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"Green Buildings for Cool Cities" event includes green building tour

The City of Knoxville will take part in the national "Green Buildings for Cool Cities" campaign this Saturday with tours of two local "green" buildings.

Knox Heritage's Victorian "Green House" and the city's new LEED-certified transit center will showcase the energy-efficient building practices that make them unique

There will be an open house at the Victorian Green House from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and guided tours at the John J. Duncan Jr. Knoxville Station Transit Center at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., on March 26.

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The Victorian Green House is located in the Fort Sanders neighborhood on the corner of Laurel Avenue and 11th Street . The 120-year-old home features Energy Star-rated windows, water conservation features, solar powered hot water and electricity and energy-saving insulation among other features. Knox Heritage is currently seeking LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for the house.

The City of Knoxville opened the Duncan Knoxville Station Transit Center in August. The transit center is located at 301 Church Avenue.  The station includes several elements that make it more energy efficient and cost-effective including a geothermal heating and cooling system.

"People have read and heard about green building practices and the difference they can make in the energy savings and operating costs of homes and businesses," said Tim Dimick, housing manager for the city's Community Development Department. "This is a great way to show off some practical examples of green building design here in Knoxville. It's also important to the city because we are committed to "green" building practices in the buildings that we operate, build, and renovate."

The national "Green Buildings for Cool Cities" effort is a partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council and the Sierra Club and has featured dozens of similar tours around the nation during March.

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