Entries by admindrx

Desert Rain House Earns First Residential Living Building Certification

Desert Rain House located in Bend, Oregon, has become the first residential compound to earn Living Building certification, the most ambitious and optimistic international standard of sustainability in the world. Developed by the International Living Future Institute, the Living Building Challenge certification requires actual, rather than modeled or anticipated, performance across environmental, social and community […]

Desert Rain Earns LEED Platinum

Desert Rain been certified LEED Platinum. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green home certification system for homes that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants. Platinum is the highest level awarded by the USGBC and is considered one of the world’s most authoritative benchmarks for […]

Controlling Weeds the Natural Way: By Hand

I’ve talked before about the wood being used in the construction of Desert Rain–how it is all either Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or reclaimed. To meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC) the project must not only incorporate, but must solely use materials that are “safe for all species throughout time” (LBC 2.0). Meticulous planning […]