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Blog posts about Green Built Homes

Meet Karen and Steve 


Meet Steve and Karen. They’ve lived in Salem for over 30 years, and were drawn to Pringle Creek Community right from the start. The couple wanted to downsize and were already environmentally conscious. They found it appealing that there was not much yard work, but they could also live in an ecologically friendly place. Steve... More


The Beauty of Energy Efficient Homes

Innovation is found in the very seams of the buildings being made at Pringle Creek Community, in Salem, OR. The beauty of energy efficient homes is they are healthier and save money in the long run. The guiding principles  here are nature, innovation, and community. These three principles guide decision making on design, what materials to... More



Applewood Corner is a restored 1904 farmhouse and a new 2-story cottage. They are detached condos sharing an oversized corner lot. They each have their own outdoor space and storage structure, but they ALSO have access to shared green space–all held by the espalier apple trees anchoring the outer corner. Nicknames are not final and... More



On the hunt for the perfect home, we set out with Kelly a couple of months ago looking at a wide range of houses in close-in southeast. She looked at homes in years ranging from the early 1900s through 1990s. She spent her lunch hours and Saturdays with us, and spent her Sundays touring open houses with... More



Net Zero Home

Living Room Realty is the exclusive brokerage of fellow B Corp, Pringle Creek Community.   Open Houses for the Net Zero Home Saturday, July 16: 12 – 3:00pm Saturday, July 23: 12 – 3:00pm Wednesday, July 27: 5 – 8:00pm We are excited to announce a reduced price and limited time offer of $3,000 credit... More



This LEED Gold certified John Ross condo in South Waterfront boasts Brazilian cherry floors, high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows for ample natural light. The kitchen is well equipped with Bosch appliances and a cozy eating nook. Views of the city, west hills and peak-a-boo view of river from spacious balcony create a serene... More



EcoHouse

The “green living” upgrades of this Troutdale EcoHouse make it both energy efficient and economical! The 16 solar panels provide an approximate annual income of $2500, AND electricity to run the home. The heat-pump, which acts as both a heating and air conditioning unit, is run by that same electricity. Because of that, the heating and... More



Passive House Playroom

Who needs a catchy title, when “Passive House for Sale” is like saying, “Unicorn for Sale.” It’s an extremely rare occasion that I get to announce a “Passive House for Sale,” but it’s true. It is here, the Phoenix Passive House in Portland, Oregon. Exceeding the trend toward green building, exceeding expectations in many ways,... More


Passive is Aggressive! 


Passive House is an aggressive, high performance building standard. With one arm tied behind its back, Passive House beats the standard residential building code. It even outperforms the overwhelming majority of LEED certified homes. It’s touted as a building standard that is so rigorous that you could heat a Passive House with a hair dryer.... More


Worth The Wait 


Back in November, Adam and Chelsea found the perfect home on the very first day of their search.  Even their eighteen-month-old son Asher had to agree that this was the right place.  I have never seen a kid grin so big.  This fantastic new construction had 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths, a loft, and a huge... More