Traditional Passive House in Oregon


This is the first Passive House certified new house on the West Coast (joining a California remodel in the Pacific Coast certification club).  The traditional home, located in Salem, Oregon, was built with a number of green materials by Bilyeu Homes, Inc.  It's also airtight, ultra-insulated, and very energy efficient — as are other Passive Houses we've discussed in Utah, Kansas, and Louisiana.


Owners Stuart Rue and Sarah Evans documented some interesting construction detail on their blog, 16th and Nebraska.  They even found an airtight dog door for Pippen, a spry looking pooch that regularly appears in photos of the build. 

Cutting-edge green technology used to build this home include triple-pane windows from Serious Materials, an ERV, solar hot water system, 85% recycled content GreenFiber insulation, water-efficient fixtures, dual-flush toilets, Marmoleum floors, wool carpet, ductless mini-split air conditioners from Fujitsu, and a drain water heat recovery system. 



[=] Read the owners' blog about this Oregon Passive House.

Credits: Stuart Rue/Sarah Evans.

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  • Vjenkins

    You can see a video of Blake explaining what Passive House is here: A terrific example of cost-effecting energy-saving design. Thanks for highlighting the project, Jetson Green!

  • Caroleor

    I live close to Salem and would love to tour this house!

  • Sarah

    Thanks for featuring our house! It was fun learning about Passive Houses as we went through this project, and we’re excited to get the word out about this method of green building. Caroleor, our home will likely be on the Willamette Valley Green & Solar Home Tour in early October. -Sarah Evans

  • bruteforcecollaborative

    blake’s presentation of this project from the passive house northwest spring 2010 meeting can be found here:

    and they average 0.26 ACH50 on the blower door test, a phenomenally tight number.

  • Josh

    It’s good to see more traditionally designed homes are becoming high performance homes. Proves any design can be a green, or in this case, a passive home.

  • Andrew Stone

    It is nice to see more traditional styling reaching higher levels of performance. Many people aren’t up for the boxiness of the modern design and the trend in green homes has been so modern that many folks think that is all that can be green.

  • Lyny-69

    beautiful! i wish i can live their for a week.

  • Linda

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