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Posted by Chrystal Delphia-Ramos on September 9th, 2022

The HKP team recently toured Resilient Framing Systems’ design and fabrication facility while on our annual company retreat. Resilient Framing Systems designs and manufactures high-performance wall and floor panels at their facility, located on the east side of Portland. We were greeted by the owner Scott Kosmicki, who gave us a brief overview of Resilient’s […]

September 9th, 2022
Posted by Julie Blazek on April 29th, 2022

Julie Blazek was a recent guest of Erin Long’s podcast “Being in Possibility”  where she got a chance to discuss her passion for sustainability, current projects, and representation in design.  Listen here to the conversation – which includes what it means to live in possibility, and what that means to Julie and her work and […]

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April 29th, 2022
Posted by Chrystal Delphia-Ramos on March 4th, 2022

“Thanks to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce for publishing a story on the Mount Vernon Library Commons and its sustainability goals.  The entire team is working to push the envelope, literally and figuratively, to reduce our environmental impacts.” March 4, 2022 Sustainability is at the heart of new Mount Vernon Library Commons project By JOURNAL […]

March 4th, 2022
Posted by Julie Blazek on December 21st, 2021

HKP is working with Kriegh Studio Architects and WSP to track embodied carbon for the Mount Vernon Library Commons project.  Our goal is to reduce carbon impacts by 30%, and we are hopeful that we might get to 40% better than conventional construction.

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December 21st, 2021
Posted by HKP Architects on June 3rd, 2020

This February before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, HKP Architects saw their 13.3kW solar photovoltaic system get installed by Western Solar. The system was financed through a low-interest loan, federal tax credits, USDA REAP grant, sales tax credits, net-metering, year-one depreciation, and discount for participating in the Solarize program. HKP made other energy-savings inside like an […]

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June 3rd, 2020
Posted by HKP Architects on December 14th, 2017

Catholic Housing Services is planning a 65-unit apartment building in Everett to serve chronic homeless people.  The project is utilizing the state’s Ultra-High efficiency Demonstration Program to fund some of the net-zero strategies.  High-efficiency design, is a critical component of saving annual utility costs for the new homeowners, but it is often not possible given […]

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December 14th, 2017
Posted by HKP Architects on October 5th, 2016

A new solar roofing product designed by Forward Labs has the potential to generate comparable amounts of electricity as traditional solar panels, but with the advantage of looking like a traditional metal roof.  See the YouTube video.  It comes in several colors and can be integrated in the architecture without looking like solar panels. Integrating solar […]

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October 5th, 2016
Posted by HKP Architects on October 3rd, 2016

Photograph by Diane Padys According to an article published in the Daily Journal of Commerce on September 8, 2016, homes with “green” features sold for 7.2% more than homes that don’t have green features.  The brokerage firm Redfin looked at homes in 83 metropolitan areas and found “green” homes sold for about $34,000 more on average. The home […]

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October 3rd, 2016
Posted by Russ Weiser on October 28th, 2015

50 Unit Affordable Housing Project to be PHIUS Certified. Affordable housing will be even more affordable for the residents of Twin Lakes Landing in Marysville because their energy bills will be so low.

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October 28th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on August 4th, 2015

Air Tight, Super Insulated Pet Freedom If your cat door is like ours, you can see the heating $$ leaking out during the winter. Pet doors are notorious for leaking air. For example a typical dog door leakage was 19 cfm/sf, which is a lot! This causes a challenge for meeting the Passive House standard […]

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August 4th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on May 28th, 2015

DWELL Article highlights affordable housing projects that meet the Passive House standards. We’re seeing more and more multifamily projects that are Passive House certified.

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May 28th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on April 2nd, 2015

Check out the Gizmodo posting from this week on Passive House by following this link.  The infrared image above shows the impact that the high quality construction of Passive House has on reducing heat loss. The author of the Gizmodo article also refers to a New York Times article from 2013.  Follow this link to see the […]

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April 2nd, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on March 23rd, 2015

Russ Weiser (HKP architects) will present a paper along with Julie Kriegh (Kriegh Architects) and Mike Fowler (Mithun architects) on how to reduce the barriers to adoption of Passive House Certification for buildings. It’s such a good idea, everyone should be able to do it.  See the link for the event schedule and more information on PHnw6 Conference […]

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March 23rd, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on March 11th, 2015

Make plans early for what promises to be the best Passive House Conference ever next fall.

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March 11th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on February 19th, 2015

Authors Julie Kriegh (Kriegh Architects), Mike Fowler (Mithun Architects) and Russ Weiser (HKP architects) will be presenting a study at the upcoming Passive House Northwest Conference in Seattle on March 27th, 2015.

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February 19th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on January 5th, 2015

The Passive House Concept is spreading from residential to commercial projects in the U.S. and in Europe.  Follow this link to the greenbuild 2014 report from BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION that describes the largest Passive House Building in the U.S. to date, and the first Hospital to be Passive House certified in Germany.  Commercial building […]

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January 5th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on November 24th, 2014

This small and efficient house in Wisconsin is typical of Passive House projects in how comfortable they are even in the coldest weather. Check out the slideshow. This is just one possibility for the comfort, health benefits and efficiency of building a Passive House. Well worth the investment.

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November 24th, 2014
Posted by Russ Weiser on September 3rd, 2014

This from Passive House NYC: Join New York Passive House activists on September 21st for the People’s Climate March. Friends, This is our moment to change everything. But we need everyone. We have just one month to turn the People’s Climate March in our home of New York City into the biggest march against climate […]

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September 3rd, 2014
Posted by Russ Weiser on August 20th, 2014

Passive House Certified buildings have the potential for significant energy savings.  This aligns with the goals of many local energy utilities.  So we consulted with our local utility, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and found out they have several programs that could provide incentives for Passive House qualified projects, both commercial and residential. On the residential side, […]

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August 20th, 2014
Posted by Russ Weiser on June 9th, 2014

As you may have already heard in recent climate reports for the U.S. and the World, climate change is happening even faster than scientists expected. Below is an image of what 12 feet of sea level rise might look like in Washington DC. See the website for images of what 12 feet of sea level […]

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June 9th, 2014
Posted by HKP Architects on April 10th, 2014

I attended the Passive House Northwest Annual conference in Portland, Oregon on March 27th and 28th. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the latest advances in healthy, comfortable and efficient Passive House Certified projects from all around the world.  After the conference I toured several Passive House projects in Portland and heard […]

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April 10th, 2014
Posted by Russ Weiser on January 14th, 2014

Some call the “Secret Sauce” for Passive House the stringent air sealing. Heat losses through cracks and gaps have been reported to reduce energy efficiency up to 30%. By meeting the air-tight level of a Passive House of 0.6 Air changes per hour the health of the occupants is also improved because air leakage leads […]

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January 14th, 2014