From energy and water consumption, to material and product use and indoor air quality, a big part of our environmental impact happens at home. The Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board invites you to stop by the Green Home and Aging-in-Place Remodel Open House on Saturday, August 17, between 1 and 4 p.m. to learn more (2134 Wembley Park Road; parking available across the street at Uplands Elem. School). The home tour will showcase the effort that one local resident has made to inspire and encourage others to do the same.
The featured home has been significantly remodeled using sustainability as a guiding philosophy. This included the re-use of as many materials of the original house as possible, installation of highly efficient energy systems, use of a highly-insulated building envelope, and production of energy from solar sources (a 9.2 kWh solar photovoltaic array with 40 solar panels installed through the Solarize West Linn - Lake Oswego offering). The home’s design is an integration of these sustainable parameters with personal comfort and the potential future need for wheelchair accessibility.
A rainwater collection system is currently in the design phase and will be installed to reduce rainwater runoff from the home’s roof as well as collect for irrigation. Using a unique and innovative bicycle pump design, the homeowner will be able to physically pump water from collection points at the house and garage up to the back of the property to storage containers; an electrical backup pump will also be installed. Water will then run from the storage tanks by gravity to various garden and patio beds that are at lower elevations.
The homeowner chose the lot for this project specifically for its excellent solar access and site layout that allows for a single level home to ensure accessibility long into the future. Because the project was permitted as a remodel (not new construction) the footprint of the original house dictated orientation and approximate size.
Details about types of improvements made to the home, and the design and contractor team who made it possible, will be available at the home tour. For more information about the Open House, contact Susan Millhauser, Sustainability Coordinator, 503-635-0291.