Green Building

Building a Green Home with Earth Advantage

Building a Green Home with Earth Advantage

As green builders, we’re dedicated to building sustainable and efficient homes in Bend, OR. Take, for example, the spec home currently under construction on Lot 23 in Tetherow. While we don’t know who will live in this house yet, we know that we want them to be comfortable and confident that their home is as [...]

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Protecting Native Vegetation

Protecting Native Vegetation

This week we broke ground on a new home in Tetherow (Bend, Oregon), but long before the excavators arrived, we had identified zones of native vegetation to protect. In fact, we were considering these zones during the early phases of the design process. As green builders, it’s just part of what we do. Preserving the [...]

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Green Building Challenges, Amazing Rewards

Green Building Challenges, Amazing Rewards

Recycled and reclaimed materials have been used throughout the Desert Rain home, the guest house, and throughout the landscaping on site. The search for unique, green building materials has turned up some stunning products and the resourcefulness of the Desert Rain team has resulted in some truly elegant applications of reclaimed materials.

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Tetherow Lot 23: Building an Elegant and Energy Efficient Home

Tetherow Lot 23: Building an Elegant and Energy Efficient Home

We’re building elegant and energy efficient home, located on Randall Court in Tetherow – just outside out Bend, Oregon. Lot 23 is a spec home currently in the design phase. This will be a contemporary styled home with an open floor plan on the main floor, simple bedrooms and living space on the second floor, and plenty of outdoor living space.

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Green Building: Forest Stewardship Council Award

Green Building: Forest Stewardship Council Award

Green Building in Bend, Oregon received another boost – Desert Rain has won the 2013 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Award (residential) and we’re proud to be the builder involved with this project. Wood is a significant part of the winning combination of elements that bring Desert Rain to Living Building status. From its framing to [...]

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Green Building: People’s Choice Award

Green Building: People’s Choice Award

We’re honored to announce that the 2013 Green and Solar Tour People’s Choice Award was presented to Desert Rain.  This home, designed to meet the Living Building Challenge, was recognized by the public as the top residential building, based on sustainable features and positive impact to the community. We share this award with COCC’s Science [...]

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Reflections on Green Building and the Living Building Challenge

Reflections on Green Building and the Living Building Challenge

As construction on Desert Rain (a Living Building Challenge custom home) nears completion, we find ourselves reflecting on the process and on green building in Central Oregon. Sustainable building and healthy homes are at the core of the work we do and this project has deepened our understanding and commitment to these values.

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Warm and Green: Using a Heat Pump

Warm and Green: Using a Heat Pump

The Desert Rain House has many elements that make it the most green custom home we have ever built. …The heat pump (Daikin Altherma) installed by Bobcat & Sun is an innovative system that heats the home, produces domestic hot water, and can even cool spaces.

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Understanding the Living Building Challenge

Understanding the Living Building Challenge

ML Vidas, a local architect and sustainability consultant, gave a presentation that summarizes the thought behind Living Building Challenge – a program of the International Living Future Institute – and the seven performance areas for green building.

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Greywater System Approval: a Big Step for Green Building in Bend

Greywater System Approval: a Big Step for Green Building in Bend

Desert Rain, the uber green, custom home we are building, is the first home in Bend, and in the entire state of Oregon, to receive a residential waste water permit. This means we have approval to use the grey water system that will treat and reuse waste water from sinks showers and laundry.

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Using a Greener Stucco

Using a Greener Stucco

ome stuccos are greener than others and we’re just wrapping up work with one of the most sustainable stuccos available. …Though not as commonly used today, lime has many advantages over cement. It is a nearly carbon neutral material. The lower environmental impact of lime is definitely important in the construction of this Living Building Challenge project.

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Building Your Dream Home

Building Your Dream Home

When you decide you’re ready to live in your dream home there are so many factors to consider.  Where should it be? What should it look like? How should it be built? How much will it cost? Etc. You may decide to purchase a new home, find an older home and remodel it, or have [...]

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Desert Rain – Building a Better Wastewater System

Desert Rain – Building a Better Wastewater System

Water is one of the most basic needs for life.  Yet, water management is far from simple.  In our desire to provide safe, clean water, we have developed complicated, energy-intensive systems.  These systems are expensive too. Keeping the United States’ current water management system functioning will cost an estimated $330 billion dollars in the next [...]

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Green Building: Understanding the Certifications

Green Building: Understanding the Certifications

Green Building is more than trendy phrase, it’s a huge movement in the construction industry for both residential and commercial buildings.  But the term “green” can mean different things to different people.  For some, green defines the way a building performs after it’s constructed. Others are concerned with the building process itself – where materials [...]

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Certified Sustainable Home Professional

Certified Sustainable Home Professional

Timberline Construction is pleased to announce that James Fagan has received the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) certification from the Earth Advantage Institute®. This certification enhances our company’s growing experience with a variety of green building techniques and is a testament to our dedication to building sustainable and healthy homes. Green? A little or a lot. [...]

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Desert Rain Garners More Media Attention

Desert Rain Garners More Media Attention

The latest in a series of Bend Bulletin articles chronicling the Desert Rain project, this article gives a brief overview of project parameters as well as insight in to some of the methodology behind the project.

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Using Fly Ash: Greener Concrete

Using Fly Ash: Greener Concrete

The foundation is well underway at Desert Rain, the Living Building Challenge home we are building in one of Bend, Oregon’s older neighborhoods.   At every step of the way, this project involves careful consideration of the materials used, where they come from, how they are manufactured, how they will perform, and how they will [...]

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Desert Rain: the first in Central Oregon to use Juniper as an Alternative to Pressure Treated Lumber

Desert Rain: the first in Central Oregon to use Juniper as an Alternative to Pressure Treated Lumber

We have been working closely with Parr Lumber, in Bend, to identify and source an alternative to Pressure Treated (PT) Lumber for the Desert Rain Project.  This Living Building Challenge project has pushed us and out suppliers to look at every aspect of building in a new way.  Traditionally, PT is used for under-floor framing (areas [...]

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What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?

What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?

We were so taken by Paul McGinnis’s discussion of the Living Building Challenge that we wanted to share some excerpts from his recent post on The New York Green Advocate: ….engaging the broader building industry in the deep conversations required to truly understand how to solve problems rather than shift them… What’s appealing about the Living [...]

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Blower Door Test: Excellent Result!

Blower Door Test: Excellent Result!

We recently had the Shevlin Home tested to show that it is an energy efficient, healthy and resource-wise home.  The testing was done through the Earth Advantage program and received an excellent result on one of the tests which helps determine a home’s airtightness.  These are several reasons for establishing the proper building tightness: * Reducing energy [...]

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Update: Reclaiming the Potato Barn

Update: Reclaiming the Potato Barn

The potato barn wood reclamation project has been a slow but steady process.  As more of the wood is revealed, we able to better assess the product and the appropriate applications for it.  For now, we’ve identified the floor joists from the barn as potential trusses and rafters in the new home.  There is also a considerable quantity [...]

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Reclaiming Lumber & Timbers from a Prineville Potato Barn

Reclaiming Lumber & Timbers from a Prineville Potato Barn

We recently visited an old potato barn in Central Oregon with the hopes of reclaiming lumber and large timbers.  The barn owner plans to tear down the structure because it is in disrepair and is a safety concern and a liability. Our hope is to save the douglas fir and ponderosa pine  for structural and [...]

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LBC – the Most Stringent Green Building Standard

LBC – the Most Stringent Green Building Standard

This article from EcoHome highlights some of the challenges that our  Desert Rain team faces in designing, sourcing, and eventually building this ultra green home in Bend. Living Buildings By: Rick Schwolsky When the Cascadia Green Building Council launched its Living Building Challenge (LBC) program in 2006, its certification requirements were unofficially billed as “beyond LEED.” [...]

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Super-green Home Being Downsized

Super-green Home Being Downsized

Bend couple still seeks to build self-sustaining green home by Kate Ramsayer/ the Bulletin Editor’s note: Tom Elliott and Barbara Scott invited The Bulletin to follow their green-building project from start to finish, to share their goals, decisions, costs, concerns, problems and achievements, and to be an open book on what it takes to build [...]

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