While the concrete for the cistern continues to cure, activity is picking up on the work for the roofing, gutters and downspouts. Tyler Sanden and Theron McClure, from River Roofing of Bend, were on site today prepping the fascia, which will be wrapped with steel. The steel for the roof, gutters and downspouts is coming to Bend from Kalama, Washington. It arrives at River Roofing in large coils, or rolls. River Roofing will fabricate all elements here in Bend.
I talked with Jim Fagan, of Timberline Construction, about the steel roofing in February. “Steel is one of the things that LBC [Living Building Challenge] refers to as globally sourced. There’s a lot of recycled content in almost all steel now, and you can get it from anywhere. But obviously if we can buy a coil of steel from somewhere in the Northwest, we’re going to stay close.”
These elements form the first stage of water collection, which is essential for Desert Rain to be net-zero water and to achieve LBC Water Petal certification (see the Standard, page 19). Being “net-zero water” means that Desert Rain uses only the precipitation that is available to it on site. In addition to only using what nature gives, Desert Rain will also feature ultra-efficient plumbing fixtures. LBC is a performance-based standard, meaning that certification is only granted after performance is proven over a 12-month period. The build-up is a long one, but it’s something that Tom and Barb are completely ready for—and absolutely committed to.
We have some video from today’s work on the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/desertrainhouse