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The project sponsor, REACH Community Development, is aiming to achieve Passivhaus certification.When complete in the spring of 2015, Orchards at Orenco is slated to be the largest Passivhaus-certified building in North America.

In Portland’s western suburbs, a structure is on the rise that could change the face of affordable housing in America.

Situated adjacent to the Orenco Station light rail transit stop in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Orchards at Orenco will provide 57 units of housing.

There were also concerns about the degree of airtightness that could be achieved at these spaces given the number and size of vents that would be required at the laundry rooms and elevator shaft.

This early decision has had significant ramifications on later design decisions and is currently being studied for revision as construction is progressing.

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