Accessory Dwelling Units – A Backyard Revolution   This isn’t going to be a deep-dive into Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs–sometimes known as Mother-in-law suites or granny flats). We’ll save that for a series of future posts. To get started, we’re not the experts, so we’re going to point you to a few resources from an […]

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.

 Photo credit: Terry Iverson Site #7 – 55 SW Wall Street Unit 4 Basecamp has said it best themselves: The idea behind is simple: 25 graciously conceived townhomes, born of the natural wonder and beauty of Central Oregon, brought to a walkable location close to downtown. One block from the Deschutes River, and minutes on foot to Downtown Bend or […]