Craftsmanship meets efficiency in Gorge Green Home Tour

With a unique lineup of new and remodeled homes, the 12th annual Green Home Tour set for Saturday, Oct. 5, aims to inspire homeowners and businesses to invest in buildings that increase value while reducing their overall environmental footprint.

Presented by Gorge Owned (GO!) and the Energy Trust of Oregon, the self-guided tour features 10 homes in Hood River and Mosier that showcase everything from “tiny home living” and green roofs to deep energy retrofits and renewable energy.

“The tour offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to connect with homeowners, designers, do-it-yourselfers and contractors around a range of topics related to sustainable design, building, and living,” says Lindsay Miller, executive director of Gorge Owned.

The Gorge Green Home Tour kicks off on Friday, Oct. 4, with the Gorge Green Home Expo from 4-8 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar Winery in Hood River. The expo features green building products and service providers, along with 5-minute “GO! Talks” from local green building innovators.

Participants can meet this year’s Green Home Tour homeowners, enjoy pizza from Solstice Wood Fired Cafe, drink local wine and learn about innovative building practices.

On Oct. 6, the self-guided Gorge Green Home Tour begins at 9 a.m. at the Hood River Waterfront Park and includes stops in Hood River and Mosier. The tour showcases many cutting-edge homes, including David and Katie Skakel’s house in Mosier, which is the first recycled polystyrene house in the Gorge.

Also on the tour is a beautifully crafted post-and-beam custom-built home by Green Home Construction featuring an insulated concrete form wall system, tight building shell, living roofs and a 3-kilowatt solar system. Plus, a tiny home (128 square feet) designed and built by Mosier resident Leslie Nuckoles and modeled after the infamous Tumbleweed Tiny Homes will provide participants with a look into space-efficient home design.

The 12th-annual Gorge Green Home Tour is made possible with the support of numerous partners and businesses sponsors, including headlining sponsor Energy Trust of Oregon, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources.

Presenting sponsors include NW Natural, providing safe, efficient and reliable energy for homes and business, and Sustain EcoInteriors, providing the Columbia Gorge community with a local resource to learn about, see, touch and design with sustainable products for beautiful, healthy spaces.

The cost of the tour is $10 per person or $25 per carpool of three or more. Cyclists are $5. Entrance into the Gorge Green Home Expo is included in the ticket price. All proceeds from this event benefit Gorge Owned, a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization helping people invest in a vibrant community, healthy environment and strong local economy.

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