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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

       5-8 p