Habitat recently celebrated the conclusion of an innovative green building project with the Portland Energy Efficiency Home Pilot (PEEHP) with an event at Rivergate Commons in north Portland. The PEEHP program was meant to test different models and housing types and measure the energy performance against goals of 15% and 30% above the already strong Oregon energy code. Habitat was the only nonprofit and the largest project (with 6 homes) in this public-private partnership with Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, the City of Portland, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Home Builders Association.

The Habitat home on view at the PEEHP open house event on March 29, scored an Energy Performance Score (EPS) of 27 (a measure of Btu/year), compared to 34 for a home built to code, and a whopping 101 for the average Oregon home. This was Energy Trust of Oregon’s second lowest score ever measured!

Thanks to all of our sponsors and partners for making these homes’ utilities both affordable and sustainable!

Habitat President and CEO Steve Messinetti met with the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services Director Paul Scarlett and HBA of Metropolitan Portland Executive Director Dave Nielson inside a newly completed home at Rivergate Commons in Portland, Oregon, during the PEEHP open house on March 29, 2011.

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