The Eco Healthy Homes Project is uniting experienced change-makers to develop replicable, deep green home building solutions.

Gabriola Island Eco Healthy Homes Pilot

Making sustainable, attainable… 

Please see the introduction to the Eco Healthy Homes Project on this page.

The Phase 2 demonstration project, (starting spring 2020), will follow the research, design and construction of a small, customizable, privately owned home that meet the highest standards in the most replicable way possible.

Design goals for the wood framed home will be guided by leading green building rating systems, (Living Building Challenge and Passive House systems) and additional unique health and economic criteria.

Documentation and communications will publicize the challenges, solutions and opportunities discovered. See the Research and Demonstration Home page for a list of goals.

The home will be built on a residential lot. The planned “Land Partnership Model (currently on hold), will be demonstrated on a separate (5 acre) property on Gabriola.

Eco Healthy Homes Video* – 7 1/2 minutes.

*Text content – best to view on a computer rather than a smart phone.

Project Partners and Support

Since 2013, over 40 collaborators, advisors and volunteers have helped Harmony Habitat shape our organization and the planning of this project. Expenses to date have been funded by Tatha Cornish, one of our three volunteer co-directors. The majority of the planning, legal, and communications services have been provided by volunteers and in-kind contributions.

The privately owned featured house will be a collaboration. Tatha Cornish is providing the land, construction costs, and long-term shared use of the home for research and demonstration.

Building Site

The location for the research home is a south-west facing, half-acre, hillside lot on the South end of the island. Home construction is expected to begin in Summer 2019. You can learn more about the Research and Demonstration home on this page. You can learn about the guiding standards on this page.

Project Objectives

Research and Demonstration Home –  a demonstration in replicable deep green building solutions including the research, design and construction of a 600 sf, deep green mini-home.  (For more see: Research and Demonstration Home)

Communications and Outreach – a corresponding communications campaign following the construction process to raise awareness about the benefits of deep green homes and generate demand for the solutions and products utilized.

Builder’s Resource –  a digital builder’s resource to enable any builder to customize and reproduce the results achieve in the research  home in sizes from 400 to 1000 sf (For more see:Builders’ Resource)

Land Partnership Model  a complete framework to enable two partners to co-own land and individually own their homes where accessory dwellings are permitted. (For more see: Land Partnership Model). This component of the project has been postponed.

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Thank you to the many amazing people who have lent their support to the project.

Extra special thanks to:

Ann and Gord Baird – EcoSense, Anna Paleta, Ali Hosein, Anthony Spick (Blackwell Engineering), Barry Bletcher, Bill and Diane Cornish, Bill Friedel – Orca Design, Bob Andrew, Bradley Bryan, Bruce Jamieson, Cindy McCaugherty – Rain Coast Homes, Chris Leek, Christine McKim,  Chloe Straw and Jules Malloy (Close to the Sun), Cornish family, David Dale, Erin Grey, Ethan Krindle, Ian Ralston (TRAX Engineering), Jack Anderson (GreenPlan), Jenni Gehlbach, Joyce Cornish, Kate Reynolds, Katharina Gustavs, Laura Jean Kelly (Topographics), Laurie Burns, Lawrence Mayles, Les Mutch, Marianne Unger, Michael Wallace, Nancy Crozier, Paul Simmons and John Hessels (Lewkowich Engineering), Raincoast Homes (Cindy McCaugherty), Sheila Lindfield, Summer Rain (Dan Foley), Teresa Beers, Tiffany and Ben Abram, Topographics Landscape Architects (Laura-Jean Kelly and Cameron Murray), Tobi Elliot, Trax Engineering (Ian Ralston), Valerie Elliot – ID2 Communications, Walter McGinnis – McGinnis Electric

And a big thank you to:

Adam and Josee Velsen, Alex Wilson- Resilient Design Institute, Angela Sutcliffe, Athen Sustainable Building Materials, Bill Friedel – Orca Design, Bill McCaugherty, Bob Franks, Bob Burgess – Rainwater Connection, Bradley Bryan, Brandy Gallagher – OUR EcoVillage, Brandy Patterson, Brooke and Damien Rochette, Bruce King – Ecological Building Network,  Chloe Straw, Chris Beaudry, Chris Hutchings, Christine and Barry Bletcher, Christopher Heffley – CH Design, Clarke Olsen, Cole Gorman, Dan Berrelowitz- International Social Franchise, Dan Foley – Summer Rain, Dave Neads- Gabenengy, Damien Rochette, Dharlyn Gonez, Don Alexander – VI University, Don Cornish, Fred Kaarsmaker, Gai Campbell, Gary Morrison – Livewell Consulting, Gord McDonald, Guy Dauncey – Earthfuture, Greg Walters, Harv Weidner – Just BioFibre, Heather Menzies, Heather OSullivan – Islands Trust, Henri Fennel, Howie Stiff, Jackie Kanyuk, Jade Evoy, James Pratt, Jenni Gehlbach, Jen Reed-Lewis, John Pierce, Joy Katheryn Malloy, Kobi Thomson, Lawrence Mayles, Louise Takeda, Mary Childs, Marianne Unger, Matt Thomson, Michael MGonigle – Institute of New Economics, Michael Wallace, Mike Curran, Nickel Brothers -Allan and Ron, Nicole Teschner Barrios, Owen Haythorne, Peter Fulton, Pollen Heath, Philip Starkman, Ron Ewing, Rick Juliusson – Free Range Consulting, Rob Conway – Cowichan Regional Development Services, Richard Bridge – Lawyer for Charities, Sara-Jane Brocklehurst, Sheila Malcomson, Stephen Kagan, Stephen Levesque, Steve Ricard, Susan Emily Yates, Vanya Koleva, Viktor Zyryanov, Web Pierce