HOUSE 8
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House #
House Style
Size Ft2
Year Built
Cost/Ft2
8
Rastra & Stick-frame
4100
2005
NA
Architect/Designer
General Contractor
Sub-contractors (significant) & Type
Gary Phillips Alex Hall Larry Halford, builder
Chris Clark ("Flash"), carpenter
Jerry Mertz, railings
Michelle Mondot, stucco
Rick Rozell, air-exchanger
Louis Sukovaty, structural engineering
Janie Lewis, custom tile work
Tom Scott, plumbing/radiant heating
Peter Eckmann, cabinets/finish carpentry
Marc Robertson, cabinets
Primary E-Design Factors
Significant E-Products Used
Results—Positive/Negative
Rastra block walls
Recycled beams
Insulated hotwater tank
Earth-bermed
Green roof (partial)
Cork flooring, kitchen
Radiant heating
Passive solar orientation
Whole house heat exchanger
Marmoleum floor covering in laundry room
Rastra Block
The owners like the way the light was designed to enter the kitchen through a stairwell. This balances out the light entering from main windows. The roof is handling the snow loads well.

The cork tiles from Environmental Home Center (now called Ecohaus) have worn through in just two years in high traffic areas and look difficult to refinish.

A large house using rastra block and stick-frame construction that blends quietly with the environment because of earth berming, natural colors, and partial green roof. The south and east walls are stick framed 2 by 8's to allow for extra insulation. The owners first thought they wanted compressed straw bale construction, but found financing difficult—rastra was easily financed. There is significant south facing glazing, which combined with the excellent insulating values and rastra, requires less energy for heating (efficient radiant heating is used throughout). Marmoleum, which is similar to linoleum, was used as floor covering in the laundry room. The house beams are recycled and found at Havillah Shake Company. The living room floor has long lasting Madrone wood. They used Energy Star appliances through the house. The owners found the internet to be a great source for researching ideas and materials. Cork floor tiles, a sustainable product, were used in the kitchen. A green, "living", roof was used in several areas (strawberries from the roof!). Many materials in their natural unadulterated state were used in the house. The owners are planning a solar hot water (preheating) system in the near future.The owners studied their living patterns effectively, as is evident in the resulting design. This house encourages one to move through the spaces like you are inside a magic puzzle. These spaces are snug and quiet like so many earthbermed houses, yet the the expansive views and quality of light, in every room, delight the senses.