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GreenWorks Composite Assessment™

What’s behind your walls? Often, a green home appears like any other home, but in reality, is built to a higher standard. After decades in the green homes industry, we have learned that the typical understanding of green by those involved in the transactions around an environmentally-friendly home are woefully inadequate … so we created our own system to uncover the value of what lies behind the walls of your green home.

Competitive Market Analysis

Green Portrait

Environmental

Certification

Invisible Value

Our Simple Process

Pre Qualification

A short email or phone call

Composite Assessment

Our team will gather, review and analyze all the data on your home and deliver your GreenWorks Composite Assessment™ in 3-Days.

We Find the Best Buyer

If you want to sell, we’ll use the composite assessment to accelerate the process. GreenWorks is the most experienced green home seller in the United States

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Our Story

BV was formed in 2017 evolving from GreenWorks Realty, the nation’s first real estate firm focused on creating more livable and sustainable communities, founded in 2002. Our real estate services support a broad range of commercial, residential, and green building. We reularly work with Built Green, LEED, Energy Star, and other environmental certification programs to educate consumers, enhance the marketplace, and maximize value.

GreenWorks Realty’s vision is to create a more sustainable world by identifying beneficiaries to receive a portion of each commission to implement progressive change supporting human expression and protecting the integrity of our environment.

Our Mission

To improve the livability and sustainability of our community in every real estate transaction.

Community Involvement

GreenWorks agents are an exceptional group of people who are highly active in their communities. Their business is largely driven by volunteering with various organizations including the Northwest Eco-Building Guild, Built Green of King & Snohomish Counties, Seattle 2030 District, The Great City Initiative, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and BALLE Seattle (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). GreenWorks agents have amassed an impressive list of non-profit board memberships, article presentations, public speaking invitations, green education forums, writing blogs, and supporting local charities. GreenWorks agents create warm and meaningful relationships with their clients by finding creative ways to drive the GreenWorks mission. GreenWorks has proved to be a market leader and influencer. Green is just at the beginning of long-term substantial growth in market share. GreenWorks is focused on continuing to build the green marketplace and ready to grow the company and innovative services. We are committed to reducing our collective carbon footprint and other measures to live our green values.

 

Core Values

Honesty  |  Wisdom  |  Professionalism
Sustainability  |  Integrity  |  Service  |  Passion  |  Respect

BV was formed in 2017 evolving from GreenWorks Realty, the nation’s first real estate firm focused on creating more livable and sustainable communities, founded in 2002. Our real estate services support a broad range of commercial, residential, and green building. We regularly work with Built Green, LEED, Energy Star, and other environmental certification programs to educate consumers, enhance the marketplace, and maximize value.

GreenWorks Realty’s vision is to create a more sustainable world by identifying beneficiaries to receive a portion of each commission to implement progressive change supporting human expression and protecting the integrity of our environment.

FACT

GreenWorks Realty has sold more green homes

than any other brokerage in the United States.

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History

GreenWorks Realty formed in 2007, built upon the industry experience of father-son team, Louie and Ben Kaufman and grounded in the goal to transform how housing is developed in our region. Ben studied sustainable communities at University of Washington in the Community & Environmental Urban Planning Program. He believes real estate can drive significant environmental and social change. Building upon the goal of transforming the industry, GreenWorks joined with Beneficial Ventures, a B Corp. brokerage centered around the principal that business can give back to the community that it serves, in 2017. Rebecca Sayre joined the team in 2017, drawn by the unique combination of vision, experience and industry leadership. For the last 20 years, she has worked as an environmental advocate with a focus on practical actions that empower people to reduce their impact, both individually and collectively. Together, we are excited to help you understand and maximize the true value of your environmentally-certified home.

What is a Green Home?

Green homes are often visually indistinguishable from conventional homes. The difference is in the details. Designed and constructed to provide a variety of health and ecological benefits, green homes offer:

  • Healthier indoor air quality – by using low toxic building materials and finishes, supplying good air flow, limiting potential for mold growth and maximizing use of hard surfaces
  • Energy and water efficiency – by optimizing home and garden design and utilizing appliances that conserve energy and water
  • A cleaner environment – by reducing waste, pollution and emission of greenhouse gases
  • A smaller ecological footprint – by using sustainably harvested and recycled resources, as well as minimizing environmental impact from site development
  • Reduced maintenance costs – through lowered utility bills and use of the highest quality durable materials
  • Reduced construction impact – minimizes environmental impact from site development

Types of Green Building Certificates

BUILT GREEN®

In order to recognize and distinguish newly constructed green homes on the  market, King County’s Master Builder Association has developed a rating system to certify Built Green® residential construction based on national standards. Scores can range from 1-5 stars depending on the number of points obtained in six critical sections: regulation and code, site and water, energy efficiency, health and indoor air quality, materials efficiency and the promotion of environmentally friendly homeowner operations and maintenance. For a copy of the Built Green® homebuilder self-certification checklist please click here.

ENERGY STAR®

Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes® are better built, more comfortable homes that save you money on your utility bills every month. Every Northwest ENERGY STAR certified home has been built to meet energy efficient guidelines set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. From energy efficient windows to advanced heating and cooling systems, ENERGY STAR homes guarantee greater savings, comfort and peace-of-mind. Simply stated, ENERGY STAR homes are built better for you and the environment.

LEED

LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.

Our Team

BEN KAUFMAN

Co-Founder, Real Estate Broker

Ben’s real estate transactions are guided by his passion and commitment to strengthening livability and sustainability of our communities. Completing $125 million in transactions with 15 years professional experience, his knowledge includes a broad range of commercial and residential real estate applications with specialties in environmentally certified properties, income producing properties including resource lands, and low impact land development.  He has an urban planning degree and commercial real estate certificate from University of Washington, two permaculture design certificates, and is currently enrolled in the CCIM Commercial Designation. He has served as President of the Northwest Eco-Building Guild, Chair of King/Snohomish County Built Green and board member of Master Builder’s Association. Ben is an active Snohomish County Planning Commissioner and on the National Association of Realtor’s Green Advisory Board. In his free time, Ben loves to ski and adventure in the PNW with his family and community

REBECCA SAYRE

Real Estate Broker, GreenWorks Realty

Rebecca jumped at the opportunity to join the Beneficial Ventures team, drawn by their ethic and experience. She is dedicated to helping you sell your current home and find your dream home. With a background as a communicator and community organizer around environmental issues, she brings a passion for sustainability combined with a depth of understanding that will help you get the most value out of your enviromentaly-certified home. Rebecca has worked for several regional non-profits including Stewardship Partners and the Seattle 2030 District and has served on the board of Washington Women for Climate Action Now and Northwest Outward Bound. In her free-time she can be found hiking, dancing, skiing, and white water rafting with her boyfriend and their two dogs.

NICOLE ALLEN

Real Estate Broker, Benefit Director

Nicole is a founding member of Beneficial Ventures working to transform the real estate industry by helping people turn the right spaces into a place where they can create, design, sell and build. Her background in health and wellness marketing and project management gives her a holistic understanding of how to communicate about what people are seeking to create in their lives. She is responsible for overseeing transactions as well as website content and Beneficial Ventures’ B-Corp status. Nicole hopes to make a difference in the industry by tying regional economic growth with philanthropy. In her free time, Nicole can be found putting on community workshops, attending community theatre, and supporting the arts.

Hours of Operation

7-Days a Week
By Appointment Only

Contact Us

GreenWorks Realty  |  KW Eastside  |  11109 Slater Ave NE #200A Kirkland, WA 98033  |  (206) 300-0115
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