Green Home Tour & Free Workshops 2014

This Saturday – April 26, 11am-5pm – Clearwater Commons is featured as a site on the NW Green Home Tour. Come by to tour our homes, shop, gardens and creekside acreage. While you’re here, join our free workshops, scheduled throughout the day.

Free Workshops:

Adding the Solar Asset: Powering an Electric Car with a Solar Arraycharging station
11:30pm at the shop

This workshop presents the basics of setting up a photovoltaic solar array on your home to power an electric vehicle (or anything else). Using the Commons’ set up as a model, you’ll everything from getting State approval to prepping the site to maximizing rebates and tax breaks. Charging station available!




The Pin Foundation Advantage
2:30pm at unit 8pin piles 5

Most units at Clearwater Commons are built on pin foundations: a solid pin pile foundation that reaches deep into the ground without digging holes or pouring concrete. Simple to install, these foundations avoid excavation, thus reducing concrete use, saving fuel and precious topsoil, while preserving natural drainage.


Reclaimed Wood Finishes in Unit 5
3:30am at unit 5

Eric woodwork

Lower your consumer footprint and save money by using reclaimed wood throughout your house. Unit 5 spun stories into their finishes with antique Douglas Fir from a 1894 Poulsbo house, Madrona from a conservation easement on Vashon Island and a variety of species from an “urban sawyer” in Tacoma (to name a few). Come see the result while getting tips, advice and sources of wood.