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Sustainable Building and Climate Solutions  June 2010

Natural Partners for the Future

Integrated Design Process
LEED® for Homes Builder Resources 
LEED Homes at Code Home Prices
Sponsor Highlight
Green Building News Round-Up

Green Opinions: Framing Practices

Education Catalog
Classes & Events


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2010 New Homes Certified: 253
Total S.T.A.R. participants: 881
14 States Covered
17 Sponsors


Ron Steinberg
JB Davis Construction
Alpine Builders
Quail Homes
Hoff Construction
Exceptional Homes by Andre
Icon West Development
Gordon Longhurst Design & Construction

Congratulations to all of the 2009 Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) course graduates! 
Contact a certified SHP...


July 8- Applying LEED® for Homes to Your Project

July 15-
New Course! Marketing the Value Green Homes 

July 15-
Creating a Green Home

July 16- Sustainable Homes Professional

July 16- Creating a Green Home

View Earth Advantage Institute's Full Education Catalog Online

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Portland General Electric (PGE)


NW ENERGY STAR, Energy Trust of Oregon, Certainteed, Jacobs Heating & Cooling


Panasonic, Rodda Paint, TREX, Gary's VacufloVenmar, Metro Paint, Kohler/Keller Supply, Rinnai, Aprilaire, Cadet, Daikin AC, Lifebreath

Cadet BBQ- June 23, 2010

Cadet1_Color.jpgCadet grills a great lunch once a month for all of its employees and industry friends. Join them around 11:00 a.m. on June 23, 2010 for good food and conversation.

One lucky guest will also have the chance to win a weekend getaway - a two night stay in a chalet at beautiful Eagle Crest Resort in Central Oregon!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Dan Maze at 503.805.2652.

If you are interested in obtaining a FREE copy of EAI's annual publication Building Advantage, click here.



Earth Advantage® New Homes
Diversifying Value: Accessory Dwelling Units

AccessoryDwelling.jpgA building practice that was popular in the early twentieth century is quietly re-emerging around the country. From Portland, Oregon, to Cape Cod, builders are adding value to their homes through accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

ADUs are one of the most diversified building features. There are attached and detached ADUs. Some builders build complete ADUs, while other builders pre-plumb and pre-wire spaces for easy conversion. ADUs can (and are sometimes required to) operate on utilities separate from the main dwelling. Prefabricated and modular housing systems are also making it more accessible for homeowners to add an ADU to an existing home at minimal cost. The details of a specific ADU are often determined by housing codes and ordinances. Depending on the state, city, or town, the definition of an ADU varies dramatically. But legalities aside, ADUs offer a number of valuable benefits for new homebuyers and existing homeowners.

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Education Catalog Online!

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Earth Advantage® Community
Cohousing and Sustainability - Natural Partners

OlsenWoods.jpgLiving in a sustainable community may have as much to do with collective lifestyle choices as it has to do with green building. Sustainable community standards address neighborhood design, but generally only begin to address the social and economic impacts of residents' behavior. Cohousing is one approach to residential development that emphasizes community building while encouraging residents to reduce their resource consumption. For this reason, cohousing and sustainability are natural allies.

Cohousing has been defined as “a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods” (Cohousing Association of the United States). A tour of multiple cohousing projects leaves visitors with an appreciation for sustainability. Read more...

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LEED® for Homes
Housing One Street at a Time (HOST) Helensview LEED® for Homes Project

Bright-eco-home-1.jpgThis month, we would like to recognize the Helensview development in Northeast Portland for being the first project in the Pacific Northwest to receive the dual certification of LEED for Homes and LEED® for Neighborhood Development. This project currently consists of 18 affordable single-family certified homes. The developer, HOST Development, specializes in affordable housing. Upon completion, the Helensview project will consist of over 40 affordable single-family homes.

In addition to the excellent location and neighborhood amenities, Helensview homes feature low-impact landscaping, low-flow shower and toilet fixtures, superior indoor air quality, and efficient envelopes that reduce energy use and enhance occupant comfort. The indoor air quality measures include contaminant control during construction, a preoccupancy flush (running the ventilation systems to exhaust pollutants before move-in), and a heat recovery ventilation system. Read more...

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LEED for Homes: Integrated Design Process

InsideStair.jpg The successful completion of the HOST project leads to a discussion about the effective implementation of the integrated design process (IDP). Though it is often overlooked, IDP is a fundamental tenet of green building. Trendy topics in green building are new technologies, renewable energy, and eco-friendly materials. But IDP was around long before green building started making headlines and can be implemented into any building project, regardless of whether it is green. IDP is based on the idea that bringing together key players (including owners, architects, builders, and other significant subcontractors) early in development will save time and money throughout the building process. Read more...

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LEED for Homes: Builder Resources

We recommend looking at the Building America Web site and resource guide, a cooperative venture among the U.S. Department of Energy and various green building organizations. These groups are researching and implementing different approaches and strategies to reduce energy consumption in the residential construction industry and to develop net-zero homes. The Builders Challenge document is an invaluable guide to good/better/best building practices.

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Green Opinions: The greenest framing technique? You decide.

Advanced Framing

Structural Insulated Panel Systems (SIPs)

Double Stud Framing

Or all three...
By Chad Ludeman,

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Green Building News Round-Up

Stealth Toilet
By Alex Wilson,

Portland, OR- DIY Retrofit Project
By Peter Yost,


D.O.E. Launches the High Efficiency Windows Volume Purchase Program

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Sponsor Highlight: Rodda Paint

Rhodda.jpgHomeowners and professionals looking for environmentally-friendlier paints, stains, and surface coatings should visit Rodda Paint. Rodda Paint specializes in high-quality, low or no VOC products. Rodda Paint will not only make your interior surfaces look great, but will also help create a healthier living environment for you and your family. Visit Rodda Paint's Web site to find out more about its products, services, and current special offers.

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