Posts Tagged ‘new green homes in seattle’

Next-Gen Homes on Queen Anne Hill Targeting 3 Green Certifications

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The buzz on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood is starting to pick about the two new high performance homes being build on the Hill’s northwest side. The two homes, City Cabins, constructed by Martha Rose Construction in Seattle, are extreme green homes. What does this mean? The homes will be put through extensive testing and third party certifying before being awarded the 5 Star Built Green, Energy Star and Building American Certifications.  Rose a builder with a high green IQ has been building at the highest levels of the Built Green program since its inception and has within the last 5 years added the ENERGY STAR and Building America’s Builders Challenge certifications to all of their new homes.  Today’s focus ENERGY STAR

To qualify as an ENERGY STAR home

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

City Cabins should be 40-50% more efficient than standard built new homes. These “next-gen” built homes will have earned the government’s trusted ENERGY STAR label; homeowners will have the comfort knowing it’s been built to meet or surpass the strict guidelines of the Environmental Protect Agency.

Some of the important benefits of owing an ENERGY STAR home:

Lower Utility Bills

By using less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating, ENERGY STAR qualified homes deliver approximately 20% savings on annual utility bills. Over the 7 to 8 years that a typical family lives in a home, you can save thousands of dollars in maintenance cost.

Enhanced Performance

In ENERGY STAR qualified homes, comfort is ensured with consistent temperatures between and across rooms; indoor air quality is enhanced by reducing dust, pollen, bugs, and excessive humidity; and durability is improved with comprehensive water protection, windows that block damaging sunlight, and better grade equipment.

Environmental Protection

The energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants. So, by using less energy to operate, ENERGY STAR qualified homes help to prevent air pollution—an added benefit for today’s environmentally-conscious consumer looking for “green” choices.

City Cabins are now under construction and are scheduled for a November 2011 completion. For more information visit the website or contact Adrian Willanger.

Homes of Tomorrow Being Built Today on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
City Cabins exterior
City Cabins exterior sealing

 At first glance the new homes being built on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, by builder Martha Rose, look like your typical new construction; these looks can be very deceiving. These homes are very aggressive high-performance homes, the Tesla of new homes. Rose’s previously built community, Queen City Eco-Village, were dubbed by a TV reporter as the Prius of Green built homes these homes performance is next-gen worthy.

Built to surpass today’s energy codes these two new homes will also provide valuable energy-efficient field testing and home building R& D results to their green building partners for evaluation.

The new homes will be the most energy-efficient homes Rose has built.  An award winning Green builder Rose has stayed out ahead of the rapidly changing building codes for a decade and is pushing the envelope with their latest collection.

City Cabins on Queen Anne Hill are being built with double-wall exterior construction filled with 7 ½” of blown-in fiberglass insulation, 1” Dow Blue Foam Board, ½” CDX plywood, caulked gaps & seams, 2 layers of moisture barrier paper and lap siding increasing the overall R-value and performance from their previous designs.

Rose’s partnership with Dow has allowed Rose to increase their insulation package to meet Passive House Standards. The overall insulation package will include R-31 walls, 6” Dow Blue Foam R-30” insulated slab, Serious Material’s R-6 fiberglass windows, and an R-60 insulated attic space.

City Cabins on Queen Anne Hill is scheduled for completion in November of 2011, for more information visit or contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

Seattle Green builder laces up the boots and straps on the hardhat

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Seattle home builder Martha Rose’s secret for making sure her newest hi-performance homes, City Cabins on Queen Anne Hill, are sold expeditiously can be traced back to her business survival strategies implemented over the last 3 1/2 years in a tough Seattle real estate market.

Some of the lessons she learned pre 2007-2008 still hold true today, delivering a quality built energy efficient home in the right location is still the goal. Pretty simple strategy while the market was hot and bidding wars on homes was normal, when the market cooled most builders need to ante-up if they wanted to stay in the game, this proved to be a major game changer driving many builders that were highly leveraged out of the spec home building market.

Rose during the last decade has been building some of the greenest homes in the Pacific Northwest understands the new rules of engagement. Starting with land costs, their last two projects had an extremely long development and platting process before construction could begin, the unexpected delays couldn’t have happened at a worst time.  The local real estate market started to slow down in July of 2007 and has continued until spring of 2011, during this time Rose’s company, Martha Rose Construction, Inc.,  completed two communities, Queen City Eco-Village and Fish Singer Place, both were certified Green communities and faced discounted selling prices to make up for overpaying for land cost during boom times.

Lessons learned

To be successful with the City Cabins on Queen Anne Hill project Rose needed to purchase the land at a fair price and the building permit process needed to be expedited. The land was purchased without allot of competition from other spec-builders and the building permit was put through Seattle’s new green expedited building process taking less than ½ the time of normal permitting.

When the home building market was hot, 2004-2007, Rose was delivering more than the industry standards in their new homes.  Choosing to build to the highest level of the Built Green program, Rose has continued building hi-performance, hi-technology homes but this time paying closer attention to the right location, right amenities, and the right layout. Abandoning the old adage of “if you build it they will come” and instead building with a market and price point focus.

City Cabins are now in the framing stage and are scheduled for November 2011 completions, for more information contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

Martha Rose Helps With Legacy Project as One of the Builder Captains

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Legacy Project

The City of Bellevue, Pacific Science Center and the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties, collaborated to get Wet Lab II built as a community service project celebrating the centennial year for the home builders organization.

This Environmental Learning Center is located in one of the largest wetlands in an urban center and will provide an opportunity to educate tens of thousands of school children in environmental stewardship.

We are very happy to have been able to help with this undertaking by providing the expertise and labor to construct the vegetated roof assembly, and by helping to add energy efficiency measures such as a Fantech high-efficiency heat recovery ventilator.

Martha Rose is using the some of the applications and techniques used on The Learning on her latest project City Cabins located on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood.