Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tour of Stellar Apartments

Join the Eugene Branch of the Cascadia Green Building Council next Tuesday, July 23 for a tour of the Stellar Apartments, a 54-unit, multi-family housing project located in Eugene. Nearing completion, the innovative project will provide affordable housing for low income families and military veterans. 

Bergsund Delaney Architecture & Planning designed one of the twelve buildings to meet the Passive House standard, focused on extremely air tight and energy efficient construction. This pilot project will provide a rare opportunity to evaluate the health, environmental and financial trade-offs of this type of construction by comparing it to another building on site with the same design and solar orientation, built to Earth Advantage standards. 

St. Vincent de Paul is partnering with Alison Kwok at the University of Oregon, EWEB, and the City of Eugene to monitor energy use and indoor air quality data between the two buildings (each containing 6 units) to assess the value of pursuing the Passive House approach for multi-family projects. The Eugene Branch of the Cascadia Green Building Council hosted a presentation about the Stellar Apartments last year, highlighting a life-cycle assessment that evaluated whether the long-term, operational energy efficiency and climate change benefits from the Passive House approach are expected to outweigh the environmental impacts from the added insulation and materials (the short answer was yes!). 

What: Tour of the Stellar Apartments 

When: July 23, 2013   5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Where: 1535 City View St., Eugene, OR; meet in the Community Building

Tour Guides:  Nora Cronin, St. Vincent de Paul; Sara Bergsund & Julie Romig, Bergsund DeLaney Architecture & Planning; and Win Swafford, Passive House Consultant 

Cost:  Free for Cascadia members and students. $5 for non-members.

Please RSVP at Eventbrite – space limited! 

Please walk, bike, carpool or take a bus.

1 comment:

Integra Creek Murfreesboro TN said...

Being an advocate of energy efficiency, I like the idea of this Passive House standard which is now being implemented in a lot of rental properties.

What I would love to see someday are buildings that are completely energy independent, generating their own power using wind or solar energy equipment.

Still a dream, but the Passive House standard is a great start!