Creative Houses from Reclaimed Materials-Watch this Ted Talk

The Columbia Gorge ReBuild-it Center pointed out this great Ted Talk by Dan Phillips which shows examples of thecreative houses he has built from reclaimed stuff that would have ended up in the landfill.
Along with inspiration for being creative and individualistic, his talk gives us some interesting insights about the houses we live in and … Read More.

Portlander Develops Indow Windows

Portland’s newest green business wants to save Oregon residents money on their energy bills and save the planet at the same time. Indow Windows, located in Portland, recently scaled up its operations and is producing its patent-pending window inserts for customers throughout the Portland metro area.
Indow Windows are sheets of acrylic glazing edged with a … Read More.

Green for All Joins in Clean Energy Works Pilot Program


Green For All has teamed up with Clean Energy Works, Portland to provide energy efficient upgrades to as many as 500 Portland homes with no up-front out-of-pocket funds from homeowners. The work is part of a pilot program that includes a revolving loan fund and a Community Workforce Agreement that creates green jobs in the … Read More.

Greening Portland’s Federal Building

According to a recent New York Times article, Portland’s Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building is slated for a green facelift. A vertical garden will take the form of ‘fins’ two-hundred feet tall on the western façade of the building.  While details of construction and maintenance aren’t clear, the G.S.A. estimates an annual energy cost savings … Read More.

Earthen Hand – Building Sustainably by Teaching Construction Techniques

Artist Scott Howard is a community resource whose sculptural architecture is often finished with earthen paints and plasters. Howard heads up Portland-based Earthen Hand Natural Building and is at the forefront of a growing movement of people promoting earthen building techniques.
In addition to designing and building the company’s architectural-scale sculptures, Howard contributes ceramic art, stained … Read More.

Portland Garden Cottages – Intimate Spaces from Recycled Building Materials


There’s an ongoing debate in my house over what constitutes a “too small” dwelling, so I’m always on the prowl to bolster my position that we can live well in small spaces. Evidence: The Portland Garden Cottages designed and built by Jeffrey Gantert and Brad Bloom.
Gantert and Bloom built two small, (364 square-feet) cottages from … Read More.