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Winner

Orange Splot LLC

www.orangesplot.net

We seek to build model community-oriented, green, affordable and energy-efficient housing developments that inspire other developers, architects and community-builders to steer their own projects in a similar direction. We build small homes with great attention to detail, and whimsical themes that put local artists to work. We also work closely with minority-owned firms in the construction process and with community groups to keep the homes affordable in the long term. People are thinking about housing in a new and different way as they strive to live their values and minimize environmental footprints. They are looking for models to learn from. We’re doing our best to get them built.

Employees in Portland metro area: 3

    About the company:
  • A housing development company, general contractor and consultant with a mission to pioneer new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing developments in Portland
    Current project:
  • Woolsey Corner consists of eight homes and a shared common unit in a one building. All units will be affordable to low income, first time homebuyers.
    Recent projects:
  • Peninsula Park Commons is the conversion of a seven-unit courtyard apartment building into six homes, a “common unit,” and a shared courtyard. As a second phase, Orange Splot LLC constructed three additional homes plus a bike storage barn, guest house and second courtyard.
  • Sabin Green is a mini co-housing community consisting of four small homes. Common areas include a circular courtyard where residents share weekly meals in fair weather, a straw/clay/cob tea house, garden space, and a covered bike storage shed.
  • Ruth’s Garden Cottages are two garden cottages to the side of a little house. These “detached bedrooms” have full baths and a loft. All residents share the kitchen in the small primary house.
    Sustainable features:
  • Homes are built with garden spaces or nearby community gardens to encourage residents to grow their own food
  • Sharing items allows residents to reduce their material consumption and accompanying waste stream
  • At Peninsula Park Commons, nine households (21 people) generate a single roll cart of trash every week
  • Residents reduce their carbon footprints by having smaller homes
  • Homes have advanced building envelopes, efficient heating systems and other green building technologies
  • Create more spaces for bicycles and less for cars by converting garage spaces into bike storage

 

Finalists

Green Hammer, Inc.
Green Hammer, a socially responsible design and build company, has been a leader in innovative design and build services and is dedicated to designing and building to systematically incorporate natural, local, low carbon, and non-toxic materials while utilizing the most advanced energy and water conservation systems and techniques available. With a team of Building Performance Institute (BPI) technicians and Certified Passive House Consultants (CPHC’s), Green Hammer brings Home Performance diagnostics and highly advanced energy conservation standards to every project and is committed to leading the way by building on its expertise in energy conservation.

Orange Splot LLC

Sustainable Northwest Wood Inc.
As a wholesale yard, Sustainable Northwest Wood connects local mills to green building markets, serving both regional producers and conscientious consumers. Our mission is to make buying local and sustainable the wisest and easiest option, thus placing homegrown business in the heart of the green building movement. We stock a wide range of products including dimensional material, interior and exterior finish lumber, and spectacular native hardwoods. Every thing we carry is from the Pacific Northwest and grown on forests managed either to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or as part of a stewardship program restoring native ecosystems. By buying from local businesses, we support the communities needed to lead the conservation economy of our future.

Trillium Artisans
All products produced by Trillium Artisans reflect their commitment to sustainability: they are created with at least 50% recycled or reclaimed materials, and are priced to pay the artisan a living wage. They offer home decor and garden items, women’s accessories, pet playthings, gifts, children’s toys and apparel. Trillium Artisans is a nonprofit microenterprise support and community economic development program that empowers artisans and actively connects them to markets. Trillium’s primary goal is to help low-income artisans increase their craft business income and build sustainable microenterprises.