The Northwest Green Home Tour is an annual public event, co-produced by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and Built Green, that showcases local, sustainable and green new homes, remodels, and energy retrofits in the greater Seattle area. The 2014 event took place on April 26, and the 2015 event will take place again in April. Join our mailing list to receive updates on 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.
If you'd like to be notified when we set the official date, please sign up for notifications.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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)
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
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 . . .