The City of Tacoma’s EnviroHouse is hosting two free workshops called “Build Green, Build Small.” Part 1 of the workshop takes place from 1:30-3 p.m. on June 23. Part 2 takes place from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on June 30.

The first workshop will discuss how planning and site analysis can minimize the environmental impacts of construction on public health and natural surroundings. Specific topics that will be touched on include site attributes — the design and physical placement of structures — air quality; water, energy, and solar efficiencies; low impact landscaping; stormwater management; zoning and permits; and more.

The second workshop will discuss green building materials and structure design, including different sustainable material choices, deconstruction and waste disposal, the benefits and costs of green building materials, and how to incorporate green building concepts into construction projects.

Tacoma’s EnviroHouse is a resource for learning how to live and build sustainably. Guests can stop by the permanent model home to see green building and natural landscape ideas, materials, and techniques on display. The EnviroHouse is located at 3510 South Mullen Street, and is open Wednesday through Sunday. Register for the June 23 event here, and for the June 30 event here.