Builders/Developers / Construction Styles / Elk / Passive House / Pura Vida Homes

Mission Accomplished: Spokane Has It’s First Passive House, In Elk

A couple in Elk, Washington are the proud owners of the area’s first passive house. According to this great article on , the owners were surprised by the level of quiet provided by the homes well insulated envelope. Not sure what a passive house is? Check out my previous article on the subject. Quiet … Continue reading

Construction Styles / Natural Construction

Spokane Straw Bale Homes

When you start poking around, doing some research on natural building methods. There is one construction medium that seems to be popular in many circles and keeps coming up… straw bales. Enthusiasts often tout benefits such as an improved insulation R-value, good use of an abundant resource, and their quick build time (attributed to straw … Continue reading

Is Passivehause Gaining Momentum in Spokane County
Construction Styles / Passive House / Pura Vida Homes

Is Passivehause Gaining Momentum in Spokane County

I recently sat down for coffee with a builder who has been constructing homes in one capacity or another for the better part of a decade in and around Spokane. Several years ago, after having witnessed traditional construction methods and observing them to be lacking in some respects he chose to begin practicing more sustainable, … Continue reading