NW Natural to Showcase the Innovative "Blue Home" at the Better Living Show

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March 1, 2012


NW Natural to Showcase the Innovative "Blue Home" at the Better Living Show

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural’s Blue Home will return to the Portland Expo Center for the fifth annual Better Living Show. The show, to be held on March 23-25, is a one-stop-shop for money and energy-saving advice along with the latest in green technologies for the home and garden. This free sustainable lifestyle expo, offers attendees a glimpse at easy and cost-effective ways to go green.

The NW Natural Blue Home: Natural Gas Solutions for the Home

 The Blue Home, a 1,100 square-foot house, presents the best in natural gas, energy efficient upgrades, locally produced furnishings and new technologies. Attendees will learn how to make changes, large and small, to reduce energy use in the home while improving comfort, quality and livability. NW Natural experts will be on-site to answer questions and walk guests through each aspect of the home, including energy efficient appliances, building materials and smart design.

The NW Natural Blue Home includes:

  • Go natural with your vehicle. Adding a garage to this year’s exhibit, The Blue Home features a compressed natural gas home fueling station – a first look at bringing these natural gas vehicles to everyday drivers. Parked in the driveway will be a Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle.
  • Heat with a top-of-the-line fireplace. The Energy Pro fireplace by Heat & Glo is the most efficient fireplace in the world. Attendees get a sneak peak at this 93 percent efficient gas fireplace before it even goes to the market. It is the first fireplace to be certified as a central furnace for heating the entire home.
  • Get cooking with an Aga Legacy Range. Making its first appearance at a home show in Portland, the Aga Legacy Range can bake, broil, steam, stir-fry, roast and boil all at the same time. No other professional range has this much functionality in so little space.
  • Build with rice. Using an innovative material, The Blue Home features siding made out of rice husks. This reinforced hybrid material by Resysta is 60 percent rice husks, 22 percent common salt and 18 percent mineral oil, making for a siding that is both environmentally friendly and weather resistant.
  • Stay comfortable with a smart thermostat. Keeping a comfortable temperature in the home and saving money can be a complicated task. This year’s home will feature the next generation of thermostats – the Learning Thermostat by Nest. The device literally learns its user’s habits and programs itself in just one week. It can also be operated through a smartphone and can control the fireplace as well.
  • Get creative in the garden. Designed by the award-winning Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) Kathryn Leech, Deb Rossi and Jan Main, the Blue Home's landscape will feature the latest in sustainable landscaping principles using locally sourced products. Features will include a driveway made of permeable pavers, a water feature attracting birds and beneficial insects, and the use of native plants in planters. Behind the house attendees will find a functional garden offering food and other benefits for the whole family.

About the Better Living Show

Free to the public, the Better Living Show, the Northwest’s largest sustainable lifestyle show, takes place Friday, March 23 from noon – 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Portland Expo Center. The Better Living Show is part of the National Home and Garden Show Series presented by DISH. Official show sponsors include Energy Trust of Oregon, NW Natural, Portland General Electric, Schnitzer Steel, The Portland Clinic, Sustainable Life, Food Services of America, So Delicious Dairy Free and Oregon State University.

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