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Truly a Community Center

Our community center, Painters Hall, is the main hub of Pringle Creek Community (PCC) life where community members gather for yoga, movie night, walking group, family, and celebratory events. Painters Hall is a beautiful Net Zero building, meaning that through its 220Kwh solar array it makes as much energy (more, in our case) as it requires to serve its energy needs annually.  It is an award-winning Net Zero and LEED platinum commercial building, the first of its kind in the country! Painters Hall serves as both a model of environmental sustainability as well as a community meeting place that ... Read more

We’re in the middle of Wine Country!

Pringle Creek Community rests right in the middle of the Willamette Valley - right in the very center of Oregon's award-winning wine country!  This presents many opportunities to experience a wide variety of delicious, varied, varietals of wine.         The Willamette Valley is an  internationally recognized wine growing region. It’s cool climate and various soil types allows production of many varietals like Pinot Gris, Reisling, Chardonnay, and especially, most notably, Pinot Noir. Oregon's vintners produce award winning wines and the Willamette Valley's vintners are proud recipients of many wine awards.  The Oregon Wine Awards, with a tasting panel composed of master sommeliers, professors ... Read more

Recognition for our LEED Development – A Job Well Done

Recognition for a job well done is always appreciated! Recently, an architect specializing in LEED commercial buildings from Prairie Architects, Inc, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, visited us. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an international third-party rating system that recognizes best-in-class building practices focused on protecting human health and the environment. All of our buildings at Pringle Creek Community are LEED certified at the gold and platinum levels.   Our visitor read about Painters Hall, our LEED platinum, net zero energy, community center online. While visiting relatives in Salem, he insisted they take the opportunity to visit us and ... Read more

Painters Hall Featured in Passive House+

 Originally published in Issue 1 Volume 1 of Passive House+ —  The creation of beautiful, sustainable, low energy buildings is the hallmark of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), an environmental design paradigm which has evolved through the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and the International Living Future Institute, both based in Oregon, USA. One of the first buildings certified under this rigorous design methodology is Painters Hall, a community centre originally built in the 1930s. Located on a 32 acre mixed use site in Salem, Oregon, the upgraded building has achieved zero energy status, the LEED platinum standard and LBC ‘Petal’ ... Read more

Net Zero Energy Building Certification!

We did it! Kudos to the International Living Future Institute for leading the way.From Sustainable Business Oregon:http://assets.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2012/04/first-two-net-zero-buildings-certified.html"Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:58pm PDTFirst two 'net zero' buildings certified under new standardSustainable Business OregonBy Christina WilliamsLess than a year after launching the new Net Zero Building Certification program, the first two buildings — including one in Oregon — to earn the designation were announced this week by the International Living Future Institute.Painters Hall, a community center in Salem's Pringle Creek neighborhood, earned certification as a net zero building, along with IDeAs 72 Design Facility in San Jose, Calif. Both buildings ... Read more
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