Anchorage Solar Tour – Saturday, June 8th, 2013 – Tour Starts At 9:45am
Tour Starts at 9:45am. Meet downtown at Kaladi Bros. Coffee (621 W. 6th Ave)
Tour organizer Andy Baker (cell 350-2084) will be there and the group will walk across Town Square Park to the Solar Building @ 10am. There is plenty of free parking downtown on Saturday mornings, however the annual Womens 10K Run will block off some of the streets, so plan to arrive downtown by 9:30am so you have plenty of time to park before the tour starts. You can meet up with other tour goers at this first site and car pool to other sites, the time slots for other tour site visits are given below.
Sites Times Building Area of town
Site #1 10:00am – 11:30am Solar Building Downtown
Site #2 11:30am – 1:00pm Kittleson House Sand Lake Area
Site #3 1:00pm – 2:30pm H2Oasis Water Park South Anchorage
Site #4 2:00pm – 4:00pm Lowe Residence Potter Marsh Hillside
Site #5 2:30pm – 4:00pm White Residence Upper Hillside
Site #6 3:00pm – 4:30pm Solcab House Eagle River
A Taste of new sites planned for the Anchorage Solar Tour
This owner built- custom 5+ star home was completed in the fall of 2012 and is thought to be the first of it’s kind to hold an “off-grid” status that meets all building code requirements for the Municipality of Anchorage. At least 80% of the energy needed is produced by our hybrid off-grid renewable energy system (by Alaska Efficient Energy Solutions) harnessing both wind and solar.
In order to accomplish this, the building location had to work with the many elements of nature that are unique to the lot. The home was developed with an orientation facing Northwest so it could deflect high winds, as well as capture majestic views of Cook Intlet and the Alaska Range. This energy efficient home has a high insulation value, a natural gas high efficiency hydronic system and Energy Star appliances. It was also constructed using the “remote wall” concept of CCHRC (Cold Climate Housing Research Center). The idea of using this wall design was to create a higher R-value that makes for an extremely air tight home and eliminates thermal bridging. In addition to these features and benefits, the owners believe this home is the first of it’s kind to obtain financing through a local bank (FNBA) with an off grid status.
The owner and installer is Dan Lowe (350-9856).