May 29, 2014

Park Passive Receives National Recognition

A number of the nation’s largest building and architecture publications recently featured Park Passive’s AIA recognition with the esteemed AIA National Housing Award. Park Passive, designed by NK Architects, 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. 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.

Read more about the AIA recognition below.

Curbed Seattle

Seattle PI

Daily Journal of Commerce

Architect Magazine

EcoBuilding Pulse

Arch Daily



Giz Mag



April 24, 2014


Our first Passive House, Park Passive in Madison Park was spotlighted by King 5’s Evening Magazine during its Earth Day broadcast.

February 3, 2014



GreenSource shines a light on our Park Passive Passive House project. Get insider details on design decisions and the ultra-efficient home’s energy performance:

“A mature ash tree had to be taken down to build the bigger house, but now its wood clads the stairwell interior and comprises its treads. These and other decisions affect neither the Ritchies’ lifestyle nor their eco-performance as the house consumes as much as 80 percent less energy than comparable code-built new construction.”

Read the whole article at GreenSource.


December 6, 2013

Architect’s Newspaper features Park Passive

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The Architect’s Newspaper highlighted the challenges and design solutions of our Park Passive project:

“Building in the famously wet northwest winter “required advanced thinking through the details,” said Ljubojevic, “and a customized and rationalized approach,” added homeowner and builder Sloan Ritchie. In a house that is so well insulated that moisture cannot escape easily, the team had to drill over 50 holes to let humidity out from the interior.”

Read the article.



November 13, 2013

DJC showcases new Madison Park project

The Daily Journal of Commerce announced our latest project in Madison Park, a three-story house with two adjacent townhouses.

“Construction will at least meet the Built Green 4-star standard. Cascade Built said the airtight homes will also have additional energy efficient measures, including exterior insulation, heat recovery ventilators, and super efficient European tilt and turn windows.

Cascade Built owner Sloan Ritchie said this will provide better air quality and make the houses more comfortable.

He said the project will use durable and sustainable local materials; construction waste will be recycled; and there will be native landscaping and pervious surfaces.”

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