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”

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”

10 years later: Weber Thompson’s HQ is better with nature

Biophilic design has connected workers with the natural world, making them healthier and happier.

This year Weber Thompson is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of The Terry Thomas, the award-winning, LEED gold, passively cooled office building we designed and have been inhabiting since it opened. As part of that celebration, we thought it worthwhile to back-check our project against two frameworks for biophilic design, equipped with new vocabulary, science and best practices. Continue reading “10 years later: Weber Thompson’s HQ is better with nature”

TT10/WT30 Exclusive: Welcoming KUOW back to the Terry Thomas

Back in 2009, Joshua McNichols from KUOW Public Radio first wrote about the Terry Thomas building in an article exploring “alphabet” shaped buildings (the Terry Thomas is an ‘O’) that utilize thermal chimneys instead of air conditioning. Nearly ten years later he stopped by again to chat with Weber Thompson partner, Kristen Scott, and to check-in with us to see how we are faring with the recent stretch of hot weather in Seattle while working in a passively cooled environment. Continue reading “TT10/WT30 Exclusive: Welcoming KUOW back to the Terry Thomas”