Sustainable Living Innovations, a Seattle tech company that’s created a new way to build commercial structures, broke ground Thursday on a 15-story development that’s pegged as the world’s first “net zero energy” high-rise apartment building.
The 112-unit building will run off of solar power and batteries, and includes 27 affordable apartments. It’s being constructed with a patented design that uses panels manufactured at a plant in Tacoma, Wash. that come preloaded with electrical wiring, plumbing and mechanical equipment.
The design features radiant heat floors and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. It saves water by capturing rainfall and recycling gray water from sinks and showers. The approach eschews environmentally wasteful, mold-prone materials including paint, carpeting and drywall.
While the building should be erected and ready to move into by next summer, the effort to get here was more than 12 years in the making, said Arlan Collins, CEO of Sustainable Living Innovations.