City of Portland Home Energy Score Program

Starting at the begining of 2018, sellers of single-family homes in the City of Portland must obtain and disclose a Home Energy Report estimating the energy-related use, associated costs, and cost-effective solutions to improve the home’s energy efficiency. The Home Energy Score and the Home Energy Report must be provided for real estate listings and … Read More.

Oregon Tradeswomen’s 26th Annual Career Fair

[ May 19, 2018; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
16021 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97230
Oregon Tradeswomen announces its 26th annual Career Fair, offering an introduction to the jobs, skills, and benefits of a career in the skilled construction trades. Learn skills in hands-on workshops, try out tools, meet employers, meet … Read More.

Straw Bale: A Love Story

Editor’s note:  This article originally ran in the Summer 2012 issue of the Green Living Journal. Recently Ruth and Bill have consolidated into one household and have decided to sell Bill’s Straw Bale Solar Home in Wenatchee, WA. For more information: (509 area code) 679.6165
A storm moved over the campground. He offered me his coat. … Read More.

Radon: If Only It Smelled Like Sulphur

It’s on television. It’s in the newspapers. It’s on billboards.
Portland, Vancouver, Salem, and points between have a radon issue–one that has been here for thousands of years–and one that is not going away. The soil in the Willamette Valley, much of Clark County, and up and down the Columbia River Gorge contains granite, Ice Age … Read More.

Building Green Made Simpler

Choose Your Level of Green Construction
To a lot of people, building green means costly, complicated, and confusing, but it is getting easier as designers and builders find simpler ways of doing things. Structures NW llc of Vancouver, using their 10 plus years of experience building with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), has come up with a … Read More.

Modern Earthen Floors

Earthen floors are ancient. They were the predominant floor from the time people first built homes until the mid 1300s, and are still found today in many parts of the world. Because these early floors were simply tamped earth without sealers, they were dusty and cracks were common. As a result, they were often covered … Read More.

A Platinum Home for the Golden Years

Part I: Planning
In his book Reinventing Fire, Amory Lovins realistically shows how the U.S. could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels by 2050 using the technologies that are available today. A growing number of forward-thinking people are already moving towards a fossil-fuel free lifestyle by making use of photovoltaic panels, electric drive cars, super efficient … Read More.

Simplicity Is the Way

When I started my journey beyond the borders of my upbringing, I learned that simplicity was the way.
courtesty flickr user Rosino
I built a cabin on the back of a flatbed truck with a six-cylinder engine. You know, the kind of engine where you could see the parts and knew what they did. I found my … Read More.

Local Sources of Reused Wood

Compiled by Gary Munkhoff
As the demand for wood and products made from wood increases, the world’s forests will, at some point, no longer be able to sustainably grow all the fiber consumed. Reducing our demand for wood, reusing wood products that already exist, and recycling the disposable wood products such as paper and cardboard are … Read More.

The Painted Hills Go Green

The Park Management Team at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument successfully pursued building an unconventional, state-of-the-art zero-energy home as a replacement for the ranger residence at the remote Painted Hills Unit The goal, which is to make the park’s Painted Hills Unit carbon neutral and energy self sufficient in housing, administration and transportation, was … Read More.