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The Portland Green Building Slam is presented by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

SESSIONS

In this engaging presentation, Jason will discuss cutting edge trends in green building from Living Building projects around the world – and then focus more deeply on the experience of designing, building and living in his own Living Building Home – Heron Hall on Bainbridge Island.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session, attendees will be able to actively:

  • Identify three new green building trends from Living Building projects around the world

  • ...

Everybody eats. Yet too little connects us with the food and farming that sustain us all.  Food is one of the most powerful ways people yearn for deeper, more vital connections. To feed that appetite, agri-hoods focus on community-cultivating, food-oriented development. 

This session will introduce agri-hoods (“agricultural neighborhoods”) a novel form of living in community. Session participants will explore policy, healthy design, and social well-bein...

Your multifamily project is complete. People move in. Your contract is closed. Your energy model looked good, but how is the building performing? Is waste management a breeze or a disaster for residents and the maintenance staff? How much water are the occupants using?

This panel will cover lessons learned from hundreds of existing multifamily buildings coupled with best practices for design and construction to promote healthy, durable, and resource efficien...

The BLOCK Project invites community into the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially zoned block within the City of Seattle. Each 125 sq ft home is beautifully designed to be off-grid, self-sufficient, and amenity-rich (featuring a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, solar-panels, greywater system, composting toilet, etc.).

The BLOCK Project represents an innovative leap forward on the...

On June 1st, 2017, as President Trump announced US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, green building professionals met to say #WeAreStillIn! Using the Code Innovations Database project as a springboard for action, the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and 15 organizations formed a new alliance with a singular goal: Zero Net Carbon Buildings for All.

Today, climate action in the US has to come from the local and state level. With the right policy catalysts,...

City Cabins at Abbott’s Alley will be the case study for my talk which will focus on the need to take our collective methods of forward building techniques out into

the greater world at large.  How does this play out in small town America where progressive ways of thinking and building are less prevalent than in big cities?

My premise is:  to speed up the transformation our world is going through - - to get to clean energy - - we need to get farther out of ou...

The dramatic increase in local demand for housing has sent home prices soaring, and left many homebuyers wondering how to live affordably in urban areas. Many people are now exploring alternatives housing models and co-buying opportunities to create affordable shared property ownership.

We’ll review alternative housing types including co-ops, co-housing and community development, look at examples of affordable opportunities on the market now, and discuss the...

Policy makers often rely on green home certification programs to incentivize green building.  However, most certifications are largely based on simulated energy models rather than measured post-occupancy energy use.

To better understand the impacts of green building, the Built Green program obtained data for every single-family and townhome built in Seattle in 2014 and conducted an unprecedented study comparing the actual electricity usage of Built Green hom...

This session contrasts two different approaches to ventilating two 50+ unit Passive House buildings currently in construction in Vancouver BC. The presentation considers the challenges and benefits of using individual HRV's (heat recovery ventilators) in each unit versus a semi-distributed approach of mid-sized HRV's over risers.

Topics covered will include:  ventilation requirements and goals, coordinating building configuration with ducting, unit flows/dis...

This session will provide an overview of residential energy storage and its current and future applications in the Northwest.  We’ll go into detail about next-generation battery solutions, including the Tesla Powerwall.

Whether you are interested in self-consumption of renewable energy like solar or in the security of emergency backup power for your home or business, we’ll cover the spectrum.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session, attendees will be ab...

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