August 9th, 2012

Planning, Policy, and Design for Occupancy

Recently there has been a bit of a slow down in my Harpoon House updating… Mostly because there hasn’t been much new to post about. There will be more updates as some future house projects ramp up including installation of a small solar array. But for now, I wanted to mention that I have set up a blog on tumblr that has been discussing policy and planning issues, some with a Portland specific focus. In the future I will also be including updates for various Design for Occupancy projects, and other goings on related to my architecture firm.

So while things are quiet here at Harpoon House, head over to tumblr to find out what I’ve been up to and what issues are on my mind.

July 14th, 2012


Just a quick update, we are going to be on an upcoming tour of modern homes in Portland. ┬áIf you’re interested, head over to the tour web site.

January 5th, 2012


News came in today that Harpoon House has been awarded LEED Platinum. Its been a long, long process and its good to be done. Our house went counter to many of the assumptions that LEED for homes takes (heating load too small for mini-split heat pumps, no landscape irrigation), but through a few appeals we were able to proceed. Its exciting that despite the setbacks, and without currently having any power generation, smart design was able win us a Platinum rating.

October 13th, 2010

AIA Design Awards

Harpoon House is in the running for the AIA design awards this year including a “people’s choice” award. There’s a display up in the Pioneer Place mall downtown with presentation boards for all the projects that are up for the award. So if you’re downtown and want to support our house, swing on by and cast a vote for us. It’ll be up until the 21st, and there are plenty of other great projects on display, so its definitely worth a visit.

September 20th, 2010

Portland Tribune

The Portland Tribune that came out this last Thursday has an article about residential ecoroofs and pretty prominently features our house. The article is about the benefits of ecoroofs and why it makes sense to put soil and plants on your roof, and why it is a financially good idea for the city to give out grants to get people to build ecoroofs. Read the rest of this entry »

March 2nd, 2010

Harpoon [OPEN] House

Harpoon House is nearly complete. Before we pack up and move in, we’d like to invite you to come see the (mostly) finished product. Everyone is invited – please tell anyone who loves modern architecture, small homes, sustainable building and ecoroofs.

Sunday, March 14
10 am to 4 pm

SE 17th and Ash

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