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Living Building Challenge

Buildings Are Living Systems

 

The Living Building Challenge is the world's most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. Created and administered by the International Living Future Institute, this standard challenges designers and green builders to create buildings that are:

  • Regenerative spaces that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature and community.
  • Self-sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site. Living Buildings produce more energy than they use and collect and treat all water on site.
  • Creating a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.
  • Places that last. Living Buildings need to be designed to operate for a hundred year's time.
  • Healthy and beautiful.

To achieve Living Building Challenge certification, a project must meet 20 imperatives, including net-zero energy, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Green Hammer is committed to bringing the Living Building Challenge to the Portland and Ashland regions in Oregon. Learn what it takes to achieve the Living Building Challenge in this case study about the Living Building Challenge Petal-certified Tasting Room at Cowhorn Vineyard and Gardens. Or, you can dive into the Living Building Challenge by visiting the International Living Future Institute's website. Photo by 2Yoke Design.

Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED)®

High Performance Green Building Standard

 

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® is the most widely recognized global standard and certification for green buildings. LEED can be applied to all buildings, including homes, mixed-use and commercial building, interior design upgrades and full neighborhoods. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas, including energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, transportation and more. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

In the first few years of business, Green Hammer built five of the nation's highest scoring LEED Platinum buildings, and continues to surpass LEED certification standards for indoor air quality and other measures in Portland and Southern Oregon. We also welcome the opportunity to work on LEED neighborhoods and with the new Building Design and Construction on commercial projects in Portland and Southern Oregon.

Learn more about LEED by reading this case study about the Fineline Custom Home in Oregon, which is LEED-Platinum certified.

Earth Advantage

Certification for Healthy Built Environments

 

Every person deserves to know the financial, physical and environmental impact of the building in which they live and work. Based in Portland, Oregon and serving most of the West Coast, including Southern Oregon and even Hawaii, Earth Advantage is accelerating the creation of better buildings.

The nonprofit increases the knowledge of green building professionals, architects, designers, engineers, builders and real estate professionals across the country by conducing research, providing consulting services and delivering educational workshops. Green Hammer founder and CEO, Stephen Aiguier, teaches the six-month intensive Earth Advantage Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) accredited course.

Earth Advantage provides a suite of residential green building certifications, including Earth Advantage Home Certification, Passive House (PHIUS+), LEED® for Homes and Earth Advantage Net Zero Energy. It also provides Earth Advantage Commercial certification for new commercial buildings less than 50,000 square feet that meet specific green building measures. Learn more about Earth Advantage Commercial certification in this blog post about The Breathe Building in Portland.In 2014, Green Hammer was recognized by Earth Advantage as LEED® for Homes Builder of the Year.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)®

The Responsible Choice For Our Natural Forests

 

Established in 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization dedicated as an environmental stewardship program to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC is comprised of an economic, social and environmental chamber that includes the world’s most significant environmental non-profits. FSC provides independent certification and labeling of forest products starting at the forest level and continuing for each entity along the manufacturing and distribution supply chain, forming a complete chain of custody. This offers consumers worldwide the ability to choose sustainable products made by companies who voluntarily support socially and environmentally responsible forestry.

Committed to Purchasing FSC in Portland and Ashland Oregon

In the building industry, using FSC certified wood is the best choice we have for supporting the restoration of natural forests, throughout Oregon, and globally. Green Hammer is committed to environmental stewardship and is a long-time member of the Forest Stewardship Council. We strive to build primarily with FSC-certified wood products. Green Hammer has an ultimate goal to eventually use FSC-certified wood exclusively in the design and construction of all buildings that we design and build throughout Oregon, including Portland and Southern Oregon.

In 2008 and 2013, Green Hammer was recognized by FSC for its commitment to designing and building with FSC-certified products. Read about these awards and peruse some of our FSC-certified buildings.

Water Sense

Every Drop Matters

 

Established in 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization dedicated as an environmental stewardship program to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC is comprised of an economic, social and environmental chamber that includes the world’s most significant environmental non-profits. FSC provides independent certification and labeling of forest products starting at the forest level and continuing for each entity along the manufacturing and distribution supply chain, forming a complete chain of custody. This offers consumers worldwide the ability to choose sustainable products made by companies who voluntarily support socially and environmentally responsible forestry.

Committed to Purchasing FSC in Portland and Ashland Oregon

In the building industry, using FSC certified wood is the best choice we have for supporting the restoration of natural forests, throughout Oregon, and globally. Green Hammer is committed to environmental stewardship and is a long-time member of the Forest Stewardship Council. We strive to build primarily with FSC-certified wood products. Green Hammer has an ultimate goal to eventually use FSC-certified wood exclusively in the design and construction of all buildings that we design and build throughout Oregon, including Portland and Southern Oregon.

In 2008 and 2013, Green Hammer was recognized by FSC for its commitment to designing and building with FSC-certified products. Read about these awards and peruse some of our FSC-certified buildings.

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