John Muir Circle-35Homes at Pringle Creek Community are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified at the gold and platinum levels meaning their building materials, building processes, and use has a minimal negative impact upon the environment.  These homes also are very energy efficient, most currently using our geothermal system to heat and cool their homes and requiring little energy to power resident’s needs due to abundant natural lighting and built-in efficiencies.

We also have Net Zero Energy buildings.  Our community center, Painters Hall, is beyond Net Zero since it’s 220 kWh solar array along with it’s connection to the geothermal system work together to ensure that the building creates MORE energy annually than it uses.  It is the first commercial Net Zero building in the Pacific Northwest!  This principle of Net Zero, or Zero Net Energy, along with LEED certification, is a guiding principle for our newest home located in our Net Zero Loop where the slope of the property offers optimal sun exposure.

Recently, EcoWatch, an online informational ‘magazine’ featured an article about a Zero Net Energy community underway in southern California.  I thought it might be of interest to this audience as it underscores what we’ve had going on here, in Salem, Oregon, for years!  Enjoy – and come over to Pringle Creek Community for a visit!