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Net-Zero Neighborhood—Project Specifications

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ENTRANT: Dwell Northwest LLC, Seattle, WA
Project Location: Seattle, WA
Category: General

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  • Rainier Vista Community - Tucker English Photography

    All 42 homes in the community are designed for zero energy living and are 5-Star Built Green certified. Photo: Tucker English Photography

  • Rainier Vista Community - Tucker English Photography

    Each home in the community features solar-ready rooftop configurations, advanced framing, high impact insulation, triple-glazed windows, and heat recovery ventilation systems. Photo: Tucker English Photography

  • Rainier Vista Community - Tucker English Photography

    The homes are arranged in micro-blocks, clusters of 6-8 homes around a community space that includes a community garden and informal outdoor gathering spaces to promote neighborly connections. The pedestrian friendly location near the Light Rail Station and the retail and dining district in Downtown Columbia City help further reduce the community’s carbon footprint. Photo: Tucker English Photography

  • Rainier Vista Community - Tucker English Photography

    Exterior finishes include reclaimed wood, metal and cork. Photo: Tucker English Photography

  • Rainier Vista Community - Tucker English Photography

    Triple-pane windows and reclaimed wood from species native to the Pacific Northwest were utilized. Photo: Tucker English Photography

  • Rainier Vista Community - Tucker English Photography

    Environmentally conscious elements were integrated into the process from initial designs to final interior touches, while unique reclaimed materials were carefully sought out for exterior siding, floors, countertops and tile. Photo: Tucker English Photography

  • Rainier Vista Community - Tucker English Photography

    The goal of the project was to create a community within the bustling Columbia City neighborhood that brings together like-minded individuals who value community, sustainability and modern design. Photo: Tucker English Photography

  • Rainier Vista Community - Tucker English Photography

    Advanced framing, triple-glazed windows, and high-impact insulation were used for an air-tight building envelope. Photo: Tucker English Photography

Project Overview

The Rainier Vista Community is a 42-home sustainable micro community in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. The Rainier Vista Community project began as a partnership with the Seattle Housing Authority in 2010 and a commitment from Dwell Development’s owner, Anthony Maschmedt, to build 15 homes using green building techniques and high performance technology that would help homeowners conserve resources and cut costs. The excitement and demand generated by the project led to an additional 36 homes over five years with the last home completed and sold in July 2015.

All 42 homes in the community are designed for zero energy living and are 5-Star Built Green certified – a voluntary certification program developed by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties that establishes environmental standards for energy efficiency, water use and indoor air quality. Each home in the Columbia City community features solar-ready rooftop configurations, advanced framing, high impact insulation, triple-glazed windows, and heat recovery ventilation systems to accommodate net zero energy usage. The community also includes Seattle’s first speculative Passive House; a rigorous construction method centered on creating an airtight building envelope to reduce heating and cooling needs for ultra-low energy usage.

Dwell Development partnered with Julian Weber Architects (JWA), a local architecture firm that specializes in green homes and modern design. JWA was able to deliver 42 different blue prints for the community that were specifically designed to accommodate sustainable features including specific window placement and roof configurations that maximize solar gain. Environmentally conscious elements were integrated into the process from initial designs to final interior touches, while unique reclaimed materials were carefully sought out for exterior siding, floors, countertops and tile.

The goal of the project was to create a community within the bustling Columbia City neighborhood that brings together like-minded individuals who value community, sustainability and modern design. The homes are arranged in micro-blocks, clusters of 6-8 homes around a community space that includes a community garden and informal outdoor gathering spaces to promote neighborly connections. The pedestrian friendly location near the Light Rail Station and the retail and dining district in Downtown Columbia City help further reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

PROJECT TEAM
Builder
Anthony Maschmedt, Dwell Development ArchitectJulian Weber, Julian Weber Architects Developer NameKeith Hammer, Dwell Development InteriorsAbbey Maschmedt, Dwell Development

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Products Specified

Alternative Building Systems
AppliancesEnergy Star, Induction cooktops (3 homes)
Automotive
Building EnvelopeAdvanced framing, triple-glazed windows, high-impact insulation for an air-tight building envelope
Caulks and SealantsAir and water-resistive barrier (3 homes)
CabinetsAbodian Cabinets   
CountertopsNovustone
DecksReclaimed wood
Door/Hardware: 
Electrical
Exterior FinishesReclaimed wood, metal and cork
Fire Protection
Fireplace
FlooringReclaimed wood from species native to the Pacific Northwest
Furniture
Garage Doors: 
Home ControlsKirin Home Energy Management System
HVAC/DuctsMini-split ductless heat pump
Insulation
LandscapingPacific Northwest natives and edibles
Lighting: LED and CFL

Paints and StainsNo VOCs
Pavers
Plumbing FixturesWatersense and Grohe
Renewable Energy SystemSolar-ready rooftop configuration with solar array installed on 3 homes
Roof: Solar-ready rooftop configuration
Specialty Products: 

Structural
Telecommunications
VentilationWhole house HRV
Water Filtration
Water Heating: Tankless on-demand hot water heater
Waste Management
Window Coverings: 
Windows/Skylights/Patio Doors: Triple-pane
OtherAll 42 homes in the community are designed for zero energy living and are 5-Star Built Green certified – a voluntary certification program developed by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties that establishes environmental standards for energy efficiency, water use and indoor air quality.

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