Portland Realtor Green Guide: Eco-Home Tour On September 25 brings Sustainable Tips to Life

Here on the McDonald Group Real Estate Blog, we’re often talking about Green home improvements, sustainable homes for sale in Portland, and the rise of eco-building in the Portland Real Estate market in general, but we talk to a lot of people who are still a bit confused about a lot of the technology and terminology behind the Green building revolution. If you’re one of those people who might not know as much as you’d like about Green homes, sustainable appliances, low-waste utilities, and other eco-friendly home improvements, there is an event coming up that might answer a lot of your questions. On Saturday, September 25th, the Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair will return to Portland for its ninth year, bringing information about sustainable remodels, green certification for new homes, and plenty of great tips for making the most of the green tools and incentives (including valuable tax rebates for green improvements) available to Portlanders.

The tour includes a visit to Portland’s first certified straw bale house You can tour Portland’s first-ever permitted straw bale house – noted for its incredible thermal efficiency, sound cancelling, and clean air free of insulation-related pollutants – and 21 other remodels and new homes, including a historic home that has been fully upgraded and certified by Clean Energy Works Portland.

Tour visitors will have the opportunity to learn about ecoroofs, water collection and conservation, solar paneling, water-saving landscaping, recycled building materials, alternative construction techniques, and more. Homeowners, energy experts, and eco-builders will be available to answer all of your questions about their homes and the technology behind green building and renovation. After the tour, gather more information at the free family-fun Green Info fair, featuring green vendors, sustainable renovation demonstrations, food and music.

The self-guided tour is Saturday Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the information fair from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, honored citizens and those who take the tour car-free, and free for kids 14 and under. Purchase tickets at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website or at Ecohaus, 819 SE Taylor Street in Portland.
The event is hosted by Ecohaus and sponsored by Metro, Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar Oregon, Oregon Home magazine, and City of Portland Bureaus of Environmental Services, Development Services and Water.
For more info: visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/builditgreen, e-mail greenhotline@portlandoregon.gov, or call 503-823-5431.
If you’re selling a home in Portland, green improvements can mean a world of difference in these hard economic times – green homes maintain their value much longer, and are also on average selling about 18 percent higher than their non-certified neighbors. What’s more, they are actually selling. Buyers are out there searching for sustainable, green certified homes in Portland, and are willing to pay for those improvements.
If you’re interested in buying or selling a green home in Portland, contact the McDonald Group Relators today – we can make the most of the upturn in interest in Green certification and sustainable homes by helping you get what you want. Schedule an appointment today!


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