Swanson House

Year Completed: 2012
Square Footage: 7,682sf
Project Type: HUD Apartments
Construction Type: Wood frame, Radiant floor
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Client: Valley Residential Services
Contractor: F+E Contractors, Inc.

The Swanson House is a modern style, energy efficient assisted housing facility. The 4,675sf building provides transitional housing for up to 10 families and is Phase II of a larger Planned Unit Development of 113,540sf and 7.5 acres. The structure exceeds the State of Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES) for thermal resistance, infiltration, moisture protection and ventilation. The building has passive through-the-wall vents in combination with the toilet exhaust to prevent sick building syndrome and to minimize moisture problems. Fixtures are equipped with flow control devices and set to limit the hot water use. Refrigerators, programmable thermostats, boilers, windows, ventilation fans, light fixtures, roofing products and exit signage all carry the Energy Star label. Overall, the building achieves a “Five Star Plus” rating under the AHFC Energy program and realizes a 15% energy savings over a standard code building.