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Pringle Creek’s geothermal heating and cooling system

At Pringle Creek Community we've been busy with several projects--cottage homes, Painter's Hall, greenhouses, geo-thermal system, two new custom homes, and organizing our community gardens, as well as other endeavors. So much going on that we've neglected to keep up to date about it here on the "community news" page. We'll get caught up right now and over the next few weeks.Regarding Pringle Creek Community's geo-thermal heating and cooling system, here, from the case study by Opsis Architecture, is a brief explanation:A well designed for domestic water use and irrigation, located at the Pringle Creek site, has been utilized ... Read more

Construction Continues at Pringle Creek Community

The new three-story custom home of Ms. Kristen Duus is set adjacent to green space and enjoys a view of the Village Green. It is the second home design based on the "Tall House" concept, with a garage tucked, and primary living spaces on the second and third levels. For information about the tall house built for the Wilsons check out the Portland Spaces article and this drawing from our website.Kristen's tall house is framed up.The view out the side window down Cousteau Loop.The view from the top floor. Read more

Moving, slowly, away from cars

A thoughtful New York Times article, Is Happiness Still That New Car Smell?, looks into changing attitudes about cars. Many people are deciding they can live without one, whether because of environmental or financial concerns. The article misses a pertinent point: If you use your car a lot, perhaps a couple trips a day, each trip is not terribly expensive. But if you use your car only twice a week, each trip becomes very expensive. This is because the cost of insurance is the same in both cases, and because of depreciation. The value of your car goes down ... Read more

Photo log: Painter’s Hall

The door pull on the front door is old steam pipe from the conservatory.The trellis is also made of old steam pipe reclaimed from the conservatory.The steps up to Painter's Hall are made from broken up slabs from deconstructed buildings and from trees milled onsite.This photo shows the trellis and one of the two Painter's Hall entryway double doors.Painter's Hall going for LEED platinum: we're almost there.Below is a photo of the solar panels on the Painter's Hall. The photo and caption are from an article in the Sunday Oregonian about the new Sanyo solar panel manufacturing facility in ... Read more

Painters Hall going for LEED platinum

The Statesman Journal had a fine article the other day (and then reprinted in a special "South Salem" section) about Pringle Creek's remodeled Painter's Hall: Salem site closes in on platinum designation.Its walls are so thick, its ceiling so insulated and its heating so efficient that nary a wisp of energy will leave the building.The so-called Painter's Hall is so "green" that it is on track to get the highest green-building rating by the U.S. Green Building Council: platinum.It will be the first platinum commercial building in Salem, one of 11 in Oregon and one of 52 along the ... Read more
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