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Passive House & Affordable Housing

Orchards Passive HouseEver wonder how we brought down energy use by 68%? Now you can read about our journey to develop and build Orchards at Orenco, the largest multi-family passive house certified building in North America.

Passive House building is gaining momentum, and for good reason. The focus of passive design is to consciously reduce the amount of energy a building is using. But that is simplifying things immensely. Building to passive house standards means building differently - depending on the climate, location and style of building (i.e. single family home vs. multi-family complex).

We learned a lot building Orchards at Orenco, so we compiled a report of lessons learned and best practices so that you can benefit from our successes and setbacks.

Read: Passive House & Affordable Housing: The Development of Orchards at Orenco

Passive House Links for More Information

REACH’s Orchards at Orenco Project Fact Sheet

Orchards at Orenco’s PHIUS+ Certification Listing

Orchards at Orenco: North America’s Largest Passive House video (courtesy of Ankrom Moisan)

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables (see page 62), North American Passive House Network

Q & A with Craig Kelley of Housing Development Center on Orchards at Orenco

“The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.,” Green Building Advisor, Guest Blog by Mike Steffen, General Manager of Walsh Construction (General Contractor for Orchards at Orenco)

“Multifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in Oregon,” Green Building Advisor

“North America’s Largest ‘Passive House’ Opens in Hillsboro, and It’s Actually 57 Affordable Homes,” The Oregonian/OregonLive, June 29, 2015.

“Atypical Affordable Housing,” Daily Journal of Commerce, June 19, 2015.

Passive House 101: Ankrom Moisan Blog, August 20, 2014.

Orchards at Orenco awards and press