High-Performance Housing Tour 2015

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Welcome to the 2015 High Performance Housing Tour!

Join us THIS WEEKEND for the High Performance Housing Tour!  Click HERE for a printable PDF of the day’s events.

For the second consecutive year, the High Performance Housing Tour will showcase some of the Centre Region’s most energy efficient homes.  We have revamped the Tour to include comments from last years participants.  So what’s new in 2015?

  • Including homes that have been renovated to increase energy efficiency and home comfort.  Participants can expect to see new heating and cooling technology, air sealing and insulation techniques, and solar power systems.
  • Participants can now visit any of the homes on the Tour between 11 am and 3 pm at your own schedule and leisure.   Either the homeowner or homeowner’s representative will be there to greet you upon arrival.
  • More direct education.  This year we are ending the Tour at the Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery from 4 pm to 7 pm where there will be vendors, presentations, a panel discussion, and most importantly, food and wine.  Snacks will be provided by our friends at Eden View Organics.  Its a great way to ask questions and network with local high performance builders.

In a community filling up with sprawling housing developments and cookie cutter designs, the High Performance Housing Tour is here to show that innovative homes are being built in an environmentally sustainable way, using building techniques derived from passive solar design, ENERGY STAR, and Passive House.  For the renovated homes on the tour, you will see the potential your own home has to come close to net zero energy through the implementation of building science principles.

While pre-registration is not required and anyone may attend the Tour, it would be helpful to the organizers to have an idea on attendance.  To that, we ask that you complete the Form below indicating your intent to join us on Saturday, August 1st.  More details of the event will be posted on this site, Facebook, and Twitter.

See you on the High Performance Housing Tour!

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Participating Homes

Here is a list of the participating homes. For a map of the home location and directions, simply click on the home address. Click HERE for a printable PDF of the day’s events.

Kick-off Event at Springfield Commons, hosted by the Torron Group from 10 AM to 11 AM

– Meet at the Springfield Commons Community Center to learn more about the Torron Group’s efforts to build a community of ENERGY STAR certified homes.

– Website: springfieldcommons.net

The following locations will be open to the Tour from 11 am to 3 pm.

New Construction Track

New Home #1 – 210 Meadowview Drive State College, PA 16801

– Information on the Home

New Home #2 – 301 Rolling Hills Drive Julian, PA 16844

– Information on the Home

New Home #3 – 84 Emma Court Boalsburg, PA 16827

– This ENERGY STAR home in Springfield Commons will be open from 11 am to 1 pm.

Existing Home Renovation Track

Renovated Home #1 – 168 Centennial Hills Road Stormstown, PA 1687

– What you’ll see: a home that started with an energy audit and installed added insulation, geothermal and an ERV, Solar PV, Solar Thermal.

Renovated Home #2 – 2548 Sleepy Hollow Road State College, PA

– What you’ll see: A 33% increase in living space leads to a 25% decrease in energy usage. Green building methods, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Green Roof, Timber Framing.

Information on the Home

Renovated Home #3 – 244 Mary Street Lemont, PA

– What you’ll see: Insulation in attics and walls have been increased, hot air and hot water solar collectors, a geothermal heat pump, a biointensive gardens grow 95% of the owners vegetables and 75% of their fruit. Presentations at 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm, lasting about 30 minutes.

Renovated Home #41965 Park Forest Avenue State College, PA

– What you’ll see: This property uses site orientation and natural features to compliment the living space. Renovations with a variety of materials and technologies have greatly improved the operating costs and quality of the interior, while the exterior has been modified to maximize growing areas and support pollinator friendly properties. This property offers a step-by-step progression in how to renovate existing properties. Visitors are welcome from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

End Event from 4 PM to 7 PM

Our friends at the Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery will be hosting the end event where there will be tours of their farm, presentations on energy and sustainability, and a panel discussion related to housing issues in Centre County.  Wine will be available for tasting and  purchase.

Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery – 576 S. Foxpointe Dr. State College, PA 16801

– Information on Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery

– Website:  www.thehappyvalleywinery.com

– Snacks provided by Eden View Organics



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This event is brought to you in part by Scot Chambers Realtor. For more details on the High-Performance Housing Tour, please email Scot Chambers at scotchambers@gmail.com.