Update on the NW Green Home Tour 2014

Update on the NW Green Home Tour 2014

The NW Green Home Tour 2014 sign up deadline has passed. The good news for you as a tour attendee, is now you can choose between 35 Site Hosts for living spaces and 12 Sustainability Stops or retail spaces–who are notable for pushing forward the green conversation. Want to get a hint of what this is all about. Check our the brochure on line, or pick up the April issue of Seattle’s Natural Awakenings magazine at a coffee shop near you.

The guiding principle of the tour is education. Think you know all about green building? Not many people can really say that, in fact the more the know they realize actually they know less than they thought they did. Many of the participates of the NW Green Home Tour 2014 are torn between being a host on the tour or spending the day learning new principles and concepts from their peers.

Ultimately all of us who have been involved with the planning process, want to show everyone that “Green Homes” aren’t outside of the box. Indeed they are familiar, cost effective, neccessary, and above all smart. OK , granted sometimes they are forward thinking or “hip” while drawing upon sometimes new technogies and systems taken for granted or even developed by previous civilizations. Other times they are the most ordinary looking, and yet high performance home on the block.

As a renter, home owner, home builder, cook or gardener, there is something for everyone here. When looking at the NW Green Home Tour Guide be sure to note the icons, they give you a hint of the site’s most prominate features. Each one of these categories contains a myriad of other concepts. for more information keep check back at the tour web site for more details about the different sites.

 

Green Home Features
Map Key of site features for planning out your tour day route

 

As the Map Key states this tour is for all shades of green. Think you don’t care? How about savings on 1/2 of your utility bill. How do you get green? Learn the “Low Hanging Fruit” on some easy to acquire upgrades. Think you are already green enough? You might be able to learn how to bump it up a notch. If you are thinking of buying, remodeling or retrofitting a home this day is a must. So mark your calendar, Saturday April 26th as your tour day. Get the maps and descriptions, plan your route, wear slip on/off shoes, make your game plan in advance–there is way too much to see in one day. Then after the tour join us for our wrap party immediatly after. Just ask any greeter/volunteer of the day of the tour for the details.

NW Home Tour Committee Chair
For your Sustainable Real Estate needs from now into the future

Call to Action for NW Green Home Tour Volunteers

Call to Action for NW Green Home Tour Volunteers

Do you have an interest in home building, building or interior design, urban landscaping or urban planning? Come be an essential part of what could be the largest Green Home Tour in the United States. It’s powered by two non-profit organizations “pushing the envelope” on what green and sustainable housing can be. Our motto is “any shade of green”  and with the building industry catching on and embracing green building concepts it’s only getting better and the buzz is catching on. This year is the largest NW Green Home Tour yet. For 2014 there are improvements any homeowner or renter can make in their own home.

Some common topics are:

  • Site planning
  • Landscaping
  • Water Usage and Design
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Energy Usage
  • Transit , Bikealibity and Walkabilty
  • Universal Design
  • Daylighting
  • Smart Planning

Within these topics are several mini topics. Therefore, many in the Green building industry refer to this type of building as “high performance” or “smart built”.

Go to the website and sign up to be a greeter for the tour. No green building knowledge required, just an open mind to learn new concepts and make sure others get their questions answered by the site hosts. The shifts are 3 hours which gives the volunteers time to check out more of the 35 site hosts and 12 sustainability stops. As always feel free to contact me if you have questions.

 

NW Home Tour Committee Chair
For your Sustainable Real Estate needs from now into the future

 

 

 

Historic Greening Denied…Even If You Are Mr. Darcy

The latest on Green celebrity from The Telegraph:

I love that Colin Firth was trying to be all green at his London home.  But of course, I love Mr. Darcy so I adore that he was attempting to green up his historic London home… even if it was his famously green entrepreneurial and campaigning (and beautiful) wife most likely at the driver’s seat.

Congratulations, Livia, on being Mrs.  Darcy, but also on your green accomplishments and I am sorry the 7 by 3 foot solar panel was not approved.

More info:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/9306320/Colin-Firths-green-dream-shattered.html  (screen shot of online Telegraph’s article).

If you are interested in Green Seattle real estate, then we have some great properties to show you!