Cascade Built has broken ground on its second Passive House project, this time in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood. Designed by Bradley Khouri of the award-winning b9 Architects, View Haus 5 is Seattle’s first Passive House townhome project, and is appropriately named for its five units with expansive views of the Cascade Mountains and the neighborhood. View Haus 5 was designed under the rigorous standards of the Passive House Institute US, for energy use and air infiltration, which translates into significantly decreased energy consumption, improved thermal comfort, and superior indoor air quality.
We are able to achieve this standard by creating an airtight home; incorporating densely packed insulation and remarkable windows and doors. Insulation measuring well over 12 inches thick will be placed in every wall, the roof and under the foundation. View Haus 5 will rest at a comfortable 70 degrees year-round. Temperature can be managed by opening and closing the high performance windows and doors in the warmer months, and using the heat recovery ventilator when it’s colder.
As these townhomes will rank as one of Washington State’s most energy efficient, View Haus 5 will use approximately 90% less energy compared to those built to today’s code built standards. This figure reflects normal energy consumption by a family of four, including electronics, cooking and refrigeration, clothes washing and drying, and hot water for bathing and dishwashing.
The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom and 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhomes will range in size from 1,200 – 1,700 square feet and will incorporate a variety of sustainable features, including reclaimed materials and zero VOC finishes.
Construction is currently under way and anticipated to be completed and on the market for sale in August 2014.
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