Despite having some of the cheapest electricity in the country, Oregon remains one of the most energy-efficient states in the nation. Only Massachusetts, California, and New York scored higher. The cost of electricity in all three of these states is much higher than in Oregon. In fact, Californians pay almost twice as much for electricity as Oregonians..
The national model codes are finally recognizing strawbale construction. The ICC action will have little effect in Oregon because strawbale construction standards have been part of the Oregon Residential Specialty (ORSC) since 1998.
For the past few years, much of the activity in the commercial construction sector has focused less on new construction and more on remodeling existing buildings. Major remodels are a great opportunity to not only increase occupant safety through seismic upgrades, but they are also the best and most cost-effective time to update other building systems to increase performance.
EV Registrations in Oregon by County - Credit: ODOT
Oregon continues to be among the top 10 markets in the country for electric vehicle (EV) sales and charger installations.
Nyberg Woods Shopping Center with 1080 Watt Metal Halides - Credit: Energy Trust
Nyberg Woods Shopping Center with 254 Watt LEDs - Credit: Energy Trust
LEDs are revolutionizing lighting. In addition to being about 80 to 90% more efficient than the traditional incandescent light bulb, recent technological breakthroughs have dramatically improved the light quality of light emitting diodes (LEDs). They also last from seven to ten years.