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The Northwest Green Home Tour is a free annual public event, produced by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, that showcases local, sustainable and green new homes, remodels, and energy retrofits in the greater Seattle area. The 2015 tour will take place on April 25 and 26. Join our mailing list to receive updates.

 

 

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Get Your Tickets & Be Registered to Win a Chauffeured Tour in a Tesla

Tickets for the 2015 Northwest Green Home Tour just became available. If you haven't already, reserve your spot today. Tickets are free, but there's a new option this year thanks to a new partnership with Tesla Motors. If you make a donation of any amount when you go to reserve your ticket, you and up to three friends will be entered to win a two-hour chauffeured tour of the homes in a Tesla Model S. Two lucky groups will win. All donations go to support the nonprofit Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, which helps promote sustainable building practices in our region.

Get Your Tickets Now

Last Chance! Site Registration Closes Sunday

If you’re considering putting a home on the tour, this is your last chance. With 30+ sites already registered, the 2015 NW Green Home Tour is already the biggest yet, and we expect it to get even bigger by the end of this week. Won't you join us in helping spread the word about what's now possible in the world of sustainable building.

Look for news and updates about the tour in the coming weeks:

  • Center pullout section in the Seattle Weekly
  • Special section in Natural Awakenings Magazine
  • Radio ads
  • Paid social media promotion
  • Online ads at the Stranger
  • Professional postering campaign
  • $3,500 Google AdWords campaign
  • Partnership with Tesla to chauffeur two lucky winners and their friends around the tour sites
  • Much more 

As a site host, you'll get wide-ranging exposure, from social media shout outs to dedicated tour web pages, and much more.

Register Your Site Today!

Now is also a great time to sign up to volunteer or sponsor the tour.

Become a Tour Volunteer

The Northwest Green Home tour is made possible by the generous help of many dedicated individuals. If you're passionate about green building and would like to connect with others who share your interests, please join our merry band of fun-loving Green Home Tour volunteers as a site greeter. 

We just opened up volunteer registration. Reserve your spot at your favorite site now, before someone else does. Volunteer shifts are available Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. Sign up for as many shifts as you'd like.

Sign Up to Be a Volunteer Site Greeter

Want to help with pre-tour planning? Please contact us. Here are just a few of the ways you can get involved:

  • Join the Green Home Tour Planning Committee
  • Utilize a professional skill, such as PR, social media, photography, sales, event planning, project management, or graphic design
  • Become a Green Home Tour intern and learn all about the ins and outs of green event planning
Take a Sneak Peek at Our 2015 Sites!

Site host registration has gotten off to a great start for the 2015 tour, and we want to take this opportunity to show our appreciation to the 19 builders, architects, and homeowners who have already committed to putting their most exciting projects on the tour. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the area's green building community, this year's Northwest Green Home Tour is shaping up to be better than ever!

The tour will include projects from the following site hosts and many more . . .

  • Greenfab
  • CRD Design Build
  • David Kendall
  • YS Built
  • Art & Architecture
  • Kohl Construction
  • Hammer & Hand
  • Jack Herndon
  • Puget Sound Solar
  • Haven Illustrated
  • LimeLite Development

If you have an outstanding sustainably built residential project, there's still time to submit your application for the 2015 tour. Our selection committee is looking for new homes, renovations, and multifamily projects in all "shades" of green. Fill out your application today. Our early bird registration period ends February 15, and registration closes March 15. Download the information packet.

2015 Tour Dates Announced: April 25-26

Mark your calendar! The 2015 Northwest Green Home Tour will be taking place Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. By popular request, the tour will be expanding to two days this year so that you can see more homes all around the region.

It's not too early to get involved . . .

Attend
If you'd like to get occasional updates about the tour, please sign up for notifications.

Apply
If you're a builder, architect, or homeowner and would like to have your site considered for the tour, please complete this quick online application.

Volunteer
If you have skills you'd like to share, or are available to help out on the day of the tour, please drop us a line.

Sponsor
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Jenny Heins for more information.

Planning Is Underway for the 2015 Tour

The 2015 Northwest Green Home Tour is a go! We're gearing up once again to bring you the most exciting innovations in sustainable building in the region. We haven't finalized the date yet, but the tour will take place again around Earth Day in April.

Attend
If you'd like to be notified when we set the official date, please sign up for notifications.

Apply
If you're a builder, architect, or homeowner and would like to have your site considered for the tour, please send us an email at sites@nwgreenhometour.org.

Volunteer
If you have skills you'd like to share, or are available to help out on the day of the tour, please drop us a line.

Sponsor
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Jenny Heins for more information.

*Photo: Artisans Group, Island Passive House, featured on the 2014 tour.

Announcing the Winners of the 2014 NW Green Home Tour Site Awards

We had a great post-tour wrap-up party at Hale's Palladium last week, where we announced the winners of the first-annual NW Green Home Tour Site Awards. There were so many great sites this year, and the competition was fierce. Congrats to all of our winners!

Most Visited Site
Winner: Drinking Rainwater in Ballard, Bristow Enterprises, Kim Mulligan (233 visitors)
Runner Up: 106 Year Old Net Zero Craftsman, Puget Sound Solar (191 visitors)

Visitors' Favorite
Winner: Beach Drive, Neiman Taber Architects, Heartwood Builders
Runners Up: Home Reclaimed by Ninebark Design Build, Seward Park Deep Green Remodel by Opperman and Others, Drinking Rainwater in Ballard by Bristow Enterprises and Kim Mulligan, and Historic House Deep Green Remodel by Velocipede Architects and Sunshine Construction

Audience Choice Award
Winner: Lifestream Backyard Cottage by Lifestream Designs
Runner Up: Baker Cottage by Kate Wells-Driscoll

 

The 2014 Tour Was a Great Big Green Success

It's a wrap! The 2014 NW Green Home Tour took place last Saturday, April 26, and by all accounts, it was a big success. Our heartfelt and enthusiastic thanks to the 70+ volunteers, 35+ site hosts, 20+ sponsors, and homeowners for making it happen. Most of all, thanks to you and the 1,000+ other visitors who came out to learn about green building and enjoy the sunny weather.

If you took the tour, we'd love to hear your feedback. Please take a quick survey and vote for your favorite site. For the first time ever, we'll be giving awards to the most popular sites, so, if you toured a truly special home, please make sure it gets the recognition it deserves by casting your vote.

Be sure to check out our photo album, which is growing every day. If you took photos of your own, we'd love it if you could upload them to the album as well. Also, check our Facebook page for other photos and updates. And if you haven't already, please consider joining our mailing list so we can let you know when we have details about next year's tour.

From all of us involved, thank you again for your enthusiasm and curiosity about green building. Over the past four years, many visitors have reported that they've applied what they learned on the tour to their own homes and projects or passed along information to friends and neighbors. We hope you'll do the same. 

A few initial comments

"We can’t play back a movie of the entire day, but if we could it would be magical. Thank you, thank you, for your help in making it all happen, and continuing on from here!" –Dana West, King County RainWise Program
 

"We had an incredible turnout at the Burke-Gilman house yesterday. There were lots of good questions and a huge interest in anything green as well as custom design and architecture. . . . Hats off to a job well done!" –Dan Stettler, Stettler Design

Be sure to add your own voice . . . 

Take the Survey