Aiming for Carbon Zero and Portland Housing Choices

Portland’s Climate Action goals call for all new buildings to achieve zero-net carbon emissions by 2030. Can it be done? Let’s Talk Climate takes up this question on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland. Advances in science and technology have now made it possible to build homes that cut energy use to close to zero and are still affordable. Just like advances in wind and solar technology, these ultra-low energy buildings are becoming more accessible every day, and some are now being built as affordable housing.

Here in the Portland metro area, the low-energy Orchards at Orenco complex, built by REACH, recently completed phase II for families whose income is under $30,000/year. REACH states that “The building is expected to achieve nearly 90% energy reduction for heating and 60-70% less overall energy use compared with a typical building of the same type and size in the Pacific Northwest.  Innovative features include triple-paned windows, a heat-recovery system, and a super-insulated extremely airtight building envelope.” Read more in their report.

Come hear from the experts about new approaches to carbon zero buildings and what practical pathways Portland might follow to achieve the ambitious goal for all buildings by 2030.  Guest panelists include:

Michael Armstrong, Senior Sustainability Manager, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Alexander Boetzel, Board Member, Passive House Northwest; Chief Operation Officer, Green Hammer
Josh Salinger, Vice President, Passive House Northwest; Founder and President, Birdsmouth Construction
Jessica Woodruff, Director of Housing Development, REACH

This event is free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted to help defray program expenses. Attendees are requested to make a reservation on Eventbrite to facilitate space use.

Bike parking available. Trimet bus line 15.  Carpooling recommended.


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