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The Jewel Box | Passive House

This home is being considered as a case study for inclusion in the upcoming book, “Reinventing Fire: A New Vision” by world-renowned energy guru Amory Lovins. NOTE: Parking is extremely limited on site, please park your vehicle at the Priest Point Park parking lot and walk west to the site. Thank you!
The Jewel Box  |  Passive House

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515 Flora Vista NE Olympia, WA 98506

The Artisans Group

This home is being considered as a case study for inclusion in the upcoming book, “Reinventing Fire: A New Vision” by world-renowned energy guru Amory Lovins. NOTE: Parking is extremely limited on site, please park your vehicle at the Priest Point Park parking lot and walk west to the site. Thank you!

Close to completion, this 1137sf Passive House is a gem of understated modern design. Located next to Priest Point Park in Olympia, it dances lightly on a sloped and wooded site. The approach of the house is recessed into the earth, creating a sense of sanctuary, elegantly complimenting the cantilevered glass box of the “living” space.

The floor to ceiling windows in the great room have panoramic views of Puget Sound north to the Olympics. The interior partition walls are treated with finished plywood and only extend to a 7’ height with translucent panels above allowing natural light to infuse the internal spaces. This small but flexible design is engineered to have a second story added in the future if desired. The second structure on the site is a large wood and metal shop for the client’s needs as sculptor and artist.

This stunningly austere design proves the Passive House approach can be applied to any project regardless of exposure, size, and lifestyle needs.

Project Technical Specs:

  • Wall Insulation: R 55
  • Roof Insulation: R 92
  • Floor Insulation: R 91
  • Windows: Pazen, U value .12, (R 9!)
  • Air tighness: Extreme (.49ACH @ 50 pascals)
  • Heat Recovery Ventilator (fresh air system)
  • Heat Source: Space heat and Domestic Hot water both run off a 98% efficient tankless water heater
  • Lighting: LED, CFL
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Standards: Passive House, 5 Star Built Green

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We’re Olympia’s only Certified Passive House Consultants and would enjoy answering any questions you may have about this unequaled building method.

The Artisan's Group

1508 Fourth Avenue East Olympia, WA  98506

View from workshop to main house. The Artisans Group Jewel Box.
View from workshop to main house. The Artisans Group Jewel Box.
West elevation. The Artisans Group Jewel Box.
West elevation. The Artisans Group Jewel Box.
Very cool entry.The Artisans Group Jewel Box.
Very cool entry.The Artisans Group Jewel Box.
Stylish exterior corner detail.The Artisans Group Jewel Box.
Stylish exterior corner detail.The Artisans Group Jewel Box.
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