For this month’s installment of “Evergreen homes” — a monthly series of posts in which I break out the geographical bias and spotlight green residential building projects from my home state of Washington — I’m featuring the Green Roof House (also known as the Common View House), a gut remodel/energy-saving upgrade project in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. The Green Roof House, completed earlier this year to much acclaim and showcased as part of the 2011 Seattle Green Home Tour, includes numerous green bells and whistles like a solar PV system, a living wall, a rainwater catchment system, and, of course, the titular green roof.
However, it's the homeowners' utmost concern over how the neighbors would react to the addition of a potentially view-obstructing second floor to their 90-year-old single-story home helps make this project pretty darn special. I also think it’s an appropriate home to feature this month given that this is the season for demonstrating peace on earth and goodwill towards man ... and towards your view- and natural light-cherishing neighbors.
Working with a growing family faced with the only option to expand their charming-but-cramped bungalow up instead of out, Jason Lear, principal of design-build firm Batt + Lear, kicked off the job by actually going up on the existing roof with the clients where they held up sticks to see how exactly a second-floor addition would impact the next door neighbor's bedroom window view. The clients were adamant that if their own need for additional living space was unbeneficial to the neighbors than the project would be a no-go.
Impressive stuff that's both sensitive to the environment and of the entire Wallingford community — a breakdown of the home’s eco-features are detailed in this Built Green case study. And speaking of Built Green, Batt + Lear’s Green Roof House received 5-star Built Green certification (a total score of 563 points) while beating the target for the Architecture 2030 Challenge.
In addition to the aforementioned case study, more info on the Green Roof House can be found over at the Batt + Lear website along with photos aplenty at the B + L Facebook page. The Journal Media Group also published an insightful profile of the project back in September. Is there a notable green residential building project in Washington that you'd liked to see featured in an upcoming installment of "Evergreen Homes?" Tell me about it in the comments section!