The Commons Strives to be Nation's First Living Building Challenge Residence

Commons Project

In Portland two brothers, Dustin and Garrett Moon, have been getting some serious attention for their project, The Commons — it could just be the first residence in the nation to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge.  The Living Building Challenge is about getting to something that’s truly sustainable, which is what I think the Moons are going after here.  If you look at their plans, The Commons will use green tech that you might not see in other so-called green homes. 

For instance, the home will have a green roof, composting toilet, earthenware floors, an indoor greenhouse for home-grown foods, two successive doors in the entry to act as an airlock, fly ash concrete walls made of ICFs, a rainwater catchment system with a storage cistern, design based loosely on the Passive House standard, a heat recovery ventilator, and photovoltaics and solar hot water tubes.

Also, the Moons want to recycle greywater, too, but from my communications with Dustin, Oregon / Portland doesn’t allow that yet. 

The old, inefficient property is being deconstructed, and the Moons plan to use salvageable materials in the new home.  With reused materials and some sweat equity, The Commons should cost about $200k to construct.  So, by my BOE calculation, with their basis in the original property being about $195k (purchased direct on Craigslist), that pegs the total price from start to finish at about $395k.  Not too shabby, I say.  This is going to be a fun project to follow.   

Commons

The Commons

Kitchen

Greenhouse

Frontdoor

Good External Links:
++A Super-Green House with … Dirt Floors?
++Portland’s Ultimate "Living Home," on a budget


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  • http://rolu.terapad.com matt

    this is a great project isn’t it? what’s funny is i just wrote to the brothers telling them i was going to tell you about this project! only to stop by JG minutes later… preston is on the case already.

    cheers,
    matt

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    @matt – that’s hilarious — I miss somethings so feel free to keep the links coming. :)

    This is a cool project. I really like the shop that’s disguised under the garden. Can’t wait to see the Commons take some shape …

  • http://www.cleanerairforcities.blogspot.com WillG

    This looks great! I love to seen green roofs, because they have such a high benefit to cost ratio, and they look great!

    Thanks for a great post. I have found other good green roof stuff at http://www.cleanerairforcities.blogspot.com

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