Faster. Cheaper. Better: Proof you can build a better house for less money

Faster. Cheaper. Better: Proof you can build a better house for less money

Want to know how a successful custom home builder creates a highly efficient and healthy house for the same price as a typical custom home?  Join us this weekend at South Sound Green Tour in Olympia WA!

Saturday & Sunday  |  April 16th & April 17th  | Open Daily 10am-4pm

We are excited to join our Olympia, WA builder, Scott Homes, on site at their latest and greatest project, The Far Reach House!  As part of the South Sound Tour, the house (which is currently inhabited) will be open for tour and workshop/demonstrations all weekend!  Scott Bergford, owner of Scott Homes, Inc., among many other industry specialists will provide classes and demonstrations all weekend (see class schedule & details below)!

Little about the Far Reach House

Owners, Eileen Ryan and Matt Cooper, wanted the most energy efficient home their budget would allow.  Scott Homes wanted to explore new theories of home-building science.  The result is a house that not only meets the owners’ lifestyle but also boasts very low heating costs ($70/year).

Scott Homes has been building in the Olympia area for over 26 years.  Building the Far Reach House was an opportunity to build an extremely energy efficient house more affordably.  Lessons learned from building the Far Reach House has convinced Scott that he can create a highly efficient and healthy house for the same price as a typical custom home.

Read more about the products, technology and how the Far Reach House was constructed.


Ductless Heat Pumps: Are they really green?
DHPs are the current efficient heat darlings of city, state and Federal governments, but are they actually worth it? Jeff Pratt of the Heat Pump Store discusses optimal conditions for heat pumps, installation and how long it takes for the cost to come back in savings.
Speaker: Jeff Pratt, owner Heat Pump Store, Monmouth, OR
Saturday, 10:00 a.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.

Faster. Cheaper. Better: Proof you can build a better house for less money
Learn how building with structural insulated panels (SIPs) gets you a house that is warmer, healthier, safer, and more efficient than a traditional stickbuilt house — without costing more to build
Speaker: Todd Bell, Premier SIPS, Fife, WA
Saturday, 11:00 a.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.

The Myths of Heat Loss: What YOU can do about it in your own home
Buckle up, folks; Brent is a wild ride. Bust through energy-saving myths and learn what steps you can take to reduce your house’s energy consumption.  Discussion will range from whether costly solutions are worth the expense to simple, proven, low-cost ways you can effectively lower your heat bills.
Speaker: Brent Foster, owner Northwest Infrared, Olympia, WA
Saturday, 1:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m.

What Were We Thinking?: How to build a house while still speaking to each other
Recent homebuilders discuss the twists and turns on the energy-efficient custom home building path. Learn where money can be saved, what pitfalls to avoid, and whether building a custom home is worth the time and expense (the answer might surprise you).
Speakers: Eileen Ryan and Matt Cooper, owners Far Reach House, Olympia, WA
Saturday 2:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Asthma? Allergies? Chemical Sensitivities? What can be done to reduce or eliminate triggers in your home
You home’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re thinking of building a new home or improving your current house, you need to know how ventilation affects the quality of your indoor air. Learn how you can create a healthy, durable home for your family.
Speaker: Luke Howard, Building Science Specialist with WSU Extension Energy Program, Olympia, WA
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Visit the South Sound Green Tour view full tour details

1 Comment

  1. Vick 12 years ago

    Most people today will opt for a pre-built or standard design home, because they think custom will cost way too much. That’s not true, because with custom new homes you can also implement energy efficient solutions that will save tons of money in the long run, not to mention that you personalize the house whichever way you want.

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