The Birdhouse

The family’s primary goal for this newly built home was to be Net Positive. Other design desires included expansive views to the Columbia River Gorge and a well-constructed home with longevity, in which to raise their two children. Built on a fairly steep hillside, this project presented a variety of technical and structural challenges. The result was another ultra-efficient, three-story home with a daylit ADU basement. The house includes a hydronic heating and cooling system, HRV, a super insulated envelope, PV array, and triple-pane windows. Most notably, The Birdhouse is the second house in the world (first in the Americas) to be recognized as FSC® Certified. With our work on this innovative home, JRA raised our own bar for material sourcing and we continue to carry this achievement into our current projects. Designed by Nathan Good Architects.

Featured in:

World Wildlife Federation Magazine, Summer 2018

Our Planet: Halo films and Netflix


Earth Advantage Certification ‘Zero Energy’ and ‘Platinum’, 2019

Earth Advantage ‘Green Builder of the Year 2019: Lowest EPS’

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) ‘FSC Leadership 2018’