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Friday, May 3 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Stories from the Field: Collaborative Building and Abundant Agriculture in Meeting the Living Building Challenge

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Abundance and collaboration are deeply imbedded in the agricultural practices at Cowhorn, a certified Biodynamic vineyard and winery. Similar to the Living Building Challenge’s holistic and regenerative approach to building, Biodynamic farming is a holistic system in which all the elements of the farm are important – air, water, soil, rocks, daytime, nighttime, and animals. It views the growing of plants as a transfer of energy from those sources to a single point – the plant. Biodynamic farming uses methods that support this transfer of energy between forms and, as these dynamic forces are strengthened, the life-giving properties of the plant and earth are strengthened. With their award winning wines and the addition of their certified Living Building Tasting Room (designed and built by Green Hammer), Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden is a physical expression of the inspiration and beauty that comes from a deep collaboration with the earth.

As a case study of the Living Building Certified Tasting Room at Cowhorn and an overview of their regenerative approach to agriculture, this session includes an exploration of the tenets of Biodynamic farming, the stories and lessons learned in meeting the Living Building Challenge, and a celebratory wine tasting for attendees to experience the terroir of Cowhorn’s abundance and collaboration.

With the unveiling of ILFI’s Living Food Challenge, this session provides an excellent opportunity to expand the discussion of abundance as it relates not only to the process of building a Living Building but to an approach to agriculture that looks to achieve a Living Food System. Additionally, as a Design Build firm, collaboration is at the core of Green Hammer’s work and this session will include specific strategies and approaches used by this multi-disciplinary team to achieve both high performance teamwork and high performance buildings.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Alexandra Batzer

Project Manager, Green Hammer
A former Peace Corps volunteer, Alexandra has been an integral part of the Green Hammer team since July 2014. Her time in the Peace Corps transformed her into an extremely adaptable person with quick problem solving skills and an attention to detail. As the Project Engineer for the... Read More →
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Alex Boetzel

Director of Operations and Sustainability, Green Hammer
With over 25 years of experience in construction and building science, Alex Boetzel is a Certified Passive House Consultant and has consulted on dozens of LEED, Passivhaus, high-performance and zero energy projects in the US as well as in Europe. He plans and executes Green Hammer’s... Read More →
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Erica Dunn

Director of Design, Green Hammer
Erica is an award-winning architect who has designed five net-zero energy homes, two net-zero energy pocket neighborhoods, and the Living Building Certified Tasting Room at Cowhorn. She has served on the Portland chapter of the AIA's Board of Directors and been a Co-Chair for the... Read More →
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Bill Steele

Founder and Wine Maker, Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden
Bill Steele founded Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden with his wife, Barbara Steele, in 2002. Together they grow and make Cowhorn wines exclusively from the Cowhorn estate vineyard. As a Chartered Financial Analyst, Bill spent 17 years on Wall Street in sell-side equity research. He specialized... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603