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Green building is generally more expensive, he says, not always. New framing techniques, for example, use less material and take less time, but ultimately reduce heating and other operational costs.

But even when green building is more expensive, it saves money in the long run. Just as people are thinking beyond the initial sticker price of SUVs and other vehicles, Sherr believes that home-buyers in the future will think about the long-term energy and other operational costs of homes.

Although a similar event was held several years ago, Sherr believes that new social views will make this year’s tour more successful. Rising energy prices are part of that new consciousness, but he also detects a "general sense of disenchantment with our auto- and TV-dominated" lives.

Housing concept explored

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — In an effort to ensure enough lower- and middle-end housing, the Steamboat Springs City Council continues to study the potential of levying a linkage requirement on new development.

The linkage concept employs a formula to determine the likely number of employees generated by a new business or commercial development, and then mandate a portion of their housing needs be provided. Usually, developers are allowed to pay a fee-in-lieu of the housing.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that council members want to move forward, but wonder how it will work in various situations. They already have adopted inclusionary zoning.

Assisting Steamboat is Boulder-based RRC, a consulting firm involved in many resort towns in Colorado. Chris Carres, a principal in the firm, says his firm’s recommendation draws upon programs and efforts in Crested Butte/Gunnison, Telluride, Breckenridge, Summit County, Keystone, Basalt, Telluride, Aspen, and Snowmass, among others.

"There are lots of different programs and each community has customized its efforts to a large extent," he says.

Aspen troubled by name change

ASPEN, Colo. — Woe be to those who want to trifle with community institutions. Such is the story in Aspen, whose post-World War II rebirth as an international resort can be attributed with near singularity to Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke.

While the argument can be advanced that Aspen, the resort town, would have happened had nobody named Paepcke ever passed through it, the fact remains that the Paepckes – he was an industrialist from Chicago, and she was the one who had "discovered" Aspen before World War II – had the vision and executed it. He founded the Aspen Skiing Co. and also fostered Aspen’s summer tradition of music festivals, intellectual think-tanks, and brisk, physical exercise.