NW Mechanical Collaborates on House of the Immediate Future

Last summer, NW Mechanical participated as one of Seattle’s top energy experts in Seattle’s Next 50 celebration of the 1962 World’s Fair.  NW Mechanical collaborated with Habitat for Humanity, Miller Hull Partnership, Evergreen Certified, Z-Home and other local experts to create the House of the Immediate Future, a zero-energy home.  

This state-of-the-art, award winning, energy efficient home was showcased during Seattle’s Next 50 celebration at the Seattle Center.  As Mike Jobes of Miller Hull writes:

Our hybrid-approach to construction systems includes prefabricated “wet-cores” (mechanical room, kitchen, bathrooms) by Method Homes and a panelized double-stud exterior wall assembly constructed by Habitat volunteers. By prefabricating the infrastructure cores, professional labor can be separated from a less-skilled volunteer force so important to every Habitat for Humanity project. Volunteers will build wall panels that can be erected around the wet-cores at the Seattle Center exhibit and then disassembled and moved to the permanent site. 

NW Mechanical’s owner, Buzz Burgett was part of the energy consultant dream-team for this project.  NW Mechanical was involved in the mechanical design, but also donated the system installation, pipe insulation, valves and controls, pipes, fittings and other components.  

Over the last few months, the house has been disassembled and the materials and pre-fabricated wet cores have been moved to the home’s permanent site in the Dwell Development, an eco-community located in Seattle’s vibrant Rainier Valley. Habitat volunteers have been working to complete the home over the course of the summer, and a dedication ceremony will soon be held to welcome the family to their new home.

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