BAR HARBOR — Island Housing Trust (IHT) and Four Winds, a Mount Desert Island-based house design firm, are co-sponsoring an Eco House Tour on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The tour will feature five buildings across MDI that have green construction features. These structures will include a straw bale house, a rammed earth house and a double-wall construction passive solar house, among others.
“The tour will provide those interested in building from an ecological perspective a closer look at some of the technologies and construction practices that create well-built, energy efficient buildings,” said Ted Koffman, IHT board vice president, who is helping to coordinate the tour with Meredith Randolph of Four Winds and members of IHT’s development committee. Koffman is a former state representative who chaired the environment and natural resources committee while representing portions of MDI in the legislature. He also is a former executive director of Maine Audubon.
The buildings will include the Kathryn W. Davis Student Residences at College of the Atlantic, one of IHT’s energy efficient homes at Ripples Hill in Somesville, Meredith Randolph’s straw bale house in Somesville, a rammed earth house on Bayview Drive in Bar Harbor and a double-wall construction house on Otter Cliff Road in Bar Harbor.
“I get a lot of questions about my house, and I know others who have built with sustainability and energy efficiency as primary considerations get those questions as well,” said Randolph. “The tour is an opportunity to not only see what we have done to accomplish our goals, but also to ask questions and get answers.”
The tour is free to the public, but a donation of $5 per person to Island Housing Trust is requested. Island Housing Trust promotes viable, year-round island communities by advancing permanent workforce housing on MDI. Since 2008, IHT has enabled 26 working households in MDI villages and towns to own year-round houses.