Outdoors

Imagine This!

Inside the green building scene

Attend

What: Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour

When: 10 am Sat., Jun. 23

Where: Eight stops in Whatcom County

Cost: $10 (self-guided) to $45 (VIP; purchase by June 20)

Info: http://www.sustainableconnections.org

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Passive solar, creative infill, adaptive reuse, low-impact development, LEED, RECs, IEQ, HSPF—the amount of confusing jargon and acronyms used by the green building industry is impressive.

In fact, an energy consultant compiled a list of more than 153 terms for Green Building Advisor that all building professionals should be familiar with. Dang.

Thankfully, there’s a much better way to learn about what all these terms mean and why they are so important. You can experience them firsthand Sat., June 23 at the longest-running sustainable home and landscape tour north of Seattle, Sustainable Connections’ 16th annual “Imagine This!” Home & Landscape Tour.

Eight tour stops will showcase most of the aforementioned green building features, including one big one not mentioned yet—net zero energy. It’s a radical way to think about how our homes could, and should, be as well as a powerful way to reduce CO2 emissions. A certified Net Zero Energy (NZE; we just can’t stop with the acronyms) building generates as much energy as it needs over the course of an entire year, with 100 percent of its energy supplied on site by renewables.

This year’s Home & Landscape Tour will feature Harvest House, a new home built by Moceri Construction that is the United States’ most northerly Net Zero Energy Residence, certified by the International Living Future Institute (or ILFI, if you want another acronym). The solar array, edible landscaping, open floor plan and natural lighting contribute to a design that “harvests” wind, water, sunlight and soil and gives the house its name. The owners are living their dream to create “low-carbon local produce,” grown organically on site. Situated in the county, with gorgeous views of Mt. Baker, NZE has never looked so good.

To see Harvest House for yourself, along with tiny homes, an eco-farm, a cob-built cottage and more, pick up your own ticket for $10 at the Community Food Co-op, Village Books, or the RE Store. You can also purchase your ticket June 23 at any stop on the tour. For those looking to get a little more, a guided bus option is also available for $45 per person. Fully loaded with lunch, delicious drinks and snacks at every stop, there will also be in–depth education and friendly experts with you every step of the way.

We hope this year’s HLT (Home & Landscape Tour) inspires you to start some DIY (do it yourself) HP (home performance) and GB (green building) projects!

Diana Meeks is the media and communications specialist for Sustainable Connections

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