Sustainability on display during Green Tour
Steamboat Springs — The latest and greatest in green building technologies will be on display Oct. 25 during a tour of three Steamboat Springs homes and the Routt County Justice Center.
This will be the seventh year the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has hosted the tour, typically attended by a mix of real estate agents, architects and contractors.
“We also have people that are looking to remodel or build who want to see the latest technologies,” YVSC Executive Director Sarah Jones said.
The cost to go on the tour is $15, or $25 for a couple. Registration is avaliable at yvsc.org.
From the Routt County Justice Center, people will be shuttled to the different homes.
Jones said the Wright home on Larimer Street will be the first LEED-certified home in Steamboat.
Architect Adam Wright designed the home for his family. It utilizes a passive solar design, and when tested, the home used 60 percent of the energy of comparable homes. It cost about $26,000 to build the home to LEED standards, but the family anticipates saving 30 percent in energy bills.
Jones said the tour will again feature a remodel. This year, it is a 420-square-foot studio at the Hillcrest Apartments on 11th Street. The sustainable features include new windows, doors and insulation. The upgrades led to a 50-percent decrease in winter electric bills.
Tour participants will be able to compare the apartment to one that has not been remodeled.
The third home is on Huckleberry Lane and uses 35 percent of the energy of a typical home in this climate. The owners purchased energy from the Clean Energy Collective community solar array to cover all the home’s electricity usage. Energy usage at the home can be monitored from a smartphone.
The Routt County Justice Center tour will include an overview of the solar array and the HVAC system.
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