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2012 Goal Net Zero Tour

When Solar Oregon started the Goal Net Zero Tour in 2008, we chose the word ‘Goal’ very deliberately. All the home owners in that year, and all those since, were part of a growing number of people intent on shifting the energy use paradigm from ‘how much better than historic averages’ to ‘how far off from on site net zero.’

We encourage you to join us for the 2012 Tour to see just how far the bar has shifted in these few years. Our five wonderful examples contain a variety of approaches and features:

The Cash Darienzo House is a new construction built to Passive House standards. It has all of the usual PH features including thick, well-insulated and thermally broken walls, air-tight construction and heat recovery ventilation; plus it boasts a rainwater catchment system that includes filtration and disinfection to bring the water up to potable standards. Owners Robin and Mark also have stories to share about permitting and regulatory requirements that surprised them.

Corey and Debbie Omey’s home has been on several other tours, but they just keep making it better and better. Besides all the wonderful energy efficient features of this gut remodel, the detailing and light quality are just beautiful. Recent improvements include a one-of-a-kind mosaic tile floor at the rear entry and an eave eco-roof on the garage.

TrekHaus is another new construction built to Passive House standards. A bright, open floor plan is mirrored in the duplex that makes amazing use of this urban lot. On the technical side, the west unit incorporates a phase change material. PSU students are monitoring both units to see how well this material mimics mass in moderating temperature swings.

Matt Brigg’s home in Lake Oswego keeps getting energy-reducing improvements and additional on-site generation. As with the Omey home, even if you have seen Matt’s house before, you may not have seen the latest, and it is definitely worth another look. Matt’s magic garden, which makes it through the summer with hardly any watering, will most assuredly be way ahead of those tended by the rest of us mortals.

Nishiki Gardens, home to Mark and Lorraine, takes us farther out into the metro boundary, but is well worth the trip. This recent construction includes the energy efficient features, perfect solar orientation and mass floor you would expect in a passive (and active) solar design, but it is also a wonderful example of the artistry and detailing that result from a great collaboration between owner, architect and builder. Every window frames a postcard perfect view.

We’ve made a few changes to the tour day. The first thing you will notice is that the price is lower this year. Many thanks to our sponsors for making this possible. Our starting point for the tours is the June Key Delta Community Center in north Portland. It is a goal net zero community center and Living Building demonstration project on a once contaminated site.

The other change is that the busses will visit three of the five homes in the morning and return to the June Key Delta Center for a panel discussion and lunch. All the home owners are invited to join us for lunch and to participate in the discussion. Several of our key sponsors will be on hand to showcase their products and services. In the afternoon we will visit the remaining two homes and return to the June Key Delta Center.

As always, we limit the number of tour-goers to make sure you have time to get all your questions answered.  Sign up soon and take advantage of the early sign up discount.

We look forward to having you join us on May 5th!

The GNZ Committee

Now going on 5 years!

Kathy Bash,

Kathryn Gray

Linda Barnes


>> Click here for more info and to register for the 2012 Goal Net Zero Tour!
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