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About SCCA House


SCCA House was given an Merit Award in August 2011 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region. Read full article on page 39.

SCCA House was given an AIA Future Shack Award. AIA Seattle's FutureShack showcases projects by local architects, creative responses to our fast-morphing urban lifestyles, across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints and social agendas. It is part public debate, part recognition of innovative architecture.

In 2007, SCCA House received a Residential Architect Design Merit Award. Read the full article on page 71 of the Residential Architect magazine.

Read what the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce says about SCCA House.


SCCA House opened in the fall of 2009 and is in the process of becoming Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Energy Efficient Elevator

The KONE Eco-efficient™ elevator used in this building have Eco-Disc™
technology that allow them to operate with 50 percent less energy than
that required by a conventional traction elevator. By virtue of their design,
traction elevators are very energy efficient. The weight of the empty car is
balanced by a slightly heavier counterweight. So, if the power was turned
off with the car empty, and the brakes released, the car would slowly drift up.
Conversely, with the car full, it would slowly drift down.

Low-water Toilets

The low-water toilets reduce water consumption by 30 Percent. Public toilets in the common areas have two flush modes: UP for liquid waste and Down for solid waste. They also feature an anti-microbial coated handle.

Air Filtration System

Indoor Air Quality is 100 Percent FILTERED Outside Air (Uses MERV-13 filters). MERV is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of an air filter. Merv-13 means that the filter is classified for use in a “Superior Commercial Building,” a rating higher than typically used in hospital laboratories. A “Better Residential” filter is a MERV-7, whereas a standard “Residential” filter is a MERV-3.

Automatic Lights

The WattStopper™ lighting control system regulates all common area and external lighting to be as energy efficient as possible. The system automatically adjusts for seasonal and daylight savings time changes.

Heat Recovery System

The Heating and Cooling System is Designed to Use Recovered Heat, Thus Saving Energy. By using a Variable Refrigerant Volume HVAC system, excess heat from one guest room can be used to heat a colder room and vice versa. Also, the building exhaust air is heat exchanged with incoming outside air to either help heat up or cool down the incoming outside air, depending on the season and the conditions in the building.

Green Rooftop

Rooftop storm water is retained by green roofs in lieu of on-site detention tanks.

Most of the plant varieties used on the green roof areas are in the succulent family and will require very little irrigation system watering. Nintey percent of the construction waste was diverted from disposal, meaning that 90 percent of the waste was recycled.


Low VOC paints (Volatile Organic Compounds) were chosen to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that have odors and can be irritating and/or harmful to painters and occupants.

Bamboo Plywood

Used on the cabinets, tables, stair treads, and residential window sills, bamboo plywood is a rapidly renewable building material and the plywood contains no added ureaformaldehyde resins.

Carpet & Adhesives

The carpet meets Green Label Plus standards for VOC emissions and contains 35 percent pre-consumer recycled material. The backing is PVCfree, and the carpet is 100 percent recyclable.


The brick is a very durable regional material that is made from products and materials that were extracted within a 500-mile radius, supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts from transportation.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is a durable flooring made from linseed oil, pine rosin, sawdust, cork dust, limestone, and a jute backing. Many of these are rapidly renewable materials (made from plants that are typically harvested within a 10-year cycle or shorter) and the product has 10 percent recycled content. The adhesives and sealants are low VOC.