Pringle Creek Community is excited to announce a free event called, Lessons from a Pioneering Net Zero Building, centered around sustainability and lessons learned with the restoration of historic Painters Hall, the first LEED Platinum certified community building in the nation. Green building expands beyond Painters Hall, with homes using renewable energy and sustainable materials to provide a more self sufficient and healthy community. Take a glance at some Pringle Creek designs to inspire future home building ideas. 

Net Zero Building

Regional Allies for Efficiency – Salem, Oregon
Lessons from a Pioneering Net Zero Building, Painters Hall at
Pringle Creek Community

In 2011, Painters Hall Community Center at Pringle Creek Community in Salem, Oregon, became the first certified net-zero energy commercial building in the state. Originally built in the 1930s the building was renovated to LEED Platinum Energy Building Standard in 2010 while accomplishing five of the Living Building Challenge Petals: Site, Energy, Equity, Beauty and Process.

This innovative, sustainable and low-cost rehabilitation of an existing building is a great example of the potential in our existing building stock. Painters Hall features salvaged and recycled building materials, high-efficiency windows, lighting and HVAC upgrades, FSC wood products, rainwater harvesting and dual flush toilets, energy monitoring, a zero waste operations strategy and a 20.2 kW rooftop solar system.

The Community Center serves as a space for social gatherings, office space, art gallery, and event venue and would not have been possible without the leadership at Pringle Creek Community, a residential development founded on principles of environmental sustainability.

Join Energy Trust on January 5th to network with your local building design and construction community, and hear the Painters Hall design and management team discuss the initial building design process. Learn the strategies they used to achieve net-zero, lessons learned from the process, and how the building has been operating for the last five years.

Professionals taking this training are eligible for 2 AIA LU/HSW continuing education credits.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of a design process that establishes energy performance goals and opportunities to achieve them.
  • Demonstrate how every aspect of a design contributes to achieving net-zero performance primarily through reduction of energy loads and usage.
  • Discuss strategies implemented at Pringle Creek to achieve net-zero performance.
  • Identify technical challenges in operating and maintaining a net-zero commercial building.


James Meyer, Town Architect at Pringle Creek Community

Jonathan Schachter, Director of Development at Sustainable Development Inc.

Jeff Becksfort, Senior Associate at PAE

Time and Date:
Thursday, January 5th, 2016

*You must attend this event in person in Salem, Oregon – there will not be a webinar option available for this event.*

Cover image courtesy of ILFI