June President's Message

Milestone for the PH Movement

PHnw members and friends,

I am excited to report great news this week from Hillsboro, OR, where a project broke ground, marking a significant milestone for the Passive House movement and the affordable housing community!

REACH, a nonprofit with nearly 1,900 units of affordable housing, is beginning construction of the 57-unit first phase of Orchards at Orenco, a three-building complex that will eventually provide about 150 units affordable housing.  Phase 1 will serve families earning 50 percent or less of the area median family income, or about $30,000.

And it will be built to the Passive House Standard!

The Orchards project is currently considered the largest Passive House project in the country and one of the largest affordable passive housing projects in the world.  Only surpassed by (admittedly very impressive!) projects built and operated by the Neue Heimat Tirol, a government owned affordable housing agency in Austria, committed to Passive House.  (http://www.neueheimattirol.at/extras/aktuelles/details/159.aspx)

The Orchards Phase I project officially broke ground on Tuesday and the local community is very excited about it.  Catch Dylan Lamar, Passive House Consultant to the project on the radio at OBP’s Think out Loud (listen here if you missed it:http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/episodes/)

The ambitious project set out to prove that the Passive House Standard is not only suitable for large and very large projects, but also that it can provide housing which is not only environmentally sustainable, but also - through extremely low utility bills - financially sustainable for occupants.

What better application for the most advanced energy efficiency standard in the world than ensuring energy security for community members who need it most?  To see more of what REACH has planned visit here:http://reachcdc.org/about-us/projects-in-the-pipeline/

Mark your calendar!  Dylan Lamar will be part of a Multi-Family workshop and pre-conference event at the 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference, Bay Area CA, September 10-14, 2014.  Do not miss the opportunity to participate in this great conference on the left coast!  Follow this link to learn more and to register: http://naphc2014.phius.org/

Have a great summer, happy 4th of July and remember a Passive House building is (and stays) cool!  ;)



President PHnw