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Small Homes: Benefits, Trends And Policies

This presentation outlines some of the environmental benefits of smaller homes compared to other green building practices. Policy actions for encouraging small homes are discussed.

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Small Homes: Benefits, Trends And Policies

  1. 1. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Small Homes: Benefits, Trends And Policies Jordan Palmeri Oregon DEQ 503-229-6766
  2. 2. Size Matters2 +38% -18% -36% Source: Oregon DEQ Lifetime = 70 years
  3. 3. Small is effective Source: Oregon DEQ
  4. 4. Energy Trust of Oregon data (preliminary results)
  5. 5. House size has increased Source: City of Milwaukie / URBSWORKS / Paste in
  6. 6. Global House size
  7. 7. Households are getting smaller Source: City of Milwaukie and URBSWORKS 7
  8. 8. More 65+ seniors Source: Oregon AARP and US Census Bureau 8
  10. 10. REACH Code Size-based tiers in residential energy code Oregon Building Codes Division
  11. 11. Earth Advantage Revised points allocation for small homes Revised material resource points
  12. 12. Green Point Rated - California Accounts for home size and materials used in home in scoring
  13. 13. Certification and Labeling programs• LEED• Earth Advantage Size• Energy Star directly• Energy Performance Score addressed• NAHB Greenbuilding / ICC 700• Living Building Challenge Size not• Passive House directly addressed
  14. 14. Energy Trust of Oregon Increased the incentives for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
  15. 15. Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Potential15
  16. 16. Energy Trust Incentive Requirements Requirements for full “new home” incentives: • ADU must have its own USPS mailing address separate from main residence • ADU must receive an Energy Performance Score (full incentive available through EPS) • ADU must receive its own third party verification • ADU must be detached from the main residence • ADU must be intended to be used as a residence • Detached structure must be permitted as an ADU • Builder or owner builder must be a trade ally with New Homes programPhoto: Jordan Palmeri
  17. 17. System Development Charge (SDC) waivers $ 7 – 12K savings Portland: April 15, 2010 and June 30, 2013 Wilsonville: Permanent
  18. 18. Portland permit data
  19. 19. Space-efficient housing workgroup • Oregon DEQ • University of Oregon • Oregon DLCD • AARP Oregon • Metro • Greenhammer • City of Portland • Orange Splot, LLC • City of Eugene • Cascadia Region Green Building Council • OHBA • Numerous space-efficient housing advocates Drawing:
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  21. 21. Past EventsAppraising ADUs – a new method At Metro Building Bus tour bike tour of Bike tourADUs and Tiny Homes
  22. 22. Upcoming Events October 26th, 2012 Portland
  23. 23. Thank You!23 Jordan Palmeri – Oregon DEQ – 503-229-6766 – – greenbuilding.htm