On July 11, Green Hammer and BCMC Properties held a groundbreaking ceremony at 20 N.E. Tillamook in the Eliot neighborhood for a 16-unit, net-zero-energy apartment complex called Tillamook Row. The project features four buildings organized around a central courtyard and common building and will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom units, covered bike parking and a surface parking lot with seven spaces.
“Tillamook Row provides a diverse mix of ‘missing middle’ housing just three miles from downtown Portland,” said Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer founder and president. “All five buildings in this multi-family project were designed to meet the Passive House standard and produce all or more of their own energy from rooftop solar arrays, allowing them to achieve net-zero energy performance.”
City planners and policy makers are facing mounting concerns over housing availability and are targeting more “missing middle” housing, which refers to a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types like duplexes, four-plexes and bungalow courts that are compatible in scale with single-family homes and help to meet the demand for more walkable, urban living. At the same time, the city and county have committed to meet 100 percent of community energy needs with renewable power by 2050
“Tillamook Row is ahead of its time,” said Aiguier. “All of the buildings were designed to use a combination of super-insulated, airtight construction, heat-recovery ventilation and passive solar heating. As a result, the buildings’ heating loads have been reduced by 90 percent compared to typical new homes. Five of the townhomes have been pre-rented and the remaining 11 units will be available for rent upon completion.”
Other sustainable features of the project include high-performance triple-pane windows to reduce heat loss and noise infiltration, all-electric, high-efficiency heat pump technology, including non-ozone depleting refrigerants, state-of-the-art fresh air ventilation systems with heat recovery, water-conversing low-flow fixtures, low and no-VOC paints and finishes, stainless steel Energy Star appliances and 100 percent LED lighting.
A similar project designed and built by Green Hammer for a group of retirees in the Buckman neighborhood, Ankeny Row, produced 18 percent more electricity than it consumed during its first year of occupancy.
For more information, visit www.greenhammer.com.