Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 Green Home Tour in Lake Oswego

208 Durham Street in Old Town Lake Oswego

Interested in solar panels, backyard habitats, energy efficient heating systems, or on-demand water heaters? Learn about all this and more at the 2016 Green Home Tour in Lake Oswego's Old Town and Uplands areas on Saturday, October 29th. This tour is presented by the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network (LOSN) and the Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board.

2016 Green Home Tour Schedule:


1. Heritage Tree and home deconstruction. 208 Durham Street (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM) Photo above. This small house could have been a “tear down” but instead of smashing it to smithereens and sending the debris to a landfi ll, Bob and Corinna contracted with the Portland Rebuilding Center to deconstruct it, board by board.  They created an inventory of the rescued and donated materials, and received a tax deduction.  Their lovely reconstructed home also features A “Gold-rated” Certified Backyard Habitat, cork fl oors, on-demand water heater, a Heritage Tree, and an electric-assist bicycle in the garage.  

2.  Adaptive Reuse and resource conservation. 111 Ladd St. (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
In 2014, Jon and Michael purchased a dilapidated duplex that was destined for demolition. Rather than tear-down the duplex in order to build their new home, the couple reconfigured the structure into a single-family residence.  The home includes materials sourced from the Portland Rebuilding Center and features LED lighting, energy-star appliances, an energy efficient heating system, dual-flush toilets and an electric vehicle charging station for their BMW i3. Their yard is also “Gold-rated” and certafied.


3.  Solar panel charging LEAF and TESLA electric vehicles. 1960 Egan Way (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM) Tom built his mountain-view home in 1992, with an orientation toward passive solar.  He carved into the hill to create a layered vegetable and flower garden. When Lisa moved in after their wedding in 2009, they bought two electric vehicles:  a LEAF and a TESLA. Solar panels provide around 90% of the electric energy for their home and cars. They enjoy monitoring their solar production online and comparing it to their use.

4.  Expert composting reduced energy costs and one of Lake Oswego's best views!
2090 Crest Dr. (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM) In 1987 Janet inherited a lovely mid century modern home with a breathtaking view overlooking the lake and Mt. Hood. Janet has spent 30 years lightening the heavy footprint of this non-insulated house. She maintains a large yard and vegetable garden and she changed all her bulbs to LED’s. She became an expert on home composting and water efficiency and leases an all-electric Chevy. 

Special Feature! Relax at 3pm here as your last tour destination for refreshments on the deck followed by a one time composting demo in Janet's two compost piles and how to use kitchen scrap compost on the vegetable beds.