1908 Living Building Future Certified Net-Zero Home

This Phinney Ridge home was built in 1908 and has the distinction of being the International Living Future Institute’s first Certified Net-Zero remodeled home in Seattle.  It was purchased in 1997 by Pamela Burton and Jeremy Smithson, the owners of Puget Sound Solar, and remodeled in 2004 for energy efficiency and architectural restoration. 

The home utilizes three solar technologies; passive solar heating, solar electric generation, and solar water heating.  Providing electricity is 6.2 kW of solar photovoltaics (33 Sanyo 190-watt panels) installed on the south facing roof of the home, 1.3 kW (4 SunPower 327-watt panels) on the detached garage, 1 kW (6 Silicon Energy 195-watt panels) which serve as a patio cover facing west.  70% of hot water is produced by a 2 kW Thermomax solar hot water collector on the south side of the house. 

Because the ceiling and walls of the home are super insulated and energy saving windows were installed, these combined solar inputs are enough to provide all the home’s energy on an annual basis (net zero).   The home also has two charging stations for their two electric cars.  Seattle City Light provides carbon-free electricity for those, so no fossil fuels are used by the house or cars

The solar on the garage has an Outback Power Systems SmartRE battery back-up system that powers kitchen circuits, the home office, and the solar hot water system during power outages until the electrical grid is restored. 

You can read more about the extensive work Pam and Jeremy have done with their home on the International Living Future Institute’s webpage or by checking out some of the videos produced about their home for the 2020 NW Green Home Tour. 

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