Press Mentions

Greg Copeland. King 5 09.29.17

Passive building could change the future of housing

KING 5 - Many of us felt the heat this summer. Here in the Northwest many of us don't have air-conditioned homes. And then there's the rainy season just around the corner, with a cold, wet winter forecasted as well. How's your insulation? Your windows? Saving up for those heating bills?

But what if you didn't have to? That's where passive housing comes in.

"Think of the passive house as the Tesla of buildings. It's basically carbon-free," said Tim Weyand, president of Passive House Northwest. "This is a movement, not just a conference."

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Sarah Anne Lloyd, Seattle Curbed 09.25.17

Ice Box Challenge showcases Passive House standards

CURBED - NK Architects and Passive House Northwest are in the middle of an experiment in Pioneer Square right now. They’re calling it the Ice Box Challenge: Two 1,200-pound ice blocks were each placed in a small structure earlier this month, one that meets the minimum standard of Seattle’s building code, and the other up to Passive House, or Passivhaus, standards.

On Thursday, after the cubes have been in their little houses for 20 days, they’ll unveil each ice block’s progress. For now, people can stop by Occidental Park to peek their heads in and see how they’re doing.

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Zack Semke, Builder & Developer Magazine 08.29.17

Bringing Passive House to Production Building

BUILDER & DEVELOPER — It's clear to me that if we want to avert catastrophic climate change we need to start viewing our buildings as clean energy power plants. As I'll show below, it'll be easier than you think. Global experts emphasize three things: One: we face a climate crisis emergency; Two: we have the means to solve the crisis; and Three: our future depends on determined local climate action, now.

With reversals in U.S. climate policy underway and the Paris climate agreement in question, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the clean energy transition is already underway.

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Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce 08.23.17

17-unit Capitol Hill apartment built to maximize small infill lot

DJC-JaMar Investments in May opened a six-story, 17-unit apartment building called Capitol Core on a small site in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

The project at 215 Boylston Ave. E. was designed by NK Architects and built by Cascade Built.

The 2,700-square-foot site is blocks from nightlife and the light rail station on Broadway, and a short walk to South Lake Union and downtown, NK said in a press release.

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Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce 08.02.17

DEP Homes to build 78 apartments on Jackson St. in the Central District

DJC-DEP Homes plans to start construction next spring on a 78-unit apartment building at 2524 S. Jackson St. in Seattle's Central District.

NK Architects designed the four-story building, which is tentatively called DEP Homes Jackson. No contractor has been selected yet, but the project is slated for completion in spring of 2019.

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Sarah Anne Lloyd, Seattle Curbed 07.26.17

Take a first look inside energy-efficient Capitol Core in Capitol Hill

CURBED — There’s one Capitol Hill residential project down: An apartment building underway near Boylston Avenue East and East Olive Way dubbed Capitol Core was just completed. The building contains two dramatically different types of units: two penthouse lofts with view decks above and 15 studio apartments below.

The project was designed by NK Architects and constructed by Cascade Built, two outfits that specialize in energy efficiency; the latter recently won an award for a passive house-inspired townhouse development in the neighborhood.

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Zack Semke, Archinect 07.21.17

How Passive House Design Can Propel the Clean Energy Transition in Architecture

ARCHINECT — With reversals in US climate policy underway and a US exit from the Paris Agreement announced for 2020, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the clean energy transition is already underway. The potentially exponential forces of market transformation that this transition could release offer real, economics-based cause for hope for the future of the planet.

Dramatic cost reductions for solar and wind energy are already making renewable energy cheaper than fossil fuels in many parts of the US and the world. Falling battery and electric vehicle prices threaten the future of the internal combustion engine and of global oil demand. New grid storage facilities in California are competing with gas peaker plants. The world of energy in 2027 may look dramatically different from today.

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Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce 07.12.17

Pax Futura will bring 35 super-green apartments to site in Columbia City

DJC-Cascade Built broke ground last month on Pax Futura, a 35-unit apartment building in Columbia City that is targeting Passive House certification.

The developer said it received a $55,788 Edwards Mother Earth Foundation Grant to support its ultra-high-performance goals for constructing the four-story building at 3700 S. Hudson St.

The project is expected to be complete in fall 2018.

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Tim Weyand, Daily Journal of Commerce 03.24.16

‘Passive house’ design can make housing more affordable

DJC — As Seattle gets ready to deliver 20,000 units of new affordable housing, we should ask if it can deliver the kind of high-quality, energy-efficient and low-maintenance housing that everyone deserves.

Most of the new affordable housing in Seattle will be underwritten with both state Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and the soon-to-be-implemented city of Seattle linkage fees.

These funding agencies, being strong proponents of social justice, should take note of recent successful affordable housing projects in Pennsylvania, which have been able to provide high-quality, healthy housing within state affordable-housing budgets.

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Sandy Keenan, New York Times 08.14.13

The Passive House: Sealed for Freshness

NEW YORK TIMES — When you visit Sloan and Jennifer Ritchie’s new passive house in the Madison Park neighborhood here, it takes a while to notice all the things you’re not hearing.

Look out the living room windows and you can see a gardener wielding one of those ear-piercing leaf blowers in the yard, but you would never know it inside.

There is no furnace or air-conditioner clicking on or off, no whir of forced air, and yet the climate is a perfect 72 degrees, despite the chilly air outside.

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