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Seattle Net Zero Homes-Who Benefits? Buyers

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

A Seattle net-zero energy home (NZEH) is a grid connected homes that, over a course of a year, produce as much energy as they use.  The underlying purpose of these homes is to use the most sustainable energy with the least expense.



Several homes in the Seattle area marketplace are targeting for net-zero, the recently completed Z-Home a revolutionary 10-unit development in Issaquah and Martha Rose Construction’s innovative City Cabins under construction on Queen Anne Hill, both of these projects will be multi-certified and recognized by leading green home building programs.

Z-Home is a collaboration effort from wide range of stakeholders from Ichijo USA Co. Ltd., Built Green, Puget Sound Energy and Washington State University Extension Energy Program to name a few that are responsible for the Z-Home project.

Martha Rose is president of Martha Rose Construction in Seattle Washington. Their goal is to deliver the highest level, affordable, spec-built home. Rose’s current project is on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, City Cabins two totally electrified homes that exceed industry standards.

This almost sounds like a David vs. Goliath type story, Ichijo Co. USA a subsidiary of a large Japanese hi-tech production home builder that built 8000 homes in 2008, compared to a small local regional builder that built 4 high performance homes in 2009.  Both companies are trying to achieve the same thing and deliver a quality product to the homebuyers looking for something different.

The real winners are the buyers who are looking for next-generation energy saving standards in a new home.  These homes are constructed utilizing the latest construction technology, product innovations, designs, appliances and equipment.

The benefits, other than the dollars saved on reduced energy cost, are often over looked because it’s extremely hard to quantify benefits like comfort, health and overall livability. These homes have been engineered, designed and built to optimize all of the individual components to enhance their counter parts. For example a tight building envelope reduces the amount of moisture and air flow coming into the living areas providing a healthier indoor living environment, reducing drafts, and also the amount of heating and cooling equipment needed to live comfortable.

These homes are filled with integrated  design features not to be missed.

Z-Home has its grand opening this week-end Saturday and Sunday September 24-25 2011and City Cabins will have its first “behind the walls” tour as part of The National Solar Tour next weekend, October 1, 2011  from 10am-4pm onsite at City Cabins.

For more information contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

City Cabins in National Solar Tour

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Time to ROCK the Solar Nation! Registration is now open for the 2011 National Solar Tour, slated for October 1. Last year’s tour featured 700 tours across all 50 US states, the Virgin Islands and Mexico. Let’s make this year’s tour even grander.

The ASES National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. This event offers you the opportunity to tour innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change.

City Cabins

City Cabins will be open to tour October 1, 2011 from 1-4pm.  See the solar array installed by A & R Solar and many more high tech building techniques that are being used by Martha Rose Construction, this behind the wall tour is a rare opportunity to see firsthand how a high-performance home is designed and built.

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Seizing Energy Efficiency

The Seattle event, Solar Washington, features open house tours of solar-powered homes, to introduce the solar technologies citizens are using to 1) slash monthly energy bills, 2) reduce harmful carbon emissions, 3) assert their energy independence and 4) enjoy rich tax credits and cash incentives as they improve their property values.

For more information contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7535

Solar Truths….Get Jesse

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Solar Truths….Get Jesse

Seattle, WA- Last Friday September 16, 2011 Jesse Jones from King 5 News was onsite at City Cabins filming an up-coming Get Jesse story about the truths about soar panels. Jesse’s interview with City Cabin home builder Martha Rose can be seen at 5pm September 21, 2011 on king

1st Behind the Walls Tour for Innovative Green Built Seattle Homes

Friday, August 26th, 2011

In the midst of the rapid growth of the life-science/biotech activity in Seattle’s South Lake Union it’s no wonder Seattle has become a leader in innovative green home building. Seattle builder Martha Rose has been at the forefront of Green Building in the Seattle market place for over a decade and has built some of the most energy-efficient, healthy spec-homes in the Seattle marketplace. Join Martha to learn firsthand how she integrates hi-tech building science and clean technology advancements into their new next-gen homes City Cabins. Coming in September 2011.

Some of the areas to be showcased in the behind the walls tour:
o Advance slab, wall, ceiling, and roof components
o Air sealing and techniques used to eliminate thermal bridging
o Heat-Recovery-Ventilation used for producing continuous fresh air
o Photovoltaic system and wiring requirements
o Innovative reclaimed green features

City Cabins in Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood are scheduled for a November 2011 completion. For more information contact Adrian Willanger.

Solar Tour de Force

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

By, Staff Eco-Redux

Shoreline, WA. September 30, 2010- The Washington Solar Tour will take place in various locations over the next two weekends featuring homes incorporating solar power and green building techniques.

The annual tour is part of the 15th annual American Solar Energy Society National Solar Tour, will include homes from Fish Singer Place among others around the Puget Sound Area.

Martha Rose of Martha Rose Construction and Adrian Willanger of Eco-Redux will be at the Fish Singer Place Site October 2, 2010 from 10AM-4PM giving presentations and answering questions.

All the homes at Fish Singer Place have been certified by Energy Star, Building America and the Built Green programs.  Each of the homes have been designed and built to lessen the impact on the environment through integrating a “whole house system” approach.   

Participants will get a chance to experience first-hand some of the unique features of these high-performance homes built on a low-impact-development. Willanger mentions “I’m not sure what the greatest benefits of these homes are, healthy indoor environment, energy savings, comfort or maybe just the feeling you’re doing the something good for the planet?  At first blush the homes look pretty harmless,  but don’t let that full you they have a strong undertow.“

The tour is free and the homes are located at 433 North Fish Singer Place Shoreline, WA. 98133.


Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

By, Piper Lauri Salogga

Northwest builder/developer Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction, has completed her newest Built Green community, Fish Singer Place. Come experience FSP’s green beauty and get a taste for real low-footprint living:  sip some wine, nibble on organic eats and try out the latest electric bikes.  Martha Rose will be on site to give the occasional tour and answer those sustainable questions you’ve been itching to ask.


Piper Lauri Salogga and Sara Eizen, co-founders of Sit+Sip, an event company sharing green interior design resources with the Seattle community, wanted to celebrate this inspiring new green development. “So many of our clients do what they can, and are comfortable with, to make conscious decisions in their homes when decorating and remodeling,” says Salogga, owner of Natural Balance Home & Office, “but I don’t think many of them can begin to imagine what this type of commitment to sustainability would look and feel like, much less what it would cost.”  Eizen, owner of Nest, adds “These homes are very affordable.  With all of the green bells and whistles, I was totally surprised!”

 Inspired to promote all things green and creative in the world of interior design, Salogga and Eizen jumped on the chance to spread the word about Fish Singer Place.  Salogga says, “You have to see it to get it.  Martha’s homes are the way of the future, and from my perspective, it looks and feels really good.”


These extremely energy efficient homes at Fish Singer Place  are located in Shoreline, Washington. The finished homes have been certified 5-Star Built Green the highest rating for the Built Green program.  Projects are qualified using a Built Green checklist organized into six categories of environmentally friendly action items. Upon completion, the builder sends a signed copy of the checklist along with a third party verification identifying the homes features. To receive the rigorous 5-Star certification a home must score at least 500 points, the new homes at Fish Singer Place all scored 757 points. 

“Exceeding the minimum points required is not the overall goal” mentions Rose, “it’s more about doing the right thing.”

Building in this economy, Rose believes, that it extremely important to hire, purchase and source local materials as much as possible, keeping an estimated 73% of every dollar spent back into the local economy.

 The new homes will be at least 40% more energy efficient than a typical code built new home. Tighter thermal envelopes, more insulation and quadruple glazed windows all help reduce heating and cooling needs while adding interior comfort.

Several of the homes could get close to net-zero by adding solar equipment such as photovoltaic (PV) and solar panels. Even without the active solar equipment these homes will perform very well.

 This is a very aggressive undertaking by Rose, choosing to add more to the homes instead of cutting cost and lowering their building standards. “I feel, even in this economy, there is a real flight to quality” mentions Rose. 

 In addition to the energy saving features all the homes come with 2 1000 gallon rain barrels, site harvested wood flooring, heat-recovery-ventilators (HRV), dual flush toilets, and garden ready soil.


These homes will be open for a special viewing as Sit+Sip  teams up with Martha Rose Construction, Rosichelli Mendoza Staging  and  Seattle Electric Bike to show you what fun, beautiful, true sustainable living looks like at Fish Singer Place.                                                      

Thursday July 22, 2010 5-8 PM (FREE)

433 N Fish Singer Place Shoreline, WA. 98125

Wine, Food, and Tours

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Fish Singer Place Hosts the Sustainable Building Advisor Program

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Seattle, WA. July 2, 2010- Fish Singer Place is the newest 5-Star Built Green Community in the Northwest. Today, students from Whatcom Community College’s Sustainable Building Advisor Program tour the site. 

The National Sustainable Building Advisor Program (NaSBAP) offers a 9 month certificate training course and exam designed for the working professionals eager to apply sustainable concepts to their practices. Part of the course work includes site visits to building sites that promote sustainable design and building practices. 

Martha Rose, of Martha Rose Construction, and Adrian Willanger from Eco-Redux will lead the tour covering key sustainable building practices that have been integrated into Fish Singer Place. 

Fish Singer Place has offered classes and tours surpassing 1000 attendees during the last four months. “The interest in sustainable building has been overwhelming, and an interesting indicator for the new construction economy.” Mentions Willanger 

Behind the Walls Tour Jan. 29th & 30th

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
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Martha says “it’s time to take it to the next level,” join us for a special Behind the Walls Tour of Martha Rose’s newest 5-Star Built Green Homes

Fish Singer Place

Wine & Cheese

Friday January 29, 2010 2pm-4pm
Saturday January 30, 2010 12pm-4pm
Address: 15715 Dayton Ave N. Shoreline Wa. 98133

Special Sneak Preview

The making of a High Performance House

Behind the Walls Tour Dec. 5

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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March 6, ’09 Built Green Conference

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

I am looking forward to this year’s annual Built Green Conference, which is only two weeks away. The keynote speaker, Ronert Kennedy, momentum in public awareness about green issues and great session topics should make this one the best yet. It’s also the first year there will be an after conference reception for the attendees. A partnership with Green Drinks, this event will be held at the brand new LEED certified Hyatt at Olive 8 hotel. One must have their BG conference tag and a ticket to get in. See you there!