• Photo courtesy of Jeremy Bittermann.

Karuna House

Yamhill County, OR

Business Type

Single-family residence


4,860 square feet

PAE provided mechanical and electrical design/build-assist services, as well as energy modeling for this 4,860 square-foot single family residence. This ambitious 4-story green building project meets the world's most demanding green building certifications, including Minergie-P-ECO, Passive House, LEED for Homes Platinum, and Oregon High Performance Home standards.



  • Minergie-P
  • Passive House
  • Net-Zero Energy
  • LEED Platinum

Progress Report

Achieved 60% better energy efficiency than code
Achieved 40% better potable water efficiency than code

Special features

  • Heat-recovery ventilation, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and radiant floor heating and cooling.
  • Onsite photovoltaics.
  • Expected to use 63% less energy than a home built to the 2009 Oregon Energy Code.

Blog Coverage

Karuna House wins national award