Green Hammer Joins Zero Energy Buildings Oregon12.18.17
Over the last century, the average annual temperature in the Northwest has risen by about 1.3°F, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Declines in snowpack and streamflows in the Cascades increases flood and extreme weather events, strains water supplies and energy systems, and impacts almost every industry. Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of all energy use and 75 percent of all electricity consumption in Oregon. Reducing buildings' energy use is a key strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a key contributor to climate change.
We commend Governor Kate Brown for her leadership and celebrated the passing of Executive Order 17-20, which aims to accelerate energy efficiency in new homes and commercial buildings. The order requires that all new homes meet the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready standards by Oct. 1, 2023. A zero energy home or commercial building generates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year through renewable resources. Zero energy buildings significantly reduce energy costs while improving indoor air quality and the quality and comfort for building inhabitants.
Green Hammer is proud to be part of Zero Energy Buildings Oregon, a coalition of organizations working to advance the state's goals to accelerate the adoption of zero energy building standards in the state of Oregon. In the coming months, the coalition will provide technical and research support to state, local and school district officials, as well as to private-sector developers, designers and builders, to support the implementation of the standards established in Governor Brown's executive order. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date about the coalition's and our own company's efforts to advance zero energy buildings in Oregon.