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Sustainable Estes Events-A Wealth Of Opportunities

Tour Offers More Locations; Sustainable Estes Events This Saturday!

Formerly the Estes Park Solar and Green Home Tour, this year’s tour has evolved into the Sustainable Estes Green Living Tour. With more homes and businesses this year – nine tour stops in all — the tour offers a diverse sampling of how structures can be made more energy efficient and sustainable. The locations demonstrate a variety of renewable energy systems, examples of sustainable design, green building technologies, environmentally-friendly (and more healthy) construction materials and much more. Two homes are totally off the grid – not connected to public utilities. The tour, an annual educational event coordinated by TW Beck Architects, is held again this year in conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour.

Concurrent with this year’s tour there is a Green Living Expo which extends the educational impact of the tour, offering attendees the opportunity to connect with providers and professionals, and attend presentations by experts in a multitude of fields related to sustainability and energy efficiency, conservation, recycling, land protection, renewable energy, sustainable business practices and more.

The Green Living Tour will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Green Living Expo will be held at the Estes Park Conference Center/Rocky Mountain Park Inn, 101 S. St. Vrain Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets, which provide entry to both events, cost $5.00 for adults; children and youth under 18 are admitted free of charge. Prior to the event, tickets can be purchased at TW Beck Architects/Anderson Realty & Management located at 170 S. Saint Vrain Avenue (Hwy. 7) or Coldwell Banker Estes Village Properties located at 320 E. Elkhorn Avenue. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the Estes Park Conference Center/Rocky Mountain Park Inn.

Following is a list of homes and businesses on this year’s tour along with some of the features at each location. A more detailed description of each home, along with an interactive map and instructions for taking the tour is available at

Beck-DePrez Residence – 2864 E. Highway 36, Estes Park

Off-Grid Home, Active Solar Photovoltaic Energy, Wind Energy, Daylighting, Energy Efficient Lighting & Appliances, Zoned In-Floor Heat, Alternative, Recycled and Reclaimed Eco-Friendly Building Materials.

Irish Residence – 2636 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park

In-floor Hydronic Heat, ICF Construction, Efficient Lighting, High Efficiency Fireplace, Whole House Boiler, Home Management System, Energy Star Window, Doors & Appliances.

Plummer Residence – 556 Aspen Ave., Estes Park

Solar Domestic Hot Water, Evacuated Tube Collectors, Water-Based Heat Exchanger for Interior Heat, Solar Greenhouse.

Darling Residence – 3409 Eaglecliff Circle Drive, Estes Park

Renewable and Alternative Fuel Sources, Pellet Boiler, In-Floor Radiant Heat, Zoned Heating, ICF Construction Techniques.

Edelbrock Residence – 341 Kiowa Drive, Estes Park

Solar Photovoltaics (PV).

TW Beck Architects/Anderson Realty & Mgmt Office – 170 S. St. Vrain, Estes Park

Daylighting including Solatubes, Eco-Friendly Flooring, Recycled/Reclaimed Materials.

United Methodist Church – 1509 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park

Solar Photovoltaics (PV), Net Metering.

Dolan Residence – 67 Diamond View Road-Off-Grid Power.

Slaydon Residence – 221 E. Riverside Drive, Estes Park

Remodeling options to add passive solar features, improve energy efficiency and conservation of resources.

The Sustainable Estes Group, sponsor of the events, is a group of citizens and business owners who are committed to sustainable lifestyle and business practices and to educating about and advancing those practices within the community. Members include Thomas Beck and Deeva Dailey of TW Beck Architects, Judy Anderson of Anderson Realty & Management, John Guffey of Eagle Rock School, Mary Murphy of Coldwell Banker Estes Village Properties and Greg Falconer of Falconer Home Inspection and RE/MAX.

For more information call 970-586-3913, email, visit or

All photos courtesy of Tom Beck

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