Building Green, Teaching Others


Pacific NW magazine writer Rebecca Teagarden authored an article entitled “Donna and Riley Shirey built green for themselves and to teach others” for The Seattle Times. The piece discussed how an environmentally-conscious couple built a sustainable house that was open for anyone from construction to completion.

Working with Structural Insulated Panel projects since 1987, the couple discussed details regarding the green building construction:

“… And in 2005 they decided to go for it: build the greenest, most affordable, healthy, comfortable and quiet home possible on the shore of Lake Sammamish in Bellevue. The Shireys would be their own client, and they would open the house to anybody who wanted to come have a look, from construction to completion.

Its sustainable credentials are many: photovoltaic panels, solar hot water, tankless water heater, hydronic radiant heating, heat-recovery ventilator, living roof, recycled-content tile, salvaged-wood flooring, metal roof, local materials, rainwater collection using a 3,000-gallon cistern, small footprint, wind turbine, 5-star Built Green rating.” Rebecca Teagarden, The Seattle Times.

This written piece provides the idea of the growing trend of people living in green houses and the environmental benefits it provides. As this green movement continues to grow, so will the public awareness that sustainable residential and commercial buildings are starting to gain ground and this benefits everyone.