It’s All In The Details: Our Solis Passive House Project Aces Its First Test

Countless hours of hard work, collaboration and dedication to building an ultra-energy efficient multifamily Passive House project have paid off. Solis, our project located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, recently hit a very important milestone: it aced its preliminary air barrier test! Continue reading “It’s All In The Details: Our Solis Passive House Project Aces Its First Test”

[WEBINAR] Solis Condominiums: A Case Study for Multifamily Passive House Construction

Certified Passive House Consultants Emily Doe and Aaron Swain recently presented the “Solis Condominiums: A Case Study for Multifamily Passive House Construction” webinar with the PHIUS (Passive House Institute US).  Their discussion includes the top ten tips for pursuing this standard for multifamily buildings and also references case studies from their own projects.

Watch the full webinar presentation below and learn more in their recent blog post “Top 10 Tips for Multi-Family Passive House Design.”

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Earth Month Project Feature: Solis

With its enhanced building envelope, Solis, located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, is targeting Passive House certification, one of the most rigorous certifications for energy efficiency. Solis is multi-family housing building comprised of apartment units paired with a lush garden spaces that, upon completion, will become the largest certified Passive House building in the state. In honor of Earth Month, we’re celebrating three of the project’s most innovative sustainable features.

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Top 10 Tips for Multi-Family Passive House Design

We were proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Passive House Northwest Conference.  Once again, the logistics of Passive House for multifamily projects were validated. For a 3-5% cost premium, using industry standard assemblies, multi-family passive house projects can achieve substantial benefits. These include: superb indoor air quality that has been linked to measurable health benefits, unparalleled thermal comfort, a quiet interior, and, last but not least — ultra-energy efficiency.  The typical multifamily Passive House building uses 70% less energy than a national code-compliant building and 50% less energy than a comparable Seattle building. This is doable!

Here are our top ten tips for pursuing this standard and watch the full webinar presentation with the Passive House Alliance below. Continue reading “Top 10 Tips for Multi-Family Passive House Design”

2018 Passive House Northwest Conference: The Future and Value of Passive House Design

I recently had the opportunity to represent Weber Thompson at Passive House Northwest’s (PHnw) 9th Annual Conference in Olympia, WA. PHnw is a community of architects, builders, developers and policymakers who champion passive house construction, an uber-energy efficient means of building. Weber Thompson was a proud sponsor of a policy roundtable discussion on Passive House for Affordable Housing and Equity. Continue reading “2018 Passive House Northwest Conference: The Future and Value of Passive House Design”

Beyond LEED AP: Lessons From Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Training

Beyond LEED AP – A recap from Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Training

Last month, Weber Thompson sent Aaron Swain and I to take the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) training from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). As active members of the WT Sustainabiliteam, with strong personal interests in reducing our ecological footprints, we see a lot of value in the Passive House methodology because it sets a proven path to achieve ambitious, yet obtainable, energy efficiency goals. Continue reading “Beyond LEED AP: Lessons From Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Training”