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ULI Northwest: Burnside Boardwalk project focuses on energy efficiency and solar energy production

To see innovation on display, take the Blue Line on Portland’s light rail train to the East 162nd station. Directly across the street is Burnside Boardwalk, a carbon-neutral, affordable housing project that is expected to be complete by the end of 2021.

SEED LLC, the firm building Burnside Boardwalk, began the project with a focus on both energy efficiency and solar energy production. To reach its goals, the developer took major steps to reduce energy use to almost zero—and then it added 45 kVA of solar panels to the roof.

To help cut energy use even more and keep operational costs low, the 31-unit multifamily building will feature advanced, energy-efficient design techniques such as a geothermal heat pump, foil face foam insulation, energy-recovery ventilators, heat pump water heating and motion-detector lighting.

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