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On the market: Cool, smart, green Earth Advantage-built homes for sale (photos)

In this week's real estate gallery, we look at houses inspected and tested ... smart green features to make it one of the largest, luxury shelters in Oregon to earn platinum-level Earth Advantage Certification. Heating and cooling are estimated to run ...

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Gallery: Smart, green Earth Advantage-built homes for sale Comment By Janet Eastman The Oregonian/OregonLive Freezing temperatures, cranked up thermostats and elevated heating bills motivate people to look for ways to cut home utilities costsMaybe it's time to repair, remodel or move? Earth Advantage, a Portland-based nonprofit, certifies that homes are what's called "high performance." That is, the use of natural materials, energy- and water-efficient products and enhanced insulation create a more comfortable, long-term cost-saving and eco-friendly abode In this week's real estate gallery, we look at houses inspected and tested to pass Earth Advantage requirements that are stricter than city building codesFeatures include air- and moisture-sealing, efficient heating and cooling and mechanical ventilation systems, and overall comfort and durability. Antonio Chimuku of Chimuku Mechanical & Construction remodels homes to meet higher Earth Advantage requirementsOn the market now is a house he built from the ground up that has earned platinum-certified status. Don't think of a hippie yurt or tiny house made with reclaimed building materialsThese new dwellings have improved wall and window insulation that cuts heating and cooling costs plus other green features. A new house on the 2016 Street of Dreams had enough cool, smart green features to make it one of the largest, luxury shelters in Oregon to earn platinum-level Earth Advantage CertificationHeating and cooling are estimated to run $200 a month. Chimuku approached his project at 4918 NE 12th Aveknowing it's pricey to construct a high performing home that will benefit the owners and the planet over time"We build it as if it were our personal property," he says"At the end of the day, homeowners are going to live there for a long time and I want them to be comfortable and happy." Sharing the 3,920-square-foot lot is a detached secondary, smaller dwelling unit that can earn income for the property owners in the high-rent King neighborhood, which is part of the expanded Alberta Arts district. The asking price for the 2,593-square-foot main house and secondary house: $965,000. See other energy-saving, Earth Advantage-certified homes on the market. // -- Janet Eastman jeastman@oregonian.com503-799-8739@janeteastman View Comments /* */ About Us About Our Journalists Contact the newsroom Join our team Frequently Asked Questions Subscriber Services Advertise with us Subscribe Today The Oregonian Email Newsletters Already a Subscriber Manage your Subscription Delivery Feedback Place a vacation hold Make a payment Sections News Business Sports High School Sports Entertainment Opinion Legal Notices Obituaries Videos Weather Sitemap & search Your Regional News Pages Clackamas County Gresham Portland Washington County Mobile iPhone, Android apps | Tablet Apps More on Classifieds Jobs Autos Rentals Real Estate Post a job Post a classified ad Sell your car Sell/rent your home Sponsor Content Local Deals Follow Us Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest | Instagram | Tumblr Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

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