The second annual Sustainable Home Tour

Jan Maher and Doug Selwyn residence in Greenfield, Mass. Photo provided

REGION – On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) will host its second annual Sustainable Home Tour in the Southern Connecticut River Valley from Dummerston, Vt. to Greenfield, Mass. from 10 a.m. – 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 a great opportunity to experience, learn, and see what is possible with high performance building. SEON is especially excited to have the homes of Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, Inc., and Peter Yost, vice-president, Technical Services of BuildingGreen, Inc. on our tour. Following is a list of featured homes.

  • Greenfield, Mass. – A new super-insulated home appealing to both traditionalists and modernists that is almost passive house certified.
  • Brattleboro, Vt. – A new modern 5+ Energy Star rated home achieving a Bronze Tier Energy Code Plus Rating and constructed with a need for accessibility.
  • Dummerston, Vt. – A VERMOD net-zero modular home utilizing Community Solar supplying 100 percent of electricity. The owner moved in the day it was delivered.
  • Dummerston, Vt. – The Wilsons’ net-zero deep energy retrofit of an old farmhouse utilizing products, materials, and technologies that Wilson has been writing about and promoting -essentially being his own guinea pig.
  • Brattleboro, Vt. – The Yosts’ 110 year old high performance home whose staged deep energy retrofit took 11 years to complete with Yost doing a majority of the work in his free time. Special consideration given to water management and durability.
  • Downtown Brattleboro, Vt.  – This energy efficient addition and retrofit/renovation demonstrates the builder’s historically sensitive approach to this early 1800s timber frame cottage.
Alex and Jerelyn Wilson’s home after renovation. Photo provided

For locations, details, and online ticket sales visit Purchase advance tickets online until noon, Wednesday, Oct. 11. Tickets are on sale at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Friends of the Sun in Brattleboro, and Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro. These locations will only accept cash or checks.

SEON wishes to thank its sponsors: 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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