Posted by aaron on November 19, 2014
Cascade Built has been selected to build a new single family home designed by atelierjones, an architecture, planning and design firm. The two-story home, named the CLT House, is being constructed using Cross Laminate Timber (CLT), a durable material composed of layered wood and non-toxic glue. This innovative project is the first CLT constructed home in Washington. Although new in North America, the material is widely used in Europe to maximize energy efficiency, reduce waste and increase structural durability.
The CLT house will also incorporate Passive House construction techniques, including high-performance, triple-paned windows, high performance doors, and increased insulation to reduce energy used to heat and cool the home.
Located in the heart of Madison Park on a triangular infill lot, the unique 1,485sf single-family home maximizes its site with bold 45 degree corners and strong vertical lines. The 3bd/2ba project will feature a stunning cantilevered second story to provide space for the ground-level carport, a rooftop terrace with neighborhood views and built-in planters for urban gardening. Sustainable elements include beautiful site salvaged woodwork planned for the stair treads and dining table, a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) to filter toxins and allergens from outdoor air, and zero VOC finishes. The home will meet BUILT GREEN 4*. Construction is scheduled for completion Spring of 2015.
Learn more about Passive House construction and explore our other Passive House projects, View Haus 5 and Park Passive.
Posted by aaron on November 7, 2014
We’re excited to participate in the International Passive House Days home tour, an annual worldwide open house event taking place this weekend. Join us on Sunday, November 9th from NOON to 4:00 p.m. as we showcase our View Haus 5 townhome project. View Haus 5 is one of seven Passive House projects in the Pacific Northwest participating in the event, and the only property participating in Seattle. As Seattle’s first Passive House-constructed townhome project, each View Haus 5 unit is comfortable, environmentally friendly and embodies the best in sustainable construction.
Courtesy of Aaron Leitz Photography
We are excited to host the community and demonstrate the beauty and energy efficiency of Passive House construction. View Haus 5 is located at 208 25th Avenue East in Seattle. Tours are free.
Here are a few reasons why View Haus 5 townhomes are special:
- One-of-a-kind, visionary homes. Nothing on the market can compare to the quality, durability and energy performance of these homes, which use 80-90% less energy for heating and cooling
- Draft-free, unparalleled comfort. High performance, precision-crafted European tilt & turn windows and superior insulation yield a draft-free, quiet and secure environment.
- Built to last, 100+ year homes. Constructed to Passive House standards, these homes are structurally superior with high performance windows, durable finishes and top of the line mechanical systems and appliances.
- The healthy choice. Enjoy continuous fresh air, filtered from pollution, dust and mold, non-toxic paint and finishes, and a comfortable indoor air temperature year-round.
- Close to everything. Let Capitol Hill, Madison Valley, Madison Park and Downtown be your playgrounds.
Posted by corinne petras on October 28, 2014
We’re excited to share that our second Passive House project, View Haus 5 will be complete in a few weeks! Named for its five-unit community, Passive House design and awesome views of the Cascade Mountains, View Haus 5 offers homebuyers the unique chance to live in a healthier, more comfortable home with like-minded neighbors in a convenient location just 1.5 miles from downtown.
Although new in Seattle, Passive House is not a new concept. Popular in Europe, homes built to these standards consume 80-90% less heating energy for heating and cooling than traditional built homes. Here are a few key features that makes these homes different why a View Haus 5 townhome is a great buy.
Units are unique, just like their owners. Each View Haus 5 townhome has its own floor plan, which means not one unit is alike. No cookie cutter homes here.
Breathe healthy indoor air. These homes each feature a top-of-the-line Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) system that filters toxins and allergens from outdoor air to deliver continuous fresh, filtered air throughout the house.
Be comfortable in your draft-free home this winter. With higher quality and more insulation in the exterior walls of the home, residents will rarely experience drafts or chilling indoor air temperatures.
Forego the new home smell experience. The paints and finishes are non-toxic and most have zero volatile organic compounds (VOC). Breathing in VOCs can cause dizziness, headaches. And some VOCs are suspected carcinogens. Take a deep breath and enjoy an odor-free home.
Be visionary, live better. View Haus 5 is designed and built to Passive House and to surpass 4-Star Built Green Certification. Residents will use 80% less energy than traditionally built homes to heat and cool your home. This means View Haus 5 owners are leading the charge on how future homes will be built, while enjoying big savings on your utility bills, increased thermal comfort year round and a healthier, happier lifestyle.
View Haus 5’s modern townhomes include a mix of 3-story 2b/2ba and 3bd/2ba units that range between 1,100 and 1,700 square feet. The floor plans are open, windows are large to maximize natural light, and finishes are modern with sustainable quartz countertops, top of the line appliances and reclaimed barn wood siding and millwork. The incredible outdoor spaces includes a common courtyard and private rooftop decks with gas BBQ piping and ample space to entertain while taking the sweeping mountain views.
View Haus 5 will begin preselling November 7th. For listing information or to schedule a showing, contact Janette Misic.
Posted by corinne petras on September 23, 2014
BASE Capitol Hill, our latest multifamily project in Seattle’s thriving Capitol Hill neighborhood is complete. The mixed-use micro-housing development was designed by S+H Works, a firm that specializes in modern urban design. This innovative building spans 14,477 square feet and is comprised of 32 furnished micro-studio apartments and approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space, which will house El Correo.
Built for Seattle’s urban professionals, BASE Capitol Hill provides ample common space including kitchens, onsite bike storage, laundry facilities, and a rooftop deck with views of the Seattle skyline. The project is Built Smart certified with non-toxic paints and finishes, low-flow water fixtures, LED lighting, and added insulation.
Check out our other multifamily project in the neighborhood, the Built Green 4-star certified OneOne6 Apartments.
Posted by aaron on August 6, 2014
We’re excited to showcase our newest property on the market! Valley 3 is our third project in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood along the alley between John and Thomas on 27th Ave. The modern triad is built to surpass Built Green 4* certification and features the integration of Passive House principles for maximum energy efficiency.
Its unique design includes a reclaimed brick paver pathway – salvaged from the site’s original home – which connects each of the three homes to the street, and an exposed steel beam separating single family home’s open kitchen and living space. Additional finishes include sealed concrete floors, sustainable countertops, radiant heat bathroom floors and contemporary stainless steel energy star appliances. Valley 3’s concrete and wood façade blends well with the neighborhood’s mixed traditional and contemporary design aesthetic. Each home also provides considerable outdoor amenities including a private rooftop deck with neighborhood views, and onsite parking prewired for electric car charging.
Valley 3’s airtight construction reduces heating and cooling costs by approximately 50%. For future homeowners this energy performance translates into a substantial savings on heating and cooling and an increase in thermal comfort – even on cool, damp days.
Madison Valley is known for its walkability, boasting a Walk Score of 85. Valley 3 is located steps from the Madison Valley retail corridor, great restaurants, parks, transit and a short walk to Capitol Hill’s vibrant Pike/Pine neighborhood.
Contact Janette Misic for sales and walk through information.
Posted by aaron on May 22, 2014
Valley 3, Cascade Built’s third project in Madison Valley is nearing completion! Comprised of three new modern 3bd/3ba homes – one 2,300 square foot single family home and two 1,750 square foot townhomes – Valley 3 is designed and built to surpass Built Green 4* certification. The homes feature airtight construction, which reduce heating and cooling costs by approximately 50%. For homeowners this translates into a considerable savings on utility bills, and significantly increased thermal comfort for its occupants – even on cool, damp days.
With a Walk Score of 85, the homes are situated adjacent to our first Madison Valley projects – Alley House and Alley House 2 – and just steps from the Madison Valley retail corridor, parks, transit and a short walk to Capitol Hill’s vibrant Pike/Pine neighborhood.
Valley 3’s green features include:
- Built to surpass Built Green 4* certification
- Airtight construction
- High performance windows from Milgard
- Healthy indoor air quality with non -toxic finishes and zero VOC paint throughout
- State of the art energy efficient heating and venation system that maintains fresh air
- Durable construction with long lasting, maintenance-free materials and finishes
- Xeriscape landscaping with drought tolerant, native plants
Keep an eye out for more photos via Facebook. For purchase information, contact Remax Metro Realty.
Posted by aaron on April 25, 2014
Clearwater Commons, Cascade Built’s first general contracting project will be a stop on this year’s Northwest Green Home Tour, an annual event that features some of greater Seattle’s most sustainable and green homes, remodels, and energy retrofits.
Clearwater Commons is a deep green ecologically-responsible community located in North Creek. We built the community’s first four properties – two townhomes and two single family homes. Each offers a plethora of sustainable features, including advanced framing, pin pile foundations, heat recovery ventilation, non-toxic finishes for healthy indoor air quality, solar panels and rain gardens for greater resource efficiency.
The tour will take place this Saturday, April 24 from 11am – 5pm. Visit the Northwest Green Home Tour website for ticket information.
Posted by aaron on April 23, 2014
Our first Passive House, Park Passive in Madison Park was spotlighted by King 5’s Evening Magazine during its Earth Day broadcast.
“They teamed up with NK Architects to create a place unlike any other. One that combined the latest in sustainable building practices with cutting edge design. When they were done, they built what turned out to be Seattle’s first passive house.”
Posted by Sloan Ritchie on April 7, 2014
We’re proud to announce that our Park Passive project, and Seattle’s first Passive House, has received the esteemed AIA National Housing Award. The award, now in its 14th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.
Park Passive was one of five homes selected for the award in the one/two family custom housing category and the only Passive House project to win. Designed by NK Architects, Park Passive demonstrates that luxury and sustainability can co-exist. As a certified Passive House the home uses 90% less energy for heating and cooling than standard built homes, resulting in significantly decreased energy consumption, improved thermal comfort, and superior indoor air quality.
Photo Courtesy of NK Architects
The AIA’s recognition of the home showcases its “passive survivability” for its ability to capture and retain heat – even during a power outage. High performance windows admit the sun’s heat, which is captured by a carefully crafted building enclosure, and distributed as warm fresh air by a heat recovery ventilation system. The home maintains a comfortable average of 70 degrees, even on overcast conditions. NK Architects balanced the vertical design with horizontal special connections into the front and side yards to expand the home’s extremely shallow floor plate. Park Passive was certified by the Passive House Academy and authorized by the Passivhaus Institut. Rob Harrison served as the Passive House consultant.
Photo courtesy Aaron Leitz Photography
Cascade Built is currently implementing Passive House techniques employed for Park Passive on Seattle’s first Passive House townhouse project, View Haus 5 in the city’s Madison Valley neighborhood.
Posted by Sloan Ritchie on February 27, 2014
Construction is underway on our second Passive House project, View Haus 5. The townhomes are designed by Bradley Khouri of b9 Architects to meet Passive House Institute US standards, which radically decreases energy consumption for heating and cooling the homes, improved thermal comfort, and superior indoor air quality.
A beautiful compliment to the Passive House design is the upcycled natural salvaged cedar and softwoods that we will use for View Haus 5’s exterior cladding. Integrating this type of finish adds to the dramatic nature of the project’s modern design, and allows the aesthetic to take center stage. It also carries the bonus of natural resource preservation and reduces the project’s carbon footprint.
The product that we chose, NatureAged Weathered Timber from Green Home Solutions, is sourced from logs that have been damaged by forest fire or other forces of nature. Some of the wood is also obtained from sawmill, logging or wood processing plants.
Our application will incorporate two finishes, a burnt wood effect called Shou Sugi Ban and a naturally weathered patina. Gaining in popularity, Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese method that involves torching the wood and sealing it with oil. This process renders the wood nearly maintenance free and makes it resistant to fire, rot and pests. The expected lifespan of Shou Sugi Ban wood is more than 80 years – far more than any other type of siding product.
Check out an example of the Shou Sugi Ban burning process via Houzz.com:
The salvage concept isn’t foreign to Cascade Built; we salvaged existing site trees when building Park Passive. The wood was then used to create the home’s stair treads, wall paneling, and a live-edge bathroom counter top.
What do you think about using salvaged wood product?
For more information about View Haus 5 or the products that we use, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.