An innovative cottage development in Sisters ClearPine Cottages- An innovative cottage development in Sisters ClearPine’s site on the 2018 Green Tour is a 1004 sqft cottage called Blue Fescue, one of nine cottages in a development cluster. Situated in the center of ClearPine, a sustainable, Earth Advantage community. The ClearPine Cottage cluster was designed and constructed […]

A Creative Path To Zero Energy for Two Small Homes The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on this property is a powerhouse. Literally. The solar panels on the roof of this small one bed, one bath ADU, produce a “net positive” amount of energy. This means that it at the end of the year, this home […]

Conversations about indoor air quality have long been part of building an energy efficient home. Now, increasing concerns about mold, radon, carbon monoxide, other allergens, and wildfire smoke are driving more attention to indoor air quality. One way to improve indoor air quality is to build an airtight shell which will reduce how outside contaminants […]

  Site # 5 – 1696 SW Knoll Ave, Bend This modern home was inspired by the “Jetson’s Apartment.” Features include staggered stud, leaning exterior walls for style as well as added, formaldehyde-free insulation. This house passively harnesses the sun’s energy through southern windows, large overhangs, and daylighting provided by four big skylights. The Exterior tower is […]

Site #7 – 22 NW Shasta Place Desert Rain is the first residential property to qualify for certification under the international Living Building Challenge (LBC) – a program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today – with stringent requirements in 7 performance areas called Petals.