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Building Green Homes in the Pacific Northwest

Video tours and takeaways from Portland's Build It Green! 2008 event

Now in its seventh year and with more than 20 homes on the tour, the Build It Green! Homes Tour + Info Fair held in Portland, Ore., draws an eager crowd. FineHomebuilding.com attended this year's event, gathered practical information on green-building and design strategies as well as techniques, and captured footage of two notable, feature-packed green homes in northeast Portland. Among the homes' features you'll find extensive use of environmentally friendly products, advanced water-conservation systems, and highly efficient HVAC systems.

Click on the links to watch videos where homeowners, builders, and designers walk you through their homes and the methods they used in creating them.

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Build It Green! 2008 An introduction to the event
The Recycled Home The homeowner and his contractor explain how they created a sustainable home for a growing family on budget in under five months.
Tour the Kelley Green Home An in-depth look at the house’s entry; main floor; master bedroom, bath, and loft space; the heat exchange and recovery system; and the rainwater-harvesting and filtration system.
Photo: Courtesy of City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development
From Fine Homebuilding199 (Kitchens & Baths)