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Durham School partners in Omaha Green Home Tour, Oct. 2

If you’re in Omaha on October 2, stop by the Green Home Tour and learn interesting new ways to make homes greener. UNL’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction has partnered with Green Omaha Coalition to help lead this year’s event, called a “Green Homecoming.”

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The tour begins from Mammel Hall:  the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s newest LEED building, and home to UNO’s College of Business Administration. Green Homecoming events begin at 9 a.m. with a free vendor fair inside Mammel Hall (6708 Pine St., next to The Peter Kiewit Institute). Internationally-known leader of eco-website, Bill Moore, speaks at 9:15 a.m., followed by a welcome from Louis Pol, dean of UNO’s College of Business.

Green Home Tour shuttles depart from Mammel Hall at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $5 per person for entry to five midtown Omaha homes, all with great features to help people start at home with green living.

Homes on the tour have varied themes based on the extent of their green modifications. Newlyweds Brian Allen and Sarah Nieves (a DSAEC alumna) work in the building industry and hired an energy audit for their older Dundee home at 4909 Davenport St. What they learned and acted upon when renovating their home had important benefits for its heating and cooling system, including improvements that generated savings and satisfaction as they commit to a greener lifestyle overall. The couple’s choices for cosmetic improvements in the home also reflect an eco-friendly approach.

Other homes on the tour include Zero Net Energy Test House (ZNETH), built by Durham School students and faculty with industry involvement, at 6454 Woolworth Ave.; Paul Vonderfecht’s energy-smart house at 1315 S. 92nd Cir.; Sharon Blackburn’s contemporary green home at 801 S. 80th St.; and Joel Holm’s house at 846 S. 52nd St.

For more information about Omaha’s 2010 Green Home Tour, see


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