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To all the 2013 Site Hosts, who were very gracious to share their homes with all of us!

BI01 Grow Community

BI01 Grow Community

Grow Community

Grow Community is an urban net-zero neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, with beautifully designed solar-powered homes for sale and rent. Built Green 5-Star certified and endorsed as the first residential One Planet Community in the country, Grow is built around 10 Principles of Sustainability and is designed to take sustainability beyond LEED to the next level. Grow allows residents the opportunity to live within the resources of our planet.

E01 Zero Energy Idea House

E01 Zero Energy Idea House

Shirey Handyman

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.

E02 Bellevue 41st

E02 Bellevue 41st

YS Built

Bellevue 41st is the first of it's kind group of modern-green single family homes on the east side. All home are custom designed to the client needs and wishes, are certified Built Green 5-stars and Energy Star Homes and achieve as much as 50% energy efficiency. The project also features a Passive house with up to 90% energy savings.

E03 Kirkland Cottage Rescue

E03 Kirkland Cottage Rescue

Robertson GreenBuilt

The 50’s and 60’s saw a boom in home construction in the Houghton area of Kirkland. Some families who raised their children are now relocating and others see this area as a very desirable place to live, a combination that has resulted in many single story smaller homes being razed and replaced with “McMansions”. These owners were lucky to find a seller whose desire to sell to owners outweighed her willingness to succumb to builders’ offers.

E04 Clearwater Commons

E04 Clearwater Commons

Clearwater Commons

Clearwater Commons is the first low-impact development of its kind in Snohomish County. Five units of 16 have been built with energy efficient materials and techniques such as pin-pier foundations, tight building envelope and advanced framing. Overall site layout is designed to maintain natural groundwater flow and rehabilitate surrounding wetlands. Situated on 7.5 acres on the newly restored North Creek, Clearwater Commons is an active community of families, artists, conservationists, gardeners and more sharing in the benefits of living in a rural setting close to Seattle, Everett and the Eastside.

E05 Bellflower Renovation / 425 Magazine’s Idea House

E05 Bellflower Renovation / 425 Magazine’s Idea House

Bristol Design & Construction

This remarkable Northwest post and beam home was owner-built in 1961 with classic mid-century influence. Our primary challenge as the second owner-builder was how to renovate and upgrade materials and systems while retaining the integrity of the architecture, unique features and landscape.

N01 CargoCottage™

N01 CargoCottage™

ShelterKraft Werks, Inc.

The CargoCottage™ is a compact home built from a reclaimed steel shipping container, using eco-friendly building materials and fixtures. ShelterKraft designs and builds container homes and commercial structures that are sustainable, durable, space-efficient, and affordable, using green building products (e.g., recycled-material countertops, water-saving toilets, and zero-VOC paints).

N02 Rain Gardens in Ballard

N02 Rain Gardens in Ballard

Bristow Enterprises | Stewardship Partners

Visit this unique home to see rain water catchment in its various forms, plus other sustainable features including an energy retrofit and remodel; then while your in the neighborhood a short walk brings you to many neighborhood rain gardens. Map to the other rain gardens will be provided at the site. The neighborhood rain gardens are part of the City of Seattle's RainWise program and the 12,000 Rain Gardens for Puget Sound Campaign.

N03 Ballard Passive House

N03 Ballard Passive House

Hammer & Hand | VELOCIPEDE architects

This Passive House in Ballard will combine revolutionary performance with a PV-array, on-site stormwater treatment, rainwater harvesting, and sustainable finishes. Construction will be complete mid-May 2013. This single-family Passive House (aka Passivhaus) home building project in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood is motivated by twin convictions held by the client: first, that the comfort and durability of the Passive House standard makes it the "right way to build"; and second, that the huge reduction in energy use makes it the right thing to do for future generations.

N04 Backyard Artist’s Studio

N04 Backyard Artist’s Studio

H2D Architecture + Design

The backyard artist’s studio developed from the homeowner’s desire to create a dedicated space to be able to work from home. For this growing family, the tiny 880 sf primary residence was bursting at the seams with no extra space for a home office. The goal for the studio was to have a work space close to home, but separated from the house to ensure a quiet work environment away from their rambunctious toddler. The property had an existing dilapidated detached garage on the site which was unused.

N05 Greenwood Backyard Cottage

N05 Greenwood Backyard Cottage

live-work-play

Live-work-play adapted and expanded an existing garage to create a leasable studio dwelling unit with accessible features for aging in place. This started from our desire to create a rentable cottage to add to our income and subsidize future remodeling of our 90 year old home. Eventually, if family members would like to live close by, the cottage will be waiting for them. The exterior is complete, and the interior is currently under construction. Visit this Backyard Cottage and learn how you can build small and still live large.

N06 Dutch on Dibble Remodel

N06 Dutch on Dibble Remodel

LastingNest, Inc.

ReImagining of Ballard bungalow: a small addition, new kitchen and bathroom with energy updating (Infrared Ceiling panels!) Good insulation, Some new windows, beautiful cork floor, with cool European influences make this home ready for the next century!

N07 Herndon House

N07 Herndon House

Puget Sound Solar LLC

This 103 year old house is remodeled with aims of extending the structures useful life and making it less resource dependent. The end result is a home coming very close, if not meeting the Seattle 2050 goals for Energy and Carbon scoring and using a quarter the normal amount of city water while maintaining an eye appealing appearance. Key to meeting the Seattle goals is use of solar PV and hot water systems along with a variety of energy efficiency upgrades.

N08 Journey to Sustainability & Approaching Net Zero

N08 Journey to Sustainability & Approaching Net Zero

Puget Sound Solar LLC

We will tour you through our home and explain the extensive remodel including solar hot water and solar electric systems, energy upgrades (windows, insulation, etc.), and electric vehicles that are powered by solar. We are also happy to share how we restored the original 1908 look of the home using almost all reclaimed materials. Our rain water recovery system is of interest to many and you are welcome to tour the garden and visit our chickens.

N09 Innovative Living @Fremont

N09 Innovative Living @Fremont

Build Urban & Innovative Living

Innovative Living @Fremont is a newly constructed 5-unit Built Green 4 Star townhome located in the Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Developed by Innovative Living and designed and built by Build Urban, these units were designed to respond to the sites characteristics. Bunkered in garages, huge high efficient window sets, roof top outdoor living/viewing area, local materials and contemporary design makes this project one to check out.

N10 City DADU

N10 City DADU

NW Homecrafters & WEdesign

A 270 sq. ft. Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) constructed in side yard of Wallingford residence. Advanced framing, high R-value exterior wall insulation and full under-slab insulation, airtight building shell construction, recycled cabinets in kitchenette and bathroom. Standing seam metal roof with rainwater collection, permaculture and drought resistant gardening/landscaping are features of this building.

N11 LimeLite in Wallingford

N11 LimeLite in Wallingford

LimeLite Development, LLC

Once a tired and boxy house, this home now has sunlight drenched rooms, expanded spaces, natural materials and clean lines. This home incorporates a number of the most advanced building technologies. The result is a unique and fresh design within reach for buyers today. This remodel is a beautiful example of a well built home that meets the highest of environmental standards, is highly functional and very affordable.

N12 Blue View, Green Built in Green Lake

N12 Blue View, Green Built in Green Lake

LD Arch Design, Parie Hines & TC Legend Homes, Ted Clifton

Inspired by a previous Green Home Tour, this net-zero energy house remodel in Green Lake is just finishing construction. It is designed to be affordable, deep green, and surrounded by lush gardens (yet to be planted). This stop on the tour would be great for people considering deep green changes to their own home. Talk with the team of owner, architect, and builder about the collaborative process and the materials and methods chosen to be beautiful, efficient, and cost-effective.

N13 Remarkable Laurelhurst Remodel

N13 Remarkable Laurelhurst Remodel

Model Remodel & CAST Architecture

This modest mid-century house had two very important things going for it: its convenient Laurelhurst location and the owner’s 10-year connection to the community. However this beloved home, built in 1947, had many outdated limitations requiring the family to consider a major remodel. This growing family had ambitious project objectives. They wanted to add living space but maintain the home’s original footprint, improve functionality, capture more daylight, connect the indoors and outdoors, enhance the home’s comfort and overall air quality, and reflect the homeowners’ love of Japanese aesthetics and traditions.

N14 EcoLuxury Home Remodel

N14 EcoLuxury Home Remodel

Living Aware & LuxuryMarketplace.com

The goal of our remodel was to take a dated, inefficient space, with good bones and turn it into an eco-friendly, modern, and sustainable home. This small condo is incredibly efficient in energy and its use of space while maintaining the luxurious details.

SW01 Annie

SW01 Annie

Green Canopy

Green Canopy Homes is a Seattle homebuilder focused on bringing energy efficiency and sustainability to Seattle’s existing housing stock. Through our work we are able to preserve the existing structure and character of Seattle’s aging homes – while at the same time delivering a product that is modern, fresh and ultra-efficient. Rather than scrape properties with potential - our team works hard to engineer projects that are buildable, salable, valuable, beautiful and innovative.

SW02 Ford Remodel

SW02 Ford Remodel

Better Builders

This project was an extensive remodel of a 1980’s house originally designed by an architect who initially lived in the house for several years. Our task was to design and create a cook’s kitchen, a “man cave”, a mud/powder room addition, an updated bathroom/laundry and add closets to a bedroom that originally did not have any. Our clients were committed to a very green project from the beginning and incorporated many recycled and green products and practices into the project.

SW03 Sustainable Madrona Bungalow Remodel

SW03 Sustainable Madrona Bungalow Remodel

Mighty House Construction | Entero Design

The kitchen of this 1925 bungalow in Madrona was renovated to maximize function and creating a healthy space for this family. Living a sustainable lifestyle is important to them so the kitchen was designed to enable the owner and her daughters to do the canning and cooking they enjoy with an ease of maintenance. The layout, materials, and color palette were selected to highlight the homes Spanish influences. The home additionally features daylighting and other energy efficient upgrades as well as rain water harvesting systems.

SW04 Energy Retrofit - First Step to Green Building

SW04 Energy Retrofit - First Step to Green Building

Kohl Construction | Community Power Works

Every green building project begins and ends with energy efficiency. A new program offered in Seattle by Community Power Works and implemented by Kohl Construction shows you how everyone in Seattle can be on the path to green.

SW05 Dwell Passivhaus at Columbia Station

SW05 Dwell Passivhaus at Columbia Station

Dwell Development | Dwell Northwest

Dwell Development’s Passivhaus is the first in-fill spec Passivhaus development in Seattle. This high-design approx. 2,000 square feet, 3 bd, 2.5 bath features signature Dwell finishes, clean lines, volume, a 15’ by 24’ roof top deck and a large private parking space. Located in Dwell Development’s celebrated 15 home micro-community just blocks from Columbia City shopping and dining and the Light Rail Station. According to Tadashi Shiga, of Evergreen Certified, third-party verifier “the Passivhaus is the highest efficient home for energy efficiencies in the World. It’s 90% efficient. It’s like getting a 90% off space heating and cooling bills”.

SW06 City Cabins® at Columbia Station

SW06 City Cabins® at Columbia Station

Martha Rose Construction

Experience low impact City Living at the City Cabins® in Columbia Station. Located in Phase I, of the New Rainier Vista Development, these 4 townhomes were built on the last, and best, remaining lot with vistas of Mt. Rainier and the central park. City Cabins® utilizes a blending of modern and rustic natural materials purchased from local vendors and produced regionally whenever possible. Enjoy living blocks from the Link Light Rail and close to Columbia City shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

SW07 ENVISION Restoration & Live Energy Assessment in West Seattle

SW07 ENVISION Restoration & Live Energy Assessment in West Seattle

ENVISION Homes | Community Power Works

1900's classic restoration by builder and Green Home Tour sponsor ENVISION Homes, Residential & Light Construction Remodeling. Community power Works will be on site on Tour Day to demonstrate an energy assessment, including home performance testing. Home features extensive structural restoration, seismic retrofit, upgraded insulation, air sealing, salvage & reuse, chickens, and more. Building Scientists on site to answer questions. Owner/Builder on site to explain the science and passion of this restoration.

SW08 Beacon Green Townhomes

SW08 Beacon Green Townhomes

Paar Development, LLC

Beacon Green Courtyard Townhomes available late Spring 2013! 6 homes ranging from 885 – 1350 sq ft. State of the art architectural design by David Neiman. Built Green & NW ENERGY STAR. Fabulous city and mountain views to the W. E. N. with private decks. Easy access to light rails and Car2go stations. Parking areas are covered by a common courtyard, greatly reducing the impact of the parking area. Large space in center creates improved natural light and privacy! A shared amenity provides a space for gathering and community.

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