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Welcome to the King County GreenTools Web site. The GreenTools program is designed to help all King County stakeholders green their built environment while addressing critical environmental issues, such as global warming, critical habitat restoration and solid waste reduction. GreenTools provides technical assistance, grants and hands-on training to help users create green projects efficiently and effectively.

This site will serve as a resource for all kinds of green building information ranging from case studies to technical references. You will find information on green building certification programs, construction and demolition recycling and reuse, deconstruction techniques, incentives to build green, and much more. Be sure to check the documents and links pages for resources on a variety of green building topics.

Eco-Cool Remodel Tool

Take a tour through our virtual house and find ways to green up your next home remodeling project.

GreenTools for Home Builders & Homeowners

Built Green™, LEED for Homes, GreenTools for Rural Builders, Case Studies, Affordable Housing, Remodeling Guides

King County Green Building

GreenTools Program, Green Building and Sustainable Development Ordinance, Green Building Team, Green Building Standards, Managing the LEED™ Process, Case Studies, Technical Resources, Climate Change

Construction & Demolition Recycling

Diversion/Recycling Rates for C&D Processing Facilities, Cost-Effectiveness of Jobsite Diversion/Recycling, Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling, C&D Definitions, Design Specifications and Waste Management Plans, Design for Disassembly (DfD), Build a Successful Diversion/Recycling Program, Prevent Jobsite Waste

GreenTools for King County Sustainable Cities

City Government, County Government, Builders & Homeowners, Commercial & Mixed-Use Green Buildings, Green Infrastructure, Energy Infrastructure, Materials & Solid Waste Management, Integrated Water Systems, Economic Development, Transportation & Connectivity, Agriculture & Food Systems, Human Health, Schools & Education



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King County Green Building Ordinance (GBO)

On Dec. 9, 2013, King County adopted a progressive and holistic green building policy, updating the Green Building Ordinance (PDF, 2.4 MB).

Case Study (PDF, 738 KB) on developing the Green Building Ordinance using Integrative Process.

Dec. 23, 2013
County beefs up green building rules with higher standards, new incentives (PDF, 78 K)
King County is stepping up its commitment to green building: all county government construction and major renovation projects are required to seek LEED platinum rating—from the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Dec. 13, 2013
Best in Class: King County Leads by Platinum Example (external)
King County was named "Best in class" by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) after the adoption of its new Green Building Ordinance. The announcement recognizes the continued commitment from the GreenTools program in helping to make King County a leader in sustainable building.

Dec. 9, 2013
Updated King County Green Building Ordinance Adopted!
The updated King County green building policy is top in the nation for facility sustainability and performance. This update requires county projects to strive for LEED Platinum and encourages the use of alternative green building rating systems, such as Built Green, Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, Salmon Safe and the Living Building Challenge—King County news release.

Eco-Cool Remodel Tool

Eco-Cool Remodel Tool

Take a tour through our virtual house and find ways to green up your next home remodeling project.


Green building guides

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Updated: May. 22, 2014

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