The Island Housing Trust is offering a tour of eight eco-friendly houses currently under construction off State Road in West Tisbury. The tour is on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 11 a.m. to noon. John Abrams of South Mountain Company will explain how this neighborhood of houses designed to approach zero net energy and achieve the highest green building certification in the country (LEED Platinum) is being built. Philippe Jordi of the Island Housing Trust will explain how this model project was made possible through a collaborative effort including the Land Bank, Cape Light Compact, Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard, the Island Affordable Housing Fund, and the town of West Tisbury.

Everyone is invited, especially those interested in learning about high performance design and construction, conservation-based affordable housing, permanently affordable housing, and those with questions about the project. Doughnuts and hot cider will be provided.

Green balloons will mark the entrance. From down Island, 250 State Road is a half-mile up State Road past the intersection of State Road and Old County Road in West Tisbury on the left. From up-Island, it is three-quarters of a mile down State Road past the intersection of State Road and Upper Lambert’s Cove Road in West Tisbury on the right. Parking is available on-site