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EcoVative 2010: Building it Green in Portland

29 Apr 2010, Posted by Shawn in Green, Showcase, Suppliers, Sustainability, 0 Comments

EcoVative 2010: Building it Green in Portland


Portland’s green building conference, EcoVative, combines classes and a product expo designed to help builders make the leap to better green building. We spent a few hours in classes and at the exposition hall to learn about some of the products and best-practices in the green industry.

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Bring Google to Portland!

26 Mar 2010, Posted by Shawn in Showcase, Sustainability, Video, 0 Comments

Bring Google to Portland!


Google in Portland? Sounds like a great idea! You can affect the decision to bring high-speed (crazy fast) internet to our fair city. Don’t wait – the deadline is Friday, March 26th at 5:00pm.

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Live/Work Video Update: Siding!

13 Feb 2010, Posted by Shawn in Live Work, Sustainability, 7 Comments

Live/Work Video Update: Siding!


A big day at the Live/Work project in Portland – the siding is up, and windows and doors are in. Weather be damned!

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Live/Work Update: Roof, Electrical, Plumbing, House Wrap

07 Jan 2010, Posted by Shawn in Live Work, Sustainability, 6 Comments

Live/Work Update: Roof, Electrical, Plumbing, House Wrap


The Live work project gets a roof, we start the electrical, and the outside gets a pretty-in-pink foam treatment.

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Wal-Mart: Built in Portland?

24 Dec 2009, Posted by Shawn in Build it Small, Showcase, Sustainability, 4 Comments

Wal-Mart: Built in Portland?


Ever wonder what happens to Big Box Stores when they die? They grow wings and are reborn as Wal-Mart! Check out the retail giant’s latest effort to build a second store in the Portland metro.

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Vent Pipes Never Looked So Sexy

17 Dec 2009, Posted by Shawn in Build it Small, Highlights, Sustainability, 6 Comments

Vent Pipes Never Looked So Sexy


Plumbing usually runs in the walls. Except when you want a high-performance home. At the Harpoon House they’ve taken the inside and put it on the outside. See why this makes perfect sense.

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Live/Work Update: Radiant Heat

25 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Green, Live Work, Sustainability, 8 Comments

Live/Work Update: Radiant Heat


1000 feet of PEX tubing went down yesterday; it’s the beginning of the radiant heat system

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Insulation: Calculating Your Cost and Savings

22 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Highlights, Sustainability, 1 Comments

Insulation: Calculating Your Cost and Savings


Ever wonder when it makes sense to add more insulation? Learn how ongoing heating costs compare to the expense of installing more insulation.

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Portland Metal Roofs

07 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Green, Showcase, Suppliers, Sustainability, 5 Comments

Portland Metal Roofs


Metal roofs last for nearly forever, require little maintenance, and can be recycled at the end of their life. Plus, metal roofs aren’t made with petroleum products…an A+ for sustainability!

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Serious Windows Comes to Portland

05 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Featured, Green, Showcase, Suppliers, Sustainability, 2 Comments

Serious Windows Comes to Portland


For those of you interested in LEED design, Passive House construction, or good ol’ fashion energy efficiency, I’m happy to announce the arrival of one of the most efficient products available today: Serious Windows.

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