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PCC Newberg near net-zero goal

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No one will need to adjust the thermostat at Portland Community College’s Newberg Center on chilly days. The building itself will be able to take care of that.

The center is poised to open this fall as PCC’s first net-zero-ready building. The joint venture of R&H Construction/Colas Construction is tackling the $4.5 million project designed to generate 100 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than the average U.S. building of the same type and size. But that is dependent on whether money will be available to cover the cost of additional solar panels, according to Gary Sutton, PCC project manager.

The Newberg project, a 13,500-square-foot educational facility, is being paid for with money from a $374 million bond passed in 2008 for construction projects at seven PCC locations.

Read the rest of this article in the Daily Journal of Commerce  (January 19) discussing Portland Community College’s plans for its Newberg facility.

About Christine Egan

Christine Egan is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and has a graduate degree in land use and environmental planning. Prior to her Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic, she lived in Washington DC serving as a legislative advisor to ... more »


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