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Painters Hall Net Zero Energy data

For all you energy nerds out there, we now have two+ years of energy performance data from our real time energy monitors at Painters Hall (, so here's a little treat. Below is a graph that shows two comparative years of both consumption and production. From May 2010 to April 2011 (pink line) total building consumption was 15,291kWh. From May 2011 to April 2012 (the darker red line) total consumption was 19,838kWh. The big increase was the result of much more activity in the building (more events, Cafe use, etc.). The solar PV pretty much stayed the same; 2010-11 ... Read more

Solar-powered electric car charger

Check out a post about our BLINK network electric vehicle charger -- tied to Painters Hall's 20.2 kW solar system (a net-zero energy building). We hope to eventually have an EV community car share program to plug in here too. Which EV on the market do you think is best? Post your thoughts or let me know. We have our eye on Eugene's Arcimoto and Portland's Greenlite Motors. Read more

Green + Solar Tour a great success

This year's Green + Solar Tour was the best we've had in four years -- incredible tour sites and enthusiastic tour participants -- an all-around quality event. Thanks to our sponsors for helping make it happen!Also a big thanks to homeowners and project site tour guides, who took their entire Saturday off to share their knowledge with others. Overall we had 200 people on this year's tour! More than 90 packed in to hear Nathan's greenbuilding presentation at 9am, and ten local vendors and organizations had great conversations with tour participants out on the deck of Painters Hall. Tour ... Read more

Salem Green + Solar Tour 2010

Be inspired by your neighbors!Saturday, October 2nd, 20109am-4pmThis year's Salem Green + Solar Tour offers an incredible lineup of nine cutting-edge projects: the first Passive House certified home in Oregon; the first net-zero energy commercial building in Oregon; an existing home solar remodel in McNary Estates; downtown's newest green commercial-retail building, WaterPlace; the first home to receive a Solarize Salem Co-op installation; the green update to Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House; and ABC Extreme Makeover's newly-completed LEED Gold dormitory at the Oregon School for the Deaf, among others. Architect Nathan Good will begin the event at 9am with a ... Read more

Painters Hall is focus of Solar Today article

You will want to take a look at Pringle Creek's Path to Net Zero in the September/October issue of Solar Today magazine (to read it all you just click the page-turn buttons at the top of each page). Written by James Santana, the article features photos by Pringle Creek's favorite photographer, Visko Hatfield (including the cover photo. Here are some choice quotations from the text:Under a rooftop covered in solar panels, Pringle Creek neighbors sit on the deck of Painters Hall community center, sipping iced tea, bird watching and looking out over acres of open space. It’s a modern ... Read more
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