Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
- Bend, OR
- Structural Engineer:
- Walker Structural Engineering
- Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co.
- Award Category:
- Green Building by Design
- Lara Swimmer Photography
In addition to reflecting the Unitarian principles of inclusiveness, exploration, community and warmth, meaningful sustainability was a key goal for this wood-frame project. Features include (among others) optimal orientation for passive solar heating, radiant floor heating, natural ventilation, on-site storm-water collection and the use of certified wood products. The roof was constructed to hold enough solar panels to make the building net zero energy, and conduits have been installed so panels can be easily added at a later date. The project, which achieved Platinum Certification under the Earth Advantage program, consists of 2x exterior wall framing with a combination of manufactured gang-nail trusses and I-joists spanning to large glulam and steel wide-flange girders.