Age in Place the Portland Way4.21.17
Our homes are one of our most important assets, and one that most retirees are slow to give up. According to a 2014 study conducted by AARP, 85 percent of people age 50 and older say they would rather stay in their current home than move elsewhere. In this Portland Monthly article, learn how Green Hammer is helping retirees age-in-place while living out their environmental values. The latest example is the Oaks Net Zero community at Rose Villa, a first-of-its kind offering in senior housing in Portland. It includes nine cottages designed to produce as much, or possibly more energy than they consume. These three triplexes incorporate Universal Design, age-in-place elements. They are clustered around a common courtyard that encourages community interaction. The homes are designed to maximize day lighting and significantly reduce operating costs through Passive House construction.