Northwest Designs, Northwest Designs Architects, Thomas Eco House, Stanwood, Washington, Mt. Rainier, green design, sustainable design, eco design, green design, energy efficiency, geothermal energy, passive design, thermal massing, insulation, solar energy,

Located on an 11 acre site in Stanwood, Washington with views of the iconic Mt. Rainier, this striking family home has achieved the ultimate in energy efficiency with high and low technology, and good old fashioned passive design. A geothermal pump that is also connected to a water boiler keeps the home warm, while the heat is maintained with insulated concrete form walls.

The home’s southern-exposed windows capture the sun throughout the day, which heat is then slowly released in the evening. On very hot days, motorized solar shades mitigate excess solar gain. The home’s exterior property is only landscaped with indigenous plants and irrigated when possible by rainwater that is captured. We’re never in love with concrete given its high embodied footprint, but we are quite taken with this tall family home. We hope you are too!

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