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Video: Orchards at Orenco - North America’s Largest Affordable Passive House

5.31.16 by the Green Hammer Team

“…How do we go beyond just providing affordable rents, but to provide what we are calling ‘affordable living.’” - Jessica Woodruff, REACH Community Development



Hillsboro, Oregon - known casually to locals as Oregon’s “Silicone Forest” - is home to a growing number of engineers and designers. It is also home to many residents who support the area's bustling tech industry, but who cannot afford the average real estate prices in the area. The Orchards at Orenco project marries innovative, sustainable architecture and community planning to address these local housing issues.

This wonderfully produced video deeply underscores the soul of the project, and contributing building experts walk us through the technology of comfortable, sustainable affordability. Green Hammer architect and Certified Passive House Consultant, Dylan Lamar succintly captures the essence of Passive House buildings: “They use sips of energy while others use gulps.”

Video by Ankrom Mosian, Architect of Record, Orchards at Orenco.

 

 

 

 

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