Northwest Partners Newsletter – Issue 4

39 new EV chargers at Terrace Station Will Reduce Carbon Emissions by 200 Tons Per Year


This month a major milestone has been achieved in the Pacific Northwest. 39 chargers were installed in a “for rent” multifamily building. Never before has there been an installation of this size in the Pacific Northwest.

EV Chargers stations are a new source of revenue for the building owners. Revenue is generated in several ways and depends on the goals of the ownership. Revenue can be generated through increased monthly parking fees, a set hourly fee or a markup on the electricity used for charging.

The chargers will be interconnected to allow for the maximization of charging sessions and for the future growth of the network. As more chargers are installed the load management controller will draw from excess capacity in the building to charge more vehicles faster. The bulk of excess electric capacity will drawn at night when residents are asleep and electric use is at a minimum. Excess capacity is also available when residents are at work and not using heat or appliances.

The building owner can take advantage of their location close to the transit station to make charging sessions available to commuters using light rail or busses. Commuters can charge throughout the day and come back to a fully charged vehicle.

We are transitioning from fueling at the corner gas station to fueling where you live. Early adopters will see the biggest benefits from this transition. They will be the only option for customers with electric vehicles, they will increase customer retention, they will minimize the capital cost of installation and they will add value to their buildings.

For more information on how to create your own fueling station in new or existing buildings, please contact our team at or at 206-784-0920

Sleep well: 40 STC windows almost eliminates I-5 noise

With the availability of prime building sites dwindling, more and more projects are being built on less desirable locations, that can come with a long list of challenges. Noisy sites pose a particularly difficult challenge, with planes, trains, and automobiles generating relentless noise that can plague future tenants.

Other reasons can include delivery trucks (especially at buildings over or near grocery stores), outdoor bar and restaurant seating, and commercial and industrial activities nearby. Noise can come from within the development as well. Courtyards can echo sounds up the walls, even normal conversation at ground level can be heard clearly on the top floor.

Developers are wrestling with solutions to the problem while trying to keep building costs down. The negative effects of sound intrusion can directly influence leasing and customer retention Customers and potential tenants may already be turned off by noise as they approach the building, but a quiet unit can regenerate interest.

In Washington, the new energy codes are inadvertently helping to reduce sound transmission through the walls and roof.

Requirements for air barriers are helping to reduce air flow at the sheathing and windows. By sealing all joints of the waterproof membrane, properly sealing the gaps around the windows and with better window locking hardware we can achieve a more airtight thus sound tight system.

Tried and tested window technology have now arrived in the Northwest in a big way. These more robust windows have multiple air chambers and multi-locking hardware that keeps the noise out. The air chambers reduce the sound transmission by locking air in place and reducing air flow. The multi-locking hardware engages on all side of the openable window to compress all 4 sides equally into the noise cancelling gaskets.

Please watch the video here to see how the windows and wall membranes are performing against the noise of Interstate 5.

To get pricing and learn more about these advanced and economical windows and wall membranes contact us at or at 206-784-0920.

VaproShield Air and water barrier trusted by Seattle Children’s Hospital


Seattle Children’s Hospital didn’t want just any air and water shield, they wanted one that breathes as well. Throughout the expansion of their east Seattle campus they have relied on VaproShield WrapShield SA (self-adhered) to protect their buildings and the children inside. WrapShield SA will allow unwanted water vapor to remove itself at a rapid rate during construction and throughout the life of the building.

WrapShield SA is a state of the art fully adhering membrane that creates an air-tight and watertight environment for your building. A unique adhesive allows for maximum adhesion to all substrates and to itself. This provides the ultimate in air and water tightness without the need for VOC laden primers.

Wall penetrations and window openings are sealed with VaproLiquiFlash an STPE based liquid applied product that applies easily and economically. It is an environmentally friendly replacement for PVC pipe penetration flashings, stainless and plastic sill pans and plastic window corner flashings.

WrapShield SA does not contain any Red List Chemicals as per the rigorous standards set forth by the LBC. The Red List denotes any chemicals, materials, and elements known to pose a threat to human health and its environmental surroundings.