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Professor Elliot Gall and Electrical Engineering Student Naveen Daham

Residents of Ankeny Row welcomed researchers from the PSU Green Building Research Lab (www.pdx.edu/green-building) that are  are investigating the intersection of energy use, outdoor air quality, and indoor environmental quality at Ankeny Row. The built environment consumes 41% of the energy produced in the U.S, in turn contributing 39% of U.S. CO2 emissions. While building energy consumption must be reduced, for a solution to be effective it must consider the impact on the quality of the indoor environment. Researchers at the GBRL are interested in studying Ankeny Row due to its combination of airtight building envelope design, advanced HVAC systems, and on-site solar PV electricity generation as well as its record of meeting net-zero energy consumption or better.  Researchers have recently deployed monitoring equipment that measures site environmental conditions, particulate matter levels, and carbon dioxide levels in and around the residences. The researchers are also measuring real-time energy consumption in each home. They expect this data to shed light on how indoor air quality, outdoor air quality, and energy use are related in high-performance building stock. For example, the GBRL researchers will analyze the data to observe whether degraded outdoor air quality drives changes in energy production, consumption, and indoor exposure to air pollution.

Selecting exterior paint colors IMG_7364

This is the super heat recovery ventilator in the back units, seen on yesterday's tour.  The 3" tubes will bring indoor air the the HRV, which will draw heat out of the incoming air and pump the air out through a single vent to the outside.  Then the HRV will pull air inside, transferrting the heat to the incoming air.  Neato!

This is the super heat recovery ventilator in the back units, seen on the  owner’s tour yesterday. The 3″ tubes will bring indoor air the the HRV, which will draw heat out of the incoming air and pump the air out through a single vent to the outside. Then the HRV will pull air inside, transferring the heat to the incoming air.

Geo-piers have been installed to support the foundation, excavation is shaping the site, rough in plumbing is completed.

Stacks of foam await installation under concrete foundation for insulation

Stacks of foam await installation under concrete foundation for insulation

The original two couples who started Ankeny Row, Dick Benner and Lavinia Gordon and Francie and Michael Royce  are excited that we have been joined by four other couples to build Ankeny Row.  Each residence has been spoken for.  The original couples who owned the site transferred the property  to Ankeny Row LLC and all four new partners signed  on to the Ankeny Row LLC operating agreement last week.  Our next steps are working with Green Hammer to prepare construction documents.

Cozy Private Courtyard

 

North two story townhouse with 1,456 net square feet, private patio and balcony with shared courtyard and common room

The three bedroom, west townhouse, with a garden view is still available.

Five of the Ankeny Row units have been spoken for.  Four townhouses and the loft condo  above the  common room have all been chosen by Ankeny Row partners. For more information call 503 803 7936 or email froyce@comcast.net or follow this link Urban Green Living