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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.” [...]
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 [...]
The Shevlin House incorporates a highly energy efficient and green building system – SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) and they are being installed today! SIPs are one of the most airtight and well insulated building systems available- using less energy to heat and cool, allowing for better control over indoor environmental conditions, and reduce construction waste. Each SIP is [...]
Bend homeowners work — and pay — to make their home eco-friendly By John Stearns business editor / The Bulletin Published: November 07. 2010 4:00AM PST Some people probably question the money Tom Elliott and Barbara Scott are spending to create the greenest home possible in Bend — almost $270,000 before construction has even begun. The Bulletin [...]
But Bend couple is not giving up on building extremely green home By Kate Ramsayer / The Bulletin Published: November 01. 2010 4:00AM PST 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 [...]