Kenyon House

Seattle, WA

This LEED® Platinum building, a first of its type for O’Brien360, provides a space of comfort and healing to the formerly homeless and persons experiencing disabilities and fragile health

Energy efficiency, durability, and indoor air quality were key elements in the design of Kenyon House. Located in South Seattle on a previously developed site, this eighteen-unit building serves as a place of healing for formerly homeless persons with advanced health issues and disabilities. The goals for the project focused on efficient heating and passive cooling for the residents' thermal comfort and improved indoor air quality because of their fragile health. Working with the architect and the contractor, O'Brien360 helped guide an already smart design through implementation in construction, conducting an initial LEED project analysis, and completing on-site inspections, performance testing, and technical assistance to enable the team's compliance with the new LEED for Homes rating system. This assistance included air-sealing techniques

and insulation installation quality. O'Brien360's specialized expertise with the integrative process enabled the diverse project team to shepherd this project from registration to certification late in the design process. In 2008, Kenyon House became the first project in the State of Washington to attain LEED for Homes Platinum certification for affordable housing, and only the second in the United States to do so.