This is more recognition that Pringle Creek’s Cottage Home #1 is no ordinary house. The NAHB Research Center gave it a silver Energy Value Housing Award. The award ceremony was February 13 at the 2008 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. It’s a huge trade show, with attendance of over 90,000. Pringle Creek’s Don Myers attended.
Cottage Home #1 was a finalist in the “production” category in the “moderate” climate region. It is the first house built at Pringle Creek.
It was built by Salem homebuilders Larry and Blake Bilyeu and designed by Opsis Architecture of Portland. It features advanced framing techniques (including a “rain-screen” siding), a 2.5 kilowatt photo-voltaic system, passive solar design, geo-thermal heating and rainwater harvesting. All of the lumber used was from sustainable forests. The home is estimated to consume 70% less energy than a conventional home of the same size. In July 2007, the home received LEED-Platinum certification, the highest level in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. It was the first LEED-Platinum home in the northwest, just the sixth nationally.