Celebrating the completion of SolHaus in Capitol Hill

Posted by Cascade Built on June 29, 2016

We recently celebrated the completion and sell-out of our 10-unit Passive House-constructed townhome project, SolHaus, with our partner, and the brains behind the stunning community-centered design, b9 Architects.

SolHaus delivers vibrant indoor/outdoor living, healthy indoor air quality and superlative comfort, offering likeminded eco-minded residents a unique opportunity to live in a community that prioritizes health and conscious living just a mile from downtown.

See photos from the celebration below and read more about SolHaus here.

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1300 Pike: From Chocolates to Carobs at the 2016 Built Green Conference

Posted by Cascade Built on May 31, 2016

1300 Pike, our latest Passive House project and one of Seattle’s first multi-family Passive House apartments, will be featured at this year’s Built Green Conference on September 13th in Seattle. Cascade Built Founder, Sloan Ritchie and the design team from Weber Thompson will discuss their plans for reaching Passive House certification and share key insights for creating a market-competitive model that brings Passive House standards to the masses. cb-massing

Planned for the previous site of the Fran’s Chocolate factory (now in Georgetown), 1300 Pike apartments will enliven an underutilized blog of the Pike/Pine corridor in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The project will provide occupants comfortable, healthy living environments while consuming up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling than standard-built buildings.

1300 Pike will be comprised of 48 units, including market rate studios, one-and-two-bedroom apartments, and live/work units catering to conscious-minded individuals, couples, young professionals, and families. The project will add 2,400 sf of street-level retail space thoughtfully designed for two or three small businesses while creating a special connection between residents and retail customers.

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Modern Home Tour Features CLT House

Posted by Cascade Built on April 29, 2016

The Modern Home Tour is returning to Seattle on Saturday, April 30th, opening the doors to some of the coolest homes in the Pacific Northwest, including our CLT House in Madison Park.

The 1,500 sf 3bd/2ba home was designed by atelierjones integrating Passive House construction techniques for year-round comfort and energy efficiency with high-performance windows and doors and increased insulation. The home’s strong modern lines are complemented by striking Shou Sugi Ban cladding, a traditional Japanese method of charring wood then sealing it with oil, making the material resistant to fire, rot and pests. Attendees will be delighted by the rooftop terrace with neighborhood views and cantilevered second story that creates a stunning yet functional ground-level carport.

Tour Information
When: April 30th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $35
Purchase tickets here

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13th and Pike Passive House Apartments Coming to Capitol Hill

Posted by Cascade Built on March 31, 2016

Planned for the previous site of the Fran’s Chocolate factory (now in Georgetown), our 13th and Pike apartment project will enliven an underutilized blog of the Pike/Pine corridor in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Developed in partnership with Cascade Built, The Bigelow Family of Fran’s Chocolates and Maria Barrientos, the six-story building will be designed by Weber Thompson. Targeting Passive House certification, 13th and Pike will provide its occupants ultra-comfortable, healthy living environments while consuming up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling than standard buildings.

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13th and Pike will have 48 units, including market rate studios, open one and one bedrooms, two bedrooms and live/work units to cater to individuals, couples, young professionals, and families. The project will also feature 2,400 sf of retail space along the street thoughtfully designed for two or three small businesses while creating a special connection between residents and retail customers.

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A shaded entry court would be shared by residents and retail customers.

Distinctive features such as a rooftop garden, and an elevator and exterior walkways that look out on to the neighborhood are combined with unconventional elements like strategically placed decks to provide shade during hot, summer months and a ground-level transparent wall to create curiosity and connectivity to the community.

Construction begins spring 2017.

SolHaus Hitting the Market Soon!

Posted by Cascade Built on February 29, 2016

Take a virtual tour of SolHaus:

SolHaus, our newest Passive House-constructed townhome community, is getting staged and hitting the market soon! Designed by the award-winning b9 Architects, SolHaus delivers vibrant indoor/outdoor living, healthy indoor air quality and superlative comfort, offering homebuyers a unique opportunity to live in a community that prioritizes health and conscious living just a mile from downtown.

Preselling now, four of the 10 units are already sold! Located in North Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s top neighborhoods for its combination of proximity and quiet, homebuyers can choose from 3bd/2ba and 2bd/2ba units ranging between 1,382 and 1,737 sf with distinctly designed open floorplans and modern finishes.

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Breaking away from cookie-cutter townhomes, SolHaus units feature large windows that connect indoor living to the vibrant outdoor common courtyard, and sweeping views of Seattle’s iconic skyline from individually designed private rooftop decks.

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Inside, homeowners will enjoy double-height spaces and layouts designed for real living with locally sourced cabinetry and top-of-the-line ENERGY STAR® appliances. Net Zero-ready, SolHaus significantly reduces energy use while increasing thermal comfort and indoor air quality with zero VOC paints, LED lighting, high-performance European tilt & turn windows, and continuous fresh air filtered and free from pollution, dust and mold by state-of-the-art systems.

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Interested in SolHaus? Contact Joe Klarman at (206) 683-5639.

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Saden Eco put to the test – does it measure up?

Posted by Cascade Built on February 20, 2016

Before applying new technologies to our projects, Cascade Built founder, Sloan Ritchie, often performs a real-world test on his own home – a 4-bedroom/4-person certified Passive House – to ensure they measure up. Most recently he replaced a single-unit AirTrap Hybrid ATi66 by Air GenerateIt – the best on the market when we built the home in 2013 – with the 65-gallon Sanden Eco air-to-water CO2 hot water heat pump.

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The AirTrap offered great energy savings, but the system had significant downfalls. A known electrical issue caused catastrophic failure shortly after installation, and the unit generated noticeable thermal fluctuation inside. While all hybrid systems derive efficiency by extracting heat from ambient air then blowing it out, this happened because the AirTrap keeps residual cool air inside. This isn’t a big deal when the unit is placed in a basement or garage, but it’s not ideal for a sealed Passive House envelope.

The split-unit Saden Eco is also a hybrid system, but the comparison to AirTrap stops there. Saden Eco is 2x more efficient and does not impact thermal comfort given the residual cool air is pushed outside. Water is always a safe ready-to-use temperature, heated to 149F and then mixed with cold water. And similar to The Nest Thermostat, the system learns demand patterns, optimizing energy use accordingly.

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Our takeaway: The Saden Eco is a premium choice for Passive House construction. The hot water heating bill was cut in half, and undesired cool air has been eliminated, making a huge difference in the home’s thermal comfort.

The Saden Eco will be available in the Seattle market at Small Planet Workshop.

SolHaus Preselling Now!

Posted by Cascade Built on January 15, 2016

We’re excited to share that SolHaus, our newest townhome community, is available for presale! Located in the highly coveted North Capitol Hill neighborhood, SolHaus offers homebuyers a unique opportunity to live in a community that prioritizes health and comfort and conscious living just a mile from downtown.

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Here are a few reasons why you’ll love living here:

Modern living, inspired design
No cookie-cutter here with thoughtfully designed layouts for real living. Open floor plans and large windows connect to rare indoor/outdoor spaces.

Future-proof living
Passive house-constructed, Net Zero-ready units significantly reduce energy use, while increasing thermal comfort and indoor air quality. Reclaimed materials, locally sourced cabinetry, and top-of-the-line ENERGY STAR® appliances combine durability and sustainability.

A healthy choice
Breathe easy with non-toxic paint and finishes and continuous fresh air filtered and free from pollution, dust and mold by state-of-the-art systems.

Superlative comfort
High-performance European tilt & turn windows and superior insulation provide a draft-free, quiet and secure environment.

Coveted location, awesome views
North Capitol Hill is one of Seattle’s top neighborhoods for its combination of proximity and quiet. Take in sweeping views of downtown from your private rooftop deck or mingle with your neighbors in the vibrant common courtyard connected to every unit.

Neighborhood feel, close to everything
Live where you work and play – downtown, Capitol Hill and South Lake Union’s best restaurants, theaters, shopping and nightlife are steps away with a Walkscore of 96.

Are you interested in SolHaus? Direct sales inquiries to Joe Klarman at (206) 683-5639.

The Lodges on Vashon

Posted by Cascade Built on December 29, 2015

Our hospitality project, The Lodges on Vashon, in the heart of Vashon Island, is open for business. Designed by S+H Works, the modern retreat destination is comprised of 16 contemporary freestanding lodges modularly-built to minimize waste and expedite the construction process.

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Each lodge incorporates energy efficient heating and cooling mini-split systems, a gas fireplace, modern bathroom fixtures, an oversized soaking tub, and private patio with an outdoor shower intended to enjoy under the stars.

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Other sustainable features include low impact foundations, additional insulation for increased thermal comfort, and an onsite storm water infiltration system to minimize disturbance of the natural environment.

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Custom woodwork throughout the common areas adds warmth to the project’s modern feel and walking trails guide guests to the common areas – the Public House with a full kitchen and dining area, and the Pavilion an open-air space with seating around a large fireplace.

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Read more about The Lodges here.

Seasons Greetings

Posted by Cascade Built on December 23, 2015

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity. cb_holiday2014_d1

Park Passive Open to the Public on Friday

Posted by Cascade Built on November 10, 2015

Our first Passive House, Park Passive in Madison Park will be open to the general public on Friday, November 13th, as part of International Passive House Days, a worldwide open house event happening this weekend. Affordable, comfortable, and environmentally friendly—the Passive House embodies the best in sustainable construction. Typically, buildings meeting the Passive House Standard use 80 to 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling, savings far greater than any other building standard delivers.

All tours are free. Visitors are welcome between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tour Information:
Location: 4211 E. Lee Street in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood
Contact: Sloan Ritchie, Cascade Built
Note: Visitors are asked to remove shoes at the door

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