Residential New Construction permits up

May 24, 2012


Portland-area homebuilders are well on their way to their most productive year since 2008.

Metro builders pulled permits for 382 single-family homes in April, according to numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the most of any month in two years, and the strongest April since 2008. The homes permitted in April, […]

Code Supports Builders Using Passive Standard

By Lee Van Der Voo, Sustainable Business Oregon

Supports of the passive trend achieved a landmark in Oregon this month when a committee charged with drafting the state’s building code adopted a standard recognizing passive house construction.

The Oregon Reach Code Committee, a group that develops Oregon’s building code three years in advance of its implementation, adopted […]

Visit Jacobs at Neil Kelly Historic Home Fair


From century-old Craftsman and Victorian homes, to sleek Mid-Century Modern Rummer homes, experts share tips for preserving historic properties

Portland Ore. – October 20, 2010 – The Neil Kelly Historic Home Fair presented by NW Natural will take place on […]

Beyond Fossil Fuels: A Brighter Shade of Green

By: Tom Zeller, Jr.

New York Times

September 25, 2010

WHEN Barbara Landau, an environmental and land-use lawyer in suburban Boston, was shopping for insurance on the energy-efficient home she and her husband were building in the woods just outside of town here, she was routinely asked what sort of furnace the home would have.

“None,” she replied.

Several insurers […]

The Real Value of LEED

From Sacramento Business Journal

When it comes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified office buildings, benefits such as energy and water savings can be measured.

But gains in employee productivity and health are tough to quantify — or even prove.
It’s a developing debate over the benefits of a LEED-certified building.

Still, companies in Sacramento-area LEED Gold buildings […]

New Laws: Carbon Monoxide Sensors & Fireplace Inserts

Carbon Monoxide Alarms & Detectors
Do you have a rental? As of July 1, 2010, for all NEW rental agreements a landlord must:

Install properly functioning carbon monoxide alarms.
Provide working batteries if the alarms are battery operated or have a battery operated backup system.
Provide the new tenant with alarm testing instructions.
Repair or replace any defective alarm. Tenants […]

Green Products

Geothermal Heat Pumps
A geothermal heat pump uses the ground below your home as a heat source when heating and a heat sink when cooling. Geothermal heat pumps are energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and space efficient systems that can be up to 70% more efficient than a traditional furnace or electric air conditioner.

Geothermal heat pump systems provide […]