The homes on the tour operate a bit differently from more traditional homes in terms of energy access, output and savings. Guests are able to take an exclusive, in-depth look a how Decorah area residents already live sustainably with alternative energy systems and environmentally sound building design and materials.
The Alexander/Hagen Residence
This beautiful home was sited on 10 acres of land. The location was selected primarily to take full advantage of passive solar heating opportunities; the bonus is the amazing scenery overlooking Canoe Creek valley. The architect, Adam Jonas, worked with these home owners for more than five years to design this home to be as energy efficient, and eco-friendly as they could possibly afford. Green construction was used when installing the basement, floors, windows, roof and more. They've also incorporated many recycled materials, geothermal heating and cooling, edible landscaping, root cellar, clean-burning woodstove, straw-bale construction, organic garden, kitchen garden...needless to say, there's much to see at this digIN home tour!
All are welcome for a tour in the beautiful countryside at this location. This home, featured in a PBS "Now" story on off-the grid homes, is a timber framed home that is an excellent example of energy independence. The 1,700 sq. ft. home is powered by a 1,500 watt solar array and 1,000 watt wind turbine. Lush green gardens add to the beauty of this property.
The Grimstad Residence
Come learn about this family's commitment to stopping the use of fossil fuels. You will learn