This has been my baby for 2 years and I encourage everyone who likes buildings, sustainability and saving money to go and see at least ONE building/home. DO IT.
- Have you ever had an interest in solar, geothermal or other neat renewable technologies?
- Have you heard about houses being made from straw bale?
- What about seeing how historic buildings can become more energy efficient?
On Saturday, October 13th, the 17th annual Solar & Green Building Tour of WNY is happening from 10am – 4pm. The event is brought to you by WNY Sustainable Energy Association. This is not a regular tour, this is an open house. We give you a list of all the sites and you can pick whatever interests you! The event is free, open to the public and no registration is required. All sites are open from 10am – 4pm unless noted otherwise.
The kickoff event starts at 9:30am on Saturday morning. We will be giving awards, prizes and other fun stuff at Hispanics United of Buffalo, 254 Virginia St. Then you are free to go wherever! A limited amount of weatherization kits and NFTA Metro Day passes will be available for people who attend the kickoff event.
Why is the Solar & Green Building Tour important?
The Solar and Green Building Tour is an event that educates, inspires and encourages people to think, act and be more “green” in their daily lives.
This tour is the only tour in the region that opens homes up for you to touch, feel and absorb these technologies. The homeowners are there – you can speak to them directly about their experiences, troubles and ask any questions you may have.
The event features a wide variety of green building concepts from solar, historic adaptive reuse buildings, geothermal, green roofs, LEED certified buildings, net zero houses and more.
www.energysage.com <— For a complete list of sites across New York State, searchable via ZIP CODE.
I am co chairing the event again this year for WNYSEA. It’s a big deal. Sign up your green building today!
The WNY Sustainable Energy Association (WNYSEA) is preparing for the annual Solar & Green Building Open House tour, which is slated for Saturday, October 13th, 2012. The organization is currently looking for homes and other buildings to be on the tour, so if you own a building that has some environmentally friendly, “green” features consider showing it off for the tour. By signing up to be a tour site, you have the ability to educate interested people about your green features. WNYSEA is looking for solar, geothermal, green building, energy efficiency, LEED, green roofs, passive solar, net zero, bale on bale construction and more. For more information and to sign up, click the link here.
About the tour: The self-guided tour is free and open to the public from 10am to 4pm on 10/13/12. Once all the buildings and sites have been identified, WNYSEA will compile a list of addresses and make the information available to the public. There is no sign up to attend the tour, you go at your own pace and see what you want to see. This way if there is a specific place or element you are most interested in, you can be sure to see it.
Green Building Open House is a tour across the Northeast that is promoted by the parent organization, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NSEA) and happens for one day only. It’s all about education and getting the experience from accomplished building owners so that more people can integrate similar features in their own buildings.
Last year there were forty-five sites across Erie and Niagara Counties, which was the largest tour in New York State. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.wnysea.com.