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Tour A Glidehouse & Passivhaus This Saturday

Interested in seeing some houses in the Seattle-area that push the envelope on what's possible in energy efficiency, living green and convenience? There are a whole bunch of home tours going on Saturday, April 27 worth checking out.

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and Built Green are hosting the 3rd annual Northwest Green Home Tour from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The tour includes "25+ local, healthy, and green new homes, remodels, and energy retrofits in the Seattle area." Some of the homes on the tour include Dwell Development's Passivhaus in Columbia City, ShelterKraft Werks' CargoCottage™ in Ballard, the Zero Energy House on the Eastside and Bainbridge Island's Grow Community. Find out more about the tour and how to get involved at their site.

Meanwhile, if you're curious to see the Seattle-area's only Glidehouse, you can do so on Saturday between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Vashon Island.

So what, exactly, is a "Glidehouse?"

This stunning 2-bedroom waterfront home, which was delivered by ferry and "unfolded" on site in just two days, includes 14-foot ceilings, an abundance of natural light, and green features and finishes throughout. The unique structure of the Glidehouse is a combination of warm materials fused with clean and spacious lines, creating an inviting indoor living environment. The outdoors—including a stunning panoramic view of Mt. Rainier—is as much a part of the home as its interiors thanks to clerestory and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Find out more about the open house and creator Blu Homes here.