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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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Live/Work Update: Gypcrete

16 Mar 2010, Posted by Shawn in Live Work, Suppliers, 5 Comments

Live/Work Update: Gypcrete


With the drywall in place, the radiant floor goes down and we’re almost ready for a finished floor on the second story. The Live/Work Blog follows the crew as they pour a layer of lightweight concrete (Gypcrete) to provide a matrix for the radiant system.

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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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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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Dry Wells: Save Water, Make Money

28 Oct 2009, Posted by Shawn in Green, Highlights, Video, 2 Comments

Dry Wells: Save Water, Make Money


Not many homeowners give much thought to where the water from their roof goes. Most people figure if the water isn’t going in their house, then it’s not a problem. Except…

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Fuez: Portland’s Green Countertop Option

26 Oct 2009, Posted by Shawn in Featured, Green, Highlights, Modern, Products, Sustainability, 3 Comments

Fuez: Portland’s Green Countertop Option


I’ve followed the evolution of the Fuez line of countertops for some time. Last spring I visited the facility and showroom to see how this great product is made. Aside from the fact that it’s positively beautiful, Fuez offers some great advantages over other materials. (more…)

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