The NW Green Home Tour: New Social Equity Projects

No matter at what scale you examine the impacts of Climate Change, the people with the least resources are impacted the most while contributing the least to the problems involved. It’s not hard to understand this dynamic. The more impoverished a person is, the more likely it will be that they live in a place with environmental challenges. Yet this aspect of ‘eco-friendliness,’ and sustainability often goes unaddressed by even the most conscientious of efforts to mitigate negative environmental impacts.  

This makes two of the new entries into the 2021 NW Green Home (Virtual) Tour exciting additions: Facing Homelessness’ BLOCK Project and the BIPOC Sustainable Tiny Art House Community (BIPOC STAHC)

Both of these great endeavors incorporate green and sustainable building practices, literal small footprints, and community building. Unlike most ‘green’ building projects, they also address inequities as they apply to sustainability.

Facing Homelessness’ BLOCK Project takes a highly creative approach to addressing the issue of houseless people. Not only do they design and build astonishingly clean and comfortable tiny homes using environmentally friendly materials and techniques, they locate these homes in the backyards of generous neighborhood residents. And they proactively seek the input of the entire neighborhood in doing so.

The actual small footprint of these homes automatically make their carbon footprint low. But it doesn’t stop there. If scaled up to a more ‘normal’ square footage, these homes would still maintain a small carbon footprint. And, on top of that, the project provides homes with all the amenities needed to help break a people out of the vicious cycle that, otherwise, keeps the houseless in their predicament.

Mighty Energy Solutions and Ducoterra are proud to have provided the infrared radiant heating systems for these wonderful tiny homes. And Mighty House Construction is also proud to sponsor this entry into the Green Home Tour. It is an honor to take a small part in this notable approach to the pernicious cycle of homelessness experienced by more and more people.

BIPOC Sustainable Tiny Art House Community (BIPOC STAHC) is taking a similar approach to a slightly different challenge. Seattle is losing artists in droves as housing becomes more expensive. And making art often requires spaces, equipment, and amenities that are also becoming less and less affordable. Most artists already face financial challenges by virtue of the difficult realities of art economics. This situation is made even more untenable when compounded by the social inequities experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC.)

Some artists move into vulnerable neighborhoods – partly for the lower costs – and apply their creativity to the betterment of their community. But this tends to lead to gentrification as these neighborhoods get noticed for this creativity and ‘hipness.’ This is a disaster for the existing residents and, very often, the artists themselves as more privileged people move in and drive up property values up – along with the cost to live there.

So, in order to overcome this conundrum, BIPOC STAHC is working to build a non-gentrifiable community of tiny, eco-friendly homes in a healthy setting with access to a larger, shared set of amenity spaces. This will improve the living conditions, affordability, and provide the opportunity to build wealth for disenfranchised artists of, so far, low privilege. Going from renting a tiny, unaffordable apartment in a dirty, industrial part of town to owning an, albeit small, but clean and healthy home in a community of creative people is certainly a move in a better direction for everyone involved. And, since any city planner will tell you, diversity and the arts are significant factors in the health of a city, this project will be a boon to the city and the region as a whole.

We sincerely hope these types of solutions gain traction as we move into a cleaner, more sustainable way of life.

Please be sure to check out the 2021 NW Green Home (Virtual) Tour for all it has to offer. And do not miss the chance to learn more about these amazing Social Equity initiatives:

Facing Homelessness’ BLOCK Project:  Saturday, May 15 |  9 am – 11:30 am
BIPOC Sustainable Tiny Art House Community: Saturday, May 1 |  9 am – 11:30 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Northwest Remodeling Expo

2020 Northwest Remodeling Expo

Friday, Jan 24 – Sunday, Jan 26

Washington State Convention Center
Halls 4EF 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101

GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE! (Just print and present at the event.)

The 2020 Northwest Remodeling Expo brings together hundreds of local and regional home improvement companies for one weekend only. Bigger and better than ever– at Seattle’s comprehensive “one stop” home improvement marketplace, you’ll discover new resources and companies to help you update and maintain your home.

Geo Lafontant, from our team, will be presenting at the Expo during the seminar session Big Heat for a Small Footprint to talk about innovative and efficient infrared heating solutions for small and multi-use spaces that tread lightly on the planet at 4 PM on Saturday, January 25 at Stage Left. Click here to register for the seminar.

Come and visit us at Booth #1012!

Spring Infrared Heating Open Houses

Spring Infrared Heating Open Houses

Join us for an open house! Mighty Energy Solutions will be opening our home showroom to building professionals and homeowners on the following Tuesdays this Spring: February 26, March 19, April 23 and May 14. This is an opportunity to see Infrared Radiant Ceiling PanelsRadiant Cove Heaters and our BioSmart Wall Heaters in action. Heating season is still upon us and now is a great time to think about how to efficiently heat your home. Pacific Northwest rainy seasons can be tough, but not with Infrared Radiant Heat! These systems provide a warm, cozy, and healthy heat all year long. Come experience this comforting heat for yourself! [photo credit to Denizen Homes]

February 26 | March 19 | April 23 | May 14

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

3108 SW Webster St

RSVP’s welcomed but not necessary. Drop in anytime, no formal presentation.

Northwest Green Home Tour 2019

Northwest Green Home Tour 2019

The Northwest Green Home Tour is an annual education event that showcases local, sustainable, and green new homes and businesses. Get inspired by projects in all shades of light to deep green, from backyard cottages and kitchen remodels to new homes built with cutting-edge green features. You’ll see and learn first-hand how your neighbors are generating their own electricity with solar panels, lowering their energy bills with insulation, and creating healthier home environments for their families with better building materials and systems. Learn from experts and really understand “what makes it green” on this educational tour. Together we can build a better future! 
We are excited to announce that SIX projects on the tour that feature infrared radiant heaters supplied by Mighty Energy! Don’t miss this great opportunity to see the latest and greatest green building projects in the Northwest. 
Check out the following sites: 

Madrona 12 Townhomes 

West Seattle Denizen Residence 

West Side Second Story

Envision

Garage to Mother-In-Law Cottage Transformation

South Park Elbow Room

Join us May 4 and 5, 2019 from 11 AM to 5 PM

Register HERE for tickets!

NW Remodeling Expo: Jan 18-20, 2019

NW Remodeling Expo: Jan 18-20, 2019

Join us for the best home remodeling show of the year on January 18, 19, and 20, 2019 at the Washington State Convention Center! The NW Remodeling Expo brings together hundreds of local and regional home improvement companies for one weekend only. And it’s the perfect way to jumpstart your remodeling project — come chat directly with the pros.

You’ll also have a chance to see all of our infrared radiant heating products up close and personal. Plus, tickets are on us! Just download our free passes to print or save to your phone. See you there!

Friday January 18 | 12:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday January 19 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday January 20 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Washington State Convention Center – Halls 4EF

800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PASSES HERE

Our very own, Laura Elfline will also be presenting a FREE seminar on effective heat solutions for a small footprint:

Big Heat for a Small Footprintwith Laura Elfline –  Mighty Energy Solutions
12pm Sunday – Stage Left – A discussion of innovative and efficient heating solutions for small and multi-use spaces that tread lightly on the planet, this seminar will look at backyard cottages, ADUs, additions, and whole homes.

Register for these seminars and more here.

JLC Live Northwest: Nov 29-30

JLC Live Northwest: Nov 29-30

JLC Live is the only regional trade event in the Pacific Northwest for builders, remodelers, contractors and their crews. The show returns to the Oregon Convention Center for the 7th consecutive year on November 28-30, 2018. And this year, they’re going green! Join us and the NW EcoBuilding Guild for a multi-day live demonstration of high performance building solutions.

JLC LIVE Northwest showcases over 70 building product manufacturers, including 3 manufacturer-led building clinics. Additionally, 5 LIVE building clinics and over 40 conference sessions, all led by nationally recognized experts who are available to sharpen both your business and your job site skills. You can also join us at the after-show party on Thursday to meet and network with your residential construction peers from all over the Pacific Northwest.

REGISTER HERE | FREE Expo Pass with Code: XP21

Big Heat for a Small Footprint, presented by Laura Elfline | Friday, November 30, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

A discussion of innovative heating solutions for small and multi-use spaces such as backyard cottages, ADUs, and compact townhomes. Hybrid heating solutions that are a super comfortable and healthy while saving space, are often also less expensive to install, and treading lightly on the environment.

High Performance Building Clinic – all day on the Exhibit Hall floor – November 29 – 30, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Representatives of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild go start to finish on a low-carbon footprint building envelope that will last a century or more. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability. This multi-day live building clinic, will educate attendees on the how-to details of high performance buildings. NWEBG Leaders, this clinic will consist of building a demo tiny house while showcasing carbon negative and innovative non-toxic materials. We will cover interior and exterior insulation, airtightness and waterproofing, heating and ventilation, as well as durable and sustainable finish options.