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Green Building of the Week: Desert Rain, a Living Building Challenge home, in Bend, Oregon

Allison Friedman MA, United States 0 Ratings 335 Discussions 88 Group posts

Posted by: Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

Presenting: Desert Rain, a Living Building Challenge home, in Bend, Oregon

• Main House + Two Detached Apartments and 3 Garages
• Warm, Modern, Clean + Super Green
• 100% net-zero energy
• 100% self-contained rainwater collection
• 100% processing of wastewater
• Carbon neutral and red list approved


Tom Elliott and Barbara Scott set out to build a LEED green home and then decided to challenge their team to pursuse the Living Building Challenge, which meant a complete redesign among other challenges.

Visit the Desert Rain web site to learn more: http://desertrainhouse.com/

One of the best parts of this site is the photo gallery, where you can see the community it takes to build a leading edge green building: http://desertrainhouse.com/desert-rain-home/photo-gallery/.

According to author Juliet Grable, "Desert Rain is much more than a green home built in a challenging climate; it is a dynamic demonstration project; an educational wellspring, and a sustainability legacy. It is also the first residential project in the world to reach for full certification under the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous green building certification program ever created."

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