Mark Johnson, WRA’s Senior VP of Government Affairs, got a glimpse at the future of retail construction on a recent tour as a member of the state Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Energy, Telecom and Utilities. An energy-efficient building known as Pax Futura, a first of its kind structure in the state, is under construction in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.
Pax Futura follows a German-developed construction method called “Passive House Construction.” This style dramatically reduces energy use up to 90 percent for heating and cooling. It also provides filtered fresh air for improved health, draft-free thermal comfort and increased quiet and security.
The multi-use building, designed by NK Architects, is a project of Cascade Built. When completed, it will cover 20,100 square feet on four levels. It will feature a 4-star Built Green and Net Zero Ready rating. The goal is zero carbon emissions.
Through special construction techniques, including triple glazed windows and the use of state of the art solar for electricity, heating and water heating, the Pax Futura will be a leader in new construction methods. Mark learned that the additional cost of construction is minimal.
The goal is for Pax Futura to be a model for future construction projects seeking to save money and lower their carbon footprint. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the summer.