Branding & Building a Passive House
The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living (CASL) is a student-run organization at the University of Oregon meant to inspire ecologically and socially conscious living practices through experiential learning.
The group, founded in 2002, acquired a home to retrofit with the latest green building technology. The CASL house will soon operate as a state-of-the-art demonstration home for low-impact living near campus. CASL holds workshops, classes, and tours that connect University of Oregon students and faculty with community organization and local professionals. Ultimately, the house at 1801 Moss Street in Eugene will be the home of three CASL Directors who will facilitate tours, maintain the grounds, and will be exemplars of easy and economical living.
This project was created in collaboration with dozens of volunteering students, neighbors, and green building professionals for the past 12 years. It has been a hands-on student-led design-build project spanning Architecture, Landscape, Interiors, Environmental Studies, and Journalism departments inspiring classes in Urban Farming, Permaculture, Advanced Technology, Design Studio, and more.
Students have used the CASL house to understand green construction methods and put their experimental designs into practice. Since 2008, the house has had:
Gut to studs
Rafter structural supports
New standing seam metal roof *
Bioswale & rainwater catchment
Interior denim insulation
Sealed plywood enclosure
Interior sprayfoam insulation in crevices, eaves, attic
Additional interior stud wall
Triple-pane passive house windows & doors
Replaced plumbing, electrical*
Heat exchanger installed*
Exterior rigid Insulation
Cedar siding & low VOC Paint
Earthen plaster demonstrations
Harvesting potlucks & picnics
Asterisk ( * ) denotes hired professional contractor
Passive House Construction
Marketing & Public Relations
Accounting & Fundraising
Special thanks to my dedicated colleagues Bob Jones (Advisor), Peter Reppe (Passive House Consultant), Rebecca Seward (Co-Director, Construction Manager & Graduate Administrative Fellow), Mike Beamer (Co-Director), Shannon Arms (Graduate Administrative Fellow), Andrew Cohen (Co-Director & Construction Manager), Kaeli Nolte (Coordinator), and Grace Bennett.