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TED & Google Powermeter

A few weeks ago we installed some energy monitoring equipment in Painters Hall and our LEED Platinum cottage. It tracks total consumption, PV production and ground-source heat pump (HVAC) energy consumption. The results have been fascinating!The hardware is made by TED (The Energy Detective), which comes with its own software for viewing data. But TED also communicates with Google Powermeter, a free software program that can be accessed on the internet. Owners can log in at their computer to view real-time energy use and trending over time. Also Google Powermeter can send a summary by email each ... Read more

New bike racks

We installed our Painters Hall bike racks last week, made from old steam pipe from the Conservatory. They are awesome! And already being put to good use.Speaking of bikes, Portland, just 45 miles up the freeway, is without any doubt Bike City USA. A lot is happening there and it is fun to follow their progress. A recent On Point NPR radio show, "Bicycle culture," featured Heidi Swift, who writes the Everyday Cyclist column for the Oregonian. She also blogs at Grit and Glimmer. Ms. Swift credited the blog of Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland, with being a major catalyst, ... Read more

Protecting streams and the aquifer

The porous asphalt of Pringle Creek Community contrasted with the city street.You’ve probably heard about the problem of water shortages in the American Southwest. Here is "Time, Water Running Out for America's Biggest Aquifer," an article about unsustainable use of the Ogallala aquifer in the Great Plains. It will affect the food supply, so there is plenty to worry about.Here in western Oregon we’re blessed with ample rainfall. Day after day, all winter long--blessed. But it’s still important to conserve water and reduce runoff, slow it down so that creeks are protected and the aquifer is replenished. Pringle Creek ... Read more

Pringle Creek repeats in Natural Home top ten

Pringle Creek Community is on Natural Home magazine's list, America’s Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods.The magazine states that "our favorite planned communities strive for responsible construction and promote sustainable living.” Two and half years ago Natural Home published a similar listing, their top 10 “green housing projects,” and Pringle Creek was also on that list. Two entries on the new list that weren't on the previous list are in Oregon: Mosier Creek is in the small town of Mosier, seven miles west of Hood River. The other is Northwest Crossing in Bend. Read more

Photo log

Shannon (our Urban Farm Intern) working with Pete and Mark from Marion Polk Food SharePete, Mark, Shannon and Will in the Conservatory growing starts for MPFSOur first blooms of passion flower inside the Conservatory!The passion flower vine soon will be covered in incredible flowersKristen's LEED tall house is just about finished, gets exterior paint next week or soFariborz's LEED roundhouse getting framedIt will have a one car garage with master bedroom aboveInside the great room, lots of south facing windowsView of the north side. The crane work was done by local company Santana Crane.Cousteau Loop beginning to take shape ... Read more
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