Green Home achieves prestigious rating

(Fife, WA) – Seattle’s latest 5-Star-rated Built Green home is complete and it is one of the few homes in the last year to achieve this prestigious environmental certification. Named Green Cubed for its modern form and high level of green features, the home was designed and constructed by local firm Nelse Design + Build, and was framed entirely out of structural insulated panels (SIPs) manufactured by Fife, WA-based Premier Building Systems. An open house will be held at 907 N. 61st Street in Seattle, WA on Sunday, November 16 from 2:00 to 6:00pm.

5-Star Built Green homes reach the highest levels possible of Built Green certification. They are less expensive to operate as they are extremely energy and water efficient, healthier and more comfortable, durable with reduced maintenance and quality built offering outstanding value for your investments.

Nelse handled all aspects of the design and construction of the modern, cube-shaped home, including the installation of Premier SIPs. The exterior walls were framed with Premier’s 8-inch-thick SIPs panels, while the roof was constructed using 10-inch-thick SIPs. According to Nelse Design + Build Vice President of Design Lee Edwards, Premier’s SIPs contributed significantly to the homes final 5-Star Built Green Rating.

“When we decided to go for 5-Star status, we knew that SIPs were the most logical choice in regards to the exterior framing and roof construction because the Built Green guidelines required very high wall insulation levels of R-26 or higher,” commented Edwards. “Premier’s panels feature an R-30 - R-38 value. It would have been difficult, time-consuming and costly to utilize typical stud framing and all the additional materials required to achieve such high levels.”

The home’s Built Green scorecard shows that Premier’s SIPs contributed toward the accumulation of over 50 points in 14 different categories, ranging from energy and materials efficiency to health and indoor air quality. Other energy-efficient and eco-friendly aspects of the home include passive solar heating and cooling, a clerestory for natural daylighting, as well as rooftop terrace and modular roof garden. Even the construction was eco-friendly. According to Edwards, more than 75% of the construction waste was recycled.