Visible Green Home Tour 1

Visible Green Home Tour 1

Thank you to our team – especially Michael, Bob, Shannan and Wayne – for putting on a great show last weekend! The first weekend of construction tours left Tom and me feeling impressed, encouraged and inspired.

We were impressed, not for the first time of course, by the knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment of those helping us with this project. Even without much in the way of built structure to look at, our tour guides found plenty to talk about. They gave the rationale and tenets of the Living Building Challenge, explaining how our home will be like a flower, using only the resources immediately at hand and regenerating its surroundings throughout it life. The tour continued with explanations of site planning, water harvesting, plumbing, insulation, Trombe walls and more, while still leaving plenty for future tours. It’s exciting to see the fruits of our three years of planning!

House lower level insulation below floor

House lower level insulation below floor

House lower level radiant floor installation

House lower level radiant floor installation

We were deeply encouraged by the number of people interested in and resonant with our LBC endeavor. We enjoyed wonderful and fascinating conversations with many – and Tom and I were only there for the first few hours on Saturday and the final hour or so on Sunday. Thank you to all who came to see what we’re up to; we hope to see you next time as well; and if you missed this round, we invite you to the next (Visible Green Home Tour, October 24–25).

Finally, we were ourselves re-inspired by the vision of the Living Building Challenge. To help spark change in the conventional building industry, to design and build a home intended to be beautiful and regenerate the environment for a hundred years and more, to bring our land into bountiful productivity – what a goal we’ve set for ourselves – and what a wonderful team has been formed around helping us achieve our goal. We are honored that we’re able to undertake this project, and we do indeed hope we inspire many to follow in our footsteps.

Drywall in barn workshop

Drywall in barn workshop

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