Take a photo tour of The Orchards at Orenco, North America’s largest Passive House multifamily structure.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 8, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Housing Development Center recently completed work on REACH Community Development‘s The Orchards at Orenco, Phase One, North America’s largest multifamily housing structure to meet Passive House energy efficiency benchmarks. The Orchards provides “affordable living” opportunities for 57 low-income households in Hillsboro, offering low rents, low utility bills and reduced dependency on auto transit.

Casey Braunger of Ankrom Moisan Architects took some great photos of the building and the site as the HDC-managed construction project drew to a close in June (and just as the project received official Passive House certification, based on outstanding energy performance results).

View the slideshow to see the Orchards’ unique design features, such as specially commissioned artwork and a large-screen display showing unit-by-unit energy use in real time.

But don’t expect to see the building’s 12 inches of roof insulation. To learn more about the (largely invisible) energy-saving technologies at the Orchards, view our project description and read our Q&A with HDC Senior Project Manager Craig Kelley, who managed construction for REACH.

One last word from the department of giving-credit-where-credit-is-due: HDC managed construction and coordinated energy incentives for the Orchards, working with an incredible team that included REACH, architect of record Ankrom Moisan Architects, design architect William Wilson Architects and general contractor Walsh Construction.

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