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Backyard House: Affordable Modern Eco Home Rises in Seattle
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.
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.
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