Ashland boasts many historic homes and a number of new homes built to reflect that style with numerous Craftsman features. Ashland has a distinct Urban Growth Boundary created to avoid sprawl. Everywhere you look there is the feeling of open space. The use of natural materials indoors and out has created a palette that displays the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The housing market in Ashland has recovered strongly from the recession of 2008-2011, seeing home values rising once again. While the real estate industry was impacted, the quality of life and on-going appeal of living in Ashland lessened the impact in comparison to the rest of the region. The construction business in Ashland and all of southern Oregon was challenged by the recession but has shown recovery and improvement.
The City of Ashland is very committed to green building practices as well. The Ashland Conservation Division was established more than 20 years ago and is responsible for operating water, recycling, air quality and energy conservation programs. The division works with the Ashland School District, Southern Oregon University, Ashland businesses and residents to increase the efficiency of their resource usage. The Conservation Division offers energy and water expertise, programs and guidance to Ashland residents and contractors. Zero interest loans or cash incentives are available to both residential and business customers for implementing the efficient use of electric energy in both new construction and existing homes. Solar electric system and solar water heating incentives are also available in addition to tax credits available through the Oregon Department of Energy. The Conservation Staff also conducts free on site home energy and water analysis reviews to identify ways to increase efficiency.
For more information on resource efficiency and conservation in Ashland, or to get started building your green home, please contact the City of Ashland’s Conservation Division at 541-488-5306 or visit www.ashland.or.us/conserve.
In addition to the City of Ashland’s green building policies, there are also environmentally friendly companies that offer remodeling and commercial development. D.A. Boldt Construction is a certified green builder who offers both residential and commercial new construction and remodeling. Reichenshammer Building and Design is a Green Business Council Member through the Oregon Home Builders Association and Mike Neely, president of Ken Krumdieck Inc., is a Certified Green Professional in the industry.
In 2011, design-build firm Green Hammer expanded its Oregon operations into Ashland by breaking ground on its first planned LEED Platinum project in the region. Since opening doors in 2002, the Portland founded firm has won multiple green building and design awards, constructing some of the first LEED Platinum housing projects in the nation. More recently Green Hammer has been leading the NW charge on the German adopted Passive House design standard and creating Net Zero Energy and Net Zero water buildings. With a fully integrated team of Architects, Construction experts and Energy consultants, Green Hammer further promotes and develops the burgeoning green building movement in Ashland and throughout the Rogue Valley.
In addition, Ashland has companies like Adroit Construction, which focus primarily on large commercial development and construction, in addition to smaller builders, contractors and developers whose focus is also on building quality projects. Communities such as Mountain Meadows Retirement Community, which has won national acclaim, are architecturally designed around Ashland’s beautiful natural setting.
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The ENERGY STAR label is awarded to homes that are built by following the North West Energy Star Single Family homes requirements, resulting in homes that are at least 15% more energy efficient than code homes. These savings are typically achieved through a combination of tight duct systems, ENERGY STAR qualified windows, increased insulation levels, and high-efficiency water heating equipment, appliances, and lighting. For more information on the northwest version of this national program, check out the websitewww.northwestenergystar.com.
The City offers this program for sustainable new residential construction. Since all Earth Advantage homes must meet ENERGY STAR home standards, an Earth Advantage home is also at least 15% more energy efficient than a code home and is designed and built to provide its occupants with comfort and quality. An Earth Advantage home also has special features that ensure its occupants lower energy bills, healthier indoor air, reduced impact on the environment, and conservation of natural resources. The home must pass diagnostic tests which demonstrate that the house and duct system are tight and energy efficient. Call to find out what current incentive levels are for homes that are both Earth Advantage and ENERGY STAR certified. (The homebuyer may be eligible to receive additional City rebates and/or State tax credits, depending on the measures installed). For more information on this program, check out the website www.earthadvantage.com or visit the Conservation Division website at www.ashland.or.us/conserve.
For more information on residential energy conservation programs, call (541) 552-2063.