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.


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.


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.


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.


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


BASE Capitol Hill Honored as Finalist in ULI Awards

Posted by Cascade Built on October 30, 2015

Our BASE Capitol Hill project was honored as a finalist in the ULI’s Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards, demonstrating that comfortable cost-efficient housing is possible in Seattle’s vibrant urban core. The national award recognizes the efforts of building industry leaders working to expand housing opportunity. BASE Capitol Hill is the only development in Seattle featured.


Developed by 1728 LLC, BASE Capitol Hill is a Built Smart mixed-use micro-housing apartment project designed by S+H Works Architecture & Design. The project is comprised of 32 furnished studios catering to the urban dweller with comfortable, affordable living, and ground-level restaurant space, which houses Chavez, an acclaimed Mexican restaurant.

Units feature large windows that bring natural daylight into the efficiently designed spaces, kitchenettes, healthy indoor air with zero VOC paints and finishes, and energy saving appliances and fixtures. Residents enjoy territorial and downtown views from the rooftop deck, private patios, secure bike storage, and a prime location with a Walk Score of 96, just three blocks from Capitol Hill’s future light rail station, shopping, and nightlife.

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Posted by Cascade Built on September 18, 2015

We’re proud to announce that our View Haus 5 project, Seattle’s first Passive House-constructed townhome project, has received the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Completion Award. The award was established to recognize the best certified Passive House projects in the US, exemplifying passive building practices, and accelerating adoption of passive building in the North American marketplace.

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Image courtesy of b9 Architects

View Haus 5 sets the bar for future high-performance projects of its kind. 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 beautiful individually designed units featuring reclaimed wood, bright, open spaces, and sleek styling. 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.

View Haus 5 was certified by the Passive House Institute US. Joe Giampietro, NK Architects, served as the Passive House consultant.


Image courtesy of Aaron Leitz


Posted by Cascade Built on August 1, 2015

View Haus 5, Seattle’s first Passive House-constructed townhome community and our second Passive House project has earned certification from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). With one unit certified, each View Haus 5 unit was constructed to meet the astringent guidelines of the PHIUS providing healthier indoor air, thermal comfort, and a lower carbon footprint – not to mention lower energy bills.

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Designed by the award-winning b9 Architects, View Haus 5 is aptly named for its five distinct home designs that share views of the Cascade Mountains. Homes built to Passive House standards consume 80-90% less heating energy than traditionally built homes.

Click here to learn about View Haus 5’s super efficient mechanical systems.

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.


CLTHouse 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 CLTHouse here.

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