Passive Houses that reduce energy usage by up to 90% because of airtight construction are gaining a following in Oregon.
The North American Passive House Conference is coming to Portland in November.
In May, Sarah Evans and Stuart Rue moved into their home in Salem. The first new construction to earn Passive House certification on the West Coast, the house exceeded the couple's expectations when it came to wanting to live in a green home. The couple details their experiences with the house on a blog.
Built by Bilyeu Homes Inc., Evans said the house cost only 6 percent more than a typical custom home. Instead of a furnace, the home features a ductless heat pump. A passive solar hot water heater helps keep energy consumption to a minimum.
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.