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Each day this week we are going to be featuring homes from the 2016 Seattle Modern Home tour, which took place this weekend. This Greenwood home was designed by Tiffany Bowie of Malboeuf Bowie Architecture, and is called the Palantine House. It uses 90% less energy than required by standard building code. And….it looks pretty cool too. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

This Greenwood home uses 90% less energy than standard codes

*Each day this week we are going to be featuring homes from the 2016 Seattle Modern Home tour, which took place this weekend. First up? The Palantine House.

Yes, 90 percent less energy. And....it looks pretty darn cool too, don't you think?

The Greenwood home was designed by architect Tiffany Bowie of Malboeuf Bowie Architecture, and is - in an of itself - an airtight envelope.

Huh?

To a layman, this means that the design is specifically engineered to manage solar gain and maintain high-performance insulation - which is why that fabulous 90 percent number we told you about earlier can even exist.

Kirio, the home management and control system monitors all the major energy components like the continuously filtered heat and moisture recovery ventilation system on a phone app.

We know - this is environmentalist dirty talk over here!

Enough about the inside though, if you've clicked on this post then you've seen the picture above - it's a pretty unique looking home. That facade is herringbone, if you're wondering - made from hand-charred cedar in an effort to "add a twist to the classic northwest building material". The neighborhood's tree-lined streets look great with the dark patina during the summer, but the "shou sugi ban" treatment seals the cedar which means the rainy Seattle weather is no match for the exterior.

So go one...click through that gallery. And come back tomorrow for Modern Home Tour House #2!

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