Stream Belmont provides sustainable apartment living for residents in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, arguably the city’s most desirable and populated community. On track to receive LEED-H Gold certification for its site selection, significant reduction in energy use, and environmentally considerate finishes, Stream Belmont combines livability with sustainability.
The 6-story, 70 unit apartment building is one of few constructed with a net zero carbon footprint. Through Forterra’s C3 program, the developer, Stream Real Estate LLC reduced the building’s carbon impact by partnering with local non-profit organizations and community service groups to plant native conifer trees in parks and natural areas. Participation in the program offsets the building’s carbon footprint both during construction and through post-construction operations.
A greening of Stream Belmont’s systems was of utmost priority. Stream Real Estate LLC is a pioneer in the use of reverse cycle air-to-water chillers, which uses ambient air in the building’s garage to then heat the building’s hot water. With approximately 30% of the building’s energy used for heating hot water, this novel approach to reducing energy use is 75% more efficient than traditional boilers. Additionally, the developer passes this energy savings directly onto residents by assuming the payment for heating hot water thereby reducing utility bills for its tenants. Stream Belmont’s other green features include high-efficiency energy star appliances, LED and fluorescent lighting, water saving plumbing fixtures, no or low volatile organic compounds (VOC) in paints, sealants, adhesives and carpets, and reclaimed storm water. The building’s design also features large windows that provide abundant natural day-lighting. A highly reflective roof minimizes the heat island effect associated with dark roofs as does incorporating 100% of the parking within the building.
Situated on an infill lot, Stream Belmont’s central Capitol Hill location is just three blocks from the bustling Broadway Avenue, and less than one mile from downtown and the rising business district in South Lake Union, where robust office development is driven from companies like Amazon.com and Microsoft. This fast-growth has created an immediate demand to house the tens of thousands of young professional workers who want to reside where they work and play. Stream Belmont’s contemporary, yet contextual aesthetic design complements neighboring buildings and enhances its curb appeal with creative use of durable brick and composite materials mixed with natural cedar siding. Well-thought out floor plans mean every inch is usable. Its studio and one-bedroom apartments feature high ceilings (in excess of 9 feet) and huge windows, which bring in abundant natural light to combat Seattle’s gray climate, while expansive private balconies and a rooftop deck with iconic views offer outdoor space to savor the sunny days. The building’s Walkscore of 98 means everything residents need is at their fingertips – groceries, shopping, nightlife, parks, and transit including a short walk to the city’s soon to be completed light rail line. And as a sustainably developed project, Steam Belmont offers conscientious residents a like-minded, healthy place to live.
Builder: Brett Kohrs, Compass General Construction | Seattle, WA Architect: Jill Burdeen, NK Architects | Seattle, WA Developer: Marc Angelillo, Stream Real Estate LLC | Seattle, WA Land Planner: Bruce Rips, City of Seattle Landscape Architect: Karen Kiest, Karen Kiest | Landscape Architects, Seattle, WA
Appliances: Energy Star GE Refrigerator, GE Dishwasher, GE Frontload Washing Machine
Building Envelope: Vaproshield Wrap Shield with integrated tape
Caulks and Sealants: Corridor wall base: Johnsonite CRI Certified Green Label; Walk off Mat: Van Dijk Contract, CRI Certified Green Label;
Countertops: Kitchen, Bath: Slab
Decks: Advanced Iron Works Aluminum Bolt on Decks with Aluminum deck grating + Glass guardrail panels within aluminum frames
Door/Hardware: VPI Vinyl doors U Value .28
Exterior Finishes: Mutual Materials Brick veneer + Thin Brick Veneer.
Flooring: Corridor Carpet: Millinken, Shaw 5000/5100
Insulation: R Max - Thermasheath (polyiso); Boss 363 sealant for areas that expanding foam cannot be installed into the stop air infiltration
Lighting: Cove Uplight: FCV 47 (1) T8; Cove Downlight: Covellght 26 60 Watt G20
Paints and Stains: Benjamen Moore love VOC paint system
Pavers: Tamko composite decking (low maintenance, no stain, low absorption)
Plumbing Fixtures: Flow Restrictor added to Grohe kitchen faucet; low-flow aerator added to Moen kitchen faucet and lavatory sink;
Roof: Versico (Carlisle) garfield37Versiweld 60-mil Reinforced TPO system
Water Heating: Colmac Reverse Cycle Chilller (Air to Water Heat Pump)
Window Coverings: Springs Window Fashions - Microban Sheer weave 1% open fabric blinds
Windows/Skylights/Patio Doors: VPI Vinyl windows U-Value .26-.28