Green Building

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Green building is the thoughtful practice of constructing, whether a remodel or a new home, that results in healthy places for ourselves, our families and our community.

We spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors so shouldn’t this be a healthy place to live, work and play? Whether it is choosing the type of paint for a room or choosing building materials for a new home every choice influences our personal health and the health of our environment.

This page contains links to resources to help you with your green project. It also contains information on the Kirkland’s priority permit review for new single-family and duplex construction.


Here are some resources that will help you get started thinking about green building whether your project is large or small:

King County's GreenTools program is a one stop shop for all types of resources of green building.  From case studies, residential remodeling guides, to a virtual green remodeling tool there is little need to go anywhere else to satisfy your curiosity when it comes to green building.

Built Green is the green home certification program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Its website contains valuable resources on green building from home improvements both in and outside your home to finding green building practitioners.

Priority Permit Review

What is it?

Priority Permit Review for new green home construction is a way to get faster permit processing in Kirkland for new single-family home or duplex projects that certify through programs such as Built Green or LEED.

Why do it?

Not only will your permit get priority, but the home or homes you construct will have the added value of being certified through a widely recognized green building program and will be better for the people who live in them and better for the environment.

What is required?

In order to qualify for Priority Permit Review under Kirkland’s Green Building Program, you must submit with a completed building permit application the following items:

  1. A completed and signed Green Building Program Priority Review for New Single-Family Residences contract
  2. A preliminary checklist that shows how the design is to achieve either:
    • Four star or better rating through Built Green or
    • Silver or better rating through LEED for Homes
  3. A copy of a Third-Party Verifier contract who will verify your Built Green or LEED project.