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Senior Living News Features Zero Energy Community Designed and Built By Green Hammer


Senior Living Newsan online trade publication for the senior housing market, this week published a great piece on The Oaks Zero Energy neighborhood, a 12-home development of residences within Rose Villa, a cottage community for senior living set on 22 acres along the Willamette River. Designed and built Green Hammer, The Oaks meets its own energy needs through a combination of ultra-energy-efficient design and on-site renewable energy generation.

“These are significantly healthier to live in because of the way the air is filtered through the home,” said Vassar Byrd, CEO at Rose Villa, the only Portland Life Plan Community that features single-story living in “pocket neighborhood” garden cottages. “There’s less dust, less pollen in the home, less sneezing and cleaning—it’s a remarkable high quality of air. Out west with the wildfires, it’s extraordinary.”

“As ridiculous as it sounds, many senior living communities don’t seem to have a long-term perspective,” said Byrd. “The Pacific Northwest is very energy efficient and cost-effective, and it’s huge to know that residents appreciate what we’re doing here. People are interested in personal health and the health of the planet. Our goal is to be here the next 50-100 years and live the values of the people.”

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