A wonderful large spread from the Salem Statesman Journal, focused on the energy- and resource-efficiency of the homes at Pringle Creek Community: Project reflects push for efficiency. This “idea house” is loaded with smart innovations and environmental features.

I think there is a little bit of a sea change now,” said Mark Kogut of Opsis Architecture. “There are a lot of people looking for less in size and more in quality.”

Over the home’s lifetime, owners can expect to pay significantly less in energy bills than their counterparts in a conventional home.

The model cottage house is expected to perform more than 35 percent better than homes built to Oregon’s building code and 50 percent better than federal building codes.

“Energy is the big footprint of a house over its lifetime,” said Christopher Dymond of the Oregon Department of Energy. “The bulk (of homes) are built to bare minimum code. Ten percent are going to Energy Star and Earth Advantage levels. But this home, this is the top 1 percent of performance.”