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Housing developer Newland announced the award-winning Ichijo USA as the fifth builder for its newest master-planned community, Reed's Crossing.

COURTESY: ICHIJO HOMES - Reed's Crossing in Hillsborough will have some panel-built, eco-friendly homes by Ichijo Homes, like these in Happy Valley.

One of Japan's largest home builders, Ichijo will bring technologically sophisticated, eco-friendly homes to Reed's Crossing. Each new Ichijo home will feature high-quality wall panel construction designed for beauty and convenience, improving air quality for residents and helping to save as much as one-third on energy bills.

Located in Hillsboro, Reed's Crossing is, by density, the largest master-planned community in Oregon.

Ichijo is currently preparing to break ground on 23 single-family detached homes, with the option to create more. Building on its experience as the creator of the first net-zero energy townhome community in the United States, each new Ichijo home at Reed's Crossing will aim for the Platinum Level of Earth Advantage certification, with the goal of offering a "Zero Energy Ready" home certification for each structure. Construction will begin this fall, with the first model unit opening to the home buyers in early 2020.

"Long before Reed's Crossing broke ground, one of our primary aspirations was to help build a community that was both responsible and eco-friendly, which means working with builders that share our vision," said David Brentlinger, vice president of operations for Reed's Crossing. "Ichijo impressed us with their overarching commitment to the highest levels of sustainability without sacrificing style and comfort, making them an ideal addition to our community."

Each new Ichijo home will feature contemporary designs, including panelized construction containing additional insulation and rainscreens, created to reduce energy consumption while increasing indoor air and environmental quality. Each home also offers improved material durability with water and heat gain management throughout the unit. Buyers will have the option to upgrade to solar energy, increasing their energy savings even more.

Ichijo's kitchen designs stand apart thanks to proprietary designs. Each unit features proprietary pull-down shelving, earthquake safety lock cabinet doors, under cabinet lighting and more. All houses offer modern doors with architectural metal inlay and several little touches unique to the Ichijo homes, including magnetic doorstops and custom made cabinets designed for easy storage and use. Each unit also comes equipped with a Nest thermostat, turning Ichijo buildings into connected homes.

"After spending nearly a decade creating energy efficient homes throughout the Pacific Northwest, our expansion to Oregon is a natural fit thanks to the forward thinking nature of Reed's Crossing," said Akinobu Ohno, president, Ichijo USA. "We understand the needs of future residents of South Hillsboro, and our modern design, cutting-edge technology and environmental concerns fit perfectly with what Newland is creating."

Ichijo USA is the fifth builder to join the development of Reed's Crossing, along with David Weekley Homes, Holland, Lennar and Stone Bridge Homes. More builders will be announced in the coming months.


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