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'Green building' Sites Can be Toured
Santa Barbara News-Press
by Scott Steepleton
October 18, 2001

Backers of construction that doesn't sacrifice tomorrow's materials to satisfy today's needs will hold a bus tour of such projects this weekend.

The second annual Parade of Green Buildings will take participants to seven places where the architect, owner, landscape designer and builder have created projects that take into account the source of and effects of using the materials; the relationship between various mechanical systems; and how the building fits into the site.

The goal of "green building," say proponents, is to counter a trend toward mass-produced, cheaper-cost construction - and to protect the environment by using materials no faster than they can be renewed.

Saturday's tour is in Santa Ynez and includes the Reichman and Wood residences and the Sanford Winery. Sunday's tour in Goleta and Santa Barbara includes the South Coast Watershed Resource Center, the Milton Roisman Jewish Student Center, the Bren School at UCSB and Laqua Griffin residence.

Buses depart from UCSB parking lots 7 and 9 at 11 a.m., returning at 5 p.m. both days, and from the Sanford winery in Buellton at noon, returning at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for one day, $50 for both days. Students with ID, seniors and those in groups of three or more receive a $10 discount. Lunch is included.

Tickets are available at Livingreen, 218 Helena Ave.

For more information, contact April Wethe at 963-1955, ext. 110.