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Green amenities represent the value of a sustainable home and the environmental benefits and satisfaction realized, above that of the standard home. The Green amenities can range from 10% to 25% of the price of a home.

Sometimes it’s easy to see, for instance, an on-demand water heater, paperstone counters (100% recycled paper) or flooring made of bamboo or cork. But many of the green amenities are not so obvious – such as a high efficiency heating and cooling system, tight wall systems with extra insulation or the use of paint and glues that don’t release toxic chemicals into the air.

Green amenities guarantee a homeowner a high performance and healthy home. Pringle Creek Community ensures this value through third-party rating with the industry leader and highly respected LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) through the US Green Building Council. All of the homes in Pringle Creek Community are LEED certified!

What do Green Amenities really look like?

Electricity (lights, HVAC – ground source heat pump)
Average electric bill in Salem, Oregon is $94 per month *(per
Average electric bill in Pringle Creek is $60 per month
Annual savings = $408
Savings over mortgage life = $12,240
Natural Gas (hot water, cooking)
Average gas bill in Salem, Oregon $60 to $112 per month * (per Oregon Public Utility Commission)
Average Pringle Creek gas bill $12 per month
Annual savings = up to $1,200
Savings over mortgage life = $36,000
Water and Sewer (low flow, dual flush)
Average water/sewer bill in Salem, Oregon is $60 to $75 per month
Average water/sewer bill in Pringle Creek is $50
Annual savings = up to $300
Savings over mortgage life = $9,000
Each year in your LEED certified home in Pringle Creek could save you nearly $2,000 in utility bills! And that’s what we can put a price on. A home that is comfortable, healthy and safe … for your family and the environment … that’s priceless!

This 1,300 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home serves as our Guest Cottage for neighbors who have family or visitors coming in from out of town. The cottage was the first LEED Platinum home built in the Pacific Northwest, and the highest scoring LEED home in the country. It features natural daylighting, a spacious open floor plan, natural ventilation, an Energy Recovery Ventilator, sustainable wood products, and local Pacific Madrone hardwood floors. A ground-source heat pump providePringle+Cottage-int+2as ultra-efficient, low-cost heating and cooling, a rooftop solar array covers about 50% of its annual electricity use, and a large evacuated-tube solar hot water system supplies free hot water practically year round.

The Pringle Creek Community Guest House is available for short term rental throughout the year to residents of Pringle Creek Community. The Guest Cottage sleeps up to 4 people, and includes 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, laundry, gas fireplace, and a kitchen stocked with the basics to make your stay enjoyable.

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