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Green Home Tours & Talks

Thank you for another great year of Green Home Tours & Talks! Enjoy these resources to learn how you can not only make your home more beautiful and efficient but align your values for our Earth. Explore the virtual tours, recorded workshops, and a directory of local green building businesses. See you all next year!

Get an inside look at your neighbor’s inspiring design projects, practical application of green initiatives, and innovative use of natural materials in their homes!

Didn’t get a chance to attend any of our virtual talks but still want to learn from the experts? We got you covered. All seven workshops are now available for your viewing pleasure.

With our local business directory, you can keep your dollars where your heart lives, support an economy of friends and neighbors, and build a community that thrives by thinking local first!

Green Home Tours

1. Modahl Home

Ferndale, WA

An Age-in-Place Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) that ties in newness and efficiency with elements of original home familiarity.

Featuring:

A1DesignBuild

2. Wheatley Home

Bellingham, WA

A ‘legacy’ structure that evokes simplicity, sustainability, durability, and comfort.

Featuring:

A1DesignBuild

3. Anacortes Cliffside Cabin

Anacortes, WA

A compact, beautiful, high-performance cabin built without creating any new additional impacts to site and local ecosystem. 

Featuring:

Bellingham Bay Builders

4. La Pedrera Net Zero Home

San Juan Island, WA

A net zero home perched on a rocky outcrop. Homeowner designed and approved.

Featuring:

Bellingham Bay Builders

5. Mandala Home

Bellingham, WA

This rotunda of a home features natural and sustainable materials throughout.

Featuring:

Instinct Builders

6. House in a Hollow

Bellingham, WA

This house was made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure a safe and healthy home during smokey summers.

Featuring:

TC Legend Homes

Green Home Talks & Workshops

Breathe Easy: A Green Home is a Healthy Home

Presented by the Community Energy Challenge

Is your home healthier to live in than a standard home? How do you know? If it’s not, then it isn’t green either. In this session, you’ll learn the critical concepts necessary for making a healthy home, whether you’re a designer, builder, homeowner, or renter.

Western Solar Inc.

Custom Pre-Fabricated Homes: Wide Open Possibilities

Presented by Instinct Builders

A Custom Pre-fabricated home may be the perfect blend of utilizing factory-built efficiency with local craftsmanship and opportunity for unique personalization.  This workshop will present the benefits and challenges that pre-fab can offer to any General Contractor, Client or DIY homeowner. Utilizing the Mandala home (see virtual tour) as a backdrop narrative we will discuss the process from design to completion and outline the cost/benefit of choosing a custom pre-fabricated home.

Western Solar Inc.

Electrifying Your Home

Presented by CAZ Construction

Curious about electrifying your home? In this workshop, Dan Dunne with CAZ Construction will discuss options for converting your space heating, water heating, and cooking appliances from gas to electricity. We will discuss the costs, benefits, and difficulties involved. And, we will have plenty of time for a Q&A.

Western Solar Inc.

Why Choose Salvage? The Benefits of Responsible Deconstruction: The RE Store’s Salvage Services

Presented by The RE Store

Learn from The RE Store’s Salvage Services team about responsible deconstruction. We’ll discuss our process behind partial and full building demolition, the lifecycle of the materials we salvage, and the benefits you gain when choosing to give your materials a second life.

Western Solar Inc.

Supply Chain Challenges and Solutions: Material and Sub-Contractor Scheduling and Delivery, Challenges and Solutions

Presented by A1DesignBuild

The supply chain is in chaos, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better – from manufacturing delays and delivery challenges to labor shortages and scheduling subcontractors. Life in the building industry has never been more difficult to navigate. A1 will be presenting our understanding of the supply chain issues and our internal approach to resolving these issues for our clients and our co-op.

Western Solar Inc.

Maintaining Indoor Air Quality during Wildfire Season

Presented by Madrona Building Solutions

Whether we like it or not, wildfire smoke will be a part of our future. In this workshop we will explore strategies to maintain good indoor air quality during wildfire events with airtight homes, heat recovery ventilators, filters, and air purifiers.

Western Solar Inc.

Finishing Out your High Performance Home with Sustainable Products

Presented by Green Home Solutions

When designing and building a high performance, energy efficient home, it’s important to consider the interior and exterior finishes. The materials you use should be equally high performing – in terms of health, sustainability, durability, and quality. We’ll discuss your options for the best performing green building products and how to choose the right ones for your project.

Western Solar Inc.

Business Directory

With our local business directory, you can find what you need locally, celebrate where you live, and put what matters most first. Keep your dollars where your heart lives, support an economy of friends and neighbors, and build a community that thrives by thinking local first!

Many Thanks To Our Energy & Green Building Funders and Sponsors:

WSU
CAZ Construction
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
Bellingham Bay Builders
Instinct Builders
Ecotech Solar
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union