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New program helps home builders go green.

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- The Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities launched the areas first Built Green Program in Kennewick and they expect more green homes to be built in the near future.

The Built Green Program says they will be very flexible and let builders choose how green they want to be.   The Home Owners Association worked with local builders and green building suppliers to develop the program. 

They looked at other Built Green Programs in Washington to make a checklist specific to the area. Their strategies to help contractors build greener include reducing construction waste and home designs that are more energy efficient.

"Some of the really small things people in current homes can do is change out their light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs," said Renee Brooks, director of the Tri-Cities Built Green Program.

Builders can join the program and pick out what aspects of the home they want green. The checklist has 200 menu items from solar readiness to composting. Builders also need to meet the Washington State code requirements.