building workshops

Kids and ladies DIY building classes in partnership with TAL Holdings LLC throughout Oregon and Washington as well as Gorge MakerSpace in White Salmon. We are also available for private workshops at your location. Contact us to learn more.

 

Home energy labels

Licensed and authorized to provide Oregon Home Energy Scores, specializing in pre-construction assessments. We verify new EPS homes and provide HERS Ratings for new and existing homes.

resilient homes

Energy modeling, blower door testing and sustainability consulting for new and existing homes. We offer Earth Advantage home certification in the Gorge and are currently building an off-grid zero net energy ICF home.

Community empowerment through Building classes

Enerstructa offers free DIY building classes for women and kids in partnership with: Tum-A-Lum Lumber in Hood River, The Dalles and Pendleton, Oregon; Gerretsen Building Supply in Roseburg, Oregon; Marson and Marson Lumber in Leavenworth and Cle Elum, Washington; and Browne’s Home Center in Friday Harbor, Washington. Projects have included block lamps, bird houses, tool boxes, candle holders and more! Make your own from our Projects page by clicking on the photos for instructions.

We offer women's woodworking series in partnership with Gorge MakerSpace in White Salmon, Washington. During these 4-6 weekly classes, women learn basic skills and tool safety, build confidence and friendships, and design and build their own projects. Projects have included tables, benches, stools, drying racks and wall art! Sign up for upcoming series here!

We also offer private parties for birthdays, workgroups and events at your location which you can schedule by contacting us.

WHAT IS A HOME ENERGY LABEL?

Home Energy Labels reveal the energy performance of a home and the energy efficient assets in a home independent from occupant behavior. For existing homes, labels typically include a list of recommended upgrades to improve comfort and reduce energy bills. For new homes, labels highlight advanced energy measures that push toward net-zero energy where homes produce as much as they consume. These labels can be made publicly available to homebuyers to better understand the costs of homeownership. Home energy labeling creates economic development, clarifies energy cost burdens for residents and reduces energy use by providing a pathway for homeowners to identify and access special financing to make energy savings improvements.

Use EPS to Find a Home That’s Built to Perform

Brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, EPS is an energy performance score that helps smart homebuyers find homes that offer superior efficiency, comfort and savings. EPS lets you look behind the walls to see the true energy impact of a home. It reveals the estimated energy costs, the environmental impact, and it highlights specific energy-efficient features.

To earn a score, homes are third-party tested to be at least 10 percent above code with energy-saving solutions such as high-performance insulation, tight construction and efficient heating and cooling. EPS is compatible with other widely recognized energy ratings, and stands as a true symbol of top-quality construction.

Enerstructa is a third-party verifier for EPS homes in the Columbia River Gorge. EPS is similar to a Home Energy Score but includes a deeper analysis of a home's energy consumption, utility costs and carbon footprint through energy modeling. As part of EPS, we perform blower door testing which measures air tightness. We also test duct systems to ensure they are well sealed and insulated. We work with contractors throughout the design and construction process to support new cost effective ways to increase efficiency and durability in the homes they build. Contractors receive utility funded incentives for increased performance based energy efficiency measures.

We are a certified Sustainable Homes Professional, Home Energy Assessor, HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, and an Energy Trust of Oregon Trade Ally Contractor.

Talk to us about our EPS home verifications, or visit www.energytrust.org/eps to learn more.

More information is available at https://www.oregon.gov/energy/save-energy/Pages/HEPS.aspx

Search for a home to see how it scores: https://us.greenbuildingregistry.com/

City of Portland Home Energy Score
City of Portland Home Energy Score

WHAT IS A RESILIENT HOME?

Resilient homes are affordable, durable, comfortable, healthy and energy efficient. They reduce the cost of homeownership through built in energy and water consumption savings. They include sustainable building materials that contribute to better indoor air quality. They are performance tested for air tightness and mechanical ventilation which ensures long term comfort and durability.

Earth Advantage certified homes reward you and your family with the quality of a home that reflects your lifestyle choices. All certified homes comply with prerequisites that assure construction best practices are implemented. The number of additional elective measures determine the certification level of each home; Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Zero Energy. Third-party certification ensures five key areas of building a sustainable home are met: energy, health, land, materials, and water.

More information is available at https://www.earthadvantage.org/creating-change/new-home-certification.html

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