News and updates about the first zero-energy shared-ownership rental cabin.

A Net-Zero-Energy Cabin
In Washington's Beautiful Methow Valley

We are a group of outdoor enthusiasts building a highly efficient home base for nordic skiing, climbing, hiking, and relaxation under the stars. 

Currently in the construction phase, Artemisia will be a net-zero-energy solar-powered house with two bedrooms and a loft. It is constructed of structural insulated panels (SIPs) that afford the high degree of insulation and air tightness needed to meet our net-zero goal. Glazing is triple pane, and the house and windows are situated to maximize solar heat gain in the winter and shade in the summer. The home will be 100% net-metered solar electric, with no gas, wood, or other fuel sources. We worked with an architect to come up with a design that will blend well with the natural surroundings, and we have tried to choose contractors who have experience minimizing soil disturbance during construction.

About Us

Eric Thomas & Alexandra Salmon

Eric is membership programs manager for the nonprofit Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, where he oversees their education and counsels programs. He is former co-organizer of Seattle's NW Green Home Tour and the annual EcoBuilding Conference. Alexandra is a supervisor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where she helps manage a cancer information and smoking cessation service. Eric and Alex built Seattle's first net-zero-energy home.

DAVE REDDY & Lisa Dulude

Dave is a founding partner of 360 Analytics, a building energy analysis consultancy, whose services include modeling to support compliance with green building standards, such as LEED and Built GreenLisa manages Snohomish County's Office of Energy & Sustainability, which works to conserve natural resources, reduce climate impact, and facilitate environmental stewardship.


What Is Net-Zero-Energy?

Quite simply, this means that Artemisia's solar panels will produce as much electricity over the course of a year as is used for heating, cooking, lighting, and other household tasks.



As the first net-zero-energy nightly rental house, Artemisia is an ideal test bed for new and innovative green building materials and techniques. We are seeking a limited number of products for testing and review. If you are a vendor or service provider in the green building/net-zero-energy sphere, please contact us or download the prospectus.

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