The San Diego Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable building and community practices in San Diego, will host its 10th annual Green Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20. Two homes in La Jolla are scheduled on the tour.
The self-guided tour recently expanded to two full days to showcase a diverse collection of eco-friendly homes for the public and industry professionals to explore various green features in real-world settings.
Home sites will be broken down into two geographic zones to allow guests more time to visit home sites during each day. Saturday will include homes in central San Diego, East County and South County. Sunday will focus on homes in North County.
A few project highlights for the 2019 tour include:
- A modern beach house in La Jolla that has earned LEED Platinum certification, the most widely recognized green building certification in the world.
- A newly constructed, multi-generational home (also in La Jolla) seeking LEED certification as well as the even more rigorous Net Zero Energy certification from the International Living Future Institute. (This project also features a greywater toilet system – the first in the City of San Diego.)
- A GreenPoint Rated home in Solana Beach that is striving to achieve Net Zero Energy through energy-efficient construction, rooftop solar and an ultra-tight envelope with high R-value insulation.
- Two custom homes featuring highly efficient strawbale construction. The first project, in Valley Center, is on a 16-acre regenerative, climate-appropriate farm, home to the Sustainable Living Institute’s permaculture education center. It will still be under construction during the Tour (the best time to see the strawbales before the walls are covered up). The other project is newly completed home in Jamul, featuring strawbale walls, earthen plaster, concrete floors for thermal mass, solar power, native landscaping, rain catchment and a gray water system for orchard irrigation.
- An urban infill, transit-oriented, affordable housing development in National City that earned LEED for Homes Gold and LEED for Neighborhood Development certifications, as well as the State of California Sustainable Communities Program Silver Catalyst designation.
- A 1950s-era home that has been made off-grid capable in University Heights.
- An energy- and water-saving home with ocean-friendly garden owned by an Imperial Beach city councilmember.
- A new spec home development in University Heights featuring six detached units, currently seeking LEED Silver certification.
- Multiple retrofit projects demonstrating solutions to make existing homes more sustainable, including some that are DIY-friendly and/or made more affordable through rebates and incentive programs.
- Water-wise and native plant gardens and certified Backyard Wildlife Habitats, including a backyard pool converted to a pond to attract native pollinators.
- Electric vehicles will also be highlighted at multiple home sites on the Tour this year.
Additional home sites are still being finalized and will be added to the tour lineup in the coming weeks. Attendees may visit as many of the homes as they like, meet with industry professionals and homeowners, and learn more about the latest green home design, construction and upgrade options.
Each eco-friendly project features innovative, high-performance design features including impact areas such as energy and water conservation, building materials, indoor air quality, landscaping and sustainable building sites.
Tickets are available through the SDGBC website at $30 per person for both days ($20 for SDGBC members). Single-day and single-home tickets are also available, as well as discounted tickets for seniors and students. Children under 18 are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit sdgreenhomestour.org for an updated list of home sites, including project descriptions and photos.