Green building news: SiGBA home tour to showcase innovative building practices in Truckee and Donner Summit areas |

Green building news: SiGBA home tour to showcase innovative building practices in Truckee and Donner Summit areas

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Sierra Green Building Associationand#8217;s Fall Home Tour will feature green homes and businesses around Truckee and Donner Summit Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

It includes a modest cottage on Donner lake exhibiting one of the most important and effective green building strategies: Think big, build small. Leading edge technology is showcased at two homes at Sugar Bowl and Tahoe Donner with the latest technologies including ultra-thin nano-gel insulation, pre-fabricated structural panels, ultra-efficient mechanical systems, and water saving fixtures and appliances. The Sugar Bowl home shows the Vitruvian building system will hold up under Sierra snow loads, featuring an engineered structural roof and wall panels built from locally sourced light-gauge steel and EPS foam.

The tour will visit more traditional roots on top of Alder Hill: a home with rammed-earth walls deeply shaded under vast living roofs. The home passively captures sunlight for warmth and utilizes a ground source heat pump to provide supplemental heat for cloudy days.

For those interested in quantifying the environmental merits of a structure, the tour features the regions first LEED Platinum home. To achieve this highly sought after, third party rating the home has an endless list of high-performance features. The home is nicely garnished with a rooftop solar array, providing electricity for its ultra-efficient appliances.

The Truckee community has long been a little-known hub for green building innovation. SiGBA was founded in 2003 to help recognize, celebrate and promote the communityand#8217;s innovations and leadership in environmental building practices. The fall home tour has been a long-standing community event where homeowners, designers and building professionals get together and share their innovative building methods. Visit

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