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Mercer Island Community & Event Center

8236 Southeast 24th Street

Mercer Island, WA 98040

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Join King County GreenTools and the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) for a full day training on implementing high performance building standards.

High performance buildings integrate and optimize all major building attributes, including energy and water efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, resilience, and occupant safety and productivity. Several high performance standards including LEED, Built Green, Passive House, and the Living Building Challenge have gained popularity and prominence in the past few years, but as green building pushes the envelope, existing codes and inspection guidelines are struggling to keep up with innovations and new technologies in building features and systems.

This specialized training is designed for planners, permit technicians and reviewers, plans examiners, public works and utilities staff, as well as site, plumbing, and building inspectors and officials. Come learn about the latest trends in high performance building and certifications, as well as code barriers and solutions for inspecting and permitting these structures. We will also discuss new tools and resources developed specifically for King County and cities to support staff during the permit review and inspection process for high performance buildings.

In addition to providing technical training sessions, Peter Yost of BuildingGreen, Inc. and Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute will discuss the nexus of building performance, building science, and resilience. Elected officials and members of the public are invited to attend this morning keynote session. Afternoon sessions are designed specifically for city and county staff and not open to the public. Registration is required and space is limited. Contact with any questions.


8:30 am - Check in

9:00 - Welcome & introductions

9:15 - Keynote: Reconciling the Relentless Nature of Physics with the Relentless Physics of Nature - Peter Yost & Alex Wilson

10:50 - Green Building & Site Standards & Certifications - Patti Southard

11:30 - Lunch panel & discussion: Code Barriers and Innovations Related to Water for Buildings and Sites - Pat Lando & Maria Cahill

1:10 pm - Breakout sessions specific to:

  • Building Officials, Building Inspectors, Plumbing Inspectors
  • Permit Technicians & Reviewers, Plans Examiners, Planners
  • Site Inspectors

3:30 - Closing remarks & wrap up

4:00 - Training concludes


Peter Yost is a principal and Vice President – Technical Services with BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than 25 years. His expertise stretches from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability. Peter is currently the Technical Director for, a lecturer in Yale University’s Graduate School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program, USGBC LEED faculty, and a Research Associate with the University of Massachusetts Building Construction and Technology program in Amherst.

Alex Wilson is president of the Resilient Design Institute, a nonprofit organization that advances practical solutions for enhancing resilience of buildings and communities. He is also founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and was the founding editor of Environmental Building News. He is a widely published writer and the author or coauthor of several books, including Green Design: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, Your Green Home, and the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings. Alex served on the board of the USGBC from 2000 - 2005 and in 2008 received their Leadership Award for Education. In 2010 he became the second recipient of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability.

Pat Lando is the Executive Director of recode and brings 24 years of experience as a practicing landscape architect and green infrastructure consultant. As a designer and through his design-build firm he has been part of
finding permit pathways for a wide range of projects from rainwater to blackwater; from residential to campus scale. Pat works to create permit pathways to allow natural systems and plant communities to treat water. Pat
designed and installed the first legal graywater system in Oregon back in 2009. He was also part of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s graywater advisory committee that recommended a framework for Oregon’s current code.

Maria Cahill is a Program Manager at recode and has collaborated to implement sustainable water systems on architectural and site development projects for almost 20 years. Maria has provided workshops, developed technical outreach websites, and facilitated decision-making processes for diverse audiences from homeowners to professionals in the public and private sector to help them create healthy communities and meet water quality regulations. She authored the LID Guidance Template for Western Oregon, funded and endorsed for use by communities throughout the region to create their own site and stakeholder-specific stormwater management manual. Her work at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality rounded out her understanding of permitting from both the “regulator” and “regulated” perspectives.

Jess Harris is the Green Building Program Manager with the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections. Jess is responsible for implementing, marketing and managing SDCI’s green building incentive programs. He directed the creation of one of the regions first expedited permit incentives--Priority Green. He worked with the Bullitt Center to guide them through Seattle’s Living Building Pilot process. Jess has a long history at the city and is a “go to” person for green building. Previously, Jess was a Senior Land Use Planner working on many development projects like libraries, fire stations, schools and Rainier Vista.

Kathleen Petrie currently holds the position of Green Code Specialist for King County’s Solid Waste Division. Kathleen has worked at national, state and local levels on regulation associated with material, energy, and water conservation, as well as policy development and implementation focused on carbon reduction. Kathleen was appointed to the Green Technical Advisory Group of the Washington State Building Code Council, and has participated as a development committee member in the areas of water and material conservation for ASHRAE 189.1, the National Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings.

Miranda Redinger grew up in the mountains of Virginia and attended the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture under Dean William McDonough, who inspired her with “waste-equals-food” and “cradle-to-cradle” sustainable design principles. She joined the City of Shoreline in 2007 and is currently a Senior Planner, specializing in long-range strategic plans. From 2013-2016, she managed subarea planning for two light rail stations coming to Shoreline in 2024. As co-chair of the City’s Green Team, she also worked on the Environmental Sustainability Strategy, sustainability indicator tracking website, Climate Action Plan, Carbon Wedge Analysis, and Deep Green Incentive Program.

Kinley Deller provides construction-related waste reduction and recycling assistance to project managers, contractors, architects, and developers for the King County GreenTools program. Building on over 17 years’ experience in the waste reduction field, Kinley is an expert in deconstruction techniques and practices and has been instrumental in promoting the concept of design for disassembly to maximize the potential for future building reuse.

Patti Southard is the program manager for King County’s GreenTools green building program. She
runs the Sustainable Cities Program which focuses on coordinating all of King County’s 39 cities on built environment and climate-related policies. In addition, Patti provides technical assistance for the County’s LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Patti has led the GreenTools program as a two-time Harvard Bright Idea Award recipient and recently received Governor Jay Inslee’s Solar Community Award for the Regional Code Collaboration which she co-chairs with Kathleen Petrie. Patti was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the juxtaposition between rural and urban communities and planning. Her personal accolades include the Built Green Pioneer Award, Cascadia Green Building Council Public Sector Leadership Award, and Sustainable Cities Inspirational Leadership Award, and is a Cascadia
Fellow and Honorary AIA.

Ellen Southard leads Salmon-Safe’s urban outreach around Puget Sound. After serving as a Salmon-Safe volunteer for three years, Ellen joined Salmon-Safe Puget Sound to guide community outreach and develop programs focusing on municipalities. With 20 years of experience working with engineers, architects, and
planners, Southard has been involved with a large number of community-based initiatives that support farmland preservation, historic resources, and cultural corridor formation.

Veronica Guenther is a land use planner at the City of Bellevue. She is an eastside native growing up in Woodinville, Washington, but has lived in Seattle since attending the University of Washington with a double degree in urban planning and economics. Prior to working at Bellevue, Veronica ran a campus sustainability program within UW’s Planning and Management Department. She is also an avid cyclist and used her bike commute between Capitol Hill and Downtown Bellevue to train for the Seattle to Portland ride this past summer.

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