Desert Rain House: Resilient Building, Sustainable Living in the High Desert
Desert Rain House is one of the world’s greenest houses. The highly innovative residential project, located in Bend, Oregon, is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes and to harvest all the water needed from the snow and rain that falls on its roofs. The buildings are beautifully integrated into the site and crafted with organic, local and regional materials, each with a valuable story worth hearing.
Desert Rain is much more than a green home built in a challenging climate; it is a dynamic demonstration project; an educational wellspring, and a sustainability legacy. It is also the first residential project in the world to reach for full certification under the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous green building certification program ever created.
Follow visionary homeowners Barbara Scott and Tom Elliott, along with their talented and passionate team of designers, builders, and water systems engineers, as they navigate the many technical and regulatory obstacles to building a residential Living Building near the heart of downtown Bend. As a part of the first wave of groundbreaking publications in the Living Building Challenge Series, Desert Rain House: Resilient Building, Sustainable Living in the High Desert vividly documents the trials, frustrations, innovations, and triumphs as the Desert Rain team pioneers the way for others who wish to build sustainable, regenerative homes and communities.
|About the Author||
Juliet Grable’s passion for regenerative design and construction began with a visit to a permaculture institute fifteen years ago. A background in natural history and ecology plus hands-on experience building a small, sustainable home inform her perspective. Juliet currently serves as the Managing Editor for Green Builder Magazine; in addition, she contributes to a number of regional and national publications on issues ranging from watershed restoration to managing urban deer populations. She also writes essays, short stories and poetry, mostly for her own edification. She is grateful to live in Oregon’s Southern Cascades with her partner Brint and cat Henri.