Green Hammer expands to Ashland
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Roberts Custom Home project near Ashland, due to be completed this winter, drew Green Hammer to the southern Oregon market.
Portland green building specialist Green Hammer is marking its first decade in business and expanding its Oregon footprint by opening an office in Ashland.
The office, which has two full-time employees now, will support the company's activities in the Rogue Valley, which will include consulting, design-build projects and other activities.
"It started out as a remote project in the area," said Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer's founder and president.
Green Hammer is working on a residential home outside Ashland that was built using 100 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood and will go for LEED Platinum certification. The home is also constructed with an eye toward Passive certification, but it falls short of the stringent standard.
"When we started working on it, we thought 'Maybe we won't find the right contractors,'" Aiguier said. "It was quite the opposite. There was a wealth of talented craftspeople."
He said Green Hammer is expanding to Ashland in an effort to help build the market for highly efficient green buildings in the region.
"There's a real opportunity there to work with the commercial and residential sector there to bring some of the local talent together," Aiguier said.
Formed 10 years ago as a one-man business, Green Hammer has grown to about 30 employees and expected revenues of $8 million in 2013.
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