Environmentally Friendly Building
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A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste and is healthier for the people living inside, compared to a standard home. Buildings have a tremendous impact which include 38% of our carbon dioxide emissions; 39% of our energy use; 77% of our electricity consumption; 41% of our water use; 60% of non industrial waste and 40% of raw material use.
A home can be built green or you can make it green later. A green makeover can happen all at once, or it can be a gradual process. But what it all comes down to is a new way of thinking and a new way of living. From a more energy efficient kitchen to a tree-filled backyard paradise, your home can be green top to bottom, inside and out. In addition to the wide range of benefits that come from living in a green home, many local and state agencies and companies offer rebates, tax breaks, and other incentives.
Code Barriers To Green Building
Mercer Island staff has reviewed the City Codes and has identified potential code barriers for common Green Building techniques. We found that few barriers exist. By Winter 2009, staff will determine barriers that are not necessary and remove them from our codes. This information will be published in this section of our website with the intention of letting you know which techniques can be implemented on Mercer Island without code conflicts.
Free Weatherization Services
King County offers free building weatherization services to qualifying incomes (homeowners and renters). For more information go to http://www.kcha.org/repairandweatherization/weatherization.aspx
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The Permit Process Goes Green Too!
Simple Permits Now Online!
Are you thinking about upgrading your bathroom? Remodeling your kitchen? Replacing your existing water heater? You can save time and money, by getting your permit online. Contractors, builders and home owners can now download tip sheets, apply for and purchase simple over-the-counter permits (simple remodels, water heaters, decks, etc.) and also check the status of your permit. Go to: www.MyBuildingPermit.com.
New Electronic Plan Review Service
Mercer Island's building team is now offering Electronic Plan review services (EPlan) to our building permit customers. Offering this service has substantial benefits: easier and more efficient plan submittal;lower costs for customers by reducing printing costs, paper costs, staff time to assemble and for delivery of plan sets; travel costs; and faster communication regarding corrections and revisions. For more information please go to the EPlan page on the Development Services Group's website.
Green Demolition Required
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Effective 2016, all recyclable materials from construction and demolition (C & D) are required to be recycled at a King County Designated Facility. A list of designated facilities and details on the bans can be found on the King County C&D website. Click here for a printable poster.