Topics » Business & Economy   April 23, 2012

Sunshine, Composting Toilets and Rainwater: Recipe for a Top 10 Green Building

Portland's Newberg Center

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Portland's Newberg Center

Portland Community College (PCC) Newberg Center; Newberg, Ore.

"Designed to be the first net-zero-energy higher education building in Oregon (and the second in the United States), the Newberg Center supports PCC's sustainable mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050," the project states on the AIA site.

"Portland has a mild climate, and they did a lot of shading of the building and a lot of natural ventilation. They used large fans that move air at a very slow, comfortable speed," Scott Shell told us of the project. "You need to find in each location, in each climate and building type, that set of strategies and packages that really sings -- it's not a one-size fits all solution."

Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $7.2 million.

Read more about these projects here.