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Green Design


Did you know that Environmental Stewardship is required under Seattle's current building code?

Residential design projects submitted to the Seattle and Bellevue permitting departments are required to demonstrate what green design principals are used on each project and how those building assemblies and systems comply with both the city and state energy code requirements. These requirements must be met to obtain a building permit for a Washington State residential project. It's not a choice any longer in the Evergreen state.

AKJ Architects has the experience to determine your project's requirements and will incorporate those details into your residential design. Early in the design process, we will look at the building envelope, mechanical system & lighting to provide you with architectural options for a green design that is practical and that will result in a home or renovation with lasting value. We will work with you to develop energy efficient building design details ranging from the concrete foundation to the roof's photovoltaic solar panels with your particular needs in mind.

Green Design services for residential clients include:

  • Specifying durable materials
  • Recommending products that area locally produced
  • Reviewing air quality systems that will positively impact your health
  • Specifying highly efficient appliances
  • Specifying high efficiency lighting
  • Specifying high efficiency windows and doors
  • Designing energy efficient insulated building envelopes
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Storm water and drainage strategies
  • Planning photovoltaic solar panels for your property
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