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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

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Phone: 503-823-7700

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1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

BPS E-News: New workshops enhance Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair

The 11th annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Information Fair on September 22 is a self-guided tour of green remodels and new homes around the Portland metropolitan area. New to this year’s tour are drop-in 30-minute workshops at the Info Fair and selected homes. These educational opportunities are included in the ticket price. Tickets go on sale in early August at .

Tourgoers can pick up great ideas for their own projects by visiting with homeowners, designers, do-it-yourselfers and contractors about accessory dwelling units, solar panels, ecoroofs (green roofs), rainwater harvesting, natural landscaping, affordable housing, water and energy conservation, natural building materials, alternative construction techniques and much more. The homeowners and contractors who participate in the tour are ready for questions: They want to help everyone understand that, in many cases, incorporating green building techniques and materials can be simple and affordable. 

Among the homes on this year’s tour are eight accessory dwelling units (ADU). An ADU is a small residential unit built on the same lot as an existing single-family home. These ADUs are an exciting result of the City of Portland’s decision to temporarily waive selected development fees for this type of small project (until summer 2013).


  • Tour date: Saturday, September 22, 2012
  •  Tour time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  •  New Info Fair hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Info Fair is a prelude to the Tour with green vendors, demonstrations, food, drink and music. Green Depot, 819 SE Taylor, Portland, OR, 503-222-3881. The Info Fair is free and open to everyone.
  •  $15 admission, on sale starting early-August.
  •  $10 honored citizens/students/alternative transportation.
  •  Children 13 years-old and under are free.


Want a free tour ticket? Volunteer for the tour or info fair!

Send an e-mail to Deb Hyde, green building event intern or call 503-823-7703 for more information about earning a free tour ticket by volunteering on tour day.

Thank you to our 2012 Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair sponsors: Green Depot, Energy Trust of Oregon, Metro, Oregon Home Magazine, Solar Oregon, City of Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and City of Portland Bureau of Development Services.