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Salem building hits green milestone: net-zero energy

DJC Oregon April 11, 2012 | Lindsey O'Brien Painters Hall is an 80-year-old building quietly tucked within a 32-acre sustainable-living community on the outskirts of Salem, but it recently joined an office building in California on the international stage. Less than one year after the International Living Building Institute launched its Net Zero Energy Building Certification, Painters Hall in Salem and the IDeAs Z2 Design Facility in San Jose, Calif., this month became the first two buildings to earn the third-party verification. Net-zero energy use means that a building meets its own energy needs by coupling on-site energy generation with conservation and efficiency ... Read more

Eco-Friendly Communities are Surprisingly Retro

Marcelle Fischler included us in a list of five standout sustainable communities in the United States, pointing out that today's leading developments focus on a particular quality of life that is rooted in an old-fashioned sense of community, as well as eco-friendliness. Eco-Friendly Communities are Surprisingly Retro By Marcelle Sussman Fischler, Yahoo! Real Estate December 15, 2011 The decision to live in one of America’s emerging eco-friendly housing developments isn’t strictly about reaping energy savings or protecting the environment.   Surprisingly, what a growing number of eco-friendly housing developments share is an old-fashioned sense of community: homes with welcoming front porches that encourage neighborliness, roads and sidewalks ... Read more

James Meyer & Opsis featured in Portland Architecture

A lean, green studio: talking with James Meyer of Opsis Architecture By Brian Libby at Though the Great Recession has not been kind to the architecture and construction industry, Opsis Architecture may serve as proof that the combination of skills - collaboration, innovation, humility, ingenuity - can still propel certain firms to prosperity. Not among the biggest or smallest firms in town, Opsis remains busy with a host of public and private projects across the region. In particular, the firm - which Meyer formed with Alec Holser and Jim Kalveledge (all were colleagues at Yost Grube Hall) in 1999 - has ... Read more

Statesman covers Morningside Annual Meeting at Painters Hall

Morningside Neighborhood Association Meeting31 May 2011By Cindy Ulshafer from the Statesman JournalIn the renovated Painters Hall in the Pringle Creek Community on May 12, the 35th annual meeting of the Morningside Neighborhood Association was buzzing with lively discussions.Chairwoman Pamela Schmidling called the meeting to order and introduced the speakers. Angie Hedrick from Salem's police department urged everyone to check out —"the most up-to-date report" pinpointing Salem's crime locations, according to Cpl. Jeff Wiedemann of the city's Crime Prevention Unit.He responded to neighbors Lee and Randy Lloyd's concerns of speeding on Commercial Street. Jeanne Spaziani described a hazardous street corner near her home. "I drive by there all ... Read more

All you need to know about stormwater runoff

SIGHTLINE INSTITUTE April 5, 2011 | Lisa Stiffler A woman drowns when the basement of her Seattle home suddenly fills with a torrent of filthy water. An overflow of 15 million gallons of sewage and stormwater fouls the shoreline of picturesque Port Angeles, putting the waterfront off limits to the residents and visitors of the Olympic Peninsula town due to health concerns. Portlanders are socked with some of the nation’s highest water utility rates in order to pay for the city’s $1.4 billion “Big Pipe” projects. Northwest scientists document coho salmon dying in urban streams with their bellies full of eggs, perishing before they ... Read more
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