Don't miss this green home mega tour if you'll be in Portland a week from Saturday. (If you're like us, it's a great reason for a weekend getaway; tickets for the tour are just $10-$15.) This annual event just keeps getting bigger and better. This year, we counted 21 houses. The tour runs all day Saturday and is followed by a information session/block party at Portland institution Environmental Building Supplies.
21 houses is too many to cover in one day, so we're choosing our route carefully. If there's a house you don't want us to miss, send a note our way.
Here are a few homes that we'll be sure to visit:
A Pair of Modern, Green Rowhouses
This couple designs and builds homes together as Building Arts Workshop, LLC. Their vision is to create distinctively modern homes guided by sustainability and craftsmanship. When completed, the Orchid Street project will meet the rigorous LEED for Homes — Gold standard.
Designing a Green "Spec" Home
This attractive "spec" house was designed to nestle into the trees, and incudes many green features not found in conventional houses. The home's windows frame pine trees and evoke images of a Japanese garden. Outside, large existing trees will provide summer shade and cooling, and a durable metal roof will reflect summer heat.
Typical Remodel Goes Green
This remodel focuses on saving energy and becoming "carbon neutral" while retaining the original charm of the small 1925 bungalow. The new kitchen connects to the living space, which improves the home's flow of traffic, adds storage and light, and makes room for modern ENERGY STAR appliances. Passive cooling strategy strategies save energy by bringing in night air to flush and cool the interior in summer.
Read about the other homes at this link, and let us know if you'll be on the tour so we can say hello.
Descriptions and photos via City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development