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The Roof Is Alive! ...with vegetation.

The Roof Is Alive! …with vegetation.

November 25, 2009 |

1300 square feet of the lower roof of the residence is covered in a pre-planted vegetated roofing system. The system consists of 3′ x3′ panels with pre-grown, drought tolerant sedums laid in a grid to form a cohesive surface of vegetation. Read more ›

Mechanical Mini-series: Photovoltaics

Mechanical Mini-series: Photovoltaics

November 23, 2009 | ,

These Seattle Architects had the opportunity to climb up on the roof of the Ellis Residence to film the installation of the 20 panel, 4 kw photovoltaic system which will supply about 40% of the power to the residence. Read more ›

Mechanical Mini-Series: Solar Hot Water

Mechanical Mini-Series: Solar Hot Water

November 19, 2009 | ,

Two 4’x8′ solar hot water flat plates have been installed on the lower, south-facing roof of the Ellis Residence. These two panels will collect heat from the rays of the sun to help supplement the domestic hot water supply throughout the year. Read more ›

Mechanical Systems Mini-Series: Heat Recovery Ventilator

Mechanical Mini-series: Heat Recovery Ventilator

October 27, 2009 | ,

Our first look into the Ellis Residence mechanical systems begins with the heat recovery ventilator(HRV). The main function of the HRV is to provide an energy efficient way to bring fresh, filtered air into the house while exhausting stale and contaminated air. Read more ›

Mechanical Systems Mini-Series: Heat Recovery Ventilator

Mechanical Systems Mini-series

October 22, 2009 | ,

We are going to start a mini-series dedicated to the various mechanical systems that have been installed in the Ellis Residence. During the next few weeks check in to learn more information about each individual system that has been utilized in a home targeted with the goal of LEED for Homes Platinum. Read more ›

LEED Platinum certified home by Bainbridge Island Architects, Coates Design

Ellis Residence To Be Part of 2009 National Solar Tour

September 3, 2009 | ,

We are pleased to announce that the Ellis Residence will be part of the American Solar Energy Society National Solar Tour on October 3, 2009. More details to come. Read more ›

Insulation Installation

Insulation Installation

August 27, 2009 | ,

This may not seem like the most interesting topic in the world, but it is one of the more economically accessible energy saving options for a new home builder. The Ellis Residence utilizes a hybrid insulation system. Read more ›

Siding Continued...

Siding Continued…

August 26, 2009 |

Siding has been continuing throughout the past few weeks. It is not an item on the critical path of the construction schedule so the siding is being installed as the contractor has a moment from the countless other tasks they are trying to complete. Read more ›

FSC Certified IPE Rainscreen Siding

FSC Certified Ipe Rainscreen Siding

July 20, 2009 |

Installation of the ipe siding is almost complete on the main residence. FSC certified ipe was certainly a challenge to source especially at a cost that was close to the amount budgeted. Read more ›

Open House #2

Open House #2

July 17, 2009 | ,

The Ellis Residence has been used as an educational tour a few times already. The design was featured at the Futures Festival in Port Gamble last summer. Read more ›

Stained Concrete Floors

Stained Concrete Floors

July 16, 2009 |

The concrete floors in the main residence have been curing for a few weeks. It will take 28 days in all before the soy-based stain and sealer can be applied to the floors. Read more ›

Hydronic Radiant Floors

Hydronic Radiant Floors

June 19, 2009 |

The Ellis Residence is heated by hot water that is circulated through tubes in the concrete floors. Radiant heating allows for much more even distribution than typical ducted systems. Read more ›

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