|
|
DailyTidings.com
  • Green Hammer is here to stay

    Sustainable design firm plans to open Ashland office
  • Portland-based sustainable building design and consulting firm Green Hammer wants to nail down sustainable building practices in the Rogue Valley.
    • email print
  • Portland-based sustainable building design and consulting firm Green Hammer wants to nail down sustainable building practices in the Rogue Valley.
    The company's founder and president, Stephen Aiguier, announced plans to open a location in Ashland early this month.
    Green Hammer's energy-efficient building experts have been working on an ultra-low-energy-consuming home in Ashland for the past year, and now they don't want to leave, Aiguier said.
    The 5,300-square-foot home perched above Ashland at the top of Strawberry Lane was at first a one-time venture in Southern Oregon for the firm, which typically sticks to the Willamette Valley where its connections to other sustainable-building industries are strong, he said.
    The Ashland home, not unique to Green Hammer's portfolio, was built using only Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood from Ashland Lumber and should achieve LEED Platinum certification, Aiguier said.
    The acronym stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certification developed by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.
    The Ashland home will consume as much energy as a house about an eighth its size, he said.
    "I don't see us doing anything that isn't already being done in the Rogue Valley," he said. "I really see us just hopefully turning the volume up for sustainable building in the region.
    "We're really looking to collaborate with what is an already incredibly talented region of craftspeople and designers."
    Much of the firm's success in Southern Oregon will depend on creating connections among forestland owners, sawmills, lumberyards and a variety of contractors who have the best interest of the natural environment in mind, he said.
    Reader Reaction
      • calendar