Root Design Build is proud to be the leader in Green Construction and Sustainable Design in Portland Metro Area.

We are building cost effective, energy efficient homes with green philosophy in mind; following LEED and Passive House standards in order to meet expectations of eco-smart consumers. We are proud that we are using our experience and knowledge in providing a sustainable future for our environment and a healthy living space for our clients.

Save Money - Save Planet - Build Green!

Milos Jovanovic
Co-founder of Root Design Build


Free Passive House Event Announcement

Join Joerg Birkelbach for a hands-on workshop and presentation about exciting new air sealing products and techniques developed for the European building industry and now available in the United States; all are welcome. The two events will be held in Seattle and Portland. more info:

Passivhaus around the World, Part 1: Houses ( ...

Here is a continuation of our global survey of houses that are both high performance and high design. See the previous blog entry for the introduction. Stroh Haus, Eschenz, Switzerland Designer: Felix Jerusalem, Zürich, Switzerland Completed: 2006 Construction: Compressed Straw fiber panels Energy use: 15 kWh/m²a Minergie energy standard GV5 ...

Passivhaus around the World, Part 1: Houses

We enjoy hearing about buildings with impressive performance data or interesting wall assemblies.  However, what gets us far more excited are high performance buildings that are simply beautiful. In their early stages, green building movements such as Passive House tend to attract visionary but often more technical thinkers.  Advances in soci ...

Cedar Siding

Our cedar siding, which we acquired from Enyeart Cedar,  has finally arrived on site for our Passive House, and is in the process of being installed.  We are using  4" tongue and groove boards in a horizontal rainscreen application. Our cedar arrived prestained and ready to go.  Since we are using two tones of stain on the building, it was qui ...

Why Us?

Green homes that we make use up to 90% less energy than the regular homes 


Please join the Passive House NW in Seattle September 16th for a conference focusing on Passive House implementation in Commercial Buildings

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Why Green Homes?

  • Healthier Living Environment
  • Reduced Energy Use
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Higher Comfort
  • Less Maintenance


Recent Publications

DWELL Magazine Root Design Build project was published in November 2009 DWELL Magazine

USGBC LEED for HomesEnergy Trust of Oregon, Inc.Passive House Institute US