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Blokable Delivers State-of-the-Art, Zero Energy Ready Housing at Half the Local Cost Per Door

Blokable unveiled Blokable at Phoenix Rising, the world’s first vertically-integrated modular development, during a virtual ribbon cutting hosted by Blokable Co-CEOs Aaron Holm and Nelson del Rio. The virtual event featured a video overview of the project from concept to completion and an interactive discussion about the future of housing with an expert panel including Sen. David Frockt of the Washington State Senate; Mitch Kapor, Founder of Kapor Capital; and Stacey Rothgeb, Senior Engineer from the Buildings Research Group at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Developed on land owned by Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care, in Auburn, Wash., Blokable at Phoenix Rising is a community of five studio and seven 1-bedroom apartments reserved for individuals earning 30% of the Area Median Income. The project was funded through an innovative partnership between Blokable and the State of Washington at a cost to the State of $125,000 per door; less than half the average build cost of a new apartment in a region that faces a severe shortage of affordable housing.

Vertically Integrated Modular (VIM) development is Blokable’s proprietary platform for developing high-quality, low-cost housing at scale. As the developer and builder, Blokable owns and streamlines the entire development process, eliminates unnecessary costs, and de-risks every project, offering both market rate and not-for-profit landowners a turnkey, design-build service for a set price and guaranteed delivery.

The building has a state-of-the-art, steel structural system, with all-electric energy and a 50 to 100-year useful life. Interior features include antimicrobial surfaces, a sound attenuated living space, dimmable cove lighting, independent ventilation for comfort, and energy recovery ventilation for efficiency and lower utility costs. The all-electric facility costs 60% less for heating and cooling, and 30% less for overall utilities, and meets strict energy and environmental metrics that are becoming the standard for new construction in many states and municipalities.

“We believe dignified housing is a human right,” added Nelson del Rio, Co-CEO of Blokable. “A roof over your head is the foundation for human health and wellbeing, education, and economic opportunity. Put simply, if you have housing instability, everything else in your life is so much more complicated. Blokable at Phoenix Rising is the culmination of four years of work streamlining our process and our cost structure so that we can create as much equity as possible in communities. In addition to developing turnkey affordable housing for a fee, our next step is to develop and own real estate using the next generation of our building system.”


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