Living Building Challenge Petal Certified

Liza is one of the few residential communities in the country that will be certified under the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Petal program. This program seeks to encourage regenerative buildings that not only minimize their reliance on our planet’s precious natural resources but provide positive environmental impacts. ILFI’s rigorous standards mean residents can feel good about how their housing impacts our environment. Liza is also one of the earliest projects to participate in Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program. The LBPP involves achieving additional energy and water targets, making Liza an even higher performing building.

Net-Positive Energy

The building has reduced its overall energy draw by 25% beyond the City of Seattle's rigorous energy code and is expected to save approximately 760,000 kilowatt-hours annually - equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 72 US households. Liza achieves net-positive energy by offsetting 105% of the energy used on the building with both an on- and an off-site renewable energy. The on-site rooftop solar array was maximized to provide as much renewable energy as possible and even extends off the side of the building! Additionally, the project supports a wind farm located in Forsan, Texas that will supply clean, renewable wind energy to one of the country's dirtiest grids and helps Liza achieve net-positive energy for the next 15 years.

Water-Reducing

Shower water is treated and reused for all non-potable water needs on the property. No fresh water is used for irrigation, hose bibbs, or toilets, saving an estimated 800,000 gallons per year.

Biophilic Design

Biophilic design connects our residents to the natural environment using natural lighting, ventilation, and landscape features to create a healthy and productive living environment.

Inspiration and Education

Liza aims to educate and inspire residents and the Eastlake community. Solar panels have been integrated into the architecture, so they are visible to those traveling along Eastlake Avenue. Signage on a signal box educates the children of TOPS school waiting to cross the street and a mural in our garage will inspire our residents. Helpful energy conservation tips are also provided to each new resident.

Place-Making

Named for Louisa “Liza” Boren and the street name for which the building fronts, Liza has strong connections to the Eastlake neighborhood and Seattle. Liza encourages human-powered living with incredible bike facilities and transit subsidies for those who work here. Liza shares its roof deck with thousands of bees, strengthening the neighborhood's ecosystem as they pollinate plants in parks and gardens. With our resident bee’s in mind, we designed the landscape with native plants. In addition, to help steward and conserve natural ecosystems, the ownership team donated 1 acre to the Frog’s Home conservation project in eastern Washington.

Biophilic Design

Biophilic design connects our residents to the natural environment using natural lighting, ventilation, and landscape features to create a healthy and productive living environment.

a woman holding a green plant in her hands