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2012 Green Tour Sites

2012 South Sound Green Tour sites, including green homes, remodels, energy-efficiency retrofits, commercial and more, all open to the public on April 21st and 22nd. Earth Day 2012. Learn Green Building Technology. Solar. Passive House. Earthen Plaster. Rain Gardens. Permaculture. Historic Preservation. Habitat for Humanity. EcoBuilding. Children. Ventilation. Energy Efficiency Retrofit. The Commons. Modern Architecture. Click on a Tour Site title to learn more about what makes the project green and see additional photos.

Click on a Tour Site title to learn more about what makes the project green and see additional photos.  Then Visit during the Tour!

1. Green Tour Resource Hub

1. Green Tour Resource Hub

Open 12 - 4 daily beginning April 12th

Start your Green Tour Here! Pick up a Tour Guide & Map. Get Your Green Building Questions Answered at the Green Tour Resource Hub, 4th and Capitol in Downtown Olympia.

2. The Downtown Commons

2. The Downtown Commons

Historic Remodel and Urban Sustainability by South Sound Chapter NWEBG & Fertile Ground

An urban oasis in downtown Olympia, The Commons is a gathering place for local green business and sustainable community. Here you'll discover the Guild's "EcoHouse", our office and demonstration site for green Remodeling, Permaculture and Urban Agriculture. Come feed the chickens and help build a Kitchen Garden on Earth Day!

3. The Inspiration Home

3. The Inspiration Home

Designed and Built by Scott Homes

See the bare bones of this 2,020 square foot home still under construction. Inspired by past success, the craftsman-style bungalow shows how simple and affordable it can be to build a green, super-efficient home using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). Innovation from the ground up! green builder, olympia builder, SIP, Structural Insulated Panel, green building, Solar Water Heater, Ductless Heat Pump, TREX Decking System, Rain Garden, Triple Pane Window, Mira Drain, R Value, HRV, Heat Recovery Ventilator, DHP, Inspiration Home, Energy Efficient, Energy Efficient Home, Built Green, South Sound Green Tour, Velux, Vinyl Tex

4. Furniture Works

4. Furniture Works

Energy-Efficient Retrofit by: Northwest Energy Team

The converted furniture showroom was cold in winter and sweltering in summer, until owners decided to do a basic energy retrofit. The massive industrial heater was replaced with 4 Ductless Heat Pumps; rotting windows and doors were rebuilt and sealed against the weather. Simple fixes made a cavernous warehouse feel cozy!

5. The Hands On Children's Museum

5. The Hands On Children's Museum

General Contractor Berschauer-Phillips Construction Mechanical Design: Sunset Air

The new Museum on East Bay is a premier cultural attraction at the center of a 14-acre environmental cleanup and redevelopment project. The first LEED certified Children's Museum in the Northwest, it boasts an innovative methane co-generation heating system shared with the LOTT utility next door, advanced mechanical design, salvaged materials, and native plantings irrigated with reclaimed water, to name a few. Opening Fall 2012 to welcome kids of all ages!

6. The Bigelow House

6. The Bigelow House

Historic Preservation with Olympia Heritage Commission

Built to last in 1860 this historic treasure is still going strong thanks to proper care and maintenance! Wood window specialists, energy efficiency experts and Heritage volunteers will show how to weatherize and preserve the value of historic homes and buildings. The greenest home is the one you don't have to build! Preserve History!

7. Modern Foursquare

7. Modern Foursquare

*No Parking - This Site Accessible by Shuttle Only

Built By Bicycle Homebuilding Company, Designed by Roussa Cassel - this residence and artist's studio gestures dramatically west to Budd Inlet, while tucking quietly into the steep wooded hillside. Compact, energy and resource efficient, and built to last lifetimes - this home is a model of sustainability and durability. Find a Passion for natural surroundings!

8. the Jewel Box

8. the Jewel Box

*No Parking - This Site Accessible by Shuttle Only

Designed and Built by The Artisans Group. You'll love this super-efficient Passive House that settled right in like itís always been there. A small house designed for a local sculptor, this friendly modern house sits on a hillside overlooking the water and surrounding mountains. A refuge for inspiration, comfort and creativity.

9. The Bergford Home

9. The Bergford Home

Historic Home Remodel by Scott Homes and the Northwest Energy Team

This 1925 Craftsman has been home to Scott Bergford and family for 35 years. While full of charm, it was drafty, poorly insulated and seeping water. So Scott installed ductless heat pumps, insulated the attic, and weatherized. Simple energy improvements make life better!

10. Shepherd's Grove

10. Shepherd's Grove

Built by S. Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity

This 5-unit affordable housing Cottage Community is built by Habitat for Humanity in partnership with very-low income households. Each 3-bedroom unit is 1,250 square feet, part of a low-impact development with community spaces, native landscaping, rain gardens and pervious pavement. Meet New Market's YouthBuild Crew who helped!

11. The Nightingale Home

11. The Nightingale Home

Built by Laupen Homes with the Smith Design Studio and Interior Dimensions

On a bluff overlooking Lake Pattison, this craftsman style house is elegant and simple with an open floor plan and lots of light. The unique "open-diffusion" wall system, super-efficient HVAC and warm wood interior create an extremely comfortable and healthy home. Breathe!

12. Long Lake Cabin

12. Long Lake Cabin

Designed and Built by Scott Homes

The original house, a family gathering place for decades, was deconstructed, recycled and replaced by a comfortable, energy efficient home designed for generations. The new structure sits on an insulated slab, with triple pane windows, SIPs walls and roof, and exterior rainscreen. Build a Sustainable Legacy!

13. Sunset Air Showroom

13. Sunset Air Showroom

Energy Systems by Gensco, Arefco, Solar World, Dakai

The retail showroom is the first privately owned LEED Gold building in Washington State, with a new 15KW grid-tied, roof-mounted Solar PV array. The parking lot features a commercial rated Level 2 electric vehicle charging station. See a wide range of efficient & renewable energy systems!

14. SheaXero at Jubilee

14. SheaXero at Jubilee

Shea Homes

55+ Active Lifestyle Community Shea Homes, one of the nationís oldest homebuilders, unveils SheaXero the "No-Electric Bill Home." Green features now standard on every new home include sustainably harvested framing lumber, low-VOC eco-friendly materials, efficiency-optimized lighting & HVAC systems. Go Green for No Extra Charge!

15. Le Jardin

15. Le Jardin

The Artisans Group

This cozy prefab Passive House blurs the line between inside and out, surrounded by the sounds of nature and country living. The inside is warm and peaceful, designed with great walls of books, large inviting spaces, and a spa-like bathroom with a view of the woods. Enjoy!

16. Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) Farmhouse

16. Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) Farmhouse

Built by Polar Bear Construction with Lucid 9 Design and Ion EcoBuilding

The Farmhouse is naturally unique with breathable Faswall® framing and traditional hand-troweled stucco exterior. Earth-plaster interior surfaces, milk paints and mosaic wall art were applied by youth & village building work parties. 5-star Built Green, a true community partnership!

17. The Drebick Wedge

17. The Drebick Wedge

Adroit Contractors, Inc.

This 2,700 square foot office building was “wedged” into a small infill lot on courthouse hill. Built air-tight with SIPs walls and roof, the high-efficient heat pump, low-E windows and doors and LED lighting make this office a very comfortable place to work!

18. The Cooper Home

18. The Cooper Home

Owner-Sponsored Site

Back by popular demand, the Cooper Home was the centerpiece of our 1st Green Tour. This Mediterranean style home has healthy indoor air with hydronic in-floor heat, heat recovery ventilator, and earthen clay interior. Breathtaking views of Olympia & Mt. Rainier!

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