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A toast to Oregon’s first commercial Living Building

5.25.18
  • Cowhorn Tasting Room

In today's edition of the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce, writer Josh Kulla raised a glass to Green Hammer and Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden for our recent achievement of Living Building certification for the winery's new tasting room in Jacksonville, Oregon. 

As Kulla mentions, only 20 buildings worldwide have been able to achieve certification thus far, and this Living Building Challenge-certified commercial building is Oregon’s first. He spoke with Cowhorn owner Bill Steele, who commented on how greatly the project results exceeded his expectations.

The Living Building “Petal Certification” exists so that buildings that aren't able to achieve total certification can work toward one or a few petals instead. This ambitious Green Hammer design-build project managed to collect them all, including the materials petal, often cited as the hardest to obtain. As Steele says, “We’re the only small business in the world to have achieved the materials petal, which means everything, down to the last screw, was vetted.”

Read the full story here.

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