Earth Advantage's Portland Office

PAE Living Building

Earth Advantage has been located in a downtown location since our inception in 2010 in order to be close to many of the partners we work with and allow for easy commuting for our staff. It has been a desire for over ten years to find a location that aligns with our mission of advancing building sustainability and after two years of searching we were able to sign a lease with PAE. The downtown office is located on the third floor of the brand new (Fall 2021) PAE Living Building, the most sustainable commercial building in Portland, and possibly the entire U.S. The building was constructed under the requirements of the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous benchmark of sustainability in the built environment.

Our new space represents not only a monumental shift in aligning our physical space with advanced green building principals, but a sea-change in terms of how we work as an organization. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced us to rethink our work environment, like so many other organizations. The result of that was a realization that much of our staff could productively work remotely, and we could significantly reduce our square footage in our office. The current open floor plan office space is only 1,500 square feet and we have limited the maximum number of occupants at any given time to ten. The superior ventilation and high ceilings of our new office contributes to having a productive but safe office space for those who wish to take advantage of it. 
PAE Living Building Overview Diagram
Facts

8,300 square feet:

Area of 133 kW PV array on the roof of the PAE Living Building, 77% of the total roof, 17.9 kWh per square footage of PV array

12,200 square feet:

Area of 215 kW PV array on the roof of Renaissance Commons

38,800 square feet:

Area of PV array needed for a conventional building built to current code in Portland

70 percent:

Amount of the building perimeter spaces that can be ventilated or cooled with operable windows

71,000 gallons:

Size of the cistern in the basement: 62,500 gallons of rainwater storage and 8,500 gallons of stormwater detention

23:

Number of bus routes within 1⁄2 mile

6:

Number of rail lines within 1⁄2 mile

99 of 100:

Walk Score

70 tons:

of overall HVAC system capacity: 32 tons: radiant slab 18 tons: VRF fan coils 20 tons: tempering ventilation air

Over 50%:

of the primary work areas are daylit

Our Office

Our Office

Office View 2

Office View 2

Lobby Mural

Lobby Mural

Conference Room

Conference Room

Telephone Room

Telephone Room

View West

View West

View North

View North

Bike Room

Bike Room

Waste Processing Room

Waste Processing Room

Fifth Floor Lounge

Fifth Floor Lounge