Germany Breaks Renewable Energy Record

Germany Breaks Renewable Energy Record

On April 30, 2017 Germany set a new national record by powering 85% the country with renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power. The majority of the country’s coal-fired power stations were not even running that day. In fact, a representative of the Agora Energiewende Initiative expects these majority renewables days to become “completely normal” by 2030. Congratulations Germany and cheers to these fantastic continued efforts to move away from fossil-fuels! More here

Looking Towards an Oil-Free Future

Looking Towards an Oil-Free Future

In Washington State, approximately 66,000 homes are still heated with oil. Not only is it the most expensive heat source, but oil heat also contributes significantly to air pollution and carbon emissions. In fact, to offset heating one home with oil you would have to operate 40 wind turbines for an entire year. Dang! 
 
Thinking outside the box with hybrid heat solutions including heat pumps and infrared heat and stepping away from traditional forced air heat solutions is THE WAY to a better, more efficient, and more comfortable future. The Oil Free Washington Coalition was formed to create a roadmap for our state to transition to lower cost, lower carbon heat sources. Read more about their findings (in general or specifically in your community) here.
Spring Radiant Heat Open Houses

Spring Radiant Heat Open Houses

Mighty Energy Solutions will be opening our home showroom to building professionals and homeowners on three Wednesdays this spring: March 22, April 19, and May 17.

Attending an open house is an opportunity to see our Ducoterra SolaRay Radiant Ceiling Panels in action. Even spring in the Pacific Northwest can be tough, but not with Infrared Radiant Heat Panels! These panels provide cozy, healthy, and efficient heat all year long. You’ve got to see it to believe it! Come experience this comforting heat yourself at our open house.

March 22 | April 19 | May 17

3108 SW Webster St, Seattle, WA 98126

Morning Session 7:30-10:30 AM
Afternoon Session 3:00-6:00PM
[or mid day by appointment]

RSVP‘s appreciated, but not required.

NorthWest Green Home Tour: April 29-30

NorthWest Green Home Tour: April 29-30

Join us!

Saturday April 29, 2017 | Westwood Addition at 9323 31st Place SW

11am – 5pm | FREE TICKETS

This Westwood Addition by LD Arch Design, transformed a typical one-story war-box home into one that is intriguing, yet approachable with modern, super-functional design for an expanding family. The project consisted of adding a second story with a master bedroom and bath, a family sized porch, and a kitchen refresh. Features include Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels and many other DEEP GREEN solutions for healthy indoor air quality and minimal impact on the planet.

The homeowners had an existing single-head ductless heat pump that was re-used to heat the main space, but they didn’t want to spend the extra money to add a second head for the upstairs. Infrared radiant ceiling panels installed in the master bedroom and bathroom were the perfect solution. They were installed in the areas where the DHP would be less effective, providing a super-efficient and cozy heating system for the entire home.

 

Low-profile and out of the way, radiant ceiling panels also seamlessly complemented the exquisite design by Parie Hines (LD Arch Design) to create a warm, bright, and welcoming master suite.

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The tour will also feature Model Remodel‘s Columbia City Backyard Cottage heated with Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels. It was designed by Sheri Newbold of Live-Work-Play Architecture to maximize low-cost, efficient solutions. RCPs provide efficient, cozy heat throughout the compact space from a simple and aesthetically pleasing source. Read more about the project here.

Saturday April 29, 2017 | 4720 S Dawson St | 11am – 5pm 
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Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels are also featured at Molly’s Pocket Mansion! This 800sf  DADU was designed and built by  S.A.G.E. Designs NW and LastingNest to maximize ease of living, natural lighting, and quiet in the space.
Saturday April 29, 2017 | 11am – 5pm | 2608 46th Ave SW

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You’ll have another chance to see Radiant Ceiling Panels in action at the Frelard Net Zero Ready House on Sunday, April 30th. Built by Abode Builders, this project showcases how RCP’s can complement your net zero goals! Read more here.
Sunday April 30, 2017 | 355 NW 46th St
11am – 5pm | FREE TICKETS

See you there!

New Book: Remodeling Advice from an Architect

New Book: Remodeling Advice from an Architect

Are you thinking about remodeling your home but feeling unsure of where to start? A new book by our friend + colleague Stephanie Wascha of Wascha Studios, summarizes what she’s learned from 18 years as an architect, on two key subjects. First is how to prepare for your project – information you’ll need to give your architect, how to establish your priorities and save money. Second, she outlines how to avoid major conflict when you and your partner have different ideas in mind.

Unlike any other book on remodeling, Stephanie shares not only project challenges but emotional challenges commonly associated with remodeling as well. You will be privy to her years of observations, learn how others have managed typical stresses, mistakes, and challenges of this complex process both successfully and unsuccessfully. Avoid the avoidable, get inspired, and confidently navigate your way through your remodel to your new amazing home haven.

More info here. Available from Wascha Studios as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the like.

p.s. Designers and Contractors, this is a great book to share with your clients!