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Valley 3

AUGUST 31, 2014 | EDITOR

Cascade Built, the award-winning builder and developer of Seattle’s first passive house has completed Valley 3, its third project in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood along the alley between John and Thomas on 27th Ave. Built to surpass Built Green 4* certification with the integration of Passive House airtight construction principles, Valley 3 is a modern triad composed of 3-story / 3 bedroom / 3 bath homes — one 2,300 square foot single family home, which faces 27th Ave, and two 1,750 square foot townhomes situated along the alley.


Valley 3’s unique design includes a reclaimed brick paver pathway — salvaged from another nearby project — which connects each of the three homes to the street, and an exposed steel beam separating the single family home’s open kitchen and living space. Additional finishes include sealed concrete floors, sustainable countertops, radiant heat bathroom floors and contemporary stainless steel Energy Star appliances. Valley 3’s concrete and wood façade blends well with the neighborhood’s mixed traditional and contemporary design esthetic. Each home also provides considerable outdoor amenities including a private rooftop deck with neighborhood views, and onsite parking prewired for electric car charging.


Valley 3’s airtight construction reduces heating and cooling costs by approximately 50%. For future homeowners this energy performance translates into a substantial savings on heating and cooling and an increase in thermal comfort — even on cool, damp days.


Madison Valley is known for its walkability, boasting a Walk Score of 85. Valley 3 is located steps from the Madison Valley retail corridor, great restaurants, parks, transit and a short distance to Capitol Hill’s vibrant Pike/Pine neighborhood.


Valley 3’s green features include:

- Built to surpass Built Green 4* certification

- Airtight construction consistent with Passive House

- Milgard high performance windows

- Healthy indoor air quality with non-toxic finishes and zero VOC paint throughout

- State of the art energy efficient heating and ventilation system that maintains fresh air

- Durable construction with long lasting, maintenance-free materials and finishes

- Xeriscape landscaping with drought tolerant, native plants

- Minisplit for added heating and cooling efficiency


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Madison Valley Home on Solar Home Tour


The Seattle Solar Home Tour is happening this Saturday, September 21, and several Central District homes will be featured, including one in Madison Valley. Mia Devine and Chris Henderson's home, located at 1830 MLK Jr Way, features both a solar hot water and a solar electric system. Combined with other energy-efficiency measures, the solar system produces nearly 100% of their annual energy needs. The system includes micro-inverters, which allow real-time display of power production from each solar panel. The solar tour is open from 11:00am to 2:00pm, and a self-guided map of other homes in the area is available online at

Devine Solar Panel


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Neighborhood Solar Energy Project Open for Registration


Solar Panel

Solar energy is currently powering hundreds of Seattle homes, and residents of Madison Valley and other central and southeast Seattle neighborhoods are about to get a special opportunity to add their rooftops to our city’s growing solar array.

Through a nonprofit-led program called Solarize Seattle, homes and small businesses can qualify for special pricing and take advantage of many incentives that make solar installations more affordable than ever.

Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) and Seattle City Light are working with several community groups to launch Solarize Seattle: Central/Southeast, a solar energy education and installation program that starts today and runs through October. The program will be co-led by a community coalition of local volunteers, which will spearhead neighborhood outreach. Supporting organizations include Sustainable Seattle, Sustainable Capitol Hill, and Sustainable Central District. 

The campaign features a group-buy program that provides a streamlined process for residents and small businesses to purchase solar systems for a discounted price. Participants learn how solar works in Seattle, how it is installed, what tax and production incentives are available to bring the price down, and how low-interest financing can spread out the cost. The limited-time campaign intends to install over 200 kilowatts of solar energy in central and southeast Seattle by the end of 2013. 

Through a competitive bidding process, the Solarize Seattle: Central/Southeast Community Coalition selected Puget Sound Solar and Artisan Electric as the project’s solar installation team. These contractors will offer solar systems at discounted rates to project participants. 

Solarize Seattle: Central/Southeast will be the seventh campaign of Northwest SEED’s Solarize Washington program. Northwest SEED’s four campaigns in Seattle have resulted in over 1 MW of solar added to the city’s electric grid. To date, Solarize Washington campaigns have educated over 1,750 people at public workshops, encouraged nearly 300 residents to install solar on their homes, and injected more than $7.5 million into the local solar economy.

Registration is open to Seattle residents who live in the geographic area bordered by the Montlake cut to the north, I-5 to the west, Lake Washington to the east, and the City of Seattle boundary to the south. Free educational workshops will be held on Jul. 23, Aug. 15, Aug. 27, and Sep. 18. For more information, visit


Solarize Washington Logo


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Northwest SEED Seeking Partners for Neighborhood Solar Energy Project


Local non-profit Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) and Seattle City Light are seeking community partners for a new Solarize Washington campaign in central and southeast Seattle area neighborhoods. Solarize Washington is a community-driven initiative to bring solar energy to homes and businesses in Seattle City Light’s service territory. The program uses an innovative neighborhood group purchase process to achieve discounts and simplify the process of “going solar” for Seattle residents. Solarize campaign staff work with community groups, individual volunteers, and local solar installers to provide a streamlined process and free community workshops for participants. To date, Northwest SEED has completed six Solarize campaigns including the Seattle neighborhoods of Queen Anne, Magnolia, Northeast Seattle, and Northwest Seattle. These campaigns have achieved discounts of up to 25 percent off the cost of a solar system and brought about the installation of nearly 200 residential solar installations in the region. In order to launch the next Solarize campaign this summer, Northwest SEED and Seattle City Light are seeking to connect with residents and community groups of central and southeast Seattle who want to see a Solarize campaign come to their neighborhood. Community volunteers play an integral role in the success of a Solarize campaign, taking the lead on contractor selection and community engagement. Participating neighborhoods will receive assistance from Northwest SEED to competitively select a solar installer, conduct neighborhood outreach and education, implement a series of free workshops, and facilitate the installation of solar PV systems. Individuals interested in joining the upcoming Solarize campaign as a volunteer should contact Mia Devine at or 206-267-2213.

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