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Ellis Residence: A Stunning LEED Platinum Home on Bainbridge Island

Ellis Residence: A Stunning LEED Platinum Home on Bainbridge Island | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Ellis Residence in Bainbridge Island, Washington designed by Coates Design is a LEED Platinum home that shines as an example of modern design made green.


Situated on Yeomalt Bluff overlooking Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline, the Ellis Residence is a renovation that resulted in the reuse of more than 80% of the existing materials. The new home cuts energy consumption by 70% with the innovative use of geothermal heating, photovoltaic energy systems, and smart construction techniques. Other key sustainable features include rainwater collection, FSC and recycled wood products, triple-glazed windows and a green roof...

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North Fork Residence by Thielsen Architects

North Fork Residence by Thielsen Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Perched on the edge of a wooded cliff overlooking Tate Creek, the North Fork Residence occupies a small shelf of land on the east face of a mountainous site. In response to the harsh environment, portions of the house are sheathed in metal, which will patina with the passage of time and exposure to the elements. The interior is organized along a central circulation spine with spaces transitioning from public to private along its length.

A crucial component of the project was the owners’ desire to restore the portion of Tate Creek which flows through their property. After years of abuse and neglect the channelized creek banks were choked with blackberries and other invasive plants. The channel berms were removed and the stream banks cleared of invasive species and restored with native trees, shrubs and perennials. A large meadow east of the creek now provides natural habitat and flood storage capacity relieving pressure on downstream areas...

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Integrated Team Guides Bainbridge Island Home to LEED-Platinum

Integrated Team Guides Bainbridge Island Home to LEED-Platinum | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
From pre-construction meetings through each stage of coordinated construction, the team building this home integrated their efforts every step of the way.
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Artisan Barn 
Addition | Hutchison & Maul Architecture

Artisan Barn 
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Seattle-based Hutchison & Maul Architecture has designed an addition, dubbed the Artisan Barn, to a historic barn in Uniontown, Washington. The existing space currently houses studio, performance and gallery areas for artists, along with a gift shop. Materials will be salvaged from an onsite Loading Shed to create a new classroom onto the existing barn structure. Additionally, Hutchison & Maul will assist in designing a master plan that will integrate landscape and outdoor performance spaces into the surrounding area...

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Energy Efficiency, Sustainable And Low Maintenance: Thomas Eco-House

Energy Efficiency, Sustainable And Low Maintenance: Thomas Eco-House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designs Northwest Architects designed the Thomas Eco-House project- resting on an 11 acre site in the Cascade foothills of Stanwood, the four-story high modern residence overlooks Mt. Rainier and Everett City to the South, while being surrounded by fresh air from wooded hills and native vegetation. The contemporary design is defined by energy efficiency and sustainable low maintenance features. Insulated concrete forms (ICF) – “two layers of rigid form insulation between which concrete is poured” – shaping the residential structure ensure a good thermal and acoustic insulation, while the extensive use of glass captured in between the long lasting and low maintenance stucco-finished walls allow the owners to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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Ellis Residence by Coates Design

Ellis Residence by Coates Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Ellis Residence is a modern residential design incorporating local environmental concerns, energy efficiency and visionary educational opportunities for the public. The project embodies the client’s vision of home that raises the bar for energy production while maintaining aesthetics and livability. This LEED Platinum home marks a milestone in the effort to create truly sustainable design.

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