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Learn from Homeowners, Vendors at Green Home Tour

Learn interesting new ways to make homes greener by attending Omaha’s third annual Green Home Tour. The October 2nd event is conducted by the Green Omaha Coalition and co-hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL’s) Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction.

 


 

This year’s tour is also celebrating a Green Homecoming on the combined campus of UNL and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Green Homecoming includes a free vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNO's new LEED-registered building, Mammel Hall at 6708 Pine St. Internationally-known leader of eco-website EVWorld.com, Bill Moore, will speak at 9:15 a.m., followed by a welcome from Louis Pol, dean of UNO’s College of Business.

Green Home Tour shuttles will depart from Mammel Hall at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $5 per person for entry to five midtown Omaha homes, all with great features to help people start at home with green living.

“The Green Omaha Coalition is excited about this year’s partnership with UNO,” said Nicolette Amundson, president and founder of the non-profit Green Omaha Coalition. “The Green Home Tour is celebrating its third year by opening several homes in midtown Omaha to the public, empowering observers to make changes at home that will positively impact the environment.”

Homes on the tour have varied themes based on the extent of their green modifications. Newlyweds Brian Allen and Sarah Nieves work in the building industry and hired an energy audit for their older Dundee home at 4909 Davenport St. What they learned and acted upon when renovating their home had important benefits for its heating and cooling system, including improvements that generated savings and satisfaction as they commit to a greener lifestyle overall. The couple’s choices for cosmetic  improvements in the home also reflect an eco-friendly approach.

Other homes on the tour include UNL’s Zero Net Energy Test House (ZNETH) at 6454 Woolworth Ave.; Paul Vonderfecht’s energy-smart house at 1315 S. 92nd Cir.; Sharon Blackburn’s contemporary green home at 801 S. 80th St.; and Joel Holm’s house at 846 S. 52nd St.

Additional details on the homes can be found online.

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