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The Palatine home’s distinctive façade is made from hand-charred cedar slabs treated with the Japanese “shou sugi ban” technique. This process naturally seals the wood to withstand Seattle’s rainy weather. The project’s many passive features includes an airtight envelope, high-performance insulation, and a filtered heat and moisture recovery ventilation system. This ensures excellent air quality and temperature control, providing a healthy and comfortable living environment.

Malboeuf Bowie Architecture, energy-efficient home, Palatine Passive, architect Tiffany Bowie, Scandinavian influence, shou sugi ban Japanese technique, smart monitoring system, passive house, Kiro, charred wood facade

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A Kirio home management & control system monitors all major energy components and optimizes efficiency based on living patterns, while allowing inhabitants to manage lighting, cooling, heating and ventilation from a smart phone.

Tiffany Bowie, Principal Architect, describes the modern interiors, “Joe and I are influenced by Scandinavian architecture that exhibits simple forms, clean lines, natural materials, and thoughtful day lighting.” She continues, “we like keeping our designs simple while adding in our own unique details or using materials in new ways.”

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Photos by Shea Pollard