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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.

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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.