Entries by Kelly

You’re Invited: Upcoming Tour and Living Building Challenge Presentation

Would you like to learn about the Living Building Challenge? Would you like to see the structures, systems, materials, and components that make Desert Rain an ‘extreme green’ project? Would you like to meet the owners and hear how the dream began? Join us for the upcoming tour and Living Building Challenge orientation presentation by […]

Water in the Wetland

The constructed wetland at Desert Rain is nearly finished, full of filtration materials, and holding water. After many months of design, permits pending, frustrations, and perseverance (see July 25 blog, Leading the Way to Yes)– watching the water flow into the wetland is a welcome sight.  Whole Water Systems president, Morgan Brown, and engineer, Patrick Fitzgerald […]

Leading the Way to ‘YES’ – Permits and Policy

The 3 ½ year epic journey over water is ending a chapter this week as work begins on the constructed wetland at Desert Rain.  For Morgan Brown, President of Whole Water Systems, ‘ the odyssey through the permitting process has been intellectually and professionally, frustrating and fascinating’. Whole Water Systems analyzed water and wastewater needs, […]

Good Wood

To meet the Materials Petal of the Living Building Challenge, all lumber used on the Desert Rain structures must be either reclaimed or  Forest Stewardship Council – certified.  As stated on their website, the mission of the Forest Stewardship Council  is to ‘promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests’.  The process of […]

Cause for a Hullabaloo

A fleet of construction vehicles, workers, and projects are underway this week at Desert Rain. There is a bit of a hullabaloo over the recent news about water. Last Wednesday, the city of Bend approved the plan to treat and reuse the wastewater from the sinks, showers, and laundry by processing it through a constructed, […]