On December 13, 2007, Pringle Creek Community was honored by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council in Seattle Washington. More than 200 Cascadia members attended the gala celebration to recognize the most advanced green building projects constructed in 2007.

Cascadia Region GBC is one of the three original chapters of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization that does LEED certification. The Cascadia region covers Oregon, Washington and British Columbia but includes members from Alaska, Idaho and Montana. The Cascadia Council is the premier green building organization in the Northwest. They have forged alliances with cities, planners, architects, developers and environmental groups to promote green building policies and initiatives, including the LEED green building program.

Pringle Creek’s Cottage, designed by Opsis Architecture, was recognized as the first USGBC LEED-Platinum home in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, it’s the greenest single-family home in America according to USGBC. The 1,460 square foot cottage was one of the few single family residences included with the array of Cascadia commercial, retail and government accredited LEED projects.

At the event there was praise for Pringle Creek Cottage’s use of environmentally friendly materials, such as 100% FSC certified lumber for framing and cabinets, flooring and finish materials. They also talked about the passive solar design, the use of photovoltaic panels, the solar hot water system and the cottage home aesthetics and durability.

It was an honor to be recognized by green construction professionals and the leaders of our industry.

Don Myers