Mitsubishi Mini-Split: The now and future of HVAC

Posted by Cascade Built on May 15, 2015

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For View Haus 5, we were challenged with finding an HVAC system with a low enough load, a small enough footprint and high enough efficiencies to meet Passive House standards. The system that makes this perfect balance possible is a multi-zone heat pump system from Mitsubishi Electric. We chose it for its efficiencies and will continue to use it because we believe it’s the now and the future of HVAC.

Read about our use of their HVAC products for this project in a detailed case study shared by Mitsubishi Electric.


Tour View Haus 5 During the NW Green Home Tour

Posted by Cascade Built on April 23, 2015

Don’t miss our View Haus 5 Passive House-constructed townhome project during this year’s NW Green Home Tour open Saturday, April 25th from 11-5. The annual event  features some of greater Seattle’s greenest homes, remodels and energy retrofits.

Designed by the award-winning b9 Architects, View Haus 5 is named for its five distinct home designs that share views of the Cascade Mountains. The project’s 5-Star Built Green certification and compliance with the rigorous standards for design and construction set by the Passive House Institute US significantly reduces energy use for heating and cooling.


These 100+ year homes are built to last with top-of-the-line mechanical systems and sustainable finishes, including a Zhnder HRV for healthy indoor air, a Mitsubishi Electric mini-split that is 3x more efficient  than traditional HVAC, high-performance European tilt & turn windows from Zola, Roxul Insulation and zero VOC paints.

Reserve your free tickets for the tour here.


CLT House Raised + Gains Attention

Posted by Cascade Built on April 9, 2015

Seattle building history was recently made when we raised one of the state’s first cross laminate timber (CLT) constructed homes in Madison Park. The extra-thick CLT material was set in position by a site-stationed crane just three months ago, virtually finishing the home’s exterior and interior walls, flooring and roof. With the project nearing completion, it continues to garner attention from local and national media for its energy efficiency, structural durability and unique design.

The 1,485sf 3bd/2ba project was designed by atelierjones to meet BUILT GREEN 4* requirements while integrating Passive House construction techniques such as high-performance windows and doors, increased insulation and triple-paned windows. Its exterior features Shou Sugi Ban cladding, a traditional Japanese method of treating wood by charring it and then sealing it with oil, making the material resistant to fire, rot and pests. The home’s cantilevered second story creates a stunning yet functional ground-level carport, and the rooftop terrace delivers neighborhood views and built-in planters for urban gardening.

Scroll through to see the progress. Learn more about the CLT House here.

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Two Cascade Built Projects Featured During the PHnw6 Project Tour

Posted by Cascade Built on March 1, 2015

Our Passive House-constructed View Haus 5 townhomes and Park Passive, Seattle’s first Passive House, will be featured during the Passive House NW PHnw6 conference project tour on Saturday, March 28th from 11-1 pm. The annual conference brings together the area’s leaders in high performance construction and will feature Seattle’s premier Passive House and high-performance constructed projects.

View Haus 5 is the city’s first Passive House-constructed townhome project. Delivering healthy indoor air, thermal comfort and quiet in the city’s urban core, the project was designed by the award-winning b9 Architects and named for its five distinct home designs that share views of the Cascade Mountains. With a mix of modern 3-story townhomes, View Haus 5 bucks the cookie-cutter trend with individually designed units. View Haus 5 features 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.


Park Passive is our first Passive House project and the city’s first certified Passive House. Designed by NK Architects, the 2,710 square foot single family home, located in the city’s Madison Park neighborhood, meets the rigorous standards of the PassivHaus Institut by reducing heating energy consumption by nearly 90%.

Joins us for the tour and preview the other high-performance projects featured.

View Haus 5 Passive House-Constructed Townhomes Hit the Market!

Posted by Cascade Built on January 20, 2015

View Haus 5, our second Passive House project and Seattle’s first Passive House-constructed townhomes are on sale now! Designed by the award-winning b9 Architects, View Haus 5 offers five distinct homes designed for buyers who value a higher quality of life with healthier indoor air, thermal comfort, and a lower carbon footprint – not to mention much cheaper energy bills! Homes built to Passive House standards consume 80-90% less heating energy than traditionally built homes.

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Aptly named for its five-unit community, Passive House design and striking views of the Cascade Mountains, View Haus 5 is located in Seattle’s walkable Madison Valley neighborhood. The project’s modern designed units are a mix of 3-story 2b/2ba and 3bd/2ba townhomes ranging between 1,100 and 1,700 square feet. Bucking the cookie cutter townhome trend with individually designed homes, each unit’s interior is open with large windows, double-height spaces, LED lighting, modern finishes, custom, locally-made cabinetry and zero VOC paints, high performance European windows from Zola and unit-specific electric car charging.

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The sustainable features continue outside with 100-year old reclaimed barn wood cladding and native plantings. Buyers will also enjoy expansive outdoor spaces including a beautiful central common courtyard and private rooftop decks with gas BBQ piping, entertainment space and breathtaking valley and mountain views.


View Haus 5 is located just minutes from the Madison Valley retail corridor, great restaurants, parks, transit and a short walk to Capitol Hill’s vibrant Pike/Pine neighborhood.

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Construction on the Madison Park CLT Passive House Starts

Posted by Cascade Built 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.

International Passive House Days: Tour View Haus 5 on Sunday

Posted by Cascade Built 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.

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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.

View Haus 5 Hitting the Market for Presale November 7th

Posted by Cascade Built 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.

Project Spotlight: BASE Capitol Hill Mixed-Use

Posted by Cascade Built 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.



Valley 3 is on the market!

Posted by Cascade Built on August 6, 2014

We’re excited to showcase our newest property on the marketValley 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.

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