COURTESY OF ANKROM MOISAN ARCHITECTS - Courtyard of Orchards at Orenco, an affordable housing project on the MAX line in Hillsboro. Reach Community Development Corp. snagged a national award for its Orchards at Orenco apartment project in Hillsboro.

The Portland nonprofit won Best Overall Project and Best Affordable Housing Project honors from the Passive House Institute U.S.

Passive houses use state-of-the-art insulation, passive solar and other energy-efficiency methods to produce houses that use a relatively paltry amount of energy to heat, cool and light.

Orchards at Orenco’s first phase, at 57 units, was the largest-ever passive house project in the U.S.

Projects were rated on measures of performance, difficulty, cost-effectiveness, design, craftsmanship, and health (i.e. use of non-toxic materials).

The building will achieve nearly 90 percent energy reduction in heating and 60 percent to 70 percent for overall energy use compared to a comparable LEED-certified building.

Rents range from $611 to $733 per month.

"Our team brought innovation and new thinking to the table." says Reach CEO Dan Valliere.

COURTESY OF ANKROM MOISAN ARCHITECTS - Tenants pay little in energy at nation's largest passive house apartments in Hillsboro.

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