Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot offers $113,000 for the construction of homes built to exceed energy efficiency standards

Today, City of Portland Commissioner Randy Leonard announced that the Bureau of Development Services is accepting applications for the first round of funding from the Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot (PEEHP). This innovative pilot program will generate residential construction in the Portland Area that will provide the industry and public with: 

  • Practical information on the building methods and materials necessary to build cost effective energy efficient homes;
  • Records of costs associated with constructing energy efficient homes;
  • Case studies, including those instances of added complexity related to new measures; and
  • Up to 20 energy efficient homes for sale in the City of Portland.

Grants will be awarded to builders or teams to substantially offset the costs of constructing two homes that perform above the energy efficiency level of the 2008 Oregon Energy Code standards. The first of the two homes each builder or team constructs is to be 15% above the 2008 Oregon Energy Code and the second is to be 30% above the 2008 Oregon Energy Code. The program expects to award grants of approximately $10,000 for both homes built by any one builder or team.

Energy efficient development is a key component of growth management for Portland’s future”, said Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard. “I am excited to offer Portland builders this opportunity to be market leaders as the City prepares to meet the resource demands of population growth.”

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) expects to award approximately 4 grants in the initial release period, and possibly 4 additional grants in a second release period. More than $113,000 has been committed to this grant program by the City of Portland and industry partners. The City of Portland has contributed $50,000; Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland with the National Association of Homebuilders, NW Natural, Pacific Power, and Portland General Electric’s contributions total the additional $63,000.


The Energy Trust of Oregon’s New Homes Program is offering its technical assistance to help builders determine what actions must be taken to meet the efficiency goals of the PEEHP. The Energy Trust of Oregon will provide support during the design phase to help builders meet energy efficiency requirements and will provide consultation during construction to verify the final performance of each home. “Through encouragement and education, this new program promises to further move our region toward more energy-efficient construction practices and help mainstream homes that better manage our resources,” said Kendall Youngblood, Residential Sector Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon.


The RFP and application materials can be found at the following online location:




Please see the attached information for submission requirements.

PEEHP General Information

Proposal Submission Requirements

Interested parties will be asked to submit the following information for each of 2 proposed houses, one being built to 15% above the 2008 Oregon Energy Code and the other being built to 30% above the 2008 Oregon energy code;

  • Type of home (e.g. rowhouse, detached house, duplex);
  • The amount of square footage;
  • Two (2) sets of construction plans 24″x36″;
  • Site plans for the specific lots and;
  • Verification of financing (e.g. Bank Note) for the construction of the two houses.

The City is seeking Builders or experienced teams of professionals, who have at least two pieces of real property to be developed in the City of Portland, and who are interested in exceeding the 2008 Oregon Energy Code standards. Ideally, the teams would construct two houses on two lots that are both comparable in terms of size and layout. One property would be built to 15% above the 2008 Oregon Energy Code while the other would be built to 30% above the 2008 Oregon Energy Code. The grants and in kind services are intended to substantially offset the cost of exceeding the 2008 Oregon Energy Code. Energy Trust of Oregon has agreed to partner with the City to provide builders or teams with assistance to determine what will be needed to achieve this result. Thereafter contractors can obtain bids to determine the cost of the work.


The PEEHP Project intends to award the first grants in April of 2009. Homes constructed through this program are expected to be completed no later than October 15th, 2009.


The RFP and application materials are online at: www.portlandonline.com/bds/PEEHP

An optional pre- submittal meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 from 5:00-6:30 pm at:

City of Portland Bureau of Development Services

1900 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97201

Room 2500A, Second Floor

Completed proposals will be due by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009. Submit proposals to:

Attention: Anne Hill

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000

Portland, OR 97201


Energy Trust of Oregon New Home Program: Information

Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing how Oregonians use energy by promoting energy efficiency and clean renewable energy. To help make new homes more efficient, Energy Trust provides building science training and technical support to builders and encourages homeowners to ask for efficiency when buying a new home. Energy Trust serves the Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. For more information, visit the Energy Trust Web Site.

Contact: http://www.energytrust.org, or call 1-866-368-7878.


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