Many exhibitors to feature eco-friendly options that could save you money and increase home values.

October 10, 2007 | Seattle Times | by Suzanne Monson

All it takes is basic math to solve this weekends smartest equation: Better Ideas + Living Green = Seattle Home Show 2.

It’s an autumn formula that will add up to countless ideas for home design, building and improvement projects during the events four-day run at Qwest Field Event Center.

Multiply the show’s 400 exhibitors and experts by tens of thousands of showgowers and organizers say the result will be “phenomenal”. Presented by Kitchen Plus and Crossroads Appliance, Seattle Home Show 2 ­- the fall version of the nation’s oldest and largest consumer home products showcase –  brings it all together under one roof October 11-14.

Seattle Home Show 2 managing director Mike Kalian Considers the event’s attendees a smart and savvy group that knows how to keep a careful eye out for ideas and to enhance home values in a region that already leads the nation in housing appreciation.

He’s also seen the Puget Sound region take the lead in environmentally responsible design and building practices. That’s why showgoers will find a “green” living focus among many of the shows exhibitors.

“If the price is the same,” said Howard Chermak, Remodeler’s council president of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, “homeowners will choose green materials over non-green.”

At Crossroads Appliance, this savings comes from more energy-efficient appliances for houses and condominiums. An entire section of “green” appliances will be part of the Crossroads Appliance exhibit, including the new Samsun Silver Care washing machine that uses natural ions from a bar of silver to clean clothes using cold water only. Water use with this appliance, owner Don Heitlauf said, reduces the typical 55-gallon-per-load washer use to 20 gallons.

Attendees will find other cost-savings ideas from Seattle Home Show exhibitors, such as home automation systems like those designed by Architechtronics. For example, Multi-function touch screens can reduce the amount of copper, a high demand, non-renewable natural resource used in home cabling ‑ by up to 25 percent! Lights too can be programmed to 80% capacity —barely noticeable to the eye resulting in to a 15+ percent energy savings in energy use.

Other recycled and sustainable building materials are just as subtle to the naked eye. Seattle-based Atlas is showcasing its new line of designer moldings that look like wood, but instead are made of plaster of paris.

Cold winter feet will appreciate the hydronic heating systems at the show. Look for exhibitors high lighting radiant floor heating found in the local new construction and remodel projects. One stand-out is the new Enerjoy radiant heating panels at the Comfort Glow Heating Display. These panels are recycled metal and are 99 percent energy efficient.

If this sounds like too much to see in a single visit, take advantage of the show’s “Too much to see, come back for free™” offer. Paid attendees with I.D. may return a second day at no cost.

Seattle Home Show 2 attendees who carpool enjoy environmental benefits, save money on fuel, and can take advantage of free parking with the “four or more park free” offer, available in designated lots.

Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for those 60 or older, $3 for youth 7 to $15 years, and free for children 6 or younger. For more details visit www.seattlehomeshow.com.