Eight x 17 Green Homes in Portland


Reworks, Inc., a development and design/build company in Portland, just sent us a tip on their newly completely project, Eight x 17.  The green development includes four homes in Sellwood (southeast Portland) currently priced low- to mid-$600,000.  Designed by Aaron Blake of Reworks and developed with Penkin Development, LLC, these contemporary homes meet the Oregon High Performance Home standard and are Earth Advantage certified.


Homebuilders that construct homes to the Oregon High Performance Home standard may receive a tax credit of up to $12,000.  In order to qualify, generally speaking, the home must meet specific heat loss requirements and obtain Energy Star certification.  The HVAC system must be high performance and the home must include a renewable energy system that provides a minimum level of on-site energy savings or generation.

The homes at Eight x 17 include a solar thermal hot water system, as well as a high efficiency hydronic clean air furnace, ground floor radiant heating, and wiring for optional photovoltaic panels.

In addition, Reworks built the homes with sustainably harvested and non-toxic materials, non-toxic spray foam insulation, fiber cement and rainscreen cedar siding, a long-life standing seam roof, strategically placed large windows, and dual-flush toilets.

Homeowners also benefit from low-water demand landscaping and eco-roof gardens.  At Eight x 17, the homes vary in size from 1,950 square feet to 2,200 square feet, but they each include four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.  Learn more at Eight x 17.



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Photo credits: Reworks Inc./Penkin Development, LLC.

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  • MrSteve007

    They do look quite nice and have good finishes, but at $304-327 a sq/ft – I’d at least expect a proper HERS rating to quantify the value of the energy efficiency upgrades. The other ratings are too vague in real-world performance.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      I’ll report back on what they got when I find out.

  • Carpenter183

    Priced way too high, but the design aspect is nice.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewstone Andrew Stone

    Beautiful, but a hard sell at that price and size.

  • http://www.elementalled.com/ Elemental LED staff

    Pretty nice, nothing fancy–so why’s it so expensive?

  • JorgyPDX

    At $600k, they’re about $200k over the average price for homes in the surrounding neighborhood.
    They also missed a huge opportunity to maximize the roof pitch orientation for solar PV.
    Hopefully, they will get it right when they move forward with phase II on the lot next door.

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