Sylvan EcoHouse in construction

The Studio RMA designed Sylvan Ecohouse, located in Vancouver (WA) Truman neighborhood, was originally designed for Michael Tauch who started the construction. It is the first SCIP home designed for the North West. 


The house was sold during construction to new owners Stefan and Angela Walz who with their two kids wanted  to live in the SCIP house. Having experience in fixing up homes helped them keeping the budget down. 


In the Walzes’ case, it helped that two of the main contractors from the original project live in the neighborhood. Paul Sibley, who has been studying SCIP construction for about 10 years, is a few blocks away. The Walzes’ home is the first of its kind that he helped to build in the Northwest.

“I was very excited to learn that Stefan and his wife had bought the place, and were anxious to complete it,” Sibley said.


The 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath 1800 Sq Ft house is fully designed with Structural Concrete Insulated Panels (SCIPs). This includes the walls, decks, roofs and cantilevered balconies.

The first floor houses the open living, dining and kitchen area, the master bedroom suite, the garage, a laundry room and a mechanical room for housing the energy distribution system for the home.

The second floor is comprised of two bedrooms with a shared full bath.The layout of the house on the lot is at an almost 45 degree angle to the street. 

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