Northwest Green Home Tour: June 22, 2019

Site locations and descriptions

Each year Sustainable Connections is excited to showcase innovative, creative, and eco-friendly homes and landscapes within our community. It is our goal to inspire you to make your home a healthy, sustainable, happy place that contributes to a thriving community. Tour inside some of Whatcom County’s new and remodeled houses on the 17th annual NW Green Home Tour and meet the people who created them. Spend as much time as you wish talking to experts at each stop about green features and cutting edge technology.

Purchase $10 tickets ahead of time at the downtown Community Food Co-op, Village Books & Paper Dreams in Fairhaven, and the RE Store. Tickets are also available on the day of the tour at all tour stops (cash/check only).

The Northwest Green Home Tour takes place on the beautiful land of Whatcom County. These are the traditional lands of the Lummi, Nooksack, and Coast Salish Tribes, and we wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.
Read More About Lindsay Avenue Xanadu*

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

*This location is accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

1. Lindsay Avenue Xanadu
3803 Lindsay Ave

Highlights

• Prefabrication
• Advanced mechanical systems
• Durable building envelope
• Solar panels
• Natural daylighting

Featuring

Chuckanut Builders

Read More about Gentle Density*

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 3-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!

2. Gentle Density
1217 W. Connecticut St

Highlights

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

FEATURING

TC Legend Homes

Read More About PRACTICALLY PERFECT

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 A1 Design Build they were able to stay in the same physical footprint and add needed function with style. A1 Design Build was 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 St

Highlights

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

FEATURING A1 Design Build

 

Read More about TWIN PEAKS PASSIVE HOUSE*

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.

4. TWIN PEAKS PASSIVE HOUSE
5780 Schickler Lane

Highlights

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

Featuring

Bellingham Bay Builders

 

Read More About CONSCIENTIOUS CRAFTSMAN

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 6’ ceilings. While still honoring the quaint stature, 60% of the existing roof was removed and a new vaulted ridgeline was installed to give a spacious 12’ 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 2” of 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 St

Highlights

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

Featuring

Instinct Builders

 

Read More About FRAMED FOR THE FUTURE

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 5 star Built Green rating. The recently revamped certification program offers significant incentives for the homeowner’s conservation choices.
In the damp PNW, 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 Ave

Highlights

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

Featuring

Aiki Homes

Read More About TOWARD NET ZERO ENERGY

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 woodstove. 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 St

Highlights

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

Featuring

North Sound Energy & Remodel

 

Thank you to our event sponsors and partners!

Barkley Company
Barkley Company

Green Building & Smart Growth program lead sponsors

Barkley Company
Barkley Company

Silver Sponsors

Bellingham Bay Builders
2020 Engineering
Cascade Joinery
Chuckanut Builders
A1 Builders
Puget Sound Energy
PSCCU
People’s Bank
Lautenbach Industries

Bronze Sponsors