Northwest Green Home Tour
of Whatcom County

Highlighting the Green Building Community.

Every year, do-it-yourselfers and those looking for green contractors delight in a day of exploring beautiful, innovative, and eco-friendly homes at the Northwest Green Home Tour of Whatcom County. Drawing audiences from all over Western Washington, the Northwest Green Home Tour of Whatcom County is an engaging, self-guided tour of new and remodeled green homes in the area.

Sound like your kind of party? Stay tuned for more details & a list of this year’s tour stops.

Become a Vendor

Promote your business. Expand your market.

Businesses can participate for $200 and receive these benefits:

  • Table or booth at one of the stops
  • Opportunity to engage with over 350 tour participants
  • Two complimentary tickets to the tour for employees or clients
  • Business name listed in the guide & on event website
  • See full benefits of being listed in the guide below
  • Nonprofits can participate for FREE

Questions? Email Rose at rosel@sustainableconnections.org or give her a call at (360) 647-7093 x (107).

Advertise in the Guide

Gain new business for your designs, installations, contracting, decoration, & more. This guide is widely used by those looking to remodel or build a home.

The deadline to advertise in this year’s guide is Friday, March 27, 2020.

Businesses who advertise in the guide receive these benefits:

  • 7,000 high-quality guide copies printed
  • Guides are available six weeks prior to the tour
  • The guide is promoted online & on social media
  • Guides are distributed for FREE at local businesses & given to tour participants
  • Contribution to a community-oriented program that promotes healthy & environmentally sound buildings
  • Members of Sustainable Connections receive a FREE listing in the guide’s directory

Questions? Email Taylor at taylorw@sustainableconnections.org or give her a call at (360) 647-7093 x (112).

2019 Tour Stops

The Northwest Green Home Tour takes place on the beautiful lands of Whatcom County. These are the traditional lands of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples, and we wish to acknowledge them as the traditional owners and stewards.

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Chuckanut Builders are master collaborators.

Intrigued by the possibility of working on a Stillwater Dwellings prefabricated home and excited to work with owners, Jay Eisenberg and Dina Dickerson, they set out to help guide the project to be more comfortable, durable, healthy and efficient.

Stillwater Dwellings feature contemporary design with dramatic natural lighting, beautiful finishes and thoughtful, right-sized floor plans that are built using a combination of prefabricated wall panels and custom finishes installed onsite. Chuckanut Builders had a lot to add when it
came to making the home high-performance. The details of the mechanical systems and the building envelope harmonize with the overall design to make a durable building that will withstand the elements in style.

Collaboration, innovation, and community building are all trademarks of the Lindsay Xanadu Avenue Project.

*This location is accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

1. Lindsay Avenue Xanadu
3803 Lindsay Avenue

 

Highlights include:

• Prefabrication
• Advanced mechanical systems
• Durable building envelope
• Solar panels
• Natural day-lighting

Featuring: Chuckanut Builders

Showcasing: Small Planet Supply, Smith and Vallee, Stillwater Dwellings, & Ecotech Solar

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TC Legend Homes worked with owner Nancy Waterman to downsize her life and earn some additional income. By replacing a one-car garage with a cozy, high-performance, 775-square-foot, detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) that includes an attached single-car garage, she can now let her three-bedroom home be used by a larger family. Keeping true to her values, The RE Store was first on the scene to demo the old garage to maximize recycling opportunities and minimize waste.

The team at TC Legend Homes designed the DADU from the ground up to be net-positive-energy, meaning it will produce more energy on an annual basis than it requires. TC Legend Homes applied the same approach and many of the same building techniques to this DADU as it does to any of its other homes. The new DADU increases density where it is needed, at an address with an 82 walk score, and puts more energy onto the grid than it will consume!

*This location is accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

2. Gentle Density
1217 W Connecticut Street

 

Highlights include:

• Insulated concrete forms
• Orientation for active & passive solar
• Structural insulated panels
• Triple-pane windows
• High-efficiency mini-split heat

Featuring: TC Legend Homes

Showcasing: TC Legend Homes Tiny Office

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With the kids out of the house and retirement setting in, owners Jack and Scout Kimmes wanted to refresh the space they spend the most time in, the kitchen, without breaking the bank.

Working with A-1 Builders, they were able to stay in the same physical footprint and add needed function with style. A-1 Builders were delighted to have a client that shared values for beautiful, durable, and healthy spaces.

By choosing high-quality, locally sourced products they have a down-to-earth kitchen remodel that works for their lifestyle. Beyond local products, this kitchen was designed to optimize space for fresh, local food. They can enjoy their morning breakfast ritual in a space they love for their next chapter in life.

3. Practically Perfect
1612 W Connecticut Street

 

Highlights include:

• Locally sourced cabinets
• Sustainable counter tops & flooring
• Energy-efficient appliances
• LED lighting & task-oriented switching
• Low-VOC paint
• Local custom bench upholstery

Featuring: A-1 Builders & Adaptations Design Studio

Showcasing: WSU Extension Master Composters, WSU Extension Master Gardeners, & Habitat for Humanity Women Build

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Who wouldn’t want to live in a home that remains safe and comfortable well-after the zombie apocalypse has begun?

In all seriousness, Twin Peaks Passivhaus + ADU was designed and built to provide a home that was resilient in the face of natural disasters. Fortunately, the same great building strategies that give us resilience also provides a home that is incredibly comfortable and healthy. For the owners, its net-positive energy performance is perhaps the most exciting feature. The energy profile of the home and its ADU will have a small, offsetting effect on greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

Designed and built to meet the rigorous standards of Passive House, Twin Peaks Passivhaus + ADU, started with countless hours of research by the owners in their pursuit to minimize their own global climate change footprint. From there they assembled the design and building team to finalize their plans and build their new home.

*This location is accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

4. Twin Peaks Passivhaus + ADU
5780 Schickler Lane

 

Highlights include:

• Solar battery storage
• Hig-performance building envelope
• Ground-source heat pump
• Net-positive energy
• Passive House Certified

Featuring: Bellingham Bay Builders

Showcasing: WSU Extension Master Composters, WSU Extension Master Gardeners, & Habitat for Humanity Women Build

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A beautiful 1920s cabin, nestled into the edge of the 100-Acre Wood, needed updating.

Instinct Builders and Bundle Design Studio worked with the homeowners to transform this little cabin’s efficiency and functionality. A new master bed and bath that rose up through the roofline on the second floor replaced low six-foot ceilings. While still honoring the quaint stature, 60 percent of the existing roof was removed and a new vaulted ridgeline was installed to give a spacious 12-foot tall ceiling and room for a new staircase.

Reclaimed VG Fir was milled on site to match the original woodwork and a custom mission-style staircase was built to enhance the original exposed timber beams and fir flooring. A standing seam metal roof with continuous rigid foam insulation was installed over the entire home for efficiency and longevity, as well as for creating a quality rainwater catchment for maintaining the native plants. This seamlessly integrated remodel enhances and honors the original character with fine craftsmanship.

5. Conscientious Craftsman
2203 22nd Street

 

Highlights include:

• Materials reuse
• Salvaged lumber
• Native landscape
• Rainwater catchment
• Energy efficiency

Featuring: Instinct Builders

 

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Situated in the heart of the Historic Fairhaven Neighborhood, this European-inspired home has been carefully crafted with the environment in mind. Low-impact construction practices, resource-efficient technologies, and sustainable material selections help this project achieve a five-star Built Green rating. The recently revamped certification program offers significant incentives for the homeowner’s conservation choices.

In the damp Pacific Northwest, mold infestation can often be a challenge. Mold prevention and indoor air quality are of the utmost importance to these homeowners. The efficient and breathable building envelope, mold resistant materials, and mold treatment combine with whole-house heat recovery and ventilation system to create a safe, clean indoor environment.

6. Framed for the Future
1623 Wilson Avenue

 

Highlights include:

• Energy & water efficiency
• Site photovoltaics
• Rainwater harvesting system
• Non-toxic materials
• Ethically sourced materials

Featuring: Aiki Homes

Showcasing: Shenandoah Myrick – Keller Williams Realty

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Don’t miss the Cob Cottage built in a Christmas tree forest!

The low-impact method of packing clay-rich earth, straw, and gravel allows direct sourcing from the building site of a cob structure. The cottage was built from on-site clay and urbanite (broken concrete) and made use of timbers from the property. Most of the materials were reused or salvaged: roof rafters and carpet were reused, on-site plants were transplanted for the green roof, windows came from The RE Store, glass bottles were pulled from household recycling, and glass inserts in the walls were picked up at craft fairs.

The cozy 200-square-foot floor plan holds a bed, window seats, table, sink, and wood stove. Peek in to see the mixing, building, and shaping techniques in action. The cob medium can be formed to any shape and with a variety of finishing options — it has limitless potential for organic, artistic expression.

The ground can be quite wet, depending on the weather, so boots may be appropriate!

7. Toward Net Zero Energy
2601 McKenzie Avenue

 

Highlights include:

• Radiant heat
• CO2-condensing hot water heater
• Double-wall construction
• Heat-recovery ventilation
• Reclaimed materials

Featuring: North Sound Energy & Remodel