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Zero Energy Idea House
Bass Cove on Lake Sammamish, Bellevue, Washington

Designed as a demonstration project for consumers and the building industry with a goal of net-zero energy consumption. Sited on a dramatic hillside, the architectural design incorporates sustainable systems in a self-evident way. The project is a case study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program.

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David Clinkston was lead designer and managed a complex interdisciplinary design team for the home, sited on a dramatic hillside above Lake Sammamish, overlooking Bass Cove and the Cascade Mountains. The home combines on-site power generation with efficiency measures to meet its own energy requirements. It is designed as a demonstration project for consumers and the building industry with a goal of net-zero energy consumption. Energy performance is being monitored. Green features include:

  • A compact footprint that minimizes site disturbance
  • 1,630 square feet of heated space, and a high-performance envelope of Structural Insulated Panels, resulting in less energy required for heating
  • Green roofs that replace habitat, control storm water, and reduce heat loss
  • Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and solar hot water tubes
  • High-efficiency hydronic radiant heating by Warmboard:
    http://www.warmboard.com/radiant-heat/radiant-architecture-august-2010
  • Vertical axis wind turbine (Helix Wind)
  • Real-time energy monitoring
  • Rainwater collection system
  • Dual flush toilets
  • “Living wall” scrim at main entrance
  • Low VOC paint and nontoxic finishes for indoor air quality

The architectural design incorporates sustainable systems in a self-evident way. Green features are easily recognized by passers-by on West Lake Sammamish Boulevard. The project is a case study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program.

For additional information see:
www.zeroenergyideahouse.com

And this eco home magazine article:
http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=56794

Owner / Builder
Shirey Contracting

Geotechnical Engineer
Earth Solutions NW

Civil Engineer
J3ME Engineers

Structural Engineer
Swenson Say Faget

Interior Designer
Autumn Donavan

Landscape Architect
Windrose Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architect
Triad Associates (green roofs and water harvesting)

Technical Consultant
Washington State University Energy Program

Photography
Northwest Imaging and Riley Shirey