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8th Street

This unassuming custom energy efficient home located in Whitefish, Montana has the performance characteristics of a top of the line sports car.  The double-stud exterior walls, triple pane glazing, insulation and mechanical system allow this building to out run anything in the neighborhood. The custom energy efficient home was one of ten homes in a pilot study program through Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA).  It was monitored for energy usage, humidity and the quality of indoor air for a period of two years after completion.  A few interesting components in the construction of the home include: drain-waste heat recovery, heat recovery ventilation, super insulated building envelope and carefully chosen sustainable finishes.


We moved from Seattle four years ago to be close to our grandchildren and wanted a smaller home for aging in place as well as a home that had low utility bills, reduced maintenance costs and had energy saving features. We chose Mark Van Everen as our builder and began to develop the plans for our home via the phone from our Seattle resident. We knew what we wanted for our home and Mark was incredibly productive to communicate with. We love our home and have found it remarkably easy to live in with all the energy savings amenities. It was a good partnership with Mark that made the process positive and allowed us to have a large voice in the final plans.

Our home was a part of a two year study sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. We had monitors in each room that taught us that our home was very energy efficient. It was good to be part of a larger group studying sustainable homes and knowing Mark was involved in that program gave us ensured confidence that Mark was being thoughtful about how the home was built.

We recently opened our home for a tour on energy saving homes in the local area. We still are speaking with folks who are interested in both Mark’s building ideas and in just how our home has performed since moving here. It does look like more energy saving homes will be coming to Whitefish in the future and we are very excited about that idea.”

Lynn Gilman