Local Audubon Society Sponsoring May 22 Green Homes Tour

Local Audubon Society Sponsoring May 22 Green Homes Tour

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor an Eastern Panhandle "Green Homes Tour" on Saturday, May 22
The tour is being held in partnership with a "Building for a Greener Future" conference being held May 21 at the National Conservation Training Center.
It is intended to give those who attend the conference-and anyone else with an interest in the subject-an opportunity for a firsthand look at different approaches to green home construction.
Proceeds from the tour will be used to support PVAS's programs for school children.
In all, the tour will showcase seven homes in Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties.
Visitors to these homes will be able to see a wide variety of different green construction features, many of which are aimed at dramatically reducing homeowners' energy costs.
These features include strawbale, Structural Insulated Panel and cordwood construction; renewable energy technologies, including solar electric, wind and solar hot water systems; composting toilets and graywater wetland treatment designs; high efficiency wood-burning heaters and in-floor radiant heat systems; and a host of other green building materials and design considerations.
Several of the homes are still under construction, offering a rare glimpse inside the process of green building.
The tour will be self-guided. Those who wish to participate should purchase a brochure beforehand for $15.
The brochures, provided by Sir Speedy Printing of Martinsburg, will include a map and directions to the different homes. Each brochure will admit one carload of people to all of the homes on the tour.
Brochure holders may visit any or all of the homes in any order they wish between 10am and 4pm.
For more information about the tour, contact Jeff Feldman at 304-274-0509 or greenpathconsulting@gmail.com.
The Building for a Greener Future conference is being organized by the Potomac Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development Council. It is aimed at providing local builders and homeowners with practical insights into the opportunities and challenges of adopting green building practices.
Conference workshops will include sessions on green building approaches, renewable energy systems and incentives, geothermal technology, indoor air quality considerations, alternative wastewater treatment options, and living roofs among others. Exhibitors of green building products and services will also be in attendance.
Anyone may attend but registration is required.
For more information about the conference, or to register, contact Olga Adams at 304-267-8953, ext 5, or phrcd.6003@verizon.net.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.