Builder magazine, one of the nation’s top magazines in the industry, has published the winners of its 2008 Builder’s Choice Awards. Among the Grand Award Winners, from all over the United States: the Pringle Creek Cottage.

CATEGORY: Production/Semi-custom, less than 2,000 square feet
ENTRANT/ARCHITECT: Opsis Architecture, Portland, Ore.
BUILDER: Bilyeu Homes, Salem, Ore.
DEVELOPER: Sustainable Development, Salem

Simple in form (and therefore easy to build and easy to insulate), the home achieves significant energy savings through natural lighting and ventilation, a geothermal heat pump system, and solar roof panels. Because every design element had the potential to ­affect the energy efficiency of the home, design strategies had to have multiple benefits. “There’s more daylight in the house, the air is fresher, it’s healthier, and it’s more comfortable,” says Meyer. “This is not about compromising.”

Speaking of energy efficient homes, the Oregonian ran an article on Nov. 10, “Energy Efficiency Moving Into Homes”, with this homebuilder quote: Just as with car buyers, home buyers “don’t want to feel like they’re getting a house that’s like yesterday’s SUV. They want to feel like they’re getting a leading-edge, efficient product.”

Pringle Creek is a leader in energy-efficiency. As energy prices rise and consumers look for more durable homes and vibrant neighborhoods, Pringle Creek will continue to lead with our commitments to stewardship and community.