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The Colorado Green Building Guild hosts its second annual Boulder Green Home Tour. Touring the best of the best in green habitat.

The Boulder Green Home Tour highlights some of the most innovative green building projects in Boulder and helps promote the collaborative exchange of ideas on green building in our community.

“We are also partnering with Flatirons Habitat for Humanity and donating 10 percent of our proceeds to their local projects,” says Ambra Sutherlin, a board member of the Colorado Green Building Guild and chair of the Boulder Green Home Tour.

“The Guild’s vision is to ensure the widespread adoption of sustainable building practices to increase the efficient use of resources, create healthier buildings and support vibrant sustainable communities,” says Sutherlin. Doing so provides and encourages “community-focused networks of building professionals and the public to increase awareness of green practices. They share knowledge with one another in order to turn sustainable building practice.”

During its inaugural year in 2015, ten projects were shown, including eight single-family homes, two multi-family projects and one tiny house. The self-paced tour had a strong turnout. This year, the tour is expecting more than 500 guests, with several green homes, ranging from traditional to modern styles, in the Boulder, Lafayette and Louisville areas open for viewing.

Selected homes offer the latest innovative designs and breakthrough technology in green building in the areas of energy efficiency, passive house design, daylighting, solar, geothermal, non-toxic interior finishes, recycled and reused materials, Xeriscaping and more.

“The tour brings a collaborative exchange of ideas on green building in our community and awareness of green building technology and standards,” says Sutherlin.

The tour is Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10 a .m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine. Advanced tickets are $15.

Sutherlin adds, “We are very excited to announce the tour for 2016. This year we will have 10 homes on the tour. Three multi-family projects, four custom homes, one remodel and two tiny homes. The self-guided tour will feature privately owned green homes in Boulder, Louisville and Lafayette. In Boulder, the featured homes are all centrally located and are easily accessible by bike. We encourage people to get out and tour the homes by bicycle if they can.”

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