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Source: Chandler Photography; Bend, Oregon

Oregon Couple Creates Green Dream Home That Runs On Renewable Energy


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An Oregon couple decided to scrap their plans for a traditional dream home to build one that meets the net-zero standards of the Living Building Challenge. Called “Desert Rain,” the 2,236-square foot project took four years to complete. The structure uses multiple sources of renewable energy, despite not being located in an ideal environment.

Barbara Scott and Thomas Elliott began working on their dream home in Bend, Oregon, during 2008. While in the planning stages, they decided to adapt their ideas to meet the requirements for the Living Building Challenge. It’s an aggressive approach to creating a structure that works “as cleanly and efficiently as a flower.” They need to be self-sufficient and instead of using anticipation data, results are recorded for an entire year.