FAIRBANKS - Smart design and energy efficiency are some of the hallmarks of this year’s Parade of Homes.
The annual tour hosted by the Interior Alaska Building Association “is a way for local builders to showcase their work,” said Carolyn Foelsch, who chairs the parade committee.
High heating costs are driving the trend toward smaller, smarter and more energy-efficient homes, Foelsch said. “Our builders are pretty far ahead of the curve as far as building energy-efficient techniques.”
Many of the houses are 5-star-plus energy rated. One featured house this year is the home of Thorsten Chlupp, who has designed a house that is fossil-fuel free and produces so much heat from solar power that he has said he needs to build an outdoor swimming pool so he can use the excess heat.
“It is the cutting edge of non-fossil-fuel technology,” Foelsch said. “It’s pretty phenomenal what they’re coming up with.”
Fourteen houses, all completed or nearly completed in the past year in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas, are featured this year. The homes will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps will be printed in the News-Miner on today and Saturday. They also will be available at sponsor locations and online at www.interioraba.com. The group also publishes a full-color magazine, with photos of the homes and facts and biographies of the builders.
Contact staff writer Julie Stricker at 459-7532.
IF YOU GO
What: Parade of Homes
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Various locations. Map available in News-Miner today and Saturday, sponsor locations and online