Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living

1801 Moss St., Eugene, OR

1801 Moss St., Eugene, OR

Giving a brief tool training at the house during the fall term course "Green Building" with Jan Fillinger and Win Swafford.

Giving a brief tool training at the house during the fall term course “Green Building” with Jan Fillinger and Win Swafford.

4 inch foil-faced polyisocyanurate added outside the existing wall on the south facade of CASL house. Circa Winter 2012.

4 inch foil-faced polyisocyanurate added outside the existing wall on the south facade of CASL house. Circa Winter 2012.

Demonstrating the safe use of a chop saw.

Demonstrating the safe use of a chop saw. On the walls, you see SIGA Rissan air barrier tape around the window rough openings…and the old crappy windows.

Students on the windows team measuring the RO for custom galvalume flashing pans.

Students on the windows team measuring the RO for custom galvalume flashing pans.

A rough blower door test in the fall, for educational purposes.

A rough blower door test in the fall, for educational purposes.

Installing the Zola tilt-turn passive house windows with special screws.

Installing the Zola tilt-turn passive house windows with special screws.

SIGA Corvum tape around the inside of the frame to seal the air barrier. In the spring of 2013, EWEB performed our official blower door test, which came in under 1 air change per hour, exceeding the passive house retrofit requirement. Not too shabby.

SIGA Corvum tape around the inside of the frame to seal the air barrier. In the spring of 2013, EWEB performed our official blower door test, which came in under 1 air change per hour, exceeding the passive house retrofit requirement. Not too shabby.

A still from a video produced in conjunction with UO journalism students (who rocked!). This was for a kickstarter campaign to raise money for interior finishes, but due to university red tape, will likely never go live. It would have certainly kickstarted my acting career.

A still from a video produced in conjunction with UO journalism students (who rocked!). This was for a kickstarter campaign to raise money for interior finishes, but due to university red tape, will likely never go live. It would have certainly kickstarted my acting career. Click the picture to check out the full video. It’s only mildly embarrassing.

To reduce the amount of earthen plaster we would need to mix, we decided to make wainscoting for the living and dining room. Originally, the plan was to use reclaimed pallets, but we settled on the old T and G flooring instead. A mix of fir and oak, here was a sample of how it would look along with a few choices for our finish coat of earthen plaster.

To reduce the amount of earthen plaster we would need to mix, we decided to make wainscoting for the living and dining room. Originally, the plan was to use reclaimed pallets, but we settled on the old T and G flooring instead. A mix of fir and oak, here was a sample of how it would look along with a few choices for our finish coat of earthen plaster.

Securing a donation of salvaged old growth cedar and fir, we worked with a local carpenter to mill them on location. The wood will eventually be used as interior trim.

Securing a donation of salvaged old growth cedar and fir, we worked with a local carpenter to mill them on location. The wood will eventually be used as interior trim.

CASL is an organization of U of O students and surrounding community members who are dedicated to the mission of advancing sustainable living through various projects. Central to the group’s efforts is CASL House, a bungalow just off campus that has been under renovation since 2010, with the goal of meeting standards for a passive house retrofit. I became involved with CASL during a Fall semester elective, Green Building, taught by Jan Fillinger and Win Swafford. The course was focused around window installation and envelope details at CASL House, and covered topics including ERV systems, green construction materials and methods, and building analysis software – THERM and WUFI.

I was hired as the third student co-director of CASL during this course, and for the next 9 months, worked with the team to troubleshoot construction challenges and complete the exterior envelope. We also hosted lectures on topics including permaculture and upcycling, and met with professors and community members to develop further educational curriculum centered around the house.

If you’re a UO student, or live in Eugene and want to get involved, check out the CASL facebook page here.

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