SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC), an environmental nonprofit dedicated to providing education, outreach and advocacy focused on green building in the San Diego community, announced today that its seventh annual Green Homes Tour will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at multiple home sites throughout the county.
Each year, the event brings together hundreds of members of the local community to celebrate best practices in green building and design while showcasing the innovative work of some of the industry’s top professionals. The diverse projects include sustainably remodeled residences, urban multifamily developments, luxurious custom homes and many projects that have achieved or are seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world.
On the self-guided tour (which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), attendees may visit as many of the homes as they would like, meet with industry professionals and learn more about the latest green home design, construction and upgrade options. Each eco-friendly project features a number of innovative, high-performance design features including impact areas such as energy, water conservation, building materials, indoor air quality, landscaping, and sustainable building sites.
In 2015, a total of nine homes were featured in the Green Homes Tour, including homes in Carlsbad, Valley Center, Escondido, Ramona, Poway, Mission Hills and Allied Gardens. One highlight of the tour was the Nunnery at Deer Park Buddhist Monastery, featuring unique straw-bale construction, reclaimed timbers, rainwater catchment and greywater systems, among other green design features. A complete list of last year’s projects, including photos and building features, can be found at http://bit.ly/2bdhYgK.
SDGBC is still accepting submissions for unique residential projects throughout the county to showcase in the 2016 tour. The deadline to nominate a project is Friday, Sept. 9.
The Green Homes Tour is made possible by a committee of industry volunteers and the generous financial support of local sustainability-minded businesses, including Xpera Group (premier event sponsor) and Alliance Green Builders. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Bryon Stafford, this year’s Green Homes Tour coordinator, at (619) 955-9208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are available at http://www.usgbc-sd.org/event-2296833. Green Building Council members are $10 and non-members are $15. Students are $5 (with I.D.) and children under 16 are free. A full list of tour homes will be released in the coming weeks.
The San Diego Green Building Council is a 501(C)3 environmental nonprofit dedicated to providing education, outreach and advocacy surrounding green building in the San Diego region. It is the San Diego Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, whose mission is to inspire, educate and collaborate within communities to transform the built environment toward true sustainability. More information is available at http://www.usgbc.org/ (national website) and http://usgbc-sd.org/ (local website).