Mission Zero Fest to Offer Tours of Six Ultra-Energy-Efficient Homes Including America’s Oldest Net Zero Home and Michigan’s First LEED® Platinum Certified Home

Mission Zero Fest to Offer Tours of Six Ultra-Energy-Efficient Homes Including America’s Oldest Net Zero Home and Michigan’s First LEED® Platinum Certified HomeFrom new construction to old, Mission Zero Fest presents a line-up of homes that are lean, ‘green,’ energy-saving machines

Ann Arbor, Mich., May 16, 2012
Three LEED® Platinum certified homes, two “deep green” homes, and a net-zero home will be open to the public during Mission Zero Fest on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to view many super-green features of these beautiful houses, giving valuable insight into energy-efficiency improvements that can be made to their own homes. The amazing houses that are part of the tour are energy efficient, beautiful both inside and out, and offer a comfortable, healthy environment for their inhabitants.Homes open for tours during Mission Zero Fest include:

  • 723 Spring Street: Ann Arbor’s first LEED® Platinum home is jam-packed with green features, including geothermal heating and cooling and 8.6kW solar array, both of which help this home achieve near net-zero energy usage.
  • 215 W. Summit Street: A tired, run-down 1910 Victorian evolved into a beautiful historic home that’s ready for the next century with a “deep-energy” retrofit. This home is pending LEED® Platinum certification.

 

  • 217 S. Seventh Street: America’s oldest net-zero home has been featured as one of USA Today’s seven Best Green Homes of 2010.

 

 

  • 1303 Brooks Street: Michigan’s second LEED® Platinum certified whole-house remodel employing Not So Big® House-inspired design strategies to make the home live much larger than its footprint.
  • 1005 Brooks Street: This striking contemporary home, which has been featured in Dwell Magazine, pays respect to the sun with its unique siting and orientation and passive solar design features.
  • 512 Hiscock Street: This home has been radically transformed to nearly its original 1917 appearance on the outside, but with the many energy-saving renovations on the inside to make it ready to take on the next 100 years.

These homes are within walking distance of the main festival area in the 700 block of Fountain Street in Ann Arbor. Mission Zero Fest takes place Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Water Hill neighborhood, located just northwest of downtown Ann Arbor.

Along with home tours, Mission Zero Fest has a jam-packed agenda that promises to offer real solutions for saving money and living a more purposeful life. This event is unlike anything that’s been seen before – its part sustainability symposium, part environmental exhibition, part green home tour, and part neighborhood block party. While speakers and workshops exhibit the how and why of sustainability, organizations will exhibit an array of green products and services for living a healthier, more comfortable life with a lighter footprint. With a wonderful mix of local food vendors and a stellar musical line-up of nationally and locally known acts, Mission Zero Fest will be a party for the whole family.

View photos of the Mission Zero Fest tour homes at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2012mzf/.

Mission Zero Festival is being organized by a collective of regional green organizations, which include Ecology Center, Meadowlark Energy, Clean Energy Coalition, Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor 350, USGBC, GreenovationTV, Recycle.com, Urban Ashes, Meadowlark Builders, and Clean Water Action.

About Mission Zero Fest
From home energy retrofits to homegrown tomatoes, Mission Zero Fest celebrates local, organic solutions to complex global problems. For our community, our country and our future, we seek to demonstrate real examples of conscious low-impact living, available all around you, in a fun and festive atmosphere. Learn more at www.missionzerofest.org.
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