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Haberzetle Homes: Playful All-Electric Townhomes

These Fauntleroy homes stand out from the other scattered new construction projects in the neighborhood with their playful façades. Rather than a flat, monotonous front, a variety of depths provide aesthetic intrigue and privacy between units, as well as an assortment of materials and colors. Each unit’s front door is a distinct color, offering individuality between units. One can imagine a homeowner saying, “I’m the unit with the bright purple door” to differentiate themselves amongst other new construction projects along Fauntleroy.

The playfulness of materials continues inside the units. Many new construction projects share similar palettes and modern finishes that make them feel a bit sterile. This project, however, offers warmth and variety with hemlock millwork/trim, Viroc cement wood board stairs, finished concrete slabs, and more. The selection celebrates raw, authentic materials that are not overly finished.

Vital Stats



Location: West Seattle
Star Level: 4-Star
Checklist: Single-Family/Townhome
Verifier: Evergreen Certified
Site and Water 109
Energy Efficiency 96
Health and Indoor Air Quality 105
Material Efficiency 69
  Total Score 433


The Haberzetle Homes team made a deliberate effort to promote superior indoor air quality through appliance and material selections. Under certain circumstances, gas appliances can produce combustion pollutants that can degrade the overall indoor air quality, often leading to damage to occupants’ health. By eliminating gas appliances in the units, they decreased potential pollutants in the home. Haberzetle Homes also chose materials with fewer toxins/VOCs to limit off-gassing inside the units—from the paints, caulks, adhesives, and sealants to the pre-finished engineered hardwood, cabinets, hemlock millwork, and omission of carpet.

Haberzetle Homes Playful All-Electric 4-Star Townhomes great room

This all-electric project uses heat pump technology for all its space heating and cooling, as well as most of its domestic hot water needs. From an energy-efficiency standpoint, rather than solely relying on fuel to produce heat, highly efficient air-source heat pump technology transfers heat from outside air to heat inside air. With ductless mini-splits throughout most of the unit, residents have temperature control for both heating and cooling in their living spaces. A hybrid heat pump water heater services domestic hot water demands and heats the finished concrete slab on the first floor, adding warmth to an otherwise relatively cold material at an efficiency of over 300%.

Haberzetle Homes Playful All-Electric 4-Star Townhomes roof deck
Haberzetle Homes Playful All-Electric 4-Star Townhomes exterior entry and garden
Haberzetle Homes Playful All-Electric 4-Star Townhomes kitchen

Built Green Highlights

Site and Water

  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Pervious hardscaping
  • Drought-tolerant plantings and no turf grass

Energy Efficiency

  • Modelled to achieve 28% improvement over WSEC 2015
  • Full in-floor hydronic radiant heat
  • All-electric site
  • Hybrid heat pump water heater
Haberzetle Homes Playful All-Electric 4-Star Townhomes stairway and storage
Haberzetle Homes Playful All-Electric 4-Star Townhomes bathroom

Health and Indoor Air Quality

  • Low-VOC paints, adhesives, and finishes
  • CARB II cabinets and millwork
  • Pre-finished engineered hardwood flooring and no carpet

Materials Efficiency

  • Vertical grain hemlock trim/millwork
  • Local/regional materials (Bellmont cabinets, millwork, windows, framing lumber, cedar, and Hardie siding)
  • Finished concrete slab on first floor of units
  • Veroc wood cement board stairs

Haberzetle Homes Playful All-Electric 4-Star Townhomes bedroom

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