When it comes to greener homes, most people are preoccupied with paint or installing their first recycled paper and resin counter. The Seattle Housing Authority...

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When it comes to greener homes, most people are preoccupied with paint or installing their first recycled paper and resin counter. The Seattle Housing Authority has taken it a few steps further.

Try a sustainable, mixed-income community in West Seattle that boasts mature trees, rentals designed for families with children who have asthma and a rainwater drainage system that sends naturally filtered water back into a creek.

Starting today and continuing next weekend, the High Point community is opening its homes to the public for a free Green Living Expo to showcase the sustainable housing area and to teach people about green building in general.

It’s about healthy living and saving energy, said Tom Phillips, High Point redevelopment manager.

“We bought into the idea that you can create a mixed-income community, and it can be a vibrant place to live, a healthy place to live for a long time, for the next 60 to 100 years,” Phillips said.

The High Point community covers 120 acres that once was the site of temporary military housing and a high percentage of low-income families.

The new housing area will become 30 percent very low income, 15 percent workforce housing and about 55 percent families that buy their homes at the market rate, Phillips said.

Green Living Expo

Hours: The free event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, and Sept. 23- 24.

Directions: High Point is located at 32nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Juneau Street. From I-5 south, take the West Seattle Bridge exit. Cross the bridge, turn left on 35th Avenue Southwest, then turn left on Southwest Raymond Street. For the Metro bus, take Seattle Metro Route 21 from downtown Seattle to Arbor Heights. Get off at 35th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Raymond Street.

For more information: www.thehighpoint.com/expo or 206-615-3433

The expo will feature tours of model homes.

More homes are for sale, ranging from the $200,000 range for condos up to the high $500,000s for single-family homes, Phillips said.

All the houses are Built Green certified, which requires builders to meet environmental standards that exceed local building codes. Some of the homes also are Energy Star certified, which means homes are 15 percent more efficient than state or local energy codes.

The expo also will have a series of seminars on green issues that can be applied to your own home, such as natural yard care, creating a healthy indoor environment and retrofitting for energy efficiency. There also are seminars on reducing your impact on the environment.

For a schedule of the seminars or to register for one, go to www.thehighpoint.com/expo.

Phillips said the Housing Authority wants people to think about making their own lives greener.

“The thing I’m most proud of is it doesn’t look strange,” Phillips said. “We were able to do this drainage system and make a community that just looks normal and really healthy.”

The event is sponsored by Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light.

Nicole Tsong: 206-464-2150 or ntsong@seattletimes.com