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Building homes to DOE Builders Challenge Standards Interview with Martha Rose-Uncut, Unedited

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

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Building homes to DOE Builders Challenge Standards with Martha Rose – Martha Rose Construction

Martha Rose, known by many as the ‘Queen of Green,’ is a national leader in the Green Building Movement. Her interest in energy efficiency and sustainable building practices goes all the way back to the 1970‘s and currently is her main focus. Today Martha is striving toward building Zero-Energy spec-homes.

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A Cabin for All Seasons

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Traditionally, cabins were made to be use in specific seasons depending on where they were located.  Beach cabins were typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, hunting cabins were open September –December and were often cluster around a central lodge.

Some of the common attributes of all the cabins was that they were charming, had intimate interior spaces, and a feeling of casualness. These very attributes were sought by Seattle green home builder Martha Rose when she started brain-storming the concept with her architectural firm, CB Anderson, these were the “ingredients” Rose wanted in her urban City Cabins in Seattle’s  Queen Anne Hill neighborhood.

Scale, uniqueness and of course energy-efficiency were the other components that would go into the design of the two new homes on Queen Anne Hill. Building to Passive House “Passivhause” standards the energy efficiency was taken care of; the team of architects at CB Anderson came up with some inimitable design features and a list of functional building materials to create intimate spaces that use natural wood, stainless steel, metal and glass finishes.

The “Cabins” can appear somewhat innocuous at first, until you understand the intentions of the builder and the design team, utilizing recycled wood planked floors together with massive Douglas Fir engineered beams that helps create the “cabin feel” through-out the living areas, while enjoying the views of Salmon Bay and an occasional hint of salt water aroma in the air, a place for all seasons, one quickly gets a sense of placemaking.

In true cabin fashion City Cabins are designed with detached garages accessible via a sky-bridge that attaches the homes with the garages and provides the homeowners a brief moment of separation from the outside world to intimate spaces within the two homes.

Available November 2011, for more information contact Adrian Willanger.

MRC Unveils Four New Energy Efficient Homes

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

July 22nd Fish Singer Place Grand Opening to Feature

State-of-the-art Energy Efficient, Green Homes

PORTLAND, Ore. – July 21, 2010 – Shoreline welcomes its newest  Eco Enclave, unveiling four new, energy efficiency homes built by “Queen of Green” Martha Rose Construction on July 22nd.

Martha Rose has made a conscious effort to build beyond ENERGY STAR standards, incorporating advanced green building practices into their newest eco village, Fish Singer Place. The four new homes, designed by CB Anderson and built by Martha Rose Construction, are projected to be 55% more efficient than standard built new homes.

Each home has been third-party verified; receiving three green building certifications, including: ENERGY STAR, Built Green and reaching the Building America’s Builders Challenge requirements. This is a very aggressive undertaking by Rose, choosing to add more to the homes instead of cutting costs and lowering building standards. “I feel, even in this economy, there is a real flight to quality” mentions Rose. “Building high performance homes makes Martha Rose Construction part of the solution when it comes to our world’s energy challenges. Working with the Building America Team ensures that we accomplish this goal with clarity and efficiency.”

Rose believes, that it extremely important to hire, purchase and source local materials, keeping an estimated 73% of every dollar spent back into the local economy. In addition to the energy saving features all the homes come with two 1,000 gallon rain barrels, site harvested wood flooring, heat-recovery-ventilators (HRV), dual flush toilets, and garden ready soil. Homes will be available for a special viewing with builder Martha Rose on July 22nd.

Fish Singer Place Sneak Peak with Martha Rose Construction

Date: Thursday, July 22 | Time: 5-8 pm

Location: Fish Singer Place, 433 Fish Singer Place, Shoreline, WA

FREE & Open to the public

Featuring wine, food and home tours

About Martha Rose Construction and Singer Place

Martha Rose Construction (MRC) is a Seattle-based high-performance homebuilding company founded by the “Queen of Green” builder, Martha Rose. Martha Rose is actively involved with community education, teaching groups about green building techniques and conservation through private classes and workshops. In June 2008, Discovery Channel’s Planet Green “Renovation Nation” show featured two of Martha Rose Constructions’ homes.

Singer Place is an eco village located in Shoreline, WA. Mimicking nature in material selection, architecture and landscape – the four energy homes have been designed to be at least 40% more energy efficient than a typical code built home. For more information, visit

About Building America

The Building America program is program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Under the Building America program, builders can choose to participate in the Builders Challenge – designed to challenge the homebuilding industry to build competitively priced zero-net energy use homes. Homes that qualify for the Builders Challenge must achieve a rating of 70 or better on the EnergySmart Home Scale (E-Scale), meaning that they will use at least 30% less energy than a typical new home built to code. The homes at Fish Singer Place scored a 45 making them 55% more efficient than a code home. For more information, visit

About Built Green

Built Green is an environmental building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and other government agencies in Washington State that focus on six environmentally friendly categories set standards of excellence in the construction of the home.. For more information, visit

About Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

ENERGY STAR qualified homes are designed, built and third-party verified to be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2007 International Residential Code (IRC). ENERGY STAR qualified homes in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington are built by home builders participating in the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program, which is funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). NEEA is a non-profit corporation supported by the Bonneville Power Administration, electric utilities, public benefits administrators, state governments, public interest groups and energy efficiency industry representatives. These entities work together to make affordable, energy-efficient products and service available in the marketplace. In 2010, NEEA was awarded the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence award in part due to the implementation of the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program. For more information regarding NEAA, visit Consumers can learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified homes by visiting or calling 1.800.539.9362.

Financing Green

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Our dramatic economic climate has changed the way that we do business. Read about how we have reassessed our business strategy in this great article by the Daily Journal of Commerce.