This could be Oregon's greenest commercial building6.4.18
Could the Cowhorn Tasting Room be the “greenest building in Oregon”? Paul Danko explores the tasting room's Living Building Certification achievement in this recent article and photo feature in the Portland Business Journal.
Only 20 buildings in the world have achieved Living Building Certification, and Cowhorn Tasting Room is the one and only commercial building to hold this title in Oregon. Danko talks with Erica Dunn, Green Hammer’s Director or Design, about the facets of the certification process and its influence on the future of sustainable building.
Projects that achieve all seven petals of the Living Building Challenge must also prove their sustainable performance for an entire year because they can be granted certification. “I call it LEED on steroids,” Dunn said, noting that the Living Building standard encourages a bigger overall market push for buildings that are regenerative, not just energy-efficient.
Barbara and Bill Steele, owners of Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden, commented on their desire to pursue the world's most stringent green building standard. “We only have one world, one Earth. We believe it’s incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to reduce our impact. When we talked to Green Hammer about our priorities, it became clear to us that Living Building was something we wanted to aspire to.”