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American Institute of Architects looks at Pringle Creek

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is an organization of "over 80,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners." They call themselves the voice of the architecture profession. AIA wanted to know how the sustainable parts of Pringle Creek (i.e. the LEED-Platinum Cottage) fit into the whole sustainable project. They spoke with Pringle Creek masterplanner James Meyer and here is their web article.Opsis is designing several other housing models (row houses, loft apartments, single-family homes, etc.), some as traditional as the cottage house, and others featuring more contemporary flat roofs and vertical profiles. They are currently building their first ... Read more

Pringle Creek honored by Cascadia Green Building Council

On December 13, 2007, Pringle Creek Community was honored by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council in Seattle Washington. More than 200 Cascadia members attended the gala celebration to recognize the most advanced green building projects constructed in 2007.Cascadia Region GBC is one of the three original chapters of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization that does LEED certification. The Cascadia region covers Oregon, Washington and British Columbia but includes members from Alaska, Idaho and Montana. The Cascadia Council is the premier green building organization in the Northwest. They have forged alliances with cities, planners, architects, ... Read more

One of the ten best in the country, says Natural Home Magazine

Pringle Creek Community is on Natural Home Magazine’s list of the top ten green housing developments. It’s a ten-way tie; the developments are listed alphabetically by city. In addition to recognizing the potential for carbon-neutral living and net-zero energy homes at Pringle Creek (all Pringle Creek homes are expected to achieve LEED-Silver, Gold or Platinum), the magazine takes note of these great features:Geothermal heating in 70 homes, commercial and mixed-use buildingsForest Stewardship Council-certified lumberGreen restoration of historic buildings and greenhousesPorous asphalt street system for managing rainwaterOnsite biodiesel co-op; community flex car (car-sharing)Creek and wetlands restoration; tree preservation planCommunity garden ... Read more

Reasons for calling it "smart growth"

Most commuters want to drive less. Many homebuyers want to live in walkable neighborhoods. This Natural Resources Defense Council article is a two-page primer on smart growth. It describes the benefits of mixed-use and location-efficient communities.Residents of communities designed using smart growth strategies drive as little as one-fifth as much as their counterparts in conventional sprawl developments. This reduced dependence on automobiles means less money spent on gas, increased outdoor activity like walking and cycling, improved rates of public transit ridership, and less global warming pollution released into the air. In fact, if all new communities were designed using ... Read more

Big small article on the cottage

We have this link up on the Pringle Creek home page also: it’s a large pdf file of an annual publication, Green + Solar Building Oregon (subtitled “A Comprehensive Guide to Green and Solar Building”).The pdf has two articles in it. The first is about the history of the Green and Solar tours, one of which starts at Pringle Creek on Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. (and ends with a reception back at Pringle Creek). The other article is “Pringle Creek Cottage: A Very Big Small House.” It’s written by Christopher Dymond of the Oregon Dept. of Energy. Mr. ... Read more
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