Code VS Dwell Development Cost Savings

Anthony Maschmedt, principal of Dwell Development and Tadashi Shiga, a Washington State 3rd party certifier and principal of Evergreen Certified were on KING5’s New Day Northwest today, showing the differences in energy efficiencies and cost savings between a home built to code compared to a home built to Dwell Development standards.  They had two 6’x6’ walls for comparison on set, one built to code and one to Dwell Development specs.

Anthony talked about the importance of triple glazed windows – he chooses Atrium Windows and Doors which are distributed by Medallion Industries.    Medallion’s been providing quality windows, doors and millwork in the Pacific NW and California for over 40 years.  Atrium is actually building a Passive window to go into Dwell Development Passive House homes-more about this exciting new development below.  Tadashi elaborated on several other key points about cost savings gained by an energy efficient home:

“Operational costs should never be underplayed when buying a home. Using high-efficiency features, we achieve dramatically lower annual utility savings without compromising on the beauty and functionality of a home. These homes are built to a high standard that is verifiable through systems like Built Green, Passive House US, and NW Energy Star, so homeowners can buy with absolute confidence that they’re going to pay less for utilities from year to year compared to a code-built home. We even put our Evergreen Home Score label on these properties so homeowners can determine – at a glance – how much smaller their utility bills will be, including electricity, heating, sewer, and water costs. We’re working to make it super simple for homeowners to see just how valuable a green home can be over the long term.”

As Dwell Development is building the first infill spec Passive House in Washington State, set to complete early 2013, they are setting the bar even higher as this uber-efficient category of home will become the new Dwell Development standard.  Shiga is currently the only certifier in Washington state qualified to certify Passive House.  We’d like to thank our segment sponsor Medallion Industries and Atrium Windows and Doors, and also Moultonology for supplying the audience with our gift of a sample of their awesome edible flower and Italian herb seed bombs.  Here are the full packages you can buy on their website:


To see the segment which aired today click the image below




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