Sustainable Homes Tour

The Bemidji Sustainability Committee’s 2nd Annual Sustainable Homes Tour is coming up on July 27th!  Free hour-long tours are offered from 9am to 5pm.  See below for more details and a press release.

Click here for a PDF of the brochure and map.

Click here for a PDF of the schedule poster, seen below.

Don’t worry about getting lost! We’ve mapped these tour destinations for you. Follow the links below, and you can customize your starting point. You can also keep an eye out for some road signs that we’ll have posted along the way!

9am & 11am Passive-style House:
11am & 1pm Solar Array:
11am & 1pm NTC’s Sustainable Environment Technologies:
1pm & 3pm Geothermal:
3pm & 5pm Earth Home:


2nd Annual Bemidji Sustainable Homes Tour Planned for July 27

The Bemidji Sustainability Committee is excited to announce the city’s 2nd Annual Sustainable Homes Tour. The tour will feature five destinations—four homes that have incorporated sustainable design and green building techniques, plus a stop at Northwest Technical College’s Sustainable Environment Technologies Center.

Tours are offered throughout the day from 9am to 5pm.  Each home will be offering hour-long tours during their designated time slots. Tours begin promptly at each posted time and are not available beyond their indicated hour-long window.

Come see how local residents reduced their energy costs, increased their energy independence, reduced their water usage, increased their food independence, used natural and renewable materials in constructing their homes, and reduced solid waste.  Handouts and resources on green building and sustainable living will be available at each tour destination as well.

At 9am and 11am, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a house inspired by the German passiv haus style.  It is a highly energy efficient home with double studded walls, energy efficient windows, high R-value insulation, and more. At 11am and 1pm, you can see a home with a 5.4kw solar array, plus a solar furnace, structural insulated panels, and sustainable landscaping. Also at 11am and 1pm, you can stop by NTC’s Sustainable Environment Technology Center to get an up-close look at demos of these green-building technologies and learn about the SET program’s recent sustainable installations. At 1pm and 3pm, you can visit a home with a geothermal heating and cooling system and learn about the homeowner’s recent solar assessment.  And at 3pm and 5pm, you can visit an earth home, buried into a hillside with a south-facing solarium entrance, and learn about the myriad of sustainable design techniques and landscaping its owners have incorporated.

The addresses and time frames for all tours are provided in brochures located at several city locations including City Hall, Harmony Co-op, Lueken’s Village Foods North and South, Brigid’s Pub, and the BSU Sustainability Office. Posters with tour information are also posted in many downtown stores and coffeeshops. Information and the brochure are also available online at

The tour is free and open to all members of the Bemidji area and surrounding community.  No pre-registration is required. Carpooling is highly encouraged; please coordinate with your friends, or contact Caitlyn Schuchhardt at or 218-755-3765 if you’d like to be put in touch with available carpools.

The Bemidji Sustainability Committee promotes sustainable values in the community through education, policy and planning, creating programs and events, and fostering strategic partnerships and initiatives.  Their meetings are open to all interested public and are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the City Hall.

The tour will be held rain or shine. Set aside the date, be thinking of your green building questions, and join us for the 2013 Sustainable Homes Tour!

– Caitlyn Schuchhardt, MN GreenCorps

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