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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
Leading Force Contracting Services/Selah Vista Homes

Selah Vista | Selah, WA | SelahVistaHomes.com

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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...


Dec
06
Housing Innovation Awards


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2018 Housing Innovation Award Winners


Since 2013, The DOE Housing Innovation Awards have honored the very best in innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes by recognizing forward-thinking builders who are delivering American homebuyers with a better homeowner experience. Explore these award-winning homes on the Tour of Zero.


The 2018 Housing Innovation Awards ceremony was held on October 16th at the EEBA High Performance Home Summit in San Diego, California. The awards featured winners in five categories inclduing one Grand Winner in each award category. The five award categories are:


Custom Buyer: Custom home built for a specific buyer


Custom Spec: Custom home builder on an individual...


Oct
12
Nov
16
Holiday Closures

Although we will be closed for the holidays NOVEMBER 20-24TH AND DECEMBER 25-29TH we are always happy to meet you by appointment. Please call 509-949-5560 to book a time to visit the store or meet with one of our team members.


May
26
The Art Of Dale Peterson

Where others might see junk or useless objects, Dale Peterson sees usefulness, art and repurposing. Nothing is expendable in his world. Peterson creates his artistic curiosities from the discards of an over-productive market society. He has a story to tell about every detail, where the individual pieces originated, what their original function was, and how he managed to put them together in seamless harmony. Leading Force carries some of Dale Peterson's creations so we hope you'll stop in to see them! In the meantime, read about Dale in the May issue of Yakima Magazine.



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Apr
25
Solar Winery Featured In Yakima Magazine

Leading Force team member Ellensburg Solar is featured in the April 2017 wine issue of Yakima Magazine. Ellensburg Solar installed an 85-panel solar array at Ellensburg Canyon Winery to power its operations in the Yakima River Canyon. The renewable energy system is just one facet of this sustainable winery and vineyard. READ ARTICLE



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Jan
01