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Salishan - Sal 7 / Tacoma, Wash.

Salishan - Sal 7 / Tacoma, Wash.

  • All units in phase 7 of the Salishan mixed-income community are slab-on-grade and have R-15 rigid insulation in the foundation.

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    All units in phase 7 of the Salishan mixed-income community are slab-on-grade and have R-15 rigid insulation in the foundation.

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    Hedrich Blessing

    All units in phase 7 of the Salishan mixed-income community are slab-on-grade and have R-15 rigid insulation in the foundation.

  • Bioswales allow 98% of the communitys stormwater, including roof runoff, to percolate on-site.

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    Bioswales allow 98% of the communitys stormwater, including roof runoff, to percolate on-site.

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    Hedrich Blessing

    Bioswales allow 98% of the community’s stormwater, including roof runoff, to percolate on-site.

  • Common green spaces foster a sense of community. Theyre planted entirely with native drought-resistant species and drought-resistant turf.

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    Common green spaces foster a sense of community. Theyre planted entirely with native drought-resistant species and drought-resistant turf.

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    Hedrich Blessing

    Common green spaces foster a sense of community. They’re planted entirely with native drought-resistant species and drought-resistant turf.

  • The houses, most of them attached, feature regionally appropriate Craftsman detailing and colors.

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    The houses, most of them attached, feature regionally appropriate Craftsman detailing and colors.

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    Hedrich Blessing

    The houses, most of them attached, feature regionally appropriate Craftsman detailing and colors.

  • Walsh Construction used thermal imaging and blower door technology during construction to diagnose unforeseen problems and fix exterior walls before they were closed in. Each home achieved a rating of 2.5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals or less.

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    Walsh Construction used thermal imaging and blower door technology during construction to diagnose unforeseen problems and fix exterior walls before they were closed in. Each home achieved a rating of 2.5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals or less.

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    Hedrich Blessing

    Walsh Construction used thermal imaging and blower door technology during construction to diagnose unforeseen problems and fix exterior walls before they were closed in. Each home achieved a rating of 2.5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals or less.

 

The Salishan neighborhood in Tacoma, Wash., has come a long way from its World War II days as temporary housing for shipyard workers. Thanks to redevelopment efforts begun in 2002, Salishan is now a mixed-income community filled with appealing Craftsman-style homes. But the final phase stands out, even while blending in stylistically: 91 Sec. 8 rental units were ramped up to LEED-Platinum level, the first HOPE VI project to do so.

With the rest of the 200-acre community at LEED-Silver, phase 7 presented the Tacoma Housing Authority with the perfect storm: recession pricing and accumulated savings from earlier phases.

The new buildings feature a tight super-insulated envelope and triple-pane windows; reduced heat loads are met by single 17-SEER mini-split ductless systems in each unit. Urea-formaldehyde-free interiors, hard-surface flooring, and a whole-house fan are just a few of the many other features that add to the development’s overall performance.