The International Living Future Institute has recognized zHome, designed by David Vandervort Architects, with its Net Zero Energy Building Certification and Petal Certification under its Living Building Challenge program. Worldwide there are now only four projects certified as Net Zero by the institute.
The Living Building Challenge is one of the most advanced and comprehensive sustainable building standards in the industry. Amanda Sturgeon, Vice President of the organization, in reference to zHome, noted:
“This project has had an incredible impact on our community. It has demonstrated that in fact, there is a market for net-zero energy homes and that homebuyers are willing to pay more up front knowing they will have no energy bills in the long-term.”
For more about the Living Building Challenge and how zHome attained this certification please visit:
In May of 2012 David Vandervort Architects were selected to join five nationally renowned architects in a new initiative at Lindal Cedar homes. This Lindal Architects Collaborative seeks to pair thoughtful, unique architectural design with Lindal’s time-tested pre-fabricated housing model.
On January 27th 2013, David Vandervort and Mike Butrim presented our initial designs to the Lindal Annual Meeting at the Seattle Marriot conference center. We were one of four architects from accross the county presenting works and thoughts about sustainability, adaptability, good design and cost efficiency.
When we began to develop the designs for our Lindal homes we established the following goals:
- maximize potential of Lindal system by not deviating from the system
- preserve affordability through simple plans and forms
- per our philosophy we wanted to provide for adaptability to site conditions
- explore ideas of livable modern design – informal light filled spaces
- enhance interior to exterior relationship through windows and outdoor spaces
- maximize view and daylight potential
- provide dynamic character of a custom home – not production housing
- honor the Lindal tradition while exploring new design directions of interest to us
We presented three homes:
- A 2,490 sf home inspired by the classic A-frame roof which was patented by Walter Lindal in the 1960′s.
- A 2,020 sf home (1,252 main floor) based on the traditional gable roof with dormer.
- A 2,730 sf home based on the idea of a collection of simple primal huts.
Please visit our website to view renderings of these homes: DVA Lindal Architects Collaborative Homes
We at David Vandervort Architects are excited to debut our new website – enhanced with more content in a new, cutting edge format designed for the web, tablets and phones. You will be able to view more of our work with new projects appearing as quickly as they are completed.
For the past 18 years we have sought to bring thoughtful, appropriate architectural solutions to a variety of projects throughout Seattle and the Northwest. We hope to use this new site to show all we have learned over these years and what we continue to learn.
In the months and years ahead we intend for this new forum to focus on a northwest aesthetic derived from the inspiration of this place; what makes the homes we live in and buildings we work in unique and how can we be about supporting the community in which we live. We intend to profile people, places and buildings that inspire, share examples of our work that seek to dialogue with this place and promote a healthier and more sustainable way of living for all of us.
So this is what we are about:
A deep understanding of this place in which we live – rooted in 50 years of exploring and contemplating Seattle and the Northwest
A passion for art and beauty as it is expressed in the environment and as it speaks to each one of us personally.
An Architecture that seeks to reflect these characteristics by fusing the organic and the technological into cutting edge design focused on people and their needs.
David Vandervort, AIA
“Architecture should be eternal…it should remain in the heart and soul of the person experiencing it.” Tadao Ando