Register for Allies for Efficiency 2.0 on December 7

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At the December Allies for Efficiency event, design teams from two recently completed projects— Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon and Cowhorn Vineyard—will discuss sustainability goals and impact on the overall design concept, how each project developed, and the challenges, successes and lessons learned.

Time and date:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Presentation 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Networking 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.


Ecotrust Building
721 NW 9th Avenue (2nd Floor, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center)
Portland, OR 97209

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by registering.


Jonah Cohen, Principal, Hacker Architects
Marc Brune, Associate Principal, PAE Consulting Engineers
Erica Dunn, Architect, Green Hammer
Alex Boetzel, Chief Operations Officer, Green Hammer

About the projects:

The new home of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon is an 18,000-square foot structure located west of downtown Bend where urban meets wildland. Understanding the immediate and long-term benefits of energy-efficient design, the congregation was committed to using sustainable building practices. High-performing technology is seamlessly blended into the building’s design at many levels—from the arrangement of its spaces to the sophisticated heating systems.

Cowhorn Vineyard is an award-winning, biodynamic vineyard nestled in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley. When owners Bill and Barbara Steele looked to create a new tasting room and case storage area for their growing business, sustainability goals were high on their list of priorities. The new tasting room is seeking full Living Building Certification—the first in the Rogue Valley—and used Passive House principles and strategies to become net-zero ready.

Course objectives:

  • Understand the importance of the early design process for establishing energy performance goals; learn strategies for a successfully integrated design process that prioritizes energy savings and sustainability
  • Summarize the passive and active cooling, heating, ventilation and lighting strategies used in each project
  • Identify technical challenges in the projects’ design and construction, particularly related to energy performance
  • Summarize the building envelope strategies used to create low-load buildings