Michael Scannell's company, WoodCraft Building Inc., built this home on Lemhi Pass Drive in Bend's NorthWest Crossing that was named Custom Home of the Year in May by Pacific Power and Northwest Energy Star Homes. It's one of an increasing number of green homes being built in Bend and across the nation. Andy Tullis / The Bulletin
Elements of a green home: WoodCraft Building President Michael Scannell explains how a high-heeled truss leaves extra room for insulation, making the home more energy efficient. Andy Tullis / The Bulletin
Elements of a green home: Scannell explains how a staggered-stud building design incorporated into a home being built on Northwest Hartford Avenue in Bend creates a thermal barrier, reducing heat loss. Andy Tullis / The Bulletin
Elements of a green home: Foam applied to the corners air seals the new home.
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Elements of a green home: Scannell points out the smaller heat pump that has variable controls installed at the home on Lemhi Pass Drive. It is more efficient than gas or electric furnaces. Andy Tullis / The Bulletin