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 who built a highly efficient home base for nordic skiing, climbing, hiking, and relaxation under the stars. 

Artemisia is 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 is 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 marketing manager for CRD Design Build, a residential remodeling company based in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. 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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