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High-Performance Building is a wholistic approach that optimizes design/build practices to use less energy, water, and materials than conventional code-minimum buildings.


An independent, impartial organization or individual who assesses & confirms the quality & compliance of our building practices.



A highly energy-efficient home designed to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes.


Designed & constructed

to withstand & adapt to changing climate conditions, such as extreme weather events & rising




The energy used

for ongoing building

processes -- translates as carbon emissions of

building & utility costs.



Healthy Indoor Environment

  • Air sealing is a critical component of high-performance buildings.

  • It reduces air leaks and stabilizes the indoor environment so that occupants have better air quality and temperature comfort.

  • This can also help to reduce heat loss and gain, which can lead to significant savings on energy bills.

Renewable Energy Sources

  • ​When the project site permits, our homes are built to be solar-ready. This helps create the infrastructure for a future of micro-grids that generate power on-site from within communities.

  • When on-site solar isn't possible, we direct folk to community solar programs. These  allow people to subscribe to a solar energy system that is located offsite from their home. 

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Water-Wise Plumbing
Fixtures & Landscape 

  • We  install low-flow fixtures in all our homes to conserve water.

  • We also xeriscape with native plants that support native pollinators & local biodiversity.

  • This is especially important in Central Oregon for responsible use of our water resources. We love our rivers & want to support the health of their ecosystems!

Mechanical Systems

  • We install advanced HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems with smart thermostats, heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems, and energy-efficient water heaters.

  • These components work together  to remove stale air and pollutants from the indoor environment - important with climate change and increasingly dangerous smoke seasons.


Sustainable Transportation

  • We believe in a sustainable future where transportation is no longer reliant on extractive non-renewables.

  • Our homes are future-proofed with electric vehicle-ready charging stations. 


Energy-Efficient Appliances

  • ​Our homes are equipped with highly-efficient Energy Star-rated appliances.

  • These are designed to reduce carbon emissions without sacrificing performance.

  • In 2023 we eliminated gas stoves from all our projects in a move towards all-renewable power sources.

  • Americans  spend almost 40% of their lives indoors. This means that the materials used in our indoor environments can have a big impact on our health throughout our lives.

  • We use low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, in addition to other healthy or natural materials such as wool carpets and hardwood floor. 

Healthy Materials​

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