Register for December Allies for Efficiency on December 15

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In 2011, Painters Hall Community Center at Pringle Creek Community in Salem became the first certified net-zero energy commercial building in the state. Built in the 1930s, the building was renovated to LEED Platinum standards and accomplished five of the Living Building Challenge Petals: Site, Energy, Equity, Beauty and Process.

The community center serves as office space, an art gallery and an event venue. Painters Hall features salvaged and recycled building materials, high-efficiency windows, lighting and HVAC upgrades, FSC wood products, rainwater harvesting and dual flush toilets, energy monitoring, a zero-waste operations strategy and a 20.2-kilowatt rooftop solar system.

Join Energy Trust at the December Allies for Efficiency event to hear Painters Hall’s design and management team discuss the building design process and network with your local building design and construction community.

December Allies for Efficiency: Lessons from a Pioneering Net Zero Building, Painters Hall at Pringle Creek Community

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Lunch and networking 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presentation 12:00.- 1:30 p.m.
Building tour 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.


Painters Hall – Pringle Creek Community Center
3911 Village Center Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of a design process that establishes energy performance goals and opportunities to achieve them
  • Demonstrate how every aspect of a design contributes to achieving net-zero performance, primarily through reduction of energy loads and usage
  • Discuss strategies implemented at Pringle Creek to achieve net-zero performance
  • Identify technical challenges in operating and maintaining a net-zero commercial building


  • James Meyer, Town Architect at Pringle Creek Community
  • Jonathan Schachter, Director of Development at Sustainable Development Inc.
  • Jeff Becksfort, Senior Associate at PAE