Using green building practices for over 30 years
G. Christianson Construction is an award-winning Earth Advantage Builder, recognized for our achievements in sustainable & energy efficient construction. We use a variety of environmentally-responsible systems and materials to create superior energy efficiency and indoor air quality in your home.
A passive house maximizes home comfort and saves up to 70% on your energy bill. G. Christianson is at the forefront of Passive Building in Oregon.More On Passive House
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Use Durable Materials
Using durable materials lengthens the amount of time before there is a need to replace and discard old materials to a landfill.
For this project, we helped design and install a system that install a system that includes 40 solar panels. This saves 11 tons of carbon pollution per year, and provides about $1,500 savings per year. Super insulation. Energy-efficient appliances. No drafts or thermal bridging. At G. Christianson Construction, our energy-efficient approach makes it possible to maintain a stable, comfortable temperature in your home with less energy, at less cost.
Remove Your Chimney
Chimneys are dangerous during natural disasters, and also leak a tremendous amount of heated air out of the home. We recommend removing or sealing your chimney.
Air Tight Windows & Doors
If your home is uncomfortable, drafty, or cold, you should consider upgrading your windows and doors to be air tight. It can also reduce your home’s carbon footprint. We can block drafts, help you select low-VOC materials, and incorporate systems that will lower your utility bills, improve air quality, and add to your comfort.
Add Ceiling & Underfloor Insulation
Lack of insulation in the attic is the number one cause of energy loss in a home. We can offer air sealing and insulation solutions to increase the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Underfloors are also a major source of heat loss, and supply crawlspace air into your home.
Indoor Air Quality
In a leaky older home, unhealthy air is drawn naturally through the crawlspace into your home. We can greatly improve your indoor air quality by air sealing your floors and ceilings, and providing filtered, outside air through a Fresh Air HRV System.
Insulated Exterior Walls
During siding replacement, we always encourage your to add continuous exterior insulation. This prevents energy loss through your wood framing, increases siding durability, reduces air leaks, and decreases moisture intrusion.
Migrate Away from Natural Gas
Electricity can be powered by renewable resources thus reducing global climate change. Electricity also eliminates the risk of gas leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Electric Cars are easier to maintain, have lower costs, and have no fuel emissions. We can future proof your home by preparing your garage for electric cars and batteries. We can also also fast-changing electrical outlets in your garage.
Energy Upgrade Services
- Install solar electric PV panels
- Add insulation to walls, floors and attics
- Air seal to reduce heat loss
- Test & seal leaky ductwork
- Replace old windows
- Replace inefficient heating systems
- Mini-split heat pumps
- Design with solar best practices
- Build with reused, recycled, FSC or green products
- Paint and carpet with low VOC
- Formaldehyde-free paint and carpet
- Install LED lighting systems
- Build raised heel trusses
- Add heat recovery ventilators
- Tankless and heat pump water heaters
- Build with ICF
- Build with insulated concrete block walls
- and much more
What our Clients are Saying
“Attention to detail, integrity, and a fantastic crew made our remodel so much easier. From the first through the last meeting, our team's guidance and care were greatly appreciated and helped us create the kitchen addition of our dreams. We would not hesitate to come back with another project.”
Mark & Mary Johnson, Corvallis, ORSee the project
“We felt our ideas were listened to, incorporated, and enhanced in the final plans. Elizabeth did a nice job adding architectural interest with the arch above the stove and continuing that feature in the new opening connecting the living room to dining space. Eliminating the wall between dining room & kitchen allowed for a much better flow addressing our desire for a more spacious-looking interior without adding additional space. The hot tub cover is a special feature that enhances our ability to use it daily. And creating a space for the washer/dryer in the house instead of the garage was a real win. ”
Kathy Chafin & Steve Wyatt, Corvallis, ORSee the project
“If you are like the majority of Americans you want to continue living at home in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. Aging-in-place means living in your home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.”
National Association of Home Builders, "What is Design for Independent Living?" ArticleSee the project