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2011 Seattle Green Home Tour

We are excited to be sponsoring the 2011 Seattle Green Home Tour, hosted by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. This year’s tour will take place Sat & Sun, April 16th & 17th, 10am-4pm, and is free and open to the public. An astounding 28 tour sites in Seattle and on the Eastside will highlight deep green strategies ranging from do-it-yourself remodels to net zero energy new construction. This is a must go event if you are interested in green living in the Northwest!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of our favorite projects:

North Seattle Tour Sites
Just 2 of 15 projects in the North Seattle Tour Sites cluster.

Collins Memorial Addition w/ Living Roof
A 120sf cost-effective library/office addition, whole-house air sealing, and a living roof by Pathway Design & Construction. This site includes a 10:30am workshop demonstrating green home operations & maintenance.

The Common View House
A growing Wallingford family refuses to add another story to their house unless they can figure out a way to preserve the neighbors’ view. Step 1: Hold up sticks; stand in the neighbors’ bedroom; and figure out what’ll work. Step 2: Add a green roof to make the view even better; then pursue a Land Use variance to make it all possible. Project by Batt + Lear.

South & West Seattle Tour Sites
Just 2 of 7 projects in the South & West Seattle Tour Sites cluster.

Envision Homes in West Seattle
A 100 yr old toxic and structural nightmare was transformed into a masterpiece of sustainable living. Learn about 100’s of sustainable living ideas, including solar thermal collectors, efficient panel radiant heating, rainwater harvesting, vegetated roofs, FSC framing and millwork, and so much more. The kids will enjoy the chickens and the giant worm-bin! Project by Envision Homes.

Treehouse
Treehouse is a single family residence built on an inaccessible, steep slope lot. The project had three primary design objectives: 1) minimize long term site impacts; 2) design a cost effective and resource efficient building; 3) use view, light and enclosure to accentuate the experience of living in the tree canopy. Project by SHED.

Eastside Tour Sites
Just 2 of 6 projects in the Eastside Tour Sites cluster.

zHome
Located in Issaquah, Washington, zHome is the first multifamily, production, zero-energy, carbon neutral community in the United States. zHome is a demonstration projects using a practical combination of common sense building practices and cutting edge technologies to dramatically reduce its environmental impacts.

Zero Energy Idea House
The Zero Energy Idea House demonstrates how a home can produce nearly as much energy as it consumes. The 1630 square foot home incorporates solar Photovoltaic panels, a wind turbine, and solar hot water. This home was developed to inspire other homeowners to move towards energy independence through changes in lifestyle and the use of technology.

Preview all the sites, get tour details, and more at www.SeattleGreenHomeTour.org. See you there!