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September 19, 2016

Ballard’s ‘zero-energy-ready’ house

Photos by Tucker English [enlarge]

This home at 1749 N.W. 61st St. in Ballard can make more energy than it uses.

The developer won a 2016 Housing Innovation Award from the Department of Energy for the zero-energy-ready home, which means it can produce as much or more energy as it consumes on an annual basis.

The 2,218-square-foot, three-story house has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Along with rooftop solar panels, it has high-performance insulation and high-efficiency appliances, plumbing and lighting. It uses a system that exhausts stale air and lets in fresh air. A barrier seals the exterior against moisture intrusion.

Framing is FSC-certified wood. The exterior is reclaimed Douglas fir and steel roofing panels from a cannery in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Floors and stairs were built with 100-year-old hardwoods from Montana. Countertops, cabinets and tile were made locally from recycled materials.

Watch a video about the house at tiny.cc/76lmdy.

Developer, building, interior design: Dwell Development

Architect: Caron Architecture

Structural engineer: Carissa Farkas

Landscape design: Root of Design

Energy efficiency verifier: Evergreen Certified


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