If you're planning to embark on the Build It Green homes tour on Saturday, hopefully your gas tank is full (or legs ready to pedal) and you're free of other commitments. Sponsored by the City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development and several other eco organizations, the self-guided tour includes 20 different homes in the city (although one, go figure is way out in Estacada).
In Southeast Portland alone, there are five stops, including a remodeled 1961 ranch house owned by landscape architect Pat Lando, three new houses, and even an RV of all things that was outfitted with biodesel fuel, a composting toilet and solar-powered stove. In Northeast Portland there are six stops, including everything from shipping container architecture to multifamily low-income housing to a garden-ensconced accessory dwelling unit. The North Portland wing of the tour includes mixed-use retail space and the Peninsula Park co-housing development. The Southwest Portland side of the tour includes two properties I've blogged about previously, one designed by Jeff and Tracy Prose of Building Arts Workshop and the other spearheaded by Charlie Weiss.
Not that this is important, but the tour is technically called the "Build It Green! Tour of Homes", but I couldn't bring myself to put an exclamation point in the middle like that. And while this is a terrific event, I personally wish it didn't conflict with college football.