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Backyard House: Affordable Modern Eco Home Rises in Seattle

by , 06/30/10

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Located in Seattle, the Backyard House by SHED Architecture & Design takes its name from the site it sits on — the subdivided backyard of an existing single family house. The project’s fundamental objective, to build an affordable house, resulted in a program that emphasized economical construction, long term operational efficiency, durable materials, and the creation of bright, daylit spaces that integrate with the site and views.

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The house incorporates affordable and sustainable materials and methods. The structure itself employs advanced framing to reduce wood usage by +/- 30% in combination with BIBS insulation to achieve a thermally efficient envelope. Additional solutions include the use of the stairwell and roof terrace access to provide passive cooling and ventilation through the stack effect. In combination with in-floor/radiator hydronic heat, a heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system ensures efficient heating and ventilation. Low/no VOC paints and finishes were used to exceed indoor air quality standards, while dual-flush toilets and Energy Star appliances were used to minimize water and energy usage.

+ SHED Architecture & Design

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  1. ewok July 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    How is this an affordable house?

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