Desert Rain is the Successful Product of the “Living Building Experience”
Desert Rain is a home which not only is built with Eco-friendly and green materials; instead the whole process, from plans to construction, was approached with a complete Eco-friendly perspective. This home is situated in Bend, Oregon and overlooks the High Desert.
The site, prior to the construction of Desert Rain, was comprised of two older single-family homes on three city lots. These homes were constructed in the 1920-1930s by mill workers from the nearby lumber mills and were near the end of their useful life. The original plan was to deconstruct one home and remodel the other, but the poor quality of construction and general condition of the homes made remodeling infeasible. Therefore, the team elected to carefully deconstruct both homes and salvage materials for reuse.
Desert Rain consists of five buildings, including the main residence, a detached guest apartment, a second detached guest apartment/office studio and garages.
Desert Rain features three renewable energy systems: a solar PV array; a solar thermal drain back system for heating domestic water and powering the hydraulic floor system in the Main Residence; and solar “hot air” system, which aids in evaporating liquid from the composting system.
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