In the Spring of 1987, Ray Harm sat on the veranda of his solar-powered ranch house on the edge of arroyo in Browns Canyon -- explaining climate change to me.
2008 Solar and Sustainable Buildings Tours - Fall
Living with the Sun - Arizona Style 2008
Tours of Solar and Sustainable Buildings
Here it is the first of Fall and here we are again, with Arizona’s component of the ASES National Solar Tour. Energy issues and realities are upon us, and as energy conditions continue to be uncertain, prices rise, and unacceptable choices of nuclear, drilling, and coal being touted, the public is seeking alternatives that are clean and cost effective. The National Tour is expecting over 150,000 tourists nationwide, as people seek more information with which to take control of their lives.
In these times of rising energy and resource costs and concerns , some Arizona residents are living energy secure and environmentally sound in buildings that are healthy , resource efficient and lower cost to heat and cool. While the national organization (ASES) presents the tour event for a single day (Oct 4, 2008), we in Arizona provide an entire month of tours, open-houses and activities with a tour occurring during various weekends of October and November, in an Arizona community somewhere in the State.
Additionally, at the request of the Arizona Solar Center and ASEA, Governor Napolitano has put out a State Proclamation of October as Solar and Sustainability month, and local government leaders are doing similar proclamations.
ASEA, in collaboration with statewide and local groups, is promoting the following tours and open houses. For in-depth and up-dated information please check this web page on a regular basis where information will be posted.
Fall Solar Tour Guide Download Options (Guide Updated 10/16):
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- Download/Print individual pages from table below as image files (best for very slow speed connections)
In these times of rising energy and resource costs and concerns, some Arizona residents are living energy secure and environmentally sound in buildings that are healthy, resource efficient and lower cost to heat and cool.
The Living With the Sun - Valley Style - 2008 Solar and Sustainable Buildings tour features solar, Green and sustainable buildings that are energy and water efficient, healthy, cost effective and environmentally sound. Solar and sustainable building owners across the Valley will be opening up their homes and sites to show and share a wide range of technologies and techniques of solar, Green, and sustainable design and construction, and to share their experiences and knowledge.
The Valley tour has been identified as a Valley component of the American Solar Energy Association’s National Tour of Solar and Sustainable Buildings, occurring across the county in October. The largest event of its kind, it is expected to have over 150,000 visitors in this educational effort, and the Valley tour, part of Arizona’s month of tours in communities around the State, is larger than ever with over 20 sites and residences with a great cross section of techniques, technologies, materials, and strategies.
The FREE, SELF-GUIDED Valley tour sites feature a variety of buildings from:
- a new, LEED certified Platinum residence in Phoenix
- an energy efficient, solar powered earth integrated house in Mesa
- a straw bale desert house in Apache Junction
- several energy and sustainable remodeled residences
- a LEED certified Scottsdale Fire Station
- new solar energy and resource efficient developments in the East and West Valley and much, much more.
The LIVING WITH THE SUN -VALLEY STYLE tour covers two days, Saturday October 18 and Sunday, October 19, with Owner and project participants talks and guided tours occurring on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. See the technologies of energy independence and security and resource efficiency; learn the techniques of going Green and solar and how it can save money and resources; meet the everyday people and experts who will be sharing their knowledge of energy and resource efficient, healthy, and environmentally responsible design and construction. This tour is guaranteed to have something for everyone and visitors will come away with appropriate, cost effective actions ideas and actions for their own residences.
The Valley tour is put on by the collaboration of the Arizona Solar Energy Association (State Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society), the Arizona Solar Center - an Az. non-profit collaborative, and the City of Scottsdale Green Building Program Guidebooks for the Valley Tour, with descriptions and locations of the sites, will be available at various Valley locations as well as downloadable off the Arizona Solar Center web site (THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH TOUR INFO. AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE). For more and updated information contact Daniel Peter Aiello (602) 952-8192
MEDIA NOTE: ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE FOR PRE-TOUR DATE SITE VISITS AND OWNER INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT DAN AIELLO FOR ARRANGEMENTS.
- Tour Date: Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19
- Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Cost: Free
October 25 Flagstaff Area - Living with the Sun and Wind Arizona Style
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self guided tour begins at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center at 9:00 a.m. Maps for the tour locations will be available the day of the tour at Willow Bend.
Coconino County's Sustainable Building Program, the City of Flagstaff's Sustainability Program and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center have organized a Solar and Wind Energy Tour as part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour and in association with the Arizona Solar Energy Association’s (Flagstaff tour sponsor) statewide effort. This year's tour has a new twist, wind power generation. Expanding on available renewable energy choices will make the 2008 Solar and Wind Energy Tour informative and exciting.
The theme of this year's tour is "Living With the Sun and Wind AZ Style" and offers the public an opportunity to tour homes and buildings in their own communities that have implemented renewable energy technologies. The tour provides the community an opportunity to speak with homeowners, building managers and experts, learn how wind and solar technology works, what it costs, and why it makes sense.
October 25 Taylor/Snowflake - 8th Annual Alternative Energy and Home Building Tour
This special guided, fee-based tour includes visits to area passive and active solar homes with a variety of sustainable and Green elements including wind power, Green techniques and technologies, etc., ranging in construction from log to “earthship” to SIPS to straw-bale, and presentation by local experts and residents. Included in the guided tour fee is a continental breakfast and a BBQ lunch.
November 1, 2 Tucson Metropolitan Area: Tucson Innovative Home Tour and Tucson Solar Tour / Next Generation Home Course
13th Annual Tucson Innovative Home Tour & Tucson Solar Tour
Self-guided tour of over 15 exceptional, award-winning and nationally recognized homes and solar installations featuring new advances for better homes and better living, with an emphasis on sustainability and fitting in with the natural environment. Speak with owners, designers and builders, and discover new ways to make your home much better and cost a lot less in this special non-profit, non-commercial, community sharing of the latest advances.
Tour is Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tickets $10 individual or family. Bring a friend for $5. Seminar (see below) discount with tour ticket. Homes are different each day. Tickets are good both days and include a tour guide with directions. You choose which homes to visit and go at your own pace. Tickets available starting Saturday, October 25, at locations around Tucson, including some easily accessible early for those coming from out of town.
For details, see www.solarinstitute.org or call 520-792-6578 in late October. Website will have complete details one week before the tour, including descriptions and photos of the homes and where to obtain tickets.
An annual public service of the Solar Institute in partnership with the Arizona Solar Energy Association and dozens of community nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, as well as the City of Tucson, Pima County, the State of Arizona and the American Solar Energy Society.
Plus, see separate listing (below) for the Next Generation Home Seminar, where you can learn from experts how you can have a home like these too. Seminar is Saturday, 8:30 - 10:30 am.
Next Generation Home Seminar - November 1 (Saturday)
Get your solar tour day off to a good start as Tucson’s officially recognized Next Generation Home Program presents the best unbiased, non-commercial information, advise & ideas from local experts for improving your home, remodeling, building or buying the solar, ecological and homeowner-friendly home you’ve always wanted – a comprehensive, factual, information-packed class to help you get what you want in a home and greatly reduce your costs of home ownership, with an emphasis on practicality and cost savings. $10 individual or family, $5 with Home Tour ticket. Bring a friend for $5.
Saturday, 8:30 - 10:30 am. Take the seminar and get your home tour tickets at Pima Community College’s Campus Center Auditorium (CC 180), 1255 N. Stone Ave., just north of Speedway. Lots of free parking. Just go in the main entrance. Easily accessible from out of town just 1 mile east of I-10 on Speedway Blvd.
For details and map, see www.solarinstitute.org or call 520-792-6578. An annual public service of the Solar Institute in partnership with Pima Community College, the Arizona Solar Energy Association, and dozens of community nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, as well as the City of Tucson, Pima County, the State of Arizona and the American Solar Energy Society.
Solar/Green Home Tour on November 1 from 9AM - 4PM
Fall Solar Tour Guide Download Options:
- Download/Print Fall Solar Tour Guide (PDF) 2 MB
- Download/Print individual pages from table below as image files
Enjoy an autumn day visiting energy efficient, solar and natural homes in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.
The tour begins at 9AM in the Village of Oak Creek where a true Energy Star home will be on display along with several solar homes. Travel up to Oak Creek Canyon to meet the architects of a wonderful Craftsman-style home complete with solar arrays, rain water and grey water irrigation systems and more. Then spend the afternoon in West Sedona and Red Rock Loop Road seeing a range of homes with solar and natural systems. See...
- Energy Star Home - See a Blower Test at 10 AM
- Solar Demonstration Home with Passive and Active Solar Systems
- Two-Story Mountainside Home with 3.5 kW of Photovoltaic Panels
- Craftsman Home in the Canyon with Photovoltaic & Hot Water Solar plus Reclaimed Materials
- New 7 kW Solar Installation on an Existing Home - meet Solar Company
- Hybrid Upscale Home with Hot Water Solar under Photovoltaics, SIP construction & electric vehicle
- Low-cost, energy efficient home under construction with waste water wetlands and more
- Upscale Rastra & SIP home with 7.8 kW and hot water solar and more
- Off-Grid Dome Home with solar and other systems - just $15/year for heating
- Off-Grid Office and Home Complex with wide array of solar and natural systems
- And maybe more.
November 1 Living with the Sun - Kingman Area
GARDNER SOLAR AND SUSTAINABLE RANCH OPEN HOUSE
9870W. Jurassic Dr., Golden Valley AZ. 86413
SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2008 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Part of the statewide Living With the Sun - Arizona Style, 2008 Tours of Solar and Sustainable Buildings, the Gardner Ranch will provide guided tours of the facility at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Each tour includes a guided tour of the facilities, and a relaxed, sit-down question and answer interaction, with refreshments, about the owner experiences, and references about the technologies used.
See a variety of solar and sustainable elements such as
- the straw bale construction home with cooling tower,
- radiant heat systems,
- power generation sources including 24 volt and 110 applications,
- the swimming pool powered by solar energy,
- the springs and resource efficient watering systems for the ranch,
- a variety of buildings with a number of insulation techniques and heating systems, and much more.
The tour will also include a demonstration and discussion of food production - the ranch vegetable and herb garden, and show how natural resources, such as the springs, are utilized for more than just domestic use.
DIRECTIONS TO THE RANCH
NEAR Kingman Arizona the Ranch can be accessed 2 ways
** Hwy 68 (highway from Kingman to BullHead City) >From Highway 68, go North on Estrella Rd 5 miles (graded) to Jurassic Dr.; turn West 5 miles (graded road) to the ranch property.
** HWY 93 (highway from Kingman to Las Vegas ),
>From Highway 93 turn off on Hermit Rd. west, (mile marker 58) to Glenn Canyon; turn south (right) to Y in road (Troy); turn west (right) to Estrella; turn south (left) to Jurassic Dr.; turn west (right) 5 miles to ranch. THIS IS ALL GRADED
LIVING WITH THE SUN - WINSLOW STYLE
2008 Tour of Solar and Sustainable Homes Winslow Az. Tour
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Part of the Arizona Solar Energy Association statewide Living With the Sun - Arizona Style 2008 Tour of Solar and Sustainable Buildings , two Winslow residences will be open to the public for tours and lectures of eco-sustainable living.
** The Kenna Urban Homestead , 332 West Maple, Winslow Arizona, Only two tours will be given at this site, one at 10 A. M. and one at 2:P.M. Learn how to retrofit an existing house into a comfortable, affordable green home. This unique site is full of numerous operational energy and resource saving systems and practices with:
- a grid tied electrical system,
- solar fountains,
- solar cooking,
- passive solar greenhouses,
- grey water usage, and rain water harvesting and storage,
- solar tubes for passive lighting and much, much more including special display of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell generator provided by Ballard Power Systems.
There are 2 local open house tours pending - Dates and condition not specified at this time.
- Boulder City - PENDING - Information not provided. Please check the www.azsolarcenter.com website for updates and more information as it becomes available.
- NW Arizona - PENDING - Information not provided. Please check the www.azsolarcenter.com website for updates and more information as it becomes available.