City Light Recognizes inHaus Development as an Energy Efficiency Superstar

Seattle City Light will recognize inHaus Development and its Solo Lofts team as energy efficiency superstars at tonight’s game between the Mariners and the Red Sox.

inHaus is currently developing Solo Lofts, a 20 unit boutique condominium building now selling in Ballard. This all-electric, Built Green, 4-star project incorporates energy saving technology inside and out.

“We’re actively trying to do things better rather than slapping something on the wall and calling it green,” inHaus co-owner Dave deBruyn said.

Among the energy saving features are extra insulation, fiberglass windows, ENERGY STAR appliances, on-demand hot water and WaterSense® fixtures. The building is expected to use 18 to 19 percent less electricity than a similar building that was built to meet building code requirements. The building will also be wired so solar panels could be installed at a later date.

Since the inception of inHaus in 2010, energy efficient design has been an inherent part of its operations. deBruyn said certified energy efficient homes in Seattle and Portland have sold at 10 to 20 percent more than standard homes, which is good for inHaus, the environment, and especially for the people who buy the homes..

Seattle City Light is recognizing inHaus as energy efficiency superstars and for doing their part to keep conservation a top priority for you and the city of Seattle because the less we use the more we all save. Find out how you can be an energy efficiency superstar and lower your bill at your home or business by visiting

Seattle in Top 15 Cities for ENERGY STAR Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2014 rankings today for the top cities with ENERGY STAR-rated buildings. Seattle moved up the list from #17 in 2013 to #14 with a total of 127 buildings saving an estimated $23.6 million in energy costs (check out the map of the buildings with ENERGY STAR Rating in (and around) Seattle). The ranking confirms Seattle’s commitment to providing building owners and managers with the technical guidance, best practices, and training they need to make their buildings more energy efficient, save money, and reduce carbon emissions.

Map of the buildings with Energy Star Rating in (and around) Seattle.

With Seattle’s commercial and multi-family buildings conducting annual energy benchmarking and identifying energy-saving strategies, we expect more buildings to pursue ENERGY STAR certification.

More than 23,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification by the end of last year. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.