Friday, September 14, 2012

Stellar Apartments

Stellar Apartments (rendering courtesy of Bergsund DeLaney Architecture & Planning)

The Eugene branch of the Cascadia Green Building Council(1) invites everyone to a presentation on Thursday, September 20 about the innovative Stellar Apartments, an affordable housing project designed for St. Vincent de Paul by Bergsund DeLaney Architecture & Planning. Now under construction, the project is comprised of twelve buildings housing a total of 54 apartments. BDA designed one of the buildings to meet Passive House standards, whereas the remaining eleven buildings conform to Earth Advantage requirements. This distinction presents an opportunity to evaluate the environmental and financial tradeoffs of these different approaches. 

The research team of University of Oregon Assistant Professor Erin Moore, Solarc A-E Senior Energy Analyst Peter Reppe, and UO Graduate Research Fellow Brook Waldman performed a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of the project to evaluate whether the environmental impacts from the added insulation and materials required for Passive House are outweighed by the long-term operational energy efficiency and climate benefits.(2)  Along with Nora Cronin of St. Vincent de Paul, Sara Bergsund of BDA, and Win Swofford of the Ecobuilding Collaborative of Oregon, they will provide an overview of the project, discuss the key results from the LCA, and the lessons they’ve learned so far. 

What:  Cascadia Green Building Council presentation

When:   Noon-1:00 PM – Thursday, September 20th, 2012 

Where:   Tykeson Room, Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave., Eugene OR
                        Please walk, bike, carpool or take a bus. 

Cost:    Free 

RSVP:  Space is limited! Phone: (541) 682-5541 or email

(1) The Eugene Branch of Cascadia generates momentum towards a sustainable built environment by facilitating education and connections. The organization hosts monthly lunchtime presentations, tours, and quarterly evening events on the latest green building topics.

(2) Funding for the study came from University of Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts, the UO Green Product Design Network, the City of Eugene Green Building Services, and the Eugene Water & Electric Board.


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