Sustainable home tour set for Oct. 14

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BRATTLEBORO — On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network will host its 2nd Annual Sustainable Home Tour in the Southern Connecticut River Valley from Dummerston to Greenfield, Mass., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be a self-guided tour of new homes, deep energy retrofits, and an addition in which all homes have given consideration to energy efficiency, renewable energy, health and safety, durability, and local product selection. Builders will be available at the homes to answer all questions about products, processes and technology. This is an opportunity to experience, learn, and see what is possible with high performance building.

Homes on the tour include those of Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, Inc., and Peter Yost, vice president, Technical Services of BuildingGreen, Inc.

The Wilsons' net-zero deep energy retrofit of an old farmhouse utilizes products, materials, and technologies that Wilson has been writing about and promoting — essentially being his own guinea pig. It took the Yosts' 11 years to complete a staged deep energy retrofit of their 11-year-old high-performance house, the majority of work done by Yost in his "free" time, with a special consideration given to water management and durability.

In Greenfield, a new super-insulated home appealing to both traditionalists and modernists that is almost passive house certified will be open to the public. In Brattleboro, a new modern five-plus Energy Star rated home achieving a Bronze Tier Energy Code Plus Rating and constructed with a need for accessibility will also be open, as will be an 1800s timber frame cottage with an energy efficient addition and retrofit/renovation. In Dummerston, a VERMOD net-zero modular home utilizing community solar supplying 100 percent of electricity will be open.

For locations, details and online ticket sales, visit www.seon.info/HomeTour. Purchase advance tickets online until noon, Wednesday, Oct. 11. Advance Tickets are $12 or two for $20. On the day of event, tickets at the door at all home locations are $15 or two for $25. Tickets are also on sale at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, and Friends of the Sun and Everyone's Books in Brattleboro. These locations will only accept cash or checks.

Sponsors include Brattleboro Savings and Loan, VSECU, Integrated Solar, Perkins Home and Building Center, RGS Energy, Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, D.B Franklin and Son Heating and Cooling LLC, and Efficiency Vermont.

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