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PCRI’s rehabilitation of this single-family home was part of our Big 11 project. Upgrades and improvements to this and ten other single-family rental homes were made possible by funding from Portland Housing Bureau.
Significant improvements to the envelope of this home were a core part of the rehabilitation. A much-needed new roof was installed to keep the elements out and close attention was paid to improving insulation and air-sealing. In fact, air leakage (measured by blower-door tests) was reduced by nearly 50%. A new Energy Star rated furnace, hot water heater and refrigerator were installed to further ensure low utility costs.
Inside and outside of the house, lead-based paint and asbestos hazards were addressed, new flooring was installed, and new ventilation was added, all of which help to ensure a healthy environment for residents. The improvements to efficiency and indoor health were made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards, with testing performed after the renovation to ensure anticipated results had been achieved.
Outside, Oregon Tradeswomen crews collaborated with PCRI and Albina Construction to build new fences which will provide privacy from neighbors and create a safer place for children to play. Tradeswomen-built raised planter beds were also added so residents could grow fresh vegetables.