Passive House Northwest will hold a conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Red Lion Inn at the Park in Spokane.Read More »
The message from scientists is clear: The planet is on a finite greenhouse gas budget and the longer we wait to reduce emissions, the faster we’ll have to reduce later to avoid catastrophic climate change. Time is of the essence.Read More »
What is a a Passive House? One critic of Passive House design called it “a single metric ego driven enterprise that satisfies the architect's need for checking boxes, and the energy nerd's obsession with BTUs.” But over at Curbed, Barbara Eldridge writes a terrific explanation of what Passive House construction is, and not once mentions BTUs or CFM or ACH or HRV. This is difficult, since so many Passive House people actually are energy nerds. And while Passive House is very much a process, what matters to the public are the end results.Read More »
Seattle architecture firm Nicholson Kovalchick is all in on "passive house" design, an ultra-green building technique.
The firm is challenging the mindset here and elsewhere in the United States that passive house design is for boutique-scale projects by showing that it's possible to design and build big passive house commercial projects.Read More »
Nicholson Kovalchick Architects is out to prove that even in cloudy Seattle you can build a 20-unit apartment project that uses only as much energy as the development's solar panels produce.Read More »
The husband and wife team that founded NK Architects — Brandon Nicholson and Shanna Kovalchick — are doing an “experiment” on Capitol Hill: combining an old house with a new apartment building that they hope will be a net zero user of energy.
The project is at 11th Avenue East and East Republication Street. Nicholson said they bought the house and its 6,000-square-foot corner lot five years ago, and have been renting it out.Read More »
Tim Weyand, CEO of NK Architects, was appointed president of the Passive House Northwest board.Read More »
The Daily Journal of Commerce highlighted Gerrish Hall, our newest muti-family project in Capitol Hill. NK’s design will feature a recessed top floor to create space for a common rooftop amenity area, and large sliding door systems in each unit opening to private balconies to create synergistic indoor/outdoor living environments.Read More »
Jim Bischoff joined the firm’s Pittsburgh office as our newest project manager. He will be responsible for overall management of projects in the region.Read More »