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Allies for Efficiency: Free webinar and video building tour on August 24

AUGUST 24, 2021 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Argyle Gardens: Exploring the future of modular cohousing for low-income and formerly unhoused individuals

Join us on August 24 to learn about Argyle Gardens, an innovative housing development in North Portland that used energy-efficient modular building design to create affordable housing for formerly unhoused individuals. During this free webinar and video tour, we will take a closer look at the new development, which consists of 71 affordable studio and single-resident occupancy apartment units.

Argyle Gardens is one of the region’s first multifamily housing developments built mostly off-site. It combines the financial advantages of modular construction with shared living arrangements to decrease operating costs and keep rents affordable—as low as $295 a month. A panel of experts will explore the budgetary benefits of cohousing and modular construction, as well as the ways these approaches can help build community and provide a support network for residents of Argyle Gardens.

The project enrolled in Energy Trust’s New Buildings program, and by incorporating energy-efficient bathroom fixtures (such as showerheads, bath aerators and fans), interior lighting and condensing tankless water heaters, it received over $6,270 in incentives. The project has an estimated annual energy savings of 29,040 kWh and 2,450 therms, and estimated annual utility bill savings of $4,200.


Tony Bernal, senior director of public policy & funding, Transition Projects
Ben Ott, associate, Holst Architecture
Brian Layman, project manager, Walsh Construction
Nathan Young, CEO and principle builder, Modular Design & Fabrication, MODS PDX
Katie Martin, construction manager, Elemental Energy
Trisha Paul, outreach manager, Energy Trust New Buildings


Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Panelist presentations and Q&A: 12 to 1:15 p.m.
Video building tour: 1:15 to 1:30 p.m.


Date: August 24, 2021

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Event Category: Commercial, New Buildings



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