Are you ready for the 2007 Home Builders Association (HBA) Tour of Homes? Are we ready? I hope so, because it starts on Saturday, June 16. It runs through the 24th. Here is the page (pdf) for Home Number 18 on the tour list, Pringle Creek’s 1846 Cousteau Loop, built by Bilyeu Homes Inc.:

This model home has been constructed to meet the strictest guidelines for energy efficiency and the utilization of healthy, durable, sustainable products and building techniques. With its high performance insulation, lighting, space and water hearing and using eco-friendly interior and exterior building materials, this house sets the standard for green building in Salem.


  • Lifestyle-oriented, open floor plan designed by Opsis Architecture
  • Pacific Madrone hardwood flooring, 100% wool carpeting
  • Energy efficient windows, appliances, and lighting systems
  • Advanced framing with FSC certified lumber
  • Low and no VOC paints and construction materials
  • Sprayed cellulose wall insulation and Icynene foam roof insulation
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation system
  • Highly efficient Geothermal heat pump tied to community well
  • 2.09KW Photovoltaic system
  • 40 tube Thermomax solar thermal water-heating system
  • Whole house fire suppression sprinkler system