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City of Portland Publishes Real Cost and Feasibility Data for Implementing Energy Efficient Measures in New Home Construction

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City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2, 2013

Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

(Portland, OR) Today, the City ofPortland announced that the findings of the Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot (PEEHP) have been published in four project case studies, available on the Bureau of Development Service’s web site. The case studies summarize real cost and feasibility data for constructing energy efficient single and multi-family houses.

The PEEHP, a public/private partnership administrated by the City ofPortland, was a competitive grant program established to support energy efficient home construction. The PEEHP leveraged $113,000 in grant funds to facilitate residential builders to use energy saving measures in 14 new homes.

"The Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot has shown that significant home energy savings can be achieved with construction methods that are not cost prohibitive." said BDS Director Paul Scarlett. "The PEEHP program is a great example of public and private organizations pooling resources to answer the concerns of the customers we share."

The PEEHP is a model of collaboration among City, industry, and utility partners to respond to concerns about proposed green building policy in the City ofPortland. The program was sponsored by the City ofPortland’s Bureau of Development Services, Energy Trust of Oregon, Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, the National Association of Home Builders, as well as utility companies, including NW Natural, Pacific Power, and Portland General Electric.

“The PEEHP program was a great partnership that showed how a City and industry can work together to better understand and encourage desired outcomes, rather than creating mandates that the market might not be able to support.” –Dave Nielsen, CEO, Home Builders Assoc. of MetropolitanPortland

The PEEHP case studies provide a reference to help inform future residential construction projects including records of costs associated with constructing energy efficient homes and those instances of added complexity related to implementing energy efficiency measures. 

For more information about the PEEHP program visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/PEEHP.