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E-M:/ Announcement: Ann Arbor Area Solar Homes Tour, Sat Oct 5th. free

Enviro-Mich message from David Wright <wrightd@voyager.net>

>This is an announcement about the Ann Arbor / Washtenaw County
>region free solar homes and buildings tour for this year, to occur
>on Saturday, October 5th, 2002.  It is a part of the American Solar
>Energy Society's National Tour of Solar Buildings.  Preceding the
>local tour, on Friday night Oct 4th, a solar architect will present
>a free talk about techniques that are employed in buildings
>utilizing solar energy.
>Please forward this message to any folks who may be interested,
>and read on if this is of interest to you.  Thanks!
>- Chris Coon
>   2002 Washtenaw County Tour Organizer
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>      American Solar Energy Society 2002 Tour of Solar Buildings
>              Ann Arbor / Washtenaw County Region
>            10 am - 4 pm  Saturday October 5th, 2002
>The annual ASES National Tour of Solar Buildings enables people to
>see solar power at work in homes and other types of buildings in
>their neighborhoods.  Locally, we have 2 buildings and 3 homes on
>this free, self-guided tour this year demonstrating a wide range
>of solar and energy efficiency technologies, including:  active and
>passive solar designs, solar electric systems (with and without
>batteries), solar hot-water systems, solar hot-air systems, energy
>efficient appliances and designs, and radiant floor heating. Some
>sites have integrated in other environmentally conscious features
>also, including composting toilets, gray-water filtration, rainwater
>collection, natural and recycled materials used in construction,
>a native plant landscaping.
>Four of the sites are in Ann Arbor, and one is near Dexter.  The tour
>is free.  Conducted in an "open-house" format, you may go to any
>building at anytime between 10 am and 4 pm.  Someone will be at each
>site to help answer questions, usually the homeowner and/or system
>designers.  Free copies of the ASES "SOLAR TODAY" magazine and other
>educational literature will be available at the buildings.  AIA
>Continuing Education credits are available for architects attending
>the tour.
>For Ann Arbor area tour maps and site info, pre-register by email
>to  <sustainablesystems@ic.org>  or by calling (734) 428-9249.  For
>information about other Michigan tour regions or national tour info,
>see <http://www.ases.org>.
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>                Presentation on Solar Design Concepts
>Preceding the tour a free introductory talk will briefly explore
>solar design concepts as architect Christina Snyder presents
>"Zero Energy Homes in Michigan" from 7 pm to 9 pm Friday October
>4th in the chapel of the First Unitarian Universalist Church at
>4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road (where it intersects with Ellsworth Road).
>She presents the results of the award-winning Lawrence Tech.
>University students' entries in the State of Michigan's first Zero
>Energy Home Competition, along with remarks about how its
>lessons can be applied to citizen's home construction and remodeling
>projects now, as well as future directions to explore in sustainable
>design.  The competition defined a Zero (fossil fuel) Energy Home as
>"a house that does not use non-renewable, fossil fuels on a net annual
>basis.  Energy to be used in the house is provided by passive solar
>designs, a photovoltaic system, active solar heating systems, and/or
>bioenergy systems.  The house on an annual basis must produce as much
>electricity as it uses."
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