10/2/15 - The house isn’t complete yet but we hosted our first event on Friday night, October 2. Months ago, we were approached by Ed Gulick, an architect in our office and a member of Northern Plains Resource Council, who asked if we might be willing to allow a group of interested individuals to tour our new house and learn about some of the not-so-usual features of the home. Of course, last spring, we were fairly confident that the house would be nearing completion, if not already done by the beginning of October. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Undeterred, the party went on as planned. Northern Plains handled the refreshments and advertising:
"Get a sneak-preview of the almost-complete Urban Frontier House. This residence is currently pursuing Living Building Challenge certification, the most rigorous green building certification IN THE WORLD! Tour all aspects of the home and enjoy locally-sourced hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine.
Built in a historic downtown Billings neighborhood by Randy and Janna Hafer of High Plains Architects, the house will be completely off-grid with its own self-sustaining systems for energy, water, and wastewater. Heated only by the sun and its occupants, all energy captured through a vertical wind turbine and photovoltaic panels will be distributed throughout the house via a DC Microgrid. There's even a greenhouse, which will enrich the indoor air quality!
The Sustainability Revolution Tour is a fundraiser for the clean energy work of Northern Plains. This is our 6th annual Billings event celebrating Montanans at the forefront of clean energy, energy efficient design, and local food!”
Approximately 60 inquiring souls showed up and were treated to food, drink, and five learning stations. I think a good time was had by all! I know I had a good time and am looking forward to hosting more events in the future.