NEWS

Sep
30
Sep
21
Indoor airPLUS Leader Award Winners

The Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards were created to recognize Indoor airPLUS Program partners who construct and verify Indoor airPLUS homes, designed and built for improved indoor air quality. This annual award recognizes market leading organizations who promote safer, healthier, and more comfortable indoor environments by participating with Indoor airPLUS and offering enhanced indoor air quality protections for their new homebuyers.

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The Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards will be formally presented at the 2020 Virtual EEBA High Performance Home Summit, on October 5th at 3:00 PM CDT. At this event, EPA will also announce the Indoor airPLUS Leaders of the Year -- awarded to just one builder and one rat...


Sep
21
Aug
10
2020 Housing Innovation Award Winners

The U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home program introduced the Housing Innovation Awards in 2013 to provide national recognition to industry leaders in the Zero Energy Ready Home program. Since 2013, the program has grown to now have over 6,000 certified homes and has doubled in certifications in four out of the last five years. This includes over 1,500 homes certified the first six months of 2020, putting the program on track to double once more. This growth trend supports what we have believed since we started this program. That Zero Energy Ready Homes are the future of the home building industry. Americans want a better living experience in their homes and builders across the...


Aug
10
Jun
05
Selah Vista Net Zero Energy (Yakima, WA)

This net zero energy residence is part of a 60-home net zero energy solar-powered planned community in the small city of Selah in Central Washington State. The 16-acre Selah Vista development requires all homes to be 100 percent solar powered in an area that enjoys more than 300 days of full sunshine per year. The power at Selah Vista is generated with arrays on each individual home and in two future community solar fields. It is net metered and fed directly into the power grid with homeowners credited for the solar power produced by their systems - and therefore no power bills. In 2018, this home won a prestigious national U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award. The comm...


Jun
05
May
24
Building Against the Grain

The first net-zero development in Selah, Washington, is a study in compromise—between one team’s vision and the home-buying market at hand


Steve Weise is trying to move the needle. A seasoned builder, first-time developer, and owner of Leading Force Energy & Design Center based in Yakima, Washington, he finds himself in the role of educator more often than not. He describes the region in which he lives and works as having an agricultural history and its demographic as “less educated on the benefits of healthy materials and design.” Therein lies his struggle. “Yakima builders are not sold on the idea that green building is important,” he says. “It&rsqu...


May
24
Building Against the Grain

The first net-zero development in Selah, Washington, is a study in compromise—between one team’s vision and the home-buying market at hand

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Steve Weise is trying to move the needle. A seasoned builder, first-time developer, and owner of Leading Force Energy & Design Center based in Yakima, Washington, he finds himself in the role of educator more often than not. He describes the region in which he lives and works as having an agricultural history and its demographic as “less educated on the benefits of healthy materials and design.” Therein lies his struggle. “Yakima builders are not sold on the idea that green building is important,” he says. “It&rsq...


Apr
10
Yakima Business Times

Announcing a Net-Positive Energy Efficient Custom Home in Yakima, the Huycke Residence


Seattle, Washington / March 2020 – Living Shelter Architects is pleased to announce the net-positive energy status of the Huycke Residence in Yakima, Washington.


In early 2020, five years post-occupancy, we were able to gather enough data to verify the net-positive energy status of the home. This 3,100 SF all-electric home uses a combination of passive solar site orientation, super insulation, geothermal heating and cooling, and an ample solar panel array. It produces more energy than it needs so the excess charges their electric vehicle.


“Creating a cost-effective net-positive building starts wit...