Net Zero Home | Yakima

We’re very excited to see this net zero home so close to completion! If you’re interested in low energy bills, you’ll want to check out this home. The site’s southeast facing slope overlooking the Yakima Valley set the stage for this passive solar design nestled into the hillside. Wide roof overhangs shade the indoor spaces in the summer, and allow the sun to assist with heating in the winter. Insulation types and R-values in the ceiling, walls, and floor were chosen for highly effective values. There is a ground source loop to provide year-round thermal comfort at almost no cost of operation, and the south facing roof is topped with enough Solar PV panels to generate all the home’s electrical needs on an annual basis.

If a healthy indoor environment is important to you, you’ll love this home. Healthy finishes abound here, from clay plaster walls to stained concrete floors. Cork flooring creates softness underfoot in the kitchen and dining areas, and porcelain tile is featured in the showers. For future health considerations, the main level is fully wheelchair accessible, and everything is ready for an elevator to provide easy transport from the lower level garage and shop.

If you enjoy protecting and celebrating our local environment, this home will make you smile. Reclaimed wood from a local deconstructed apple shed adds interest in key locations, including entry beams and interior doors throughout the house. Reclaimed corrugated metal roofing from the building was used as accent siding on the exterior, along with natural lime stucco and cement board lap siding.

This home will be on the Yakima Tour of Homes in September – stop by if you’re in the area!

 

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