Press Mentions

Zack Semke, NK Architects, Archinect 06.21.17

How Passive House Design Can Propel the Clean Energy Transition in Architecture

With reversals in US climate policy underway and a US exit from the Paris Agreement announced for 2020, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the clean energy transition is already underway. The potentially exponential forces of market transformation that this transition could release offer real, economics-based cause for hope for the future of the planet.

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Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce 04.19.17

Isola builds 53 townhouses in Ballard

Construction is underway on 53 townhouses by Isola Homes at 7500 15th Ave. N.W. in Ballard.

NK Architects designed Talta Ballard, which is slated for completion in fall of 2018.

Also on the team are Root of Design (landscape design), Blueline (civil engineering) and Malsam Tsang Structural Engineering.

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Zack Semke, NK Architects, Green Builder Media 04.13.17

Are Buildings Our Next Clean Energy Solution?

Transformative building design can bring climate hope.

Returning from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training, it’s clear to me that if we hope to avert catastrophic climate change we need to start viewing our buildings as clean energy power plants. It might be easier than you think.

Gore and the global experts he convened for the training emphasized three things: 1. we face a climate crisis emergency; 2. we have the means to solve the crisis; and 3. our future depends on determined local climate action, now.

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Jounral Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce 03.27.17

NK says Pax Futura will be Seattle’s first Passive House apartment units

NK Architects said it is designing what will be Seattle's first apartments built to meet Passive House standards at 3700 S. Hudson St. in the Columbia City neighborhood.

Cascade Built is the developer and general contractor for the four-story building, which is called Pax Futura.

Construction is slated to start this spring and be complete in early 2018.

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ArchNewsNow 03.23.17

Passive House is not so Passive Anymore: Q&A with Zack Semke, NK Architects

Passive House architecture sits squarely in the realm of information technology and science-based innovation. That is a potential game changer for buildings' role in the clean energy transition.

A principal at Seattle- and Pittsburgh-based NK Architects, Zack Semke was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Passive House Northwest, and chairs its Policy Committee. In addition, the entire staff at NK Architects is trained to design to Passive House standards. Here, he discuses how buildings are positioned to emerge as our newest, most impactful renewable energy resource

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Zack Semke, NK Architects, Daily Journal of Commerce 03.23.17

How ‘negawatts’ help the building industry fight climate change

Buildings are the biggest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Curbing emissions will require constructing more efficient buildings and relying on renewable energy.

It’s clear to me that if we hope to avert catastrophic climate change we need to start viewing our buildings as clean energy power plants.


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Marc Stiles, Puget Sound Business Journal 03.03.17

Seattle ‘passive house’ design firm is tops in North America

To design cutting-edge projects takes a well trained team, which is why NK Architects of Seattle has ramped up its education effort around "passive houses."

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Patty Tascarella + Lydia Nuzum, Pittsburgh Business Times 03.01.17

Pittsburgh office part of Seattle architects’ benchmark

NK Architects of Seattle has 21 employees certified as passive house consultants and designers, the most of any firm in North America. That’s according to Germany’s Passive House Institute, which oversees certification for the super-green building technique that can slash heating and cooling loads by as much as 90 percent, the Puget Sound Business Journal, a sister publication, reported. But it’s not just a Seattle benchmark. Eight of those employees are based at NK’s Pittsburgh office.

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Brian Miller, Daily Journal of Commerce 02.22.17

NK designs 88-unit Stream Dexios for corner of Dexter and Garfield

Stream Real Estate & Development will have a second round of design review next week for Stream Dexios, a mixed-use complex at 1600 Dexter Ave. N.

NK Architects is designing the building at the northeast corner of Dexter and Garfield Street. Stream paid $3.3 million for the 13,785-square-foot site.

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Brian Miller, Daily Journal of Commerce 01.12.17

This Lower Queen Anne apartment complex has ‘passive house’ design

Squeezed between the Sienna condominium and a Diamond parking lot, A&A Printing has operated at 320 Queen Anne Ave. N. for 38 years.

The 7,200-square-foot site was acquired by the Matni family in 1992 for $438,000, with a two-story building that was constructed in 1957.

The Matni family is now proposing to demolish the existing structure and build a seven-story apartment building with 59 units and four parking spaces above grade. Three units will be live-work spaces facing Queen Anne. Parking will be accessed from the alley to the east.

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