Forty homes to open their doors for this
weekend’s free Northwest Green Home Tour
SEATTLE — Forty homeowners in the greater Seattle area will invite the public into their new, remodeled or energy-retrofitted homes this weekend — April 25 and 26 — during the Fifth Annual Northwest Green Home Tour.
From West Seattle to Woodinville and from Edmonds to Auburn, this free, family-friendly tour offers something for everyone — solar panels, advanced insulation and geothermal heat pumps; rainwater collection and stormwater management systems; reclaimed and recycled materials;LEED, Built Green and Passive House standards; and much more.
Four homes generate enough clean solar electricity to meet their own household needs and charge their electric cars, and one home collects enough rain on the roof to meet all of that household’s water needs.
“Our goal is to educate consumers about all ‘shades’ of green building,” said Wayne Apostolik, president of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild – Seattle. “Tour visitors will see what’s possible in all price ranges, home styles and lifestyles.”
Presented by the EcoBuilding Guild with generous support from Greenhome Solutions, the tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, although not all homes are open on both days. In addition to 40 homes, the tour features several “sustainability stops” at regional sustainable businesses that will offer free and healthy refreshments, product discounts and demonstrations.
While the tour is free, tickets are required.
- Download free tickets and tour guide: Visit www.nwgreenhometour.org
- Find homes on the tour in your neighborhood: Visit www.nwgreenhometour.org/all-sites/
- Find highlights, photos, descriptions and logos: Visit www.nwgreenhometour.org/promote-the-tour/ or call 206-781-2265
- Volunteer: Visit www.nwgreenhometour.org/volunteer/
- Schedule advance media tours, photo shoots and interviews: Call 206-781-2265 or 646-260-3734
“This is a fun, eye-opening tour for any individual or family that’s curious about the latest innovations in healthy, energy- and water-efficient homes,” said Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien. “The professionals in the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild are dedicated to creating homes that have healthy indoor air and also integrate clean and passive energy technologies that release few if any greenhouse gases into our environment. The Northwest Green Home Tour is a great way for our community to stretch the celebration of this week’s 45th Earth Day through the weekend.”
The nonprofit Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a community of construction-related professionals and homeowners who are concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest and who empower and educate others to transform the built environment for long-term sustainability.
Katia Blackburn, MBA
Blackburn Communications, Inc.