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Rocky Top Living

Rocky Top Living is a sustainable, near-zero, solar community under development about seven miles east of Yakima in Eastern Washington State.
Rocky Top Living

Robin Rogers, Designer and Steve Weise, Builder

Rocky Top Living is a sustainable, near-zero, solar community under development about seven miles east of Yakima in Eastern Washington State.

In an agricultural area in the central region of Washington, this ten-home community is built with a small footprint to conserve water, energy and other resources. With free-standing photovoltaic systems, these homes will be zero energy; without PVs the homes score around 30 on ResNET. The designs feature ultra-efficient building envelopes using insulated concrete forms for foot-thick walls and floors, two feet of insulation in the roof and triple-pane windows. Each house will include a domestic solar hot water system that also feeds a radiant floor heating system. Wastewater will be treated naturally on-site using a constructed wetlands on a small area of the forty acres of open space. The fully customizable interiors will contain formaldehyde-free cabinets, millwork and shelving, as well as zero-VOC paints and finishes. Natural ventilation is facilitated by windows on two walls of every room and a central clerestory "tower" to exhaust warm summer air. Large roof overhangs shade the home in summer, and a metal roof allows rainwater collection. The William O. Douglas Trail that connects Yakima to Mount Rainier runs through the property, offering residents the best of trailside living with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. The many other sustainable features are outlined on the website at RockyTopLiving.net.

Rocky Top Living
Rocky Top Living Sustainable Community near Yakima
Rocky Top Living
Rocky Top Living Features Natural Ventilation
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