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Solar Power Generation at Painters Hall

At Pringle Creek Community, we benefit immensely from harnessing the sun's power.  Our community center, Painters Hall, has a 220 Kwh (kilo watt hour) solar array on the roof.  It is the source of power for the community center - AND our geothermal system pump as well as our street lights.  Pretty impressive, right? See our PV dashboard to witness our solar power generation in real-time. As you could see by looking at the PV dashboard, the sun provides us a LOT of energy, saving us an incredible amount of money.  We are actually credited most months due to a generation ... Read more

Open House this Saturday 1:00 – 4:00

Our Net Zero house is finished and ready for new residents! This Saturday the builders, Winsome Construction, will welcome visitors to tour and hear all about the finishes and features that make the house unique.  It is a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house. The master bedroom is on the main floor with back patio access & view.  The kitchen and living room are open and bathed in plenty of natural light.  The house is a 'smart' house with the capacity to connect to digital devices that allow you to monitor your home from afar. Appetizers and wine will complement the ... Read more

Open House Saturday, March 28th

Finishes and Features - an open house event highlighting our newly constructed, energy efficient, 'Net Zero' home will be Saturday, March 28 from 1-4pm. The house is located at 1884 John Muir Circle SE in Salem, OR. The open house is part of the builder’s “Building Better Buildings” event series where the public is invited to tour a recently completed custom high performance home. Wine and appetizers will be served, and visitors are encouraged to ask the builder questions about high performance building practices and technologies. “Visitors can get a firsthand look at the choices and conveniences found in a high performance ... Read more

Painters Hall Featured in Passive House+

 Originally published in Issue 1 Volume 1 of Passive House+ —  The creation of beautiful, sustainable, low energy buildings is the hallmark of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), an environmental design paradigm which has evolved through the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and the International Living Future Institute, both based in Oregon, USA. One of the first buildings certified under this rigorous design methodology is Painters Hall, a community centre originally built in the 1930s. Located on a 32 acre mixed use site in Salem, Oregon, the upgraded building has achieved zero energy status, the LEED platinum standard and LBC ‘Petal’ ... Read more

Benefits of Sustainability

From our friends at the Federal Highway Administration comes this condensed summary on the Benefits of Livability. Seriously, the FHA is part of a federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities that includes the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing.  All trying to do good work by sharing their expertise and coordinating their efforts. Aside from a bit of jargon, there are great points here.  They begin by listing some of the Economic Benefits (including energy savings and lower maintenance costs) followed by Public Health Benefits (which gets personal pretty quickly), and finally they address Environmental Benefits, pointing notably to ... Read more
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