7/18/2011 - Green Homes Tour" Tickets Now On Sale
by WHKP Radio Release
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA IS GREE, GREEN, GREEN! GET TICKETS NOW for a showcase of GREEN built homes in the Hendersonville Area!
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Tickets are now on sale for ECO's Fourth Annual Green Home Tour that will be held on August 20th. The tour will showcase homes that both demonstrate the good use of green technology as well as sustainable living practices. This year's tour features a treasure trove of homes that work with nature. Showcased in this year's tour are two gems hidden in the beautiful wilderness of north Henderson County that form the cornerstone of an intentional community. Both have made excellent use of passive solar design that will not only keep their homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but will also keep energy bills low. One is accentuated with a 1500 gallon rainwater cistern that collects rainwater from eighty percent of the home and impermeable earth plaster stucco that was created on-site and will continue to get strong as time goes on.
The other uses the top of their garage as a living roof which one day will have edible plants and medicinal herbs that will sustain the owners all year round. Both homes have solar panels providing radiant floor heating and hot water. On top of all this they are both part of an intentional eco-community that has preserved 200+ acres of pristine nature and maintains a 10 acre orchard and garden. When talking about leaving a small footprint, what better way than to build small? A quaint 1080 square foot residence will display to tour goers the benefits of living in an appropriately sized home. However the main attraction here is the vast and enchanting edible garden that is home to apples, cherries, blueberries, onions, tomatoes, blackberries, and grapes just to name a few. The garden is complimented by two 600 gallon rainwater cisterns and three composting bins that allow for amazingly sustainable use of the property.
A primary goal for this year's tour is to show homeowners affordable and feasible ways that they can make their brown home green. A home in Flat Rock can teach homeowners just that. With solar tube lighting in three rooms, an edible vegetable garden, composting, and rainwater catchments this home truly exemplifies changes that are attainable for the average homeowner. Last but not least we are happy to include one of Hendersonville's new green schools. Hillandale Elementary School is a shining example of how fiscal conservative practices combined with environment concerns can create a win-win situation. Recent studies suggest that healthy indoor environments can reduce asthma and upper respiratory infections among school children, as well as promote staff health, safety and productivity, and improve achievement. Healthy indoor environments are also associated with improvements in children's learning and behavior. Hillandale Elementary features LEED certification, motion sensor turn out lights, dual flush/low flow toilets, and solar panels that heat water and the building itself. The solar hot water and sun lighting implemented have made the building students go to school in everyday an effective learning tool. ECO's Green Home Tour is a great way to spend a day enjoying the countryside while viewing some beautiful green homes, while picking up some great ideas on how to live sustainably. Tickets for the Green Home Tour which includes five homes, a green community center and a green school, are available online at www.eco-wnc.org or available at the ECO office, at the Hendersonville and Asheville Visitor's Centers and at Wild Birds Unlimited in Hendersonville. For any additional information please call the ECO office at (828)692-0385 or online at www.eco-wnc.org .