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Green design and construction strategies

Our world is at a critical point in its evolution. With global population climbing towards seven billion and with rapidly increasing development, carbon emissions, and degradation of ecosystems, our planet is being stressed beyond its capacity. The great test of our lifetime is to develop a new model for living and building within the earth’s capacity, while also creating a better life for all people. This is the grand challenge of our time, an exciting one, and rich with possibilities. We see this challenge as our inspiration for design: for creating innovative, healthy, and pleasant environments that people enjoy living and working in, and to do so with the least impact on our ecosystems.

Our team is committed to producing work that maximizes human potential, productivity and health. Every project is dedicated to minimizing the consumption of resources, reducing waste and pollution and restoring natural systems. We believe that neighborhood development, no matter its size, should embrace its cultural, community, urban, and natural contexts, so that the final outcome creates beauty and cultural meaning.

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Sustainability Action Plan

What is good for the planet is good for all of us. A building constructed to be healthy for humans will also be healthier for the entire planet. With this in mind, ARCADIA is designed with sustainability as its foremost motto. Its buildings, gardens, greenscapes, and plazas incorporate the best in environmentally friendly materials -locally produced, recycled, and non-toxic. ARCADIA’s homes are designed to exceed even the highest government and code standards of energy-efficiency, using half as much energy, on average, as Oregon’s strict energy code.

The design team incorporated the urban design principles of walkability, connectivity, compactness, sustainability and community to create a development that strives toward harmony with our planet. Toward this goal, the design team kept in mind the ten principles set forth in the recently developed One Planet Communities.

  1. zero carbon
  2. zero waste
  3. sustainable transport
  4. local and sustainable materials
  5. local and sustainable food
  6. sustainable water
  7. natural habitats and wildlife
  8. culture and heritage
  9. equity and fair trade
  10. health and happiness


Our immediate goal is to begin construction early this summer of 2016 and complete the community during the following Summer of 2017.

The design team of ARCADIA incorporated the urban design principles of walkability, connectivity, compactness, sustainability and community to create a development that strives toward better harmony with our planet.

ARCADIA’s Green strategies include:

Location & Linkages
Use of an existing, pre-developed site
Existing local infrastructure such as water, sewer and electrical utilities
Community Resources- close to parks, schools, restaurants, grocery stores and public transportation
Access to open spaces, including outdoor gathering spaces, paths, and a community garden
Sustainable Sites
Permeable paving
High density compact development
Landscaping designed to avoid invasive species and minimize demand for water
Water Efficiency
High-efficiency landscaping that does not require an irrigation system
Installation of highest efficiency fixtures for showers, faucets, baths and toilets, to minimize indoor water use
Energy & Atmosphere
Exceptional energy performance, meeting EARTH ADVANTAGE
Enhanced insulation and air-tightness that exceed code requirement
Natural ventilation and daylighting through high-efficiency glazing and operable windows
Highly efficient heating, cooling and ventilation system
Efficient ENERGY STAR fluorescent and LED indoor and outdoor lighting
Efficient ENERGY STAR appliances
Materials & Resources
Energy-efficient framing, resulting in a high-performance building envelope that includes more insulation, less framing lumber, and less construction waste
Elimination of building materials containing toxic compounds
Environmentally preferable products, including materials that have a high percentage of recycled content, and do not emit harmful chemicals
Use of local and durable materials, including locally produced concrete pavers, recycled steel, rapidly renewable products, recycled cellulose, and sustainably harvested wood
Indoor Environmental Quality
Reduced occupant exposure to indoor pollutants by ventilating with fresh, filtered outdoor air
Use of a high efficiency Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system to recover energy from exhaust air