOW to hire, train, and lead individuals at the center of these challenges. Our project, yes includes building green, but it is so much bigger than a green infrastructure; we must also build for the communities that will be in those built environments....the BIPOC STAHC model could be a solution.


Rethinking our built environment to flourish for the next 200 yrs.


Sage K. Saskill, S.A.G.E. Designs NW ICFs - Specifically FASWALL BLOCKS - are Life-Size Lego’s. They are the optimal DIY (Do It Yourself) building modules. Extremely versatile and comprised of many impressive characteristics. Most notably, they are locally produced, fireproof, fabricated with recycled wood content, and provide an impressive insulation value. This presentation will showcase four projects - two rural and two urban. Each one has been built, is being built, or will be built by the owners. Design tips, as well as construction strategies, will be delivered in an informative, compelling, and amusing presentation, including the do’s and don’ts as discovered along the way by the various design and construction teams.

12-Unit Passive House Apartment Building

Wayne Apostolik, Ginger Segel & Dan Whitmore, Red Willow LLC Ginger Segel, Dan Whitmore, and Wayne Apostolik teamed up to develop a single-family lot in the Othello area of Seattle that had recently been rezoned for increased density. A major objective was to explore a way to address the lack of lower-income housing within Seattle city limits, particularly family-sized apartments. Another objective was to explore a way to provide this housing within our existing real estate and market paradigms without relying upon government financial support.

Building with Plants: Honing a New Vernacular

Tucker Shaw, Placecraft Design & Build, LLC At the heart of this first-of-its-kind permitted ADU in Vancouver, WA is our innovation -- the StraBloc (strabloc.com). This product is the culmination of three years of research & development into making low-tech & plant-based, carbon-sequestering wall enclosures more viable in the local marketplace. This project is a case study of the magnificent abundance of our own backyards. We aimed to minimize the inputs within a 250-mile radius to make a case for a regional, bio-based building that is healthy for homeowners, home builders, and our home planet. This model illustrates a new Pacific NW vernacular architecture that is affordable, scaleable, high-performing, and carbon-storing.

Fostering Inclusivity in the Built Environment

Jennifer Beyer & Carissa Iris Nelson, Rushing Many widely used terms in the built environment and AEC industries are sourced in harmful history, exclude marginalized communities, or reinforce harmful stereotypes or inaccurate preconceptions. As a result, large parts of our communities may feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in spaces where everyone should be able to feel like they belong. This presentation will discuss why inclusive language is essential, provide examples of existing problematic language and more inclusive alternatives, and prompt the audience to be more inquisitive about what other existing rhetoric and concepts may be harmful and to be more thoughtful and purposeful about what language could be used instead.

Phoenix Rising: Breitenbush Hot Springs Restoration

Terry Phelan, Board & Vellum For over 40 years, Breitenbush Hot Springs has provided a space for wellness and retreat for day visitors and overnight guests. In September 2020, a windstorm exacerbated the already active Lionshead Fire, uprooting lives and devastating communities in the Central Oregon area. Breitenbush Hot Springs was no exception. When the smoke cleared, the facility had lost 73 historical buildings and 101 acres of land, including staff residencies and guest housing. In tragedy, the organization saw an opportunity to reaffirm their values in sustainability, equity, and environmental stewardship.







PLANNING COMMITTEE* & VOLUNTEERS Laura Elfline , co-chair* Jon Kawaguchi, presenter lead* Sheila Roe* Kate Romero* Elly Trinh, co-chair* Jill Williams, coordinator*

Cybil Tribie Eric Shields Ian Nimmo Jason Romero Quest Jolliffe

Risa Suzuki Steve Abercrombie Sydney Elfline Todd Staheli Vivian Elfline

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