Passive House opportunities are still few and far between. This project is a six-story, 30,000 SF multi-family apartment project located on the Pike-Pine Corridor in the heart of Capitol Hill. The design team is targeting PHIUS Passive House certification, a high efficiency building method that utilizes superinsulation, airtight construction and heat recovery ventilators as a means of reducing or eliminating “active” heating and cooling of the building. The project is one of the largest projects in the Pacific Northwest currently seeking PHIUS certification and will utilize design strategies that include automated solar shading devices, triple pane windows and a centralized HRV system with integral heat pump system. The design is intended to demonstrate the benefits of Passive House, which emphasizes energy efficiency, but also includes superior thermal comfort, noise control and indoor air quality. Project is being designed by Weber Thompson and constructed by Cascade Built.
A rare opportunity to explore the integration of leading edge sustainable systems for a LEED Platinum building and site. The 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is an innovative green building designed to set a sustainable example for the local community which achieved LEED Platinum in 2013. The project provides classrooms, a commercial kitchen, office, retail and storage space to support and encourage local sustainable agricultural practices and the preparation and marketing of local produce. The owner was determined to push the envelope to demonstrate the possibilities of less conventional technologies and was willing to invest in them. As a result, the project integrates many site and building systems not commonly found in a commercial project. The site features an intricate system of rain gardens and swales, native landscaping, and pervious pavers that all together capture and filter 100% of rainfall. All wastewater is treated on-site using […]