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March 22, 2017
SolHaus, an “ultra-green” townhome development on Capitol Hill, won a Green Home of the Year award from Green Builder magazine.
The 10-unit project at 410-416 12th Ave. E. won the category Best Urban Infill Project. Homebuilder Cascade Built and b9 architects led the project team and were co-developers. It was finished last year and all units were sold before the grand opening.
Townhomes are clad in a mix of reclaimed barn wood and modern materials. They range from about 1,400 to just over 1,700 square feet, in two- and three-bedroom configurations with two and two-and-a-half baths. Units have large windows overlooking a common courtyard, double-height spaces and private rooftop decks. Some have transparent roll-up garage doors to connect interior space with the outdoors.
The project was designed and constructed to Passive House standards to significantly reduce energy consumption. Green elements include dense-packed fiberglass insulation and additional exterior rigid insulation, LED lighting, zero VOC paints, locally sourced cabinetry, Energy Star appliances, tankless water heating and continuously filtered fresh air.
The team also had Root of Design (landscape architect), Macadam Floor and Design (interior designer), PanGeo (geotechnical), Evergreen Certified (energy rater) and Malsam Tsang Structural Engineering.