Seattle is quickly becoming the heart of eco-friendly, quick-assembly passive homes thanks to the prolific green-minded designer, Greenfab. The company's latest home, part of the company's 1700 Series, is a stunning cedar-clad passive design that, on top of being exceptionally energy efficient, can be built in a mere 29 hours.
The near net-zero energy home is a powerhouse when it comes to energy efficiency. Thanks to multiple energy-saving strategies such as ductless mini-split heating and cooling units that provide exact energy control and a hybrid heat pump water heater, the four-bedroom home is 51 percent more efficient than a standard newly-constructed home.
Greenfab founder and president Johnny Hartsfield explains that each room’s energy efficiency is strictly controlled to ensure optimal control, “Each bedroom is equipped with a wall-mounted, thermostat controlled, convection heater that intakes the ambient air in the room, warms it up and re-diffuses it throughout the room in a silent and consistent way. By using the existing heat in the room to maintain a comfortable temperature, energy and money is saved through this heating method.”
The architects worked closely with the home owners to provide optimal energy savings, but also to add personalized touches that reflect the family’s tastes. Working with interior design firm, Modernous, the design team opted for a clean, minimalist look with splashes of bright color throughout the home.
Additionally, the architects were able to custom design their standard prefab 1700 series kit to provide access to the roof via strand-woven bamboo stairs and a hatch. Three bedrooms and two baths are on the top floor, while the lower level includes the living space, an additional bedroom and bath, along with a potential rental space. The project is now awaiting LEED Platinum certification.
Photos by Tucker English