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Gamut360 Holdings—The Elements Courtyard Townhomes

Posted on Jan 30, 2023 in:
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Vital Stats



Location: Queen Anne, Seattle
Star Level: 4-Star
Checklist: 2018 Single Family/Townhome New Construction
Verifier: Evergreen Certified
Site and Water 110
Energy Efficiency 83
Health and Indoor Air Quality 101
Material Efficiency 80
  Total Score 418

A dynamically landscaped central courtyard and expansive views provide a feast for the eyes at The Elements on Dexter townhome development by Gamut360 Holdings. This Queen Anne development increased the original sites’ density by 600% while its central courtyard design, located above street level, optimizes natural views for added value to homebuyers.

Gamut360's Elements Courtyard townhomes, exterior

Oversized windows let in an abundance of light. Every floor includes indoor-outdoor linkages through patios or decks and the roof-top decks deliver grand views of Lake Union and Gas Works Park. The homes’ stacked floor plans benefit from built-in, space-efficient storage and airy, floating stairwells.

Situated close to the popular South Lake Union Tech-work district residents will easily be able to hop on a bus or bike to many downtown locations. To support bike commuters and outdoor enthusiasts 16 dedicated bike spots and private storage areas are offered in the secure underground garage.

The ductless heat pump mini-split space conditioning and gas tankless water heater systems, combined with taped seam house wrap, EcoBatt wall insulations, Low-E windows, EnergyStar certified dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer, and LED lighting contributed to these homes achieving a modeled performance of 25.7% improvement over 2015 WSEC.

The project utilized locally produced brick siding, engineered framing lumber, cadet heaters, and windows. Superior indoor air quality was maintained by choosing materials with fewer toxins/VOCs in them to limit off-gassing inside the units—from the paints, caulks, adhesives, and sealants to the pre-finished hardwood flooring and millwork. Multiple materials with recycled content were selected to reduce resource extraction.

Gamut360's Elements Courtyard townhomes, kitchen
Gamut360's Elements Courtyard townhomes, family room
Gamut360's Elements Courtyard townhomes, bathroom

Built Green highlights:

Site and Water

  • Infill site, increased site density by 600%
  • Shared underground parking
  • Light-colored hardscaping
  • Green factor score of 0.788
  • WaterSense, Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Drought-tolerant plantings and no turf grass
  • Drip irrigation installed in courtyard plantings
  • Ample bike storage in underground garage

Energy Efficiency

  • Modeled to achieve 25.7% improvement over 2015 WSEC
  • 5.5 inches of rigid foam over garage’s concrete deck for R-Value of 27.5
  • Ecobatts insulation
  • Ductless heat pump and electric cadet space heating system
  • Gas tankless water heater with an UEF 0.93
  • LED lighting
  • EnergyStar dishwasher, washer and dryer included

Health and Indoor Air Quality

  • WeatherSmart house wrap with taped seams
  • Garage tested for separation from living spaces
  • Greenguard Gold certified insulation
  • Low VOC paints, adhesives & finishes
  • CARB II flooring and millwork
  • No carpet
  • Ultra-quiet bathroom spot fans with whole-house timer

Materials Efficiency

  • Open and stacked floorplan
  • Locally-produced materials
  • No vinyl flooring or siding
  • All hardwood and tile flooring
  • Insulation made from 61% recycled content
  • Recycled-content cement-fiber siding and plastic lumber composite decking
  • 89% recycling rate for all new construction waste

Gamut360's Elements Courtyard townhomes, bedroom

Photos courtesy of Gamut360


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