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Green Home Tour 2011


Join us for this FREE Self Guided Tour – 10:00 to 4:00 Saturday, October 1st.

A new understanding of the importance of sustainable construction practices has infused the industry with innovations in health, comfort, efficiency, materials, energy systems, and integrated building systems. Come check out some of these advances and see how they have been used in our community in conjunction with other time proven design elements to produce extraordinary human habitat.

  1. Selle Valley – Timber Frame – 2222 Hidden Valley Road
    Ross & Vicki Longhini – owner
    Collin Beggs, Timber Frame Homes – Design-Builder
    Organic Medieval Revival Timber Frame home including, crooked wood, ICF foundation,
    SIP Walls, and bespoke Craftsmanship Through Out.
    For more info see:
    From Sandpoint…Take Hwy 95 North. Turn East (left) onto Hidden Valley Road. There is a church on the corner with a sign. Travel 2.15 miles on the dirt road and you will dead end at the home. You will initially travel straight on Hidden Valley Road and then turn into a “development” of 20 acre parcels Winding down and up through the valley. Follow the road, do not take any turns.
  2. Selle Valley – Straw Bale Infill – 549 Shingle Mill Road
    Mary Ann & Larry Jeffres – owner
    Strawbale Infill & wood frame home. Features stained concrete radiant floor heating,
    earth plaster interior walls, recycled glass tile, pre-treatment septic system and natural
    US 200 E from Sandpoint approx 4.7 miles after town of Kootenai, turn left on Shingle Mill Rd.  House is on right after .5 miles, driveway before metal warehouse building
  3. Elmira – ICF & Passive Solar – 84 Sacajawea Trail
    Cindy Peer – owner
    Bruce Millard – architect
    Very green rural setting home with solar orientation and cooling massing. Earth-loop
    geothermal radiant floor heating system and high thermal mass recycled ICF building
    systems, clay plaster interior finish, & stained concrete floor / counter tops & more.
    For more info see:
    North on 95 from Sandpoint 15 miles. Turn right east on Elmira Road, just before Elmira Store.  Cross railroad tracks, follow gravel road  and cross 2nd set of tracks, Road goes to the right and go up short hill . Turn Right at Jenkins Road -  first road at top of hill Go about .4 mile and on right you will turn right at Sacajawea Trail.  Turn left, to second drive and continue of driveway to house:
    Phone 208 255-7138 if lost
  4. Camp Bay, Sagle – Green Roof – 367 Raven View Dr
    Gary & Kathy Berg owner
    Bruce Millard – architect
    Compact, passive solar, low energy, high thermal mass home on steep narrow site
    overlooking Lake Pend Orielle. Recycled ICF walls & SIP roof systems, durable-healthynatural-
    finishes. Geo-Thermal heat pump radiant heating system. Natural lighting and
    warm winter sun fills the house, while passive cooling design makes for comfortable
    summer days. Structure includes a Green Roof and is wired for future solar collectors.
    For more info see –
    US 95 S, 6 miles, left on Sagle Rd approx 9.5 miles, right on Camp Bay Rd 1.9 miles, left on Elliot Bay Rd 1.5 miles, Right Raven View Dr, .4 miles, home on left.  Call 208 265 8152 if lost.
  5. Sandpoint – Voodoo Solar Store – 502 Cedar
    Don Clark – owner
    Retail business. Solar electric products and residential solar electric design services.
    Owners will answer questions about equipment, design, and off-grid lifestyle.
    Functioning solar electric system will be on display.
    For more info see:
    Store on northern end of Cedar St Station Building at 5th and Cedar in downtown Sandpoint.  Turn west on Alder St and park in parking lot, on on Alder St
  6. Sandpoint – ICF Low Energy Home – 448 S. Marion
    Steve & Linda Navarre owner
    Rob Herrera & Gennifer Land – architect
    Compact 2 story in town low energy home on corner lot in South Sandpoint. Recycled
    glass concrete countertops, recycled oak floor and concrete paver patio, light colored
    metal roof for heat reflection. Spray Foam attic insulation and Tankless gas HWH.
    Boyer south to Erie, right on Erie, 3 blocks to Marion. House is on NW Corner of Marion & Erie.

What’s Your Walk Score? gives any location a “walk score” based on proximity to certain amenities.

“Walkable neighborhoods offer surprising benefits to the environment, our health, our finances, and our communities.

Environment: Cars are a leading cause of climate change. Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.

Health: The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 7 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.

Finances: One point of Walk Score is worth up to $3,000 of value for your property. Read the research report.

Communities: Studies show that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10%.”


2010 Home Tour




1. Gary and Kathy Berg, 367 Raven View Drive, Sagle, Idaho
Compact, passive solar, low energy, high thermal mass home on a challenging steep narrow site overlooking Lake Pend Oreille at Camp Bay. Built with recycled  ICF walls and SIP roof systems, durable-healthy-natural-finishes. Geo-Thermal heat pump radiant heating system. Natural lighting and the warm winter sun fills all the spaces, while passive cooling design makes for comfortable summer days. Structure includes a Green Roof and is wired for future solar collector.

2. Bill and Michele Tregoning, 193 Tamarack Lane, Sagle, Idaho
Simple passive solar-low energy-high thermal mass home on level treed site in Sagle. Built with recycled ICF walls and high ceiling roof trusses with dormers that provides summer cooling and winter sun. Ground-loop geo-thermal radiant heating system with stained concrete floor help warm this simple gable roof structure. Enclosed and open porches and a sun filled exercise room flank this open plan home.

3. Selle Valley Const Spec House, 1519 Nicholas Way, Sandpoint, Idaho
Scott J. Schriber – Owner-Old town Sandpoint charm with modern day efficiency. A Green spec home built to showcase compact design and use of built-ins to maximize enjoyment of all 1168 square feet. Water, energy and resource efficient, non-toxic and affordable. Certified green by the National Association of Home Builders and enrolled in the US Department of Energy Builders Challenge. Third party verified. Affordable *Efficient* Quality

4. Mike and Betsy Murdock, 433 Pinecrest Loop, Sandpoint, Idaho
Professional homebuilders designed and built this home for themselves with an eye for minimal disturbance to an odd-shaped, sloping lot that is finished with native landscaping. A compact home with a ‘detached garage/accessory dwelling unit’ make for flexible use of space and living options. Attention to
energy efficient details, as well as creative use of common and recycled materials, creates an affordable green home.

5. Bruce Millard, 100 Jana Lane, Sandpoint, Idaho
Architect’s Straw Bale Studio. Load-Bearing Straw Bale wall structure built over a decade ago by owner.  Also demonstrates simple passive solar heating, natural lighting, passive cooling, simple radiant floor heating, composting toilet, and simple durable finishes. Tour will include owner’s composting systems, sheet mulching and simple native landscaping.  Architect will also  address straw bale green building questions during the tour.


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