Seattle Deep Green Home Tour

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Our friend, mentor and built environment leader Thor Peterson is opening the doors of his newly renovated home in Seattle”s Wedgewood neighborhood. We’re honored that a part of the $5 suggested donation goes to OUT4S!

The event on Saturday July 21st in the afternoon. RSVP HERE.

Here is a bit more info from the event listing:

Come see a deep green remodel project with real life budgets, goals and outcomes. The owner led tours will be held on the hour from 1-5pm Saturday, July 21, with plenty of time for Q+A. The architect (Mike Peterson of Material Practice) and subs will also be on hand to answer questions.

Learn about the design strategies and construction process used to green this modest, circa 1949 single-family home in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood. Ranging from classic best practice to first-time-in-Seattle, the green elements of this home combine to create a house that is both resilient and treads lightly on the planet.

The home’s features include:

  • deep energy retrofit elements including dense-pack cellulose in existing walls, additional layers of exterior-applied mineral wool insulation under siding, triple-paned windows, R-100 attic insulation, advanced air-sealing procedures, ductless heat pump, heat-recovery ventilation, LED lighting, and Energy STAR appliances
  • water conservation and stormwater management including a rainwater harvest system and rain garden, rainwater-fed toilet flushing and clothes washing, water-wise landscaping, dual-flush toilet, WaterSense qualified appliances and high efficiency fixtures
  • durability elements including a standing-seam metal roof, extended roof overhangs, “rain screen” siding design, and hardwearing interior surfaces
  • healthy home design including no added formaldehyde interior materials, nontoxic floor finishes, natural clay plaster wall finishes and zero VOC ceiling finishes, and the remediation of preexisting hazards
  • responsible materials use including salvaged and Forest Stewardship Council certified wood for framing, sheathing, cabinetry and finish materials, and extensive recycling and salvage of construction and demolition waste

For an online partial tour of the project, visit the owner’s flickr photo set.

During the tour, the owner will also describe the use of different federal, state and local/utility incentive programs to help finanace various aspects of the remodel.

A voluntary donation of $5 is suggested, with all proceeds going to your choice of two local sustainability-focused nonprofit organizations: the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and OUT for Sustainability.

Due to the home’s small size, space is limited! Those who RSVP through Eventbrite will be given priority; others will be accommodated on a space-available basis. Each hourly tour group is limited to 30 persons. Please arrive on the hour of your RSVP. Attendees are encouraged to visit Sustainable Northeast Seattle’s Planet:Home sustainable living festival, which will also be July 21 and only a block from the open house!

Attendees are encouraged to bike or use public transportation. Metro bus #65 will stop within 1/2 block of the house, originating from the downtown bus tunnel. Alternatively, the #71 will get as close as 65th Street and 35th Ave. NE. Use Metro’s Trip Planner to determine what works best for you.

Please email thor@synthesisconsultants with questions or requests for additional information.

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