Build It Green Home Tour

(August 29, 2007)

See green-built homes up close on September 23 tour

Building on the huge success of previous tours in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma and Santa Clara Counties, Build It Green is excited to partner with the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) to offer the first-ever Build It Green Home Tour in San Francisco.

On Sunday, September 23, 2007, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., seven homeowners will open their doors and introduce attendees to green building techniques and products. From homes in the Richmond District to the Mission District, the tour covers the spectrum: from remodels to newly built residences.

This innovative tour showcases residences built and remodeled utilizing sustainable, durable products and practices that deliver high quality, healthy, and comfortable homes.

The Build It Green Home Tour will demonstrate the techniques, technologies, and materials used to build and remodel the homes on the tour, and enable attendees to get an up close, hands-on look at successful green building.

From solar photovoltaic systems to recycled lumber and chemical-free insulation and paints, the homes showcase a wide range of techniques and materials, including a wind turbine, a grey water system and two green 'living' roofs. Speak with homeowners, builders and designers about the materials they chose, installation dos and don'ts, and lessons learned.

And, for the first time, the Build It Green Home Tour will have an organized bike ride traveling to several of the homes. Teaming with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, bicyclists can take the tour by pedaling from home to home. Build It Green encourages you to keep your car at home and hop on a bike for the tour and/or take public transit. Visit for more information on the bike tour.

How to go on the tour
Purchasing a tour book acts as your admission into all the homes on the tour. You can purchase your books online at, at select retail centers (listed on Build It Green's website) or at West Coast Green, the largest residential green building conference + expo held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco from Sept. 20 - 22, 2007.

Want to save a couple bucks on admission to the home tour? Purchase your tour book on the West Coast Green website at and receive 30% off the cover price. This also entitles you to 10% off the price of admission into West Coast Green! Learn about green building products, speak with experts at West Coast Green, then come on the Build It Green Home Tour and see green building up close!

For more information on attending the tour, visit or call 1-888-404-7336.