The Solaris is one of the homes to be featured on the May 1 green building tour during the NAHB Green Building Conference in Salt Lake City.
The Solaris is one of the homes to be featured on the May 1 green building tour during the NAHB Green Building Conference in Salt Lake City.

Participants in the upcoming National Green Building Conference in Salt Lake City will get to visit several local green building projects during the Green Building and Technology Tour. With stops in Salt Lake City and the resort town of Park City, the daylong bus tour takes place on May 1, the first day of this year’s conference. Builders and developers will be on hand to give detailed information about the rationale behind the projects’ design and the green building products and technologies used in each.

“There is simply no better way to improve your business than to walk through high-performance homes to learn what leading builders and remodelers are doing to build a great product,” says NAHB immediate past chairman Bob Jones. Homes and developments on the tour include:

Daybreak is a master-planned, award-winning community in Salt Lake City developed by Kennecott Land of South Jordan, Utah. With a planned buildout of 20,000 homes on more than 4,000 acres, the developer aims to fill a need for sustainable housing in the rapidly growing Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Each of the community’s five “villages” contains a variety of residential types, including urban loft-style condominiums, townhomes, and single-family and estate-style homes.

The stop at Daybreak will include a tour of one of the Energy Star for Homes solar-powered Solaris homes built by Garbett Homes of Salt Lake City with modern-style architectural designs from California-based KTGY Group. Aimed at the first-time home buyer, Solaris is one of Utah’s first affordable solar-powered single-family homes.

Located in the heart of old town Park City, this miner’s house was renovated by PCR of Harrisville, Utah, with the most efficient, high-end green products in mind. The renovation maintained the home’s historical integrity while providing sustainable amenities such as geothermal heating and cooling, radiant flooring, and high-efficiency lighting and appliance packages.

Combining traditional residential comfort with the value of high-performance construction, this home in South Jordan is among the first in Utah to achieve LEED-Gold certification. Built by PCR, the home offers sustainability at an affordable price, with an ICF foundation, advanced framing techniques, a well-insulated envelope, sustainable interior finishes, and xeriscape landscaping.

Built by GreenTech Design/Build, Villa Verde features an open floor plan and custom design that takes advantage of a sloping lot and southern exposure to provide solar heating, natural light, and inspirational views. Certified to the National Green Building Standard, the home is within walking distance of Park City and features a sealed combustion heating unit, Energy Star appliances, recycled building materials, heat recovery ventilation, and low-flow plumbing fixtures and fittings.