Saturday, October 04, 2008

2008 Salem Green and Solar Tour


The Oregon Green and Solar Tours are one of the biggest events of their kind in the nation. Each year, communities across the state offer tours of homes and businesses showcasing a variety of green and solar technologies.

Each tour reflects the unique interests of the community, yet all share a common goal: to educate the public about green and solar strategies. These tours occur in September and October with most of them coinciding with the National Solar Tour date of Sat. October 4th.
Our family business (Bilyeu Homes, Inc.) had two homes on the Tour this year. Our LEED-H Platinum Pringle Creek Community Cottage which is now being used as a model home/office for Pringle Creek and a new home, Elderberry Cottage, which is to also slated to make LEED Platinum. Both homes are on a geo-thermal well, one has extensive solar panels and a rain collection cistern, and both have the latest green certification materials from FSC lumber to the latest appliances and other innovations.
Pringle Creek Community was the 2007 Green Community of the Year and out 2007 Cottage was the top rated LEED-H Platinum home in the nation. These kinds of standards require extensive amounts of research, hard work, and meticulous use of certificed techniques and materials. So, we can't help but be truly proud of our business, the community we work in, and wonderful clients with similar values and passions.

Salem Green + Solar Home Tour
Date: Saturday, October 4th 2008
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Start at Pringle Creek Community, 2110 Strong Road SE
Check out the Pringle Creek Community at http://www.pringlecreek.com/

The entire community joins in for a self-guided tour and for the opportunity to meet homeowners, builders, contractors and architects. The tour is followed by a reception at Pringle Creek Community at 4pm. Early registration is $10 per car, or $15 per car after September 26th. Carpooling encouraged and bicyclists are always free.
We always have a wonderful group of bicyclists who often put in many, many miles in a day making the tour and heading home again. I work the Tour from early a.m. until past the reception. It is great fun meeting like-minded people and showing off our families hard work!


above: in the magazine photo...that's me in the stripes on the far left ;-)
 Bilyeu Homes, Inc.

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.