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Open House Earth Day Event in Portland, Oregon

March 26th, 2015  |  Published in Events & Promotions




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Zola is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Ankeny Row Earth Day Fundraiser, which will take place at a project that was recently outfitted with Zola’s Thermo Wood windows and doors.  Ankeny Row, a recently completed, net-zero energy community designed and built by Green Hammer, welcomes visitors to an Earth Day fundraiser showcasing sustainable living and green design.

Ankeny Row was designed to meet the stringent Passive House standard, and achieve Earth Advantage Platinum and Net-Zero-Energy certifications. Utilizing a combination of super-insulated, airtight construction, heat-recovery ventilation and passive solar heating, the homes’ heating loads have been reduced by 90% compared to typical new homes. The buildings will produce all of their own energy from rooftop solar arrays, allowing them to achieve net-zero energy performance. The structures were built entirely with Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)-certified wood products, including Zola Thermo Wood meranti windows and doors.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 3 pm – 6 pm, partners in this six-townhome urban infill community in SE Portland will open their doors to the public. During this time, Green Hammer, Synchro Solar, Zola Windows and other project partners will lead tours of and be available to answer questions about the project’s innovative design features. Proceeds from this event will benefit Green Empowerment, a Portland-based nonprofit that provides villages in the developing world with access to clean water and electricity through renewable energy.

Event Details

WHAT: Ankeny Row Earth Day Fundraiser Benefitting Green Empowerment
Built on a once-vacant 12,600-square-foot brownfield site, Ankeny Row is a net-zero energy urban infill community that includes six craftsman-style townhomes and a shared common building, garden and courtyard. During this event, get a tour of Ankeny Row from design-build firm Green Hammer, learn about its solar system from Synchro Solar, and get insights on Passive House design from Zola Windows. Plus, learn about the work being done around the world by Portland-based nonprofit Green Empowerment. Light refreshments will be served.

WHERE: Ankeny Row, SE 25th and Ankeny Street in Portland, Oregon

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3 pm – 6 pm (three separate tours during that time).

COST: Tickets are $15 per person and available to the public through greenempowerment.org.

About Green Empowerment 


Green Empowerment is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, that provides villages in the developing world access to clean water and electricity through renewable energy. Green Empowerment has in-country partners and current projects in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Kenya, the Philippines, Malaysia (Borneo) and along the Thai/Myanmar border, as well as regional networks involving biogas, small wind-turbines, and micro-hydroelectricity. Since 1997, Green Empowerment has enabled over 24,000 people to electrify their homes with renewable energy and 16,000 people to connect to clean water sources, while helping 224,000 patients utilize health clinics with modern lighting. More info: www.greenempowerment.org