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Green tipping point?

Warren Karlenzig has listed what he thinks are the Top Ten Sustainability Stories for 2006 on his "Green A City" blog [my dictionary confirms that "green" is a verb; I'll be greened]. Number five on the list: Portland’s new renewable fuels ordinance, which will require:"...that the city's gas stations provide 5 percent biodiesel of all diesel fuel sold by July 2007 and 10 percent by 2010. This has stimulated local production of biodiesel start-ups, and will enable local farmers to have a market for biodiesel crops such as as canola, which can be grown in eastern Oregon."Other stories on ... Read more

Breakfast in America

We'll start with a headline from the Oregonian that jumps out at you: Making your breakfast every morning pumps nearly 200 pounds of CO2 into the air each year. What can you do about it? [no longer available]Is it my toaster?Part of the impact of the headline comes from making a switch from "every morning” to “each year.” But still, it’s a fine long article on specific causes of carbon dioxide in our daily lives and how we can cut down.Run your 1,200-watt hair dryer for 20 minutes? You won't see smoke. But 160 miles away at PGE's Boardman ... Read more

Statesman Journal reprint

The Statesman Journal article is no longer available for this hyperlink but the text is reproduced below. Project reflects push for efficiency Officials: Homes will have energy conservation focus by Beth Casper, May 27, 2007 The new energy-efficient, green homes at Pringle Creek Community won't be cheap. The 1,400-square-foot model home under construction will set someone back $432,000. It's a price some would consider steep given that new construction prices in south and southeast Salem range between $370,000 and $450,000. And that's for a home almost twice as big, according to the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service. But that's not the point of this home. The ... Read more

Pictures: Pervious meets impervious

Photos taken late January 2008 Read more

All about Cottage Home #1

November 28, 2007Here is what makes Cottage Home #1 a gold award finalist:From the beginning, Pringle Creek and Bilyeu Homes went all-out. Beginning in the fall of 2006, the design team, led by James Meyer and Mark Kogut of Opsis Architecture, held weekly workshops with Pringle Creek’s select builders and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODE) to establish performance goals for the exterior envelope and work out constructability issues. This collaborative process helped the entire team to understand the architect and builder perspective while learning about the energy performance of different envelope systems for the home. The team vetted ... Read more
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