High Performance Building at JLC Live

High Performance Building at JLC Live

residential construction show

JLC Live is the only regional trade event in the Pacific Northwest for builders, remodelers, contractors and their crews. And this year, they’re partnering with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild to go green and high performance! The event showcases over 70 building product manufacturers, including, 5 LIVE building clinics and over 40 conference sessions, all led by nationally recognized experts who are available to sharpen both business and job site skills. Join us at the conference to learn about efficient heat, and on the expo floor to see a live demo of high performance durable buildings!

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Big Heat for a Small Footprint, presented by Laura Elfline | Friday, November 30, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

A discussion of innovative heating solutions for small and multi-use spaces such as backyard cottages, ADUs, and compact townhomes. Hybrid heating solutions that are a super comfortable and healthy while saving space, are often also less expensive to install, and treading lightly on the environment.

High Performance Building Clinic – November 29 – 30, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Representatives of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild go start to finish on a low-carbon footprint building envelope that will last a century or more. This multi-day live building clinic, will educate attendees on the how-to details of high performance buildings. NWEBG Leaders, this clinic will consist of building a demo tiny house while showcasing carbon negative and innovative non-toxic materials. We will cover interior and exterior insulation, airtightness and waterproofing, heating and ventilation, as well as durable and sustainable finish options. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability.

Workshop: Big Heat for a Small Footprint

Workshop: Big Heat for a Small Footprint

Big Heat for A Small Footprint

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

at the Second Use SODO Store

Join us for a FREE WORKSHOP! This will be a discussion of innovative and efficient heating solutions for small and multi-use spaces that tread lightly on the planet. We will look at backyard cottages, ADUs, additions, and whole homes. We’ll also discuss hybrid heating solutions that are super comfortable and healthy, while also saving space, are less expensive to install, and have minimal impact on the environment.

Laura Elfline of Mighty Energy Solutions and Mighty House Construction will lend her expertise in both radiant heat solutions, and home remodeling and construction. So, bring your burning questions about heat!

This workshop is free, simply RSVP to: maryanne@seconduse.com to secure your spot!

NW Green Building Slam + Summit: October 26-27

NW Green Building Slam + Summit: October 26-27

Join us at this year’s NW Green Building Slam + Summit on October 26-27th! Mighty House is honored to be presenting on both days:

The Slam on Friday – One of the most fun and inspirational green building events of the year! Learn about 10 innovative, sustainable, high-performance “green” buildings that push the envelope in our built environment. Projects range from residential to multi-family to mixed use developments in the Seattle area.

The Summit on Saturday – A day of sharing, chatting, toasting and note-taking. An opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by our fantastic speakers, and connect with sustainable building professionals from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We’re looking forward to learning from one another, sharing best practices, and re-energizing our vision to drive the green building movement forward.

October 26-27 | UW Kane Hall

Register here.

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DADU in evening with lightsTWO TWEENS, ONE HOME BUSINESS, AND A MODEST CRAFTSMAN DIVE DEEP GREEN, presented by Laura Elfline, Mighty House Construction + Roy McGarrah, Living Shelter Design

This family had two tweens that needed their own bedrooms, and a home-based furniture business involving a lot of bulky inventory. They desperately needed more space!  The team soon realized that a DADU would meet all their needs. This would allow the clients to reclaim a converted bedroom and give each tween their own space, while creating a multi-functional building they can utilize for decades to come.

Green Lake Kitchen + Bathroom Transformation

Green Lake Kitchen + Bathroom Transformation

This Green Lake Tudor home was in desperate need of some updates. The kitchen and two bathrooms were severely lacking in function and style – making it hard for Steve to live happily in these heavy uses spaces. Team Mighty House to the rescue!

BEFORE:

old kitchen cabinets and stove

AFTER:

Canyon Creek’s Katana line of cabinetry and Ceasarstone countertops provide an entirely refreshed look for the kitchen, while also maintaining its classic aesthetic. The cabinets are locally manufactured, and both companies provide products with zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

BEFORE:

AFTER:

bathroom is dark with bright blue toilet and shower 

Cutting the shower wall down to half-height and adding a glass enclosure, gave the upstairs bathroom a huge boost in natural lighting. Colorful tile accents and a bright blue marmoleum floor, gave the space a new feel while also maintaining some of the original room’s pop of color. Marmoleum is a natural linoleum, that is durable, resistant to bacteria, and free of toxic byproducts.  Plus, this custom tile work was done in house by our resident Mighty House tile expert!

 

Another important element of maintaining the classic Tudor charm, was working with what we already had. Updating, reusing, and salvaging existing elements is also a great way to cut down on waste and extend the life of those items and save them from the landfill. In the first floor bathroom, we left the tub and checkered floor in place and found updated finishes to match. The vanity countertop material is also salvaged PaperStone, a material made from compressed recycled paper.

old shower with yellow walls new bath and shower with white tile

What kind of updates does your house need? Let us know and check out more images in our Flikr gallery.

4-Star Built Green DADU With A View

4-Star Built Green DADU With A View

This family had two tweens that needed their own bedrooms, and a home-based furniture business involving a lot of bulky inventory. They desperately needed more space! An innovative, 2+ story DADU (Detached Auxiliary Dwelling Unit) significantly expanded available living space, without tackling the structural challenges of increasing the existing home. Living Shelter Design Architects and Mighty House Construction collaborated on this project to include super energy-efficient building solutions; emphasizing healthy finishes for superb indoor air quality. Plus, it’s Built Green 4-Star Certified!

With total living space under 650 square feet, the expense of installing ductwork or a heat pump system just didn’t make sense. Instead, we chose cozy and efficient infrared radiant ceiling panels. Heated by an electric infrared coil, these units radiate energy down — heating the people and objects in the room directly. Spaces warm up faster & stay warm longer with very little electricity and zero maintenance, and no dust or allergens being blown around. Provided by Mighty Energy Solutions.

The DADU’s walls are filled with Havelock Wool insulation, and air sealed with “vapor smart” membranes. These membranes create an air barrier, but also allow trapped moisture to escape from the wall system. Sealing leaks in the building envelope is one of the best ways to improve energy efficiency and get the best performance out of your insulation. Havelock Wool insulation is as eco-friendly as it gets – it grows on sheep! Provided by 475 Building Supply.

Flexible, multi-use spaces help maximize square footage with a below-grade first level. The sunken patio and french doors, bring generous amounts of natural light to the DADU’s interior, and provide use of outdoor living spaces.

Recycled glass tile is produced on the West Coast by Oceanside Tile and Fireclay Tile. In 2103, Fireclay was the first company to recycle panel glass from CRT (the first 1/2” section of optical glass used in older computer monitors and TV sets) and incorporated it into an innovative line of lead-free glazed, glass tile. Oceanside provides 30% pre-consumer recycled glass content in their products.

The light shelf provides roof deck access and additional light in the stairwell and kitchen. Access to this top floor was custom designed by Living Shelter Design. This simple and innovative ladder uses a weighted pulley system to easily fold against the wall when not in use. When open, it is safe to climb and just as sturdy as a set of stairs.

Cork flooring is a rapidly renewable resource, as well as a sound and thermal insulator. This material is also anti- static, hypo-allergic, and completely impermeable. Other flooring in the DADU is FSC Certified Maple, which is plantation grown. It contains zero added urea-formaldehyde and zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) adding to an even healthier indoor environment for occupants. Provided by Greenhome Solutions.

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