Low-income passive house apartments garnering attention across U.S.

The Orchards at Orenco, touted as the largest multi-family passive house building in North America, is featured in the North American’s Passive House Network (NAPHN) new e-book, Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables.

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The 57-unit affordable housing apartment in the Orenco Station area of Hillsboro was built by Reach Community Development, which develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners in Oregon and Washington.

The L-shaped building features nearly 90 percent energy reduction for heat usage and 60 to 70 percent for overall energy use as compared to a LEED-certified building. The savings is expected to be approximately $30 to $45 per month per unit.

Passive House is a methodical approach to creating extremely comfortable, durable, and healthy buildings that deal squarely with carbon emissions reduction.

Reach Community Development is currently building a 58-unit Phase 2 of Orchards at Orenco, adjacent to Phase 1. A planned third phase will be townhomes.

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